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Offline krackerjax

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Avoid Freelancer.com
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:36:52 AM »
I needed an extension developed for Fusion 2.5. I figured I'd give freelancer.com a try. I posted what I needed, however, noticed immediately that what I typed was not what was posted. For one, instead of the project title I originally put, it was the default genetic title of "Write some software." Next I noticed the price range was wrong. Instead of the $30-$150 option I selected it was the $$50-$700 option.

I clicked to edit the project. It won't let you edit the title when you click in the box. There's no option at all to change the project price range. I figured I'd delete the project and repost it. Their system wants to charge me $5 to delete the project. I was dumbfounded. My project hadn't even been up for 20 minutes.

I contacted support about the issue including my concern for being charged $5 to delete a project that cannot really be edited and where information was wrongly posted due to an error of their system. I received s response basically telling me price range and titles cannot be edited. They suggested I delete the project but reminded me that deleting a project incurs a $5 fee. It's almost as if they could care less their system messed up and they were trying to rip me off. I responded that I would be deleting my account.

This was the first time and my last time ever using freelancer.com. Their site software is buggy and they could care less about it. Hopefully I'll have better luck with odesk.



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Re: Avoid Freelancer.com
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 11:24:34 AM »
Wow, that sounds like a real mess!

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Re: Avoid Freelancer.com
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 03:03:22 PM »
I have used it as there not a whole lot out there so not much to so I got my site up but still having problem testing it and not sure how to  fill it with freelancers and projects if someone can give me ideas I listening for sure and this weekend I got to get it tested even if I have to get a couple to do it and give reimburse them
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Re: Avoid Freelancer.com
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 06:13:13 PM »
After threatening to cancel I got the following response back:

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As a one-time courtesy, we have changed the details as you have requested. Kindly inform your bidder for your project "Develop PDF Generation Extension For Fusion 2.5" (Project ID: 5908731) of your budget range of $30 - $150 USD so that they can make any necessary changes accordingly.

Note that the same may not be granted again in the future. For your next projects, kindly check all the details before posting it live on the site. When you edit the skills for your project, the system may automatically set a default title based on what you have selected from the lists. We suggest that you check these to make sure they are correct before posting the project live to avoid inconveniences on your end.

Basically, it seems they won't admit to any error on their part.  They're making out to where they're doing me a favor.  I'll see if I get any responses to my project and how the responses are.  However, based upon their attitude it's very unlikely I'll post any more projects.  Any company that won't even look in to bugs in their system is not one I wish to do business with.

As for posting a project... It's pretty straightforward.

  • Select the category, such as Websites IT & Software, then the Subcategory
  • Then fill out the details such as a title, price range, skills, and a description

I'd recommend be as detailed as possible in the description.  Thus far I've received a reply for about $1,000 even though the budget was around $150.  Starting to wonder if people actually read the projects before replying to them on freelancer.  I responded to your PM.  I'll be glad to help where I can.  I'm not experienced with posting on freelancer sites.  However, I'm a computer geek.

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Re: Avoid Freelancer.com
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2014, 11:21:07 PM »
I have used it as there not a whole lot out there so not much to so I got my site up but still having problem testing it and not sure how to  fill it with freelancers and projects if someone can give me ideas I listening for sure and this weekend I got to get it tested even if I have to get a couple to do it and give reimburse them

If you are looking for unique, affordable content, you might try http://www.iwriter.com. (Not an affiliate link)

I have used them several times and received some decent content for not too much money. They have a tutorial there that shows you how to submit a request for content in the topic of your choice. There are options to select the more elite content writers and those whose native language matches whatever you want.

It is worth a look. Hope that helps!

Cheers!
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Re: Avoid Freelancer.com
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014, 12:36:49 AM »
great discussion, y'all. I appreciate some of the tips and great information so for. I can't add because I haven't used the sites, but I sure like to hear more.

Thank - MM

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Re: Avoid Freelancer.com
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2014, 03:14:52 PM »
Starting to wonder if people actually read the projects before replying to them on freelancer...

From my experience most bidders don't.  :(  That's why I'll include a trivial question in my projects ... such as, what is your favorite season?  Favorite color?  If they don't answer then I know they didn't read the project thoroughly.

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Re: Avoid Freelancer.com
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2014, 03:36:05 AM »
Heck! Well, I don't like freelancer.com I prefer oDesk.