Name: Anjan Phukan
Location: New Delhi, India
In freelancer.com, to ask a question, a programmer has to place a bid first! OK what does a project clarification mean and what is the purpose of it! A project clarification board (PCB) is to ask the client more about the project, clear any doubt, ask technical stuffs etc. at the very beginning of the project.
Suppose sometime clients posts projects as "Redesign my website with this this this feature and function..." but they don't post their website link. Now say I am a php developer and I want to bid on the project, but before that I want to confirm that the current website is in php framework, so I want to ask him the current site url. But for this only I have to place a bid first on the project!!! Is it fair?
OK if I place a bid there to know about the url and after that I come to know that "Oh no! it's not php! It's in ASP.NET or JSP." Then??? That mean I have just wasted one of my limited bids for a project which is out of my skills. So is it fair too?
And after placing a bid, why shall I use the PCB to communicate with the client??? I will definitely act as a cleaver and selfish. After using one bid, why shall I help other programmers (those who haven't yet placed a bid) by asking any question via PCB? Won't I use the private message board to communicate with the client?
So I don't know what is freelancer.com's company policy behind that, but my question is that is it logical to force the programmers to place a bid before clearing any doubt regarding the project or checking his/her ability to work on the project before the project and via the project clarification board.
I don't think the PCB in freelancer.com is useful for anyone these days. They must see websites like peopleperhour, twago and their partner scriptlance etc.