But if you find yourself in that boat, please take the survey and let me know!
I'm concerned that any competitive bid site like this will lead to the foreigners underbidding Americans, a la elance & oDesk. How will your service avoid that?
Two things I've been thinking about
1) Invite only referral system - You only get in if someone vouches for you -- keeps quality up, probably keeps your cost up as well, if you want bottom of the barrel you go to one of the other places.
2) If it ends up being completely open, then people can sort by third-party signals (github followers, stackoverflow karma, quora karma, linkedin connections, etc.)
Thanks for taking the survey!
there are some very big differences between what folks who are new to freelance need vs those who are 'old hat' and very little that is out there to connect these individuals together. im interested in trying to solve the issues that many industries are currently having with mentorship and education while also making sure folks work at rewarding jobs.
...is this really an "auction?"
Yeah, I'm not certain if auctioning your time will really work, but once people start using the system, I'll know better. It is a fairly interesting problem, and lots of things you can do.