I wasn't sure where this should be posted so I stuck it here: Obviously I'm just a forum member with no moderation powers but I feel someone has to say something before the reaction to what seem like genuine requests for work, damage the reputation of the forum and it's members. I know we all feel under valued and a bit p**sed when we hear the words "I'm on a tight budget...." but if a prospective client browses the forum at the moment, I'd be amazed if they'd post their requirements for fear of quite a nasty attack. Equally, I'm pretty sure anyone who's posted a brief wont be coming back again. I'm fairly sure that most of the threads posted here are honest and the OP isn't intending trying to get something for nothing but genuinely doesn't know the going rate for proper design by real designers. These negative responses achieve nothing but to make the forum (and it's users) appear unfriendly, elitist & greedy. We all know thats not really the case and I'm sure some people would be quite hurt that anyone would think that of them. So isn't it about time something was done to fix it? With all of this in mind, would it not be possible to have a template for perspective posters to follow, listing their requirements but clearly stating that a projects budget must not be posted & should be discussed with individual designers. Another possible solution to prevent this kind of breakdown in communication would be to lock posts and require reply via direct message or email. I welcome your thoughts. Dave.