IMO it appears that Upwork is more so listening to FLs and Clients recently. If that's the case, hopefully it's a trend that will continue; especially listening to those of us that are experienced.
If they're not listening, that's unfortunate as there's much they could learn. However, it is there business; as such of course they're free to operate it as they see fit.
FLs and Clients aren't trees; we're free to utilize any platform we prefer. No platform is perfect; Upwork most certainly has challenges. However, even with those challenges IMO Upwork is the best.
IF (yes, a big "if') U can get the bugs worked out this rollout is definitely an example of listening to users.
Buyers won't have to wade through a cesspool of garbage proposals. FLer proposals won't be buried in that same morass.
IF the kinks can be worked out efficiently and the program work on a sustaining level - over time word will spread that U has improved and is now a platform from which to contract with true professionals.
End result: Better buyers. More competent FLers. More money all around.
PS @ Scott - my comment about 'morality' were not intended to be addressed to you. It was intended to apply to all those claiming "big mean U" in 2 very long threads.
Sure, UW is listening to people. Just many more than clients and freelancers. Think investors. UW is adding and diversifying revenue streams, something it had to do. I just tried to add a new freelancer to my agency account, but I can't on a free account. That's understandable.
The nonsense of free connects is at an end. This is "unfair" to providers from the develolping world, as they may pay a day's wages for a pile of connects, while I'll spend five or six minutes' revenue. Life is unfair. There is no free lunch.UW must recover cost and make a profit; it's not a charity or social services agency.