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    Question A new British freelancing platform for web developers - Suggestion

    We're working on launching , a new British targeted freelancing platform.

    Web development services will represent one of the core services offered through that platform. We are at the early stage and would like to know from potential users like you what would you like to find on such a platform which is not currently implemented on platforms like Elance or Odesk.

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    I'm only going to allow the link in this case for the purposes of discussion since it appears that on the surface, you were legitimately looking for feedback and because I have some comments on this specific topic. Please note, David, that we don't allow link dropping under nomral circumstances.

    One thing I'd like to see upfront is how you avoid the race to the bottom scenario that occurs on Elance whereby people can see other people's bids, undercut them, and turn web design and development into factory work. oDesk has a closed bidding process, but it's not really immune to this scenario either as there's an average bid that does show up. You'd have to seal off bidding and have a way of making sure that employers set reasonable minimums for their projects (no $3 an hour "SEO" or "virtual assistant" nonsense). Of course, now that both of them have merged, I'm suspecting even more insanity to come about (mostly because they're telling us that "nothing will change"...yeah, right),

    The other thing I'd love to see is how you prescreen contractors. There's a pretty big chasm between the top 0.1% and the other 99.9% of contractors on oDesk, having seen it from both sides.

    I'm not British, but it looks like you're targeting a worldwide audience so I'm potentially interested on those grounds.
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