I agree with you 100% on the Premium Membership plan, it's really corporate bs. Ever since I heard of oDesk and Elance merger I've been dreading that they will change oDesk into a platform that I couldn't relate to and now they have started to do exactly that. I work at oDesk because I know it's fair for all freelancers, every one gets equal opportunity to land a job and this premium membership bs will destroy the foundation of oDesk. Hope all freelancers could come together and oppose this premium membership implementation.
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I was wondering if you could let us ask questions to the clients, that are publicly visible, as it is done in PeoplePerHour, so we don't waste our soon-to-be meager applications.
Many job offers don't contain enough information and we have no way to speak with the client other than with our applications.
If you come across a job post which doesn't offer enough detail about the scope and work requirements, report it. We we'll review and if appropriate contact the Client so they can provide more detail in the job description or remove the post for policy infringement.
When reporting a job, as in "Flag as inappropiate", there are no options to do this. All the reasons to report are for different things.
This is the totality of a job posted recently:
"Have a product I have outline of that needs a clean design. Will give details to qualified applicants."
How would I report that it has no information with this options?:
Flag as inappropriate:
Contact information included
Asking for free work
is in wrong category
Client requesting to work outside of oDesk
If you feel like the post has to be put in front of the oDesk Team for a review, you can flag it either as Spam or as a Job in Wrong Category. Thank you!
I believe the framework you presented is inapplicable here. In a competition, the participants are aware that they are competing. After a job is posted, a freelancer can see that there is an existing list of applicants who are his/her competitors and that there is a judge viz. the client. This informs the freelancer to prepare a pitch whose aim is to compete against the other pitches. When the job is awarded, the freelancer is aware who the winner is, what their bid was, and what their profile presentation looks like. This can help the freelancer going forward.
Whereas a client is soliciting services - they want something done, within a specific timeframe and for a price acceptable to them. Communicating as much of this information to potential applicants will only help their cause, and yet it is missing from a surprising proportion of job postings.
The client doesn't receive any signal from oDesk or elsewhere of how many freelancers did NOT apply because of a lack of information or unrealistic demands,
And hence there is no signal for the client to improve - they can't tell whether it's the platform which lacks qualified workers or their posting is inadequate.
And I seriously doubt many clients go around poking through the other active listings to check the budgets or communication of scope or popularity of similar jobs before composing their own posting. A job posting is presented as a a competition for the freelancers, it's not presented as such for the clients.