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Freelancer.com is Losing Money?!!

Freelancer.com is Losing Money?!!
They have stretched themselves thin with the acquisition of vWorker (formerly Rentacoder.com) and now members who have cash in their freelancer.com accounts are suffering because they can't withdraw. The cash is only there on paper but there's really no cash to withdraw.

Freelancer is Losing Money?!!
They increased the minimum amount allowed when withdrawing from 200 to
500 dollars.

They did this suddenly and without warning. In the month of November the minimum was still 200 by December it had been upped by 300 to 500 dollars. Members were not warned or given any due notice which is a shocking departure from how freelancer.com operates.

They did this deliberately to forestall the anticipated holiday withdrawals by members. They increased it because they knew members would still be looking at the 200 dollars benchmark against the holidays. They would not have known and since they were only planning with the 200 dollars in mind, they would find themselves stuck and unable to withdraw once they attempted to. Could it be that there's no money to withdraw in the first place and that is why it was so suddenly increased without prior notice? This is very plausible.

The only place they showed that the money had increased was at the withdrawal page where they are meant to enter the amount they want to withdraw. That is where they quietly placed a tiny "min. $500".

Freelancer.com is Losing Money?!!
Members who are now aware of this changed and made attempts to contact the site got another shock; they were ignored. Usually, the feedback system is one of the strongest aspects of freelancer.com. Aside from the automated response that will respond once a ticket has been submitted, a reply from a staff comes in less than 24 hours and if you do not respond the ticket or issue you contacted them about will be closed with another email informing you that it has been closed because they are assuming you were okay with their response since you did not follow up or reply. It has always taken 24 hours from the first submission from your end to the email informing you that the ticket has been closed i.e. when you are
satisfied with their response or don't respond to it.

Members who have complained about this increase have not been given any form of response save for the auto responders even beyond the 72 hour mark. Meanwhile and to underscore that something really underhand is going on, they are responding to other issues within their normal
time cycle.

They are stalling and don't have any ready answer or excuse for the increase because they know they have gone against their own system. If there was money in the coffers, they would have avoided this embarrassment but as things stand, they figure silence would there must the problem go away.

Freelancer.com is Losing Money?!!

They picked the softest target. They picked those whose complaint would not be heard in countries they want anything negative to be said of them which include Western European countries, North American with Australia and New Zealand.
Most from these countries use PayPal. The problem did not affect PayPal users as such but those who send money directly to their bank accounts (domiciliary bank accounts). Most of these ones don't even
use PayPal. Most of the people who do this make up the bulk of freelancers who seek employment on freelancer.com. They are the foot soldiers that take the less than minimum wage jobs and are mostly from Third World countries. They are also the majority of the workforce on freelancer.com that they site pride themselves with as they advertise cheap labor to potential employers that are mostly from the countries and regions mentioned earlier.

These are the people they targeted. These are the people that scrounge their way up the 200 dollar mark and these are the people's money they probably took and dipped into when going for Rentacoder.com (vWorker).
Now there's no money in the account of these foot soldiers and the best way to deal with this is the shoot the minimum up so that a large percentage of them won't be able to withdraw and only a few of which they already know since they know just where to put the new benchmark or minimum amount allowed to be withdrawn so that most would be cut off; from 200 they added 300 more to make it 500 dollars...? It’s Christmas.

Freelancer.com is Losing Money?!!

They are coasting along and have decided who will suffer and be prevented from withdrawing money? They seemed to have picked those who would least complain and whose complaint won't amount to much. They are probably looking to lock things down until the holiday period, when they know they'll get the most pounding because of massive holiday withdrawals from people who have rightfully earned their money from the site and paid all their dues to freelancer.com.

Freelancer.com is Losing Money?!!

Is a reversal in sight? Probably not. They might put off the reversal until after the holidays if enough people complain for them to even come out to say they want to reverse it. But they would have still
succeeded in coasting along and would have probably bought some respite by not allowing people to withdraw when they really wanted to.

Freelancer.com is Losing Money?!!

The increase of the minimum amount that can be withdrawn from 200 to 500 dollars would mean more money from the banks for them. They would have more interest because it would take longer for freelancers.com to make that amount hence interests accruable from the amount lying in the bank would be more. They are now free to use the money to do more with the bank and make more out of it since it will stay longer with them.

The only people that this new policy has benefited is freelancer.com. They may not have the money with them now but they are in a position where they can get away with almost anything. Who will hold them

Yahoo sucks, Yahoo sucks.

This is simply the worst free email service available out there. And to think that they are one of the founding members of the internet email service!

Non Existent Customer Care
Have you ever tried sending a mail or complaint to a Yahoo customer care 'officer'? Well good luck with the search. You will be taking from one page to the other only to come to a dead end and a dawning; Yahoo can't be contacted. They don't have anyone you can send a mail to and get an immediate auto-response that your issues are being addressed.

Poor or Non Existent Mobile Accessibility
I used to access my Yahoomail from my handheld, until recently.

For a couple of months now, any attempt to access it brings up a page that tells you to find the nearest desktop and try it from there. Shame! Shame!

It works from the desktop but go back to the handheld and the same Sorry Page comes up advising you to try using a desktop. What is wrong with "you people"? Its official; Yahoo sucks!

I have tried everything from cleaning out the cookies to removing pushed content but Yahoo really sucks.

Please Avoid Secret Questions!!!
Picture this. You are told to have at least two secret questions (this is Yahoo's attempt to catch up with the rest that have left them behind but just continue). So you pick something simple for you but difficult for another, like your favorite high school teacher's name (or the one you hated the most or the football coach).
You try to access your box and you are told to supply the name of that teacher. You enter the name. Result?

