Any discussion of pricing by a group of people within the same industry is illegal in the U.S. It doesn't matter where, how, and when it happens. The federal government calls it "price fixing".
Any discussion that may be construed as an attempt to fix prices is not allowed within any of the forums. This includes all discussions relating to pricing, rates, and salary in regards to programming, Web design, employment within the Web design business sector, as well as independant contractor and individual business relationships, and other related subject areas.
Note: Discussion of rates, what to charge, etc., within any of the forums will be sufficient grounds for an immediate ban by a forum administrator.