"That may be true for traditional portal type sites, but i don't really see how an active/useable forum will increase : - the number of jobs posted or - quality of freelancers - increase the hire rate from clients Right now the forums are an advanced 'complain area'. Converting into a space where professionals talk with each other could increase business, but i don't see how they could do that. Its hard to compete with for ex Stack Overflow (just to give an example related to my profession ). Also i'm not sure how eager everyone would be with sharing tips"
Sandor, I had a job offered to me because I posted on the forum. No, I did not ask for a job, I was invited to interview though because I fit something they were looking for. So I do believe a forum could be a place that prospective clients and freelancers could find quality work. I would really like to see an easier way to view the forum. The way it is now is very hard to read topics when they have been replied to especially when it might be a reply to a first page post. Just my two cents worth. I have read a lot of valuable information on the forum, especially when I first started on Odesk.