" Blah blah, answer did not match what we blah blah"

I mean, you should know your mother's middle name! But maybe your memory has been zapped and your middle name (that happens to be your most carefully kept secret) has been extracted from your mind and replaced, so you begin to throw in names and different variations of it!

Don't give three "wrong" answers or else your account will be blocked for 12 hours. Yahoo sucks.

And all this while you are trying to at least talk to someone but Yahoo is a matrix that is being run by machines so you can never find a human soul around except when another executive is being fired (that's when you realize they actually have humans running this thing). Yahoo sucks.

Wrong Alternate Email
This is another head scratching moment. Try to use another means to get round the secret questions dilemma like you forgot your password or something till you are taken to a page where
Selective Service
They do not have across the board service. This is why some of the things up there may be strange to some because they are in a "prime" country so Yahoo makes sure they send in humans to deal with them. But those that are in "The Colony" have to deal with robots and they don't make them as they used to. Yahoo Sucks. Yahoo Sucks. Yahoo. Sucks

Poor service. You are the most rotten email service of the first generation that is still in existence. You have taken the boardroom instability into where it matters most; service delivery. Maybe you should scrap your email service altogether, just as you scrapped your Briefcase Service within your mail service (fools! Would this not have been an ideal time to seamlessly upgrade that into a "skydrive' service? But there is no Briefcase to upgrade is there? Fools!).
Its official; Yahoomail Sucks.

Someone should tell them to recalibrate their matrix so that they can have a contact form and an auto-responder. It might be too much to ask of them to even have humans at the other end to address the issue. Yahoo sucks.

Freelancer.com: Illegal Blackhat Projects on Freelancer.com

Warning: This is not a particularly positive review of freelancer.com but it is intended to force action on all parties involved.

The ever expanding freelance beehive that is freelancer.com is unwittingly creating more "red light" districts within its framework. "Red light" actually implies that although what ever goes on there may be morally questionable, it is still legal.

But what is legal about these actual projects that have been posted on freelancer.com?


*These are representations of some of the projects you can find on freelancer.com and they are actual projects. All you need do if you care to follow the links is to look just beneath the project for similar projects and they may lead you to hundreds of illegal blackhat projects.

A Closer Look
Creating a YouTube BOT
The "legality" of this project and projects of this sort may be something that is arguable in the minds of some. But one thing that is certain is that YouTube will definitely frown at the idea of having a BOT viewer to rack up viewing numbers of a particular video post. They will definitely see it as an illegal project.

Another thing is that it is unfair to everybody except the video poster. It is unfair to the human viewer and browser who would naturally want to see why such a video has a high number of viewers. It will also be unfair to videos in the same category as theirs because they will suffer for it.

Besides, the creator of this illegal project can use this to make thousand of dollars (conservatively speaking) whether he wants to use it to attract traffic to a site or as a "service". This is definitely a black hat project.

The same goes for the second. Facebook won't be pleased about such a project. They will definitely view it as being an illegal project.
-it encourages blackhat techniques by default because who is going to look at racking up 100,000 Facebook Likes without thinking of a shorter cut to meet the target if it is possible?

Any we all know that it is possible because fake Facebook Likes are already making the rounds.

The Blame Game
This is according to the order and portion of Blame.

They take the lion share of the blame for not only allowing such but encouraging it by default. Like we said before, these are just representations of projects that are in there hundreds and possibly thousands when you expand it to include other illegal blackhat projects on the site.
Taking a proactive stand on this cannot be over emphasized and this is the defense freelancer.com will naturally give but all you have to do is look just beneath the project for similar projects and you will see how shallow the defense is.

But freelancer.com has been proactive in some instances. There was a time when there were lots of money exchange projects being posted on freelancer.com. A majority of those projects had to do with people who owned PayPal accounts and wanted a quick way to exchange the money using the freelancer.com in-house payment system or by any other means.
Freelancer.com considered these as illegal blackhat projects and was quick to shut such projects down to the point of making it a point to announce that such projects will not be tolerated and stiff penalties awaited those that tried it. Why were they so quick to run this down? The only plausible reason that comes to mind is that they have a tie in agreement with PayPal (as PayPal is known to pursue with numerous sites). The agreement is actually strong enough to keep almost all of PayPal's competition out of freelancer.com (one has been recently included).
So when it came to something that affected there pocket, they were quick to shut it down. But when it comes to projects that can effectively run down the integrity of other sites -they have similar projects in their hundred posted just underneath.
Freelancer.com takes the bulk of the blame because they are the only ones that can do something about it.

-It is their platform
-They have shown that they have the capacity to shut things down if they really want to

What they allow on the site makes them liable. You can't simply justify that you do not have control over projects that are posted especially when those illegal projects are highly detrimental to other sites. Such site will be confident of having a good case against you if the matter goes to court.

Why Freelancer.com will do Something Now
They will do something about this if not for anything else but for greed. They should know that now that it has come out and liability rests squarely on them as far as the sites that are being rundown are concerned, they will have to send out their "commando units" to shut this down just as they did with the PayPal money exchange projects.

Something Positive
Freelancer.com recently bought over Scriptlance.com which is one of the pioneer freelancing sites that was reputed to be the fifth largest of such before it was bought over by freelancer.com. Good things are happening freelancer.com but this also means that potentially more illegal blackhat projects are just waiting to be posted. They have to be on their toes not just with what affects their pocket but what might affect the pockets of other sites. And the real danger here is that is that freelancer.com might have a case to answer to if such sites decide to come after them for allowing illegal blackhat projects that are detrimental to their site to be posted.