The Skype part of it may be a show stopper for some; either due to technology, time zone differences, scheduling, etc. I know that while I would have no problem with a Skype interview for a regular job, I wouldn't likely schedule the time for a lower-paying content side gig. Just a candid reaction. And if the goal is primarily to verify ID, there are other methods that could be employed. Beyond that, getting serious about quality is moving in the right direction. Most of the bullet points in the OP make sense in furtherance of that goal.