When I started this thread I expected to get attacked from all angles however it seems I am not alone in thinking that the quality is simply not there on Adultwork, while you may find the odd gem you have to sift through ten tons of shit.
In a perverse way, it adds to the challenge of possibly finding a WG for a future punt.
My approach to searching AW may vary greatly from others, but seems to narrow things down for me easily enough.
Exclude members that have been asked to verify.
That have logged in: within the last two weeks.
Ideally phone number shown.
I then focus on the feedback and check to see who the punters have also seen for authenticity.