The Lemures Files
  Guest Article: June 18th, 2001

Something for Nothing?

By: Kyla

After being away from my computer for a week I had an enormous amount of mail, the majority of it being aimed from my graphics shop ( MGS. Now what was the interesting part was these emails had two things in common. A) they wanted to tell me what a GREAT site I had, and my designs were beautiful, and they wished they could be as good as I am. And more of the same. B) and second they wanted me to make them something. Now I say do not ask me to make you something, because I do not have the time. But when in a good mood I have been known to do a favor if I have the time. BUT in every rare case this has happened it has been to someone willing to do something for me in return and has not tried to suck up to me.

I'll say this and it may sound conceited BUT I know my site is good. As many hits as it gets and guestbook signs, you don't have to tell me. Okay so that did sound really conceited.

But what I'm getting at is the trend of todays new webmasters. Is there some unwritten law that says we no longer compensate people? Now I make free graphics because I get bored, I make more layouts than I need for my domain and countless other things. And all I ask in return is credit. Now that is pretty much something for nothing, and THAT I don't mind. I'm just trying to be helpful.

Here's the catch though, they are NOT satisfied with this. They want more, they want personalized layouts, they want buttons, they want it all done by me for free!! and the majority of the time they don't even want to give credit to anyone.

What I'm trying to get across to these people that piss me off is that the same rules apply on the internet as in the real world. More so in fact. Do you go to your best friend and say hey, make this for me, or do this for me, and they say whats in it for me, and you go nothing but nice shirt? Okay well not completely fitting but close enough.

And the moral of this story is you can't get something for nothing, so stop thinking you can. But wait... let me rephrase that you can get nothing for nothing as in anything for free is most of the time not worth having.

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