I noticed that there has been a lot of discussion regarding the lack of invitations being received by freelancers.
I would just like to add my 2 cents on this subject and put forward my theory regarding the primary cause of this issue:
Whenever you list a new job, the recommended freelancers Upwork suggests are much of the time irrelevant to the job post. It appears to me that there is a major issue with the platforms matching algorithm.
Additionally, when posting a job, I have been unable to figure out how to invite individual suggested freelancers. It appears that you have only 2 choices:
There are a couple of issues with choice number 2:
The result is, for the few jobs I have posted in the past couple of weeks, it has taken me a long time to search for and invite qualified freelancers.
What I imagine a lot of clients are doing given the time consuming process of inviting freelancers, is simply not inviting anyone at all.
The freelancer side of the platform has it's difficulties, but I find the client side to be extremely unintiutive and difficult to navigate (not to mention very time consuming and inefficient).
I am not a computer illiterate. I have a graduate degree in statistics, and a very strong background in statistical programming.
My intention here is not to put down Upwork. This post is merely intended to highlight the importance of logical thinking. In other words, these problems exist and there is a solution. Defending a broken product is not a solution.
I have struggled to manage my jobs. The message system is extremely confusing. It is littered with freelancers that I exchanged a couple of messages with and never hired. About 50% of the time I cannot access the message system. When I can access the message system, there is usually some persistent issue like not being to download/upload attachments.
Given the aforementioned issues, I have decided to post any future jobs I may have on Elance instead of Upwork. I kindly ask that Upwork administration keep Elance open until ALL of the issues with the Upwork platform are resolved