Ridiculous Freelance Ad of the Week

I’m finding that when I post these insulting ads, I have less and less to say about them.  I mean, how many ways can you call someone a “cheapskate,” anyway?  That doesn’t mean that I don’t still find them infuriating, or in cases like this one, downright flabbergasting!

“Definitons are needed for a new and upcoming tech website. 200+ definitions need to be typed an hour in order to truly earn pay. Computer and technical definitons are what is needed. These will go through review as well before approved. They must be your words and only 1 to 2 lines each.

These definitions must be in English
please contact us on your website at www.xxxxxxx.com”

Let me make sure I get this straight…you need technology-related definitions that are going to require at least a modicum of research, but you admit that a person will need to write more than 200 of them in an hour to “truly earn pay.”  According to my completely unscientific findings, the average page in Word includes 49 lines of type.  Let’s split the difference and say that each definition takes 1.5 lines and then multiply that by the 200 needed per hour to “earn pay.”   That means you need to type 300 lines per hour, which is equivalent to approximately six pages an hour.

Another way to look at it is to consider that the average line of text is 10 words long, resulting in the need to research and write 3,000 words every hour in order to “truly earn pay.”  Riiiight.

To be fair, we don’t actually know how much is being offered, but let’s just say that I wouldn’t anticipate a very big number.




2 responses
  1. scalet05 Avatar

    What’s even worse is that they time you and when you fail to complete the 200 definitions within one hour the timer goes off and the keyboard explodes. lol. jk

  2. Ron Avatar

    Here is one I found:”The blog posts will be 650-800 words. You will chose your own topics and do your own research. Payout per blog is $3.25 The blog is based upon FRUGAL LIVING.” He practices what he preaches.


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