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Compared to the firestorm of 2006, the no spec work battle was waged quietly in the trenches this year. Everyone seemed to be in agreement: Don’t do spec, don’t get your kids hooked on spec, don’t spec yourself before you wreck yourself.

And then there was the notorious no spec bait and switch, an ad placed in response to a less-than-desirable search for a designer on Craigslist. No one ever fessed up to writing it, but the positive anonymous vibes flew for awhile, until another opinionated individual came up with his own reasons for why the response was dead wrong. And we’re right back where we started from. Again.

UPDATE: Correction to the above, Catherine Morley writes to remind us that Dave D’Esposito wrote the Craigslist diatribe.

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