Freelance Jobs - Guidelines (updated January 22, 2017)

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Freelance Jobs - Guidelines

This forum provides a place for paid freelance job postings. This means serious companies or individuals looking to hire artists for work on a contract basis.

We have a few simple guidelines to follow here to cut down on the clutter and keep this professional.
  1. This is for freelance/contract work only. On-site postings should be made in the Full/Part time onsite forum.
  2. No mods, or any other form of non-paid positions, including "pay when we're done" structure projects. If you can not offer industry standard pay, immediately on completion of the contract, you are not offering a contract/freelance job. If your project does not offer immediate pay, it belongs in the Royalties or Unpaid Work forum sections.
  3. Do not spam. Post your ad once. If you're looking for someone, and you have updated the position, then it is OK to update your thread to show that change. Feel free to refresh your thread with changes, but provide something in your post besides "Just a bump" or "Still looking!". Update the first post, and make a new reply to explain what has changed. The point of this rule is to discourage meaningless posts. Otherwise everyone is bumping their thread to get to the top, and each thread gets filled with posts which are an annoyance for everyone.
  4. Do not reply in a thread unless you have a relevant question which informs everyone, i.e. "What is the length of the contract?", "Do you require specific software?", etc. Don't ask questions which only apply to your situation. When contacting someone for work, if they provide an email address use that, otherwise use the Send Message link next to their post. 
  5. Applicants should not post images from their portfolio, info selling themselves, or links to their portfolio in a company's thread. If you want to apply, email or Send Message them directly with a link to your portfolio. We ask applicants not to apply directly in a thread, because these posts make it more difficult for other applicants to find information about the job itself.
  6. Do not post just to say you have applied, i.e "Message sent!". This is an annoyance for the original poster (OP) and everyone else.
  7. Do not ask when you'll receive a response, or to state you haven't heard back. Responding to each applicant is a very time-consuming process, most OPs do not have the time for this. If you do not hear back, it is best to assume the OP is not interested in your submission. If the OP is still looking, they will post an update.
  8. This is not a place to critique/comment on other people's work, these sort of responses need to be kept in Showcase & Critique. If you have a comment for someone, use Send Message.
  9. If you are a new user posting and do not see your thread, feel free to use Send Message to contact one of the moderators who will make sure it gets approved. We have an anti-spam filter in place to catch all the nonsense and viagra ads that somehow always seem to end up here. If you do not see your thread after posting, do not post multiple threads, just contact one of the moderators via Send Message.
  10. If you see someone breaking these guidelines, we encourage you to use the Flag > Report button. This sends a message to the moderators, who will look into the post and decide whether it needs moderation. 

If you have any questions about this section feel free to ask in this thread.

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  • Hriskiss
    Okay, thanks for the info. I didn't know that posting an images or links from my portfolio is ''bit unprofessional'' in this web platform!
    All the best Hris
  • maxmuses
    thanks for the very clear rule
  • Eric Chadwick
    Hriskiss wrote: »
    Okay, thanks for the info. I didn't know that posting an images or links from my portfolio is ''bit unprofessional'' in this web platform!
    All the best Hris

    Images from applicants make a job poster's thread more confusing. Images which are not from the OP make it more difficult for other applicants to focus on the job information.

    It is best to make your own portfolio website, or make a thread in Artist Looking For Freelance Work, then send the link to the company, using either an email or a private message.

    You should only post a thread reply if you want to ask a question about the position.
  • Mitchellangelo
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    Mitchellangelo polycounter lvl 2
    Thank you for clearing that up with me. I apologize for posting a comment on that job posting, I didn't know it was against the rules. Luckily now I know.
  • dgm_mkII
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    dgm_mkII polycounter lvl 3
    Just a question, what does [PAID] in the title mean?
  • Meloncov
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    Meloncov polycounter lvl 6
    dgm_mkII wrote: »
    Just a question, what does [PAID] in the title mean?

