I recently posted a job description for a wordpress/php development on freelancer.com . Within a day I had about 50 bids. Exciting. Alas, reading the responses made me somewhat suspicious. For one, I asked everyone who bid to try out an existing website I owned---and I can see how many actually tried it out.
So, I decided to post another job:
most proposals I have received on my real proposal request seems to have been quasi-automated spam. so, to check who is just responding without information, here is another request:
replicate the entire google infrastructure in wordpress and php.
should be easy in php and wordpress, right? if you respond to this one with a bid, obviously you must be reading my RFPs in great detail.
Project ID: 8424001
To my surprise, I received 80(!) bidders, most claiming to have carefully read my requirements and being confident to satisfy them. Some added a few pretense questions
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I feel like a male in the ashley madison data base (see Gizmodo).