Once the client accepts your proposal, you will be able to interview and discuss the details further. If needed you may re-negotiate your bid depending on those details and come to a mutual agreement before the offer is sent and accepted.
Surely I'm not the only one with this concern. Wouldn't it make it easier for everyone if there was a way to ask questions before submitting a bid?
Do you think Upwork would change the requirement for a price when just asking questions?
Robin, you can also go to your proposal and click "Propose" different terms to edit your bid.
Currently freelancers have to apply for a job in order to start communicating with the client and there are no plans to change the process at this time.
re: "Currently freelancers have to apply for a job in order to start communicating with the client and there are no plans to change the process at this time."
As a client, I don't want people pestering me if they're not serious about sending a proposal to my job.
If you send a proposal, it doesn't commit you to anything at all. If you hear more about the job and realize it's not for you, then you don't have to move forward.
As a contractor, if you see a job which doesn't have enough information for you to make a decision about whether or not to submit a proposal, then THAT JOB WAS NOT MEANT FOR YOU.
There are many contractors who specialize in working with clients who need a little more help in formulating their ideas. If you're not one of those contractors, then just ignore those jobs.