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Invited Freelancers

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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Andrei T wrote:

Invitations are not mandatory. A well-written job post will make freelancers submit proposals on their own. Actively inviting users to a job is meant for urgent situations only, when time is critical. Abusing this would defeat its purpose.


Three invitations are more than enough to test the feature and determine if buying the extra credits it's worth it when the urgent situation arises.


With all due respect: sez you. Some clients use invitations to avoid having to plow through 50 bids from totally unqualified FLs to find a handful of viable candidates. Until UW does a reasonable job of qualifying FLs before admitting them to the platform, it's sensible to give clients tools to find who they need without undue time and aggravation.

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Andrei T Member Since: Aug 30, 2016
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Phyllis G wrote:


With all due respect: sez you. Some clients use invitations to avoid having to plow through 50 bids from totally unqualified FLs to find a handful of viable candidates. Until UW does a reasonable job of qualifying FLs before admitting them to the platform, it's sensible to give clients tools to find who they need without undue time and aggravation.


Maybe an optimized set of filters on the list of FLers that already submitted proposals for a job would have a better effect.

 

Offering unlimited invites will just move the clutter from the client to the freelancers having to deal with a high number of invitations to jobs unrelated to their qualifications.

 

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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Andrei T wrote:

Phyllis G wrote:


With all due respect: sez you. Some clients use invitations to avoid having to plow through 50 bids from totally unqualified FLs to find a handful of viable candidates. Until UW does a reasonable job of qualifying FLs before admitting them to the platform, it's sensible to give clients tools to find who they need without undue time and aggravation.


Maybe an optimized set of filters on the list of FLers that already submitted proposals for a job would have a better effect.

 

Offering unlimited invites will just move the clutter from the client to the freelancers having to deal with a high number of invitations to jobs unrelated to their qualifications.

 


Yes, but that kind of filtering is not typically the sort of thing UW prioritizes. And personally, I think they have hotter fires to put out. In any case, it takes me a few seconds to decline a poorly targeted invitation. I'm happy to do that many times a week, if it means not inconveniencing clients--especially ones who have not used UW much yet and don't yet see value that outweighs their annoyance.

 

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I agree that 3 or even 6 seems low. They should get perhaps 10 to 20, maybe. Give them a little more wiggle room for their money, to interview legit FLs.

The whole thing is a mess. It will be interesting to see where it sits 3 months from now.





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