I’m all about trust. I think it’s important for clients and freelancers to establish trust off the bat. If an employer’s first communication to me mentions he’s worried I might plagiarize, there’s no trust and I’m turned off from working at that job. I hate seeing Copyscape in job ads.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t condone cut and paste jobs. I know employers use CopyScape to nip this in the bud, and I don’t have a problem with that. My problem is when a client announces in a job ad that he’ll be using CopyScape. This is so insulting. If you’re going to use it, use it. You don’t need to tell your freelancers you don’t trust them – before they’re even hired.
I know we need to take measures to prevent content theft and protect our websites, but to establish mistrust from the very beginning sets the tone immediately. It breeds suspicion and low morale and puts freelancers on edge.
I know many employers are going to use CopyScape. If so, can you please do so quietly? We freelancers don’t want to know you have no faith in our ability to write something original.