edacsac - 5:53 pm on Feb 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'll try to stick to the high road. Gets discouraging though.
I've seen no-spec. This problem is much greater for photographers and no-spec is promoted quite heavily in the photog community. Doesn't help much though. Amateur photogs fall all over each other to have a picture show up in a magazine or a popular website. Their payment is their 15 minutes of fame. There are even business models where photogs actually pay for the chance to have a photo published. I'm sure there are just as many designers that would work quite hard for bragging rights alone.
Oh well. I'm going to forget I ever seen 99designs.