Mark F wrote:
I have no idea if this a good idea or a bad idea or something Upwork would do or not do but I can't imagine I would ever ask a question on it.
The thing to realize is that customers often have no idea what they want and the most difficult customers have the wrong idea about what they want. In your proposal you might find by asking the right question can actually help enlighten them, not only about their own project but about your ability to do that project.
No way I am going to hand out a good question to every single person bidding a project. The only reason someone hires me at my rate is that I convince them I am brilliant at what I do and it helps me not at all to have 45 other people say "what he said".
Now, I realize that there are some really hopeless jobs out there that could maybe be helped by this feature. But I also see a few jobs that the job is actually a cry for help, and if you can read between the lines, you can see oppurtunity.
What Mark said. I've said it before, too.
Let clients who can't bestir themselves to write decent RFPs get pelted with crap proposals. They'll either get a clue or leave.
Rene K wrote:
They got rid of free connects so clients receive less spam. There is no way on Earth they are gonna to let people send direct messages to clients now that you have to pay to send a message to clients. This would make no sense.
In addition, do this and clients will receive tons of messages from people begging for a job. See what happens when an unfortunate client adds their website in their job post that contains their contact information. Their phone lines and inboxes are flooded by people begging for work.
You don't want Upwork to implement this (and they won't).
I totally see your point, but I totally see Laura's point as well. The only solution I see is to ignore job posts with insufficient job descriptions, and I only apply to those that have enough information for me to at least do a close initial proposal. After I speak with the client, I then can revise my proposal based on the additional information I discover. But when it's just "I need a grant writer" and no other information, even with a high budget, I pass. If you can't even tell me what field you work in, like "arts education nonprofit seeks grant funding" or "homeless shelter needs grant writer" then I don't want to open that can of worms where the client isn't even prepared to seek grant funding. It would be nice if we could ask a few public questions, but I don't see how it could be implemented without the concerns Rene raises.