Once upon a long ago, Rad Inks was an elance service provider. Now I am back at Elance as a buyer. During the 3-4 years that we have been away, elance has really detoriated. Most of the projects that are available now just seem crazy. Everyone seems to want a facebook clone with all the bells and whistles for under USD 500.00 and they want the copyright to the source code too. What's even crazier is that they are people willing to bid for such projects.
Our own project is to get the Rad Inks site reorganized. It's been a few years since the last redesign and it's about time we did it. I thought a complete outsider could do a better job by providing a new perspective. So the project was announced and with in 48 hours had attracted more than 20 bids. Most of those bids were crazy. It's almost like people have bots running to place bids for any project that gets listed. Its obvious that many hadn't even fully read the requirement (which was rather brief and eminently readable).
All those bids were promptly rejected now we are communicating with those that are left over to try to find the good ones from the not so reliable or skilled providers. The trouble is it's darned hard to tell the difference.