    Just that the job is paid, not volunteer/equity based. It's redundant here due to the way the boards are set up; I think you mostly see it because people copy-paste the same job posting to several places.
  • dgm_mkII
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    dgm_mkII polycounter lvl 3
    Meloncov wrote: »
    Just that the job is paid, not volunteer/equity based. It's redundant here due to the way the boards are set up; I think you mostly see it because people copy-paste the same job posting to several places.

    Thanks for the explanation.
  • Eric Chadwick
    I added these two points to the OP, as it seems people are a little unclear on job posting etiquette. Hopefully this helps.
    • Do not post just to say you have applied, i.e "PM sent!". This is an annoyance for the OP and everyone else.
    • Do not ask when you'll receive a response, or to state you haven't heard back. Responding to each applicant is a very time-consuming process, most OPs do not have the time for this. If you do not hear back, it is best to assume the OP is not interested in your submission. If the OP is still looking, they will post an update.
  • Ofrst
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    Ofrst polycounter lvl 5
    I got just one question, everything else is more or less clear to me. Since this thread is called Freelance Jobs, is it OK
    and by the rules that entire studios or even intermediaries are applying on these ads, that way, they're practically stealing
    jobs from single freelancers. Me as a single freelancer can't possible parry to ten people that are working for some studio.
    It's happening on other game job forums as well, same people, so I'm interested what do you think about it.
  • EarthQuake
    We do not dictate in any way who can reply to an ad. If an individual contractor or an outsourcing studio is the best choice is entirely up to the ad poster/client.

    However, nobody, individuals or otherwise, should be publicly replying to ads if they do not have a relevant question. If you see someone replying publicly to job ads to advertise their portfolio/studio, please flag the post.



  • Eric Chadwick
    OfrWhenst said:
    I got just one question, everything else is more or less clear to me. Since this thread is called Freelance Jobs, is it OK
    and by the rules that entire studios or even intermediaries are applying on these ads, that way, they're practically stealing 
    jobs from single freelancers. Me as a single freelancer can't possible parry to ten people that are working for some studio.
    It's happening on other game job forums as well, same people, so I'm interested what do you think about it.

    I understand the sentiment, I'm a sole proprietor myself, but I'm not sure jobs are being lost.

    Studios or groups are typically more expensive than individuals. Offices and equipment, or even just the management layer.

    There's also scale of work to consider. Different needs for different contracts. If the work volume is larger than a single person, then the employer can either manage a collection of independent freelancers (at considerable time investment) or they can contract a studio (at higher cost but less time).

    But ultimately if we tried to gate it, I don't know if it would actually be effective. Competition will always exist, it's business after all. 
  • Eric Chadwick
    I also want to mention this. Individual freelancers offer something you don't always get with studios... personalized service.

    When I hire an individual, I know I am getting that particular person working on my assets. I can depend on that level of quality. When I hire a studio, I never know which individuals are being assigned to my particular job, so from day to day I may get differing levels of quality, or errors pop up which I thought we solved long ago. The studio is supposed to make sure this doesn't impact the work, but sometimes it does anyway.

    So, there's a certainly a quality niche that individual freelancers fill. Everyone has their place.

    That was a good question. I think I can speak for all the moderators here when I say we welcome discussion about how the forum is run. After all, it's ultimately meant to be here for you, the community.
  • Eric Chadwick
    Updated the rules today. We've changed these from Rules into Guidelines. We do not actively patrol the job sections to catch rule breakers. 

    If you see someone breaking these guidelines, we encourage you to use the Flag > Report button. This sends a message to the moderators, who will look into the post and decide whether it needs moderation. 

    We hope the community can self-police. This section is here at your request, after all, and exists for your benefit. We hope you will show us your professionalism; if not then we'll have to revise things a bit. But we believe in you!
  • Y-NOT486
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    Y-NOT486 polycounter lvl 4
    I posted replies last night to two positions, stated my interest, provided a link to my portfolio and my email (all other replies in the the threads were written similarly). This morning I was informed that both were deleted due to breaking the rules. I have a desire to follow the rules to the letter, but in this instance I can't see what what Violations warranted my replies being removed. I have enough problems trying to find work, I would hate to lose this forum as a resource.
  • Eric Chadwick
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