There is nothing more frustrating than responding to a request, only to have the potential client ask you questions so they can "Do It Themselves". I've paid Thumbtack on several occassions where the "response" was a "How do I...?" Usually, people pay me for my expertise - instead, I've had to pay someone else to give it away! I can answer questions for free on my social media pages with my content or volunteer events. I have passed on many requests because, if I've seen that the requestor has responded to  other quotes, I pretty much know I'm going to pay a fee to answer a DIY question, or reiterate my pricing, which is clearly stated in my quotes - which they apparently didn't read. This type of requestor behavior also leads me to believe these are revenue generators placed by Thumbtack - which is also discouraging. I agree with some of the previous comments about installing a fee to the requestor - I see many posts which I've learned are actually job recruiters looking to hire staff - or send email marketing bombs. It might also dissuade people form trying to ask for free DIY's. I would be happy to pay a little for a great lead/client - but I think they need to be screened for value and sincerity, too.
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