Originally Posted by tswalk
out of curiosity Leigh, what are your views on having a forum that provides free advice?
its' a type of reverse parallel wouldn't you say.. taking a paying opportunity away from someone and providing it for free... devaluing that profession (weither it be critiques, educational or technical).
i'll use this as an example: http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=23
but honestly, there's thousands of similar forums all over that do the same type of "free" advice or service.
if i were to hold a similar outrage as you have expressed, i should absolutely appauled with myself contributing there.
Wow, really? You're really going this this absurd length in your attempt to prove your point? Why can't you just accept that many people here don't share your views about the "wonderful opportunity" being offered by this game developer?
I should really just ignore this post for being a tad silly, but hey, I'll humour you.
For a start, you're conflating issues. I never said anything about this "job" taking away work from someone who could be making money with it. I said that everyone deserves a fair wage when working for a studio. Having said that, I fail to see how you can draw a parallel between an online forum where people fire quick questions at others, and people who make a living selling information. I'd liken a web forum to a technical support line, a service generally offered free of charge to customers of a product. In this case, however, there's no product. It's a discipline that has no overall ownership, and thus, there are no technical support lines out there where hundreds of CG artists are employed in call centres to answer people's queries.
As someone who earns money on the side both teaching and writing (magazines, books) about CG, I can tell you firsthand that a web forum like this is not a competitor to those activities. This is simply because there's nobody around who'd be able to teach or write about a subject that encompasses the entire gamut of what's covered in the millions of threads on this site, whether it's technical queries or critiques.
Lastly, how you can compare web forums where communities help one another to developers who are using free labour for a product they're going to sell for their own profit and gain is beyond me. BrainFreeze already covered the finer points of this above, but essentially your comparison is rather akin to accusing subsistence farmers in a commune of taking business away from a supermarket. Or asking your friends for computer advice instead of the salesmen at a computer store.