No need to be fearful Isabelle. It looks like your freelancing career on oDesk is on solid ground and it'll continue to be so as you continue to deliver great work. By focusing innnovation on a single platform, this bodes well for the growth of your freelancer career.
Thanks for the feedback Daniel. Please realize that oDesk will be the platform where we will be focusing our innovation and our initiatives around better matching, support, etc. Because of this, we're not building a similar bridge for duplicating your oDesk profile on Elance. You'll be able to leverage your profile to continue winning the business you do today on oDesk, along with the new business/clients that arrive as we move ahead with this effort.
Respectfully, I know all that, because, as I said, I read the email from Fabio. I also read the linked FAQ's, from which I believe you copy and pasted your response.
My takeaway from your obfuscated and political response is that I'm absolutely right: Elancers will, during the 2 year interim, be able to leverage their profiles to get jobs on both platforms, while oDeskers will receive no such reciprocal benefit.
Is that correct? (I am not asking you to comment on whether or not this is fair or balanced, or to offer up a possible rationale behind the decisions, but to simply respond, yes or no, regarding my bolded interpretation of the announcement and the linked FAQ list)
@Garnor M wrote:
Correct Daniel. We are not building a bridge that will allow oDesk freelancers to replicate their profiles on Elance.
Thank you for a clear, concise answer.
Resources allocated to make sure no ELancer is hampered by the coming changes? The Bridge.
Resources allocated to make sure no ODesker is hampered by the coming changes? None.
The obvious conclusion: ELancers are more valued by the new "Elance-ODesk" Platform (see the hint in the new name as to the priority of platforms?) than historical oDesk freelancers.
My intention (which I have inacted this week with 3 clients) to continue moving all clients off the platform as soon as the 24-month exclusivity window expires seems to have been validated as more information is released.
I chose oDesk over ELance for a reason back when I started freelancing. It seems to be dying the death of a thousand cuts, and I for one am sad to see it go.
"where we will be focusing our innovation and our initiatives"
I don;t like to say but the issue is we will remain as your experimental bodies , while they(Elance) will come and Try to get our Clients ( a more competitive envoirnement ) . As clients at odesk will consider them as Odeskers rather than Elancers. I really believe that we are being pushed to walls while Elance is being given higher chance to do more.