Just throwing my two cents out there, The team requests topic had proven to be incredibly useful to myself over the past year. Just a few days ago I Released a post requesting a Sound designer and got 4 replies on the same day as making the post. I know other forums do things alot better, but all the people who are currently on my team have experienced the GameMaker side of things before, know what to expect from the technology. Likewise there have been people who have previously worked on other game projects, and as a result it has helped build a nice network of friends who all use GameMaker for different things, and this is something really interesting, and something that in my personal experience, other sites have failed to do.
I also feel that there are a great number of people on these forums who are still learning the ropes, and offer the same service at a cheaper price, to gain experience for themselves and to build portfolios. This is something really interesting and nice. In the past I have also used other forums, however I've generally had very blunt replies like "I Charge x amount for art. You give me requests. I make your art. Done".
I really hope the Portfolio's topic does a good job of fulfilling this gap, however I fear that it may not, simply because alot of what interests people, whether it be artists, musicians, programmers etc isn't necessarily just getting a Job, but getting involved with a project they want to get involved with.
Just my own thoughts.
The portfolio section doesn't have any rules (afaik) that says you need to charge for things. So far it seems to be a simple "I am offering my services, here are some examples of my work.".
It doesn't say anything about free service or charged ones. So if a novice wants to do stuff for free he/she can.
I also dont see anything wrong with the blunt replies. You pay for their services, not their friendship. However cliché it might be... time is money, the time they spend chatting with you, they could very well spend on trying to find new gigs.
Doesn't mean they need to be douches though. Just saying, that if they do their work properly and communicate in an acceptable fashion, then there is nothing wrong with it.
Also, for the "look what I made guys. What do you think?" type of posts... there is always The Unofficial Art Gallery
Anyway, maybe it'd be nice if we had a subforum for "volunteer projects", basically like "job offers" but for volunteer work. Though still have some guidelines to limit the "dream projects".
Or maybe just let people recruit in the "WIP" games forum. Since it requires people to actually post a wip already.
Congrats on 3000th