Firsty, my response (perhaps correction) was to an individual's response on your thread. Also, a client's actions ARE completely relevant to job quotas as if a client has no intention to hire (like Ramon B said), it's wasting a freelancer's application.
This is a forum. You didn't ask questions, you just made statements. We, the people of the forum turned your thread into a discussion.
:-D We've been too disruptive!
However, despite this stern admonishment, I shall continue the thread I was deleting all my previous applications today, with the aim of securing as much work before Doomsday, and I noticed that only around 20-25% even hired. A significant number never added a payment method either. I'm interested to know what protection (if any) odesk has put in place against time wasting/fraudulent clients. I'm prepared to pay for the things, but it's a bit of a con if you're paying to apply for jobs that will never exist in the first place.