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The funny thing about all of this is that a"cold call" block is actually something the engineers might want.

As a software engineer: I've been chased by recruiters while heads-down on a project. It's an annoying distraction. With the tools at my fingertips (glassdoor, social and professional networks of other engineers that aren't particularly restricted by corporate borders in a deeply-interconnected era), I know the market value of the job and I know who's willing to offer more and less; I also can know about the corporate and engineering culture of the other companies. In short: if I want a change, I know where the door is and I know who's hiring. While in general, I'd agree with the notion that decreased price signalling could depress wages, I think it's a stretch to push software engineers working at the listed companies into an "oppressed workers" mold; it's a notoriously well-compensated field.

It's certainly a booby-trap to reason from one's own experience. But I find myself thinking that software engineers themselves might welcome the idea of a "no cold-call" list.

Do recruiters actually call you? I've gotten countless emails, which are easy to ignore—but I think I'd go insane if they started trying to call me.

Recruiters definitely sell telephone contact sheets to each other (or take them along when they change companies).

I've even had recruiters call me on my desk phone at work trying to do a sales pitch.

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