No update on this as of yet. As mentioned previously, this was an intentional change to the way a project cost is displayed to clients as the oDesk fee is paid by freelancers. We are hearing the confusion this can cause in some circumstances and will continue to review this feedback to see if a change is warranted.
That's interesting, Garnor. So the total project cost is neither displayed to the client properly anymore, nor to the freelancer and neither of the two parties is receiving an invoice over oDesk's billed service fee of 10%. Way to do business.
Preston, with all due respect, and I really value your opinions and insights you volunteer to the community and don't mean this personally, but please don't speak for 'us'.
The majority of clients I spoke with, including myself, want the box back. It does NOT streamline the experience nor does it make it easier for my client or me, it's just causing more intransparency. Disguising the fact that oDesk makes 10% on every payment, which the whole purpose behind removing the box seems to be, does not create an environment that I feel comfortable doing business in.
If my clients wants to pay me a $1,000 bonus, it should be easy for him, and he shouldn't accidentally pay $10,000 or vice versa - which happened before, and I didn't enjoy it one bit, and no he's not stupid nor was the experience a great one. Neither he, nor me, should have to do the math. Paying freelancers should be simple and transparent. Period. Making paying freelancers more difficult combined with a continued lack of any transparency gives us a deep insight into just why exactly oDesk is struggling as much as it does.
I respect your view of feeling it's all for the better, even if I disagree with it, but please do not belittle the cutback of useful and proven features (at least for some of us) and speak for those who want it back. Again nothing personal.