Sure, we can. That, and the fact that I never get any good responses, are the reasons why I no longer use buyer requests when I am buying.
I actually understand what you mean regarding mousetraps - I have a similar issue at the moment as I have a plan for the way I want my site to look, features etc and I contacted someone I felt may be able to do it. As it turned out, he can’t do what I wanted but he suggested some other options that could work, one of which I really like but am not sure about. There is even a feature that I hadn’t thought of in it but that would be extremely useful. I am still considering whether the option I like will work but the thing is, even if I do not go ahead with the offer the seller made, I will go back and pay him for his time.
Simplicity is only good when the site/service/design only requires simplicity. Sure, Google is a simple looking site but the reason it works is not because of the simple home page but because of the HUGELY complex stuff behind the scenes which make the plain white page and a text box work properly. Bing, Yahoo, AskJeeves - they all have a similarly “simple” design but Google has the best complex stuff behind it to make it popular.
Not sure what you mean by this. If you agree a service with the seller and the seller does not/can not do what was agreed then you can be refunded. I would always suggest that when you are dealing with “a little” cash that you split it into pieces and order it in stages or milestones. This means you only pay a bit at a time and then approve each step before paying more.
The reality with the contest platforms is that you can have the same issues, if the site looks good etc but then either doesn’t have a feature you want or the end product does not live up to what the demo appeared to deliver then you will find have a dispute there which will also essentially depend on a third party decision as to whether it is close enough to the description or not.
The reason I suggest consultation gigs is simple, you will get to know what to expect. Many sellers are afraid to think outside the box in their designs because the buyer may then reject it. Fiverr ToS is clear that the gig must deliver what was asked for so taking your idea for a mouse trap and creating MOUSETRAP 2.0 is a risk for a seller to do. By consulting professionally, discussing and planning WITH your seller, doing it in stages, making sure all is clear at each step both you and the seller can create something that works.