vWorker - Bidding, Client Interaction and Project Award Policies and Mechanisms
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Project Search Mechanisms
Freelancers use the “Worker” side of the site, again accessed by a large tab. At the top left corner of the navigation bar here appears the word “Projects ” which contains three options. “Newest projects” brings up a default display of the most recent ten projects posted (and approved) on the site. “Browse projects” allows you to look for projects based on work category, and by clicking “do an advanced browse”, lets you to filter a search based on multiple work categories, as well as the status of the project and the pay type (hourly or fixed rate, including sub-options such as budget range). “Search projects” is the final option in the “Projects ” menu and lets you do a keyword search on the project database.
There is also a search box for projects, and duplicate project links, at the top of the site’s right hand column. Below this are a list of top ranked workers, and a scrolling box showing the titles of recent projects.
The default number of search results shown is only ten, which I think is too few, especially given that vWorker’s site tends to be quite slow at times. It is possible to change this, but only if you know how: you must select “Browse projects”, then do an advanced browse, and finally, change the number in the box right at the bottom from 10 to some other number.
Here’s what you’ll see for each project in the search results:
This is definitely not my favorite part of the vWorker site. I like the simplicity and the avoidance of gizmos such as pop-up boxes, but I think some poor choices have been made about what to show and not to show for projects. The client’s name and number of ratings are important, but why not show the client’s actual average rating? I think screen “real estate” is wasted on both a graphic and text to indicate bidding status, given that 99% of freelancers will only ever look at ones that are in open bidding. But the most puzzling decision here is showing the number of times the project has been viewed, but not how many bids it has. I can’t imagine why anyone would care how often a listing has been viewed, but many contractors avoid projects with excessive numbers of bids, and it would be nice to see that right in the summaries.
Another omission is the inability to add listings to the contractor’s “to do list” (vWorker’s equivalent of a project watch list) from the project search results. This can only be done within a project’s detailed listing.
vWorker’s site is at times noticeably slow when doing searches, especially advanced ones. Those who do a lot of browsing are advised to increase the number of search results per page so they don’t waste a lot of time every time they click “next” as they browse.
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