vWorker - Bidding, Client Interaction and Project Award Policies and Mechanisms
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Project Detail Page
vWorker’s project detail pages are very long and somewhat clunky. I’m glad that the company makes an effort to include as much information as possible, but the design of this page is certainly not going to win any awards either for form or function.
The top of the page shows the project title, next to a pointlessly large icon indicating the project compensation type (usually a stylized globe). This is followed by two columns of essential project stats, such as the client’s name, rating and verification status, project budget and maximum bid, and any relevant bidding restrictions.
Below the summary information is the project description. This can be quite long, as it contains both the client’s own entered description for the task, and also sections of automatically generated rules and requirements, as mentioned above. You’ll find here the legal protection verbiage chosen by the site to correspond to the project’s categories, and answers to “wizard” interviews for some project types can get quite lengthy. If the client has requested an expert guarantee (see below), three paragraphs about that appears here as well.
Allowing clients to use arbitrary HTML results in some fairly ugly project descriptions: oversized and garishly-colored fonts are commonplace, as are tiny unreadable fonts and weirdly formatted copy-pastes from other sources. It’s not a huge deal most of the time, but occasionally can make it hard to even figure out what the client wants.
One thing I do like about vWorker’s project details page is the including of a bidding form right on the page where the project is described. This can be used either to immediately enter a bid, or to ask the client a question.
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