Prohibit agencies from bidding on jobs designated for freelancers only
As an LSP posting jobs we have the option of requesting bids from freelancers only or from both freelancers AND agencies. We typically request bids from freelancers only but are still inundated with responses from other agencies disguised behind their owner's freelance profile.
I imagine that freelance profile must include every possible language combination so that they would get notified of all job postings and were allowed to bid on them. This is happening even if we limit the posting to the bidder's main language pair. Not sure how that is possible but, please, consider penalizing agencies who pose as freelancers in the job bidding process.
Josephine Bacon commented
When I have posted a job, I INSTANTLY get replies from agencies in third-world countries whom I know could not possibly handle the job and anyway I am looking for freelancers, these are just irritating time-wasters and worse, they are often totally dishonest.