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Project Listing Process

oDesk’s project listing process is a simple one-page form. It covers all of the basics needed in a new project page, including a variety of options. However, it provides virtually no guidance to help ensure a quality project posting. As with most of these forms, small snippets of help appear when you move the insertion point to a field, but nearly no infor­mation is given to help clients actually write a quality project description. The entire help text for the project description consists of a “do/don’t” list with a total of three bullet points between them.

Despite oDesk having rules against certain types of projects (as described earlier), these are not mentioned in the project posting page. There isn’t even a link to where these rules can be found, and they are also not mentioned in the site’s Terms of Service. Most clients will never even know that these restrictions exist, unless they specifically go looking for them in the oDesk help files. And how many clients are likely to do that?

oDesk also surprised me by having no confirmation step when posting a project, something I have never seen on any other freelancing site. As soon as you click the “Post a Job” button at the bottom of the form, boom, that’s it, the project is done and submitted. It’s pretty easy to see how this would contribute to accidental “junk” postings.

On the whole, oDesk could do a lot more to make its project listing process help encourage quality project postings.


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