Yes of course. I was not proposing breaking any rules, and assumed you meant you had ones to recommend that you know directly.Even if one was willing to disregard rules of the crowdsourcing platform, i'd be careful working directly with a freelancer if they are not somewhat local. most crowdsourcing platforms enforce mechanisms to protect both the customer and service provider. it's typically not worth the risk for successful freelancers - they will be kicked out for skirting the rules.
IOW nothing to do with anything crowdsourced.
Surely these platforms don't get exclusivity even including prospects contacting them IRL who've never used the platform?