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60 Connects limit is misleading

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Virtual C Member Since: Feb 4, 2016
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yes as per this connects system the 60 connect given are very less and also buying connects for $2 for each project is very expensive, there should be some easy way for freelancer like if the client has not awarded the project within 7 or 10 or 15 days what deadline he / she choose then the connects should be refunded to freelancer.

This will help both freelancer and upwork to bid more and earn more, because there may arise situation where user can leave upwork due to costly connects system however if they get the connects refunded then they will bid more and the commision charges which is 20% of the project amount gone to upwork will more.

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Steven E. L Member Since: May 5, 2015
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It appears Easter has come again. This thread is 15 months old.

 

Auto-lock FTW.

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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@Virtual C wrote:

 

This will help both freelancer and upwork to bid more and earn more, because there may arise situation where user can leave upwork due to costly connects system however if they get the connects refunded then they will bid more and the commision charges which is 20% of the project amount gone to upwork will more.


 "Virtual," the very last thing Upwork wants is for freelancers to bid more. The main reason for connects is to force the freelancer to be more discerning and not run around bidding on every job and driving good clients off the platform.

 

On a side note, TOS requires that you use your real name. 

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FreelanceOffices R Member Since: Apr 22, 2015
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Yesterday I paid 10 usd for 70 connects, I only receied 48 connects.

 

Already waiting one day for a reaction from Odesk.

 

I'm also working on Elance. The customers are more protected than the freelancers.

 

I did a big translation for an Indian company, but they never paid.

 

**edited for Community Guidelines**

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Rebecka W Member Since: Apr 22, 2015
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I don't mind the jobs requiring 2 connects. However, there should be an option to allow a Freelancer to ask the potential client a question, without using up a connect. 

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Dhirendra Ku. S Member Since: Nov 17, 2014
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Yes i am completely agree with this concept.oDesk indirectly approaching to take membership plan.Now its full business plan.Former it was excellent application quata 25/week.Now we got only 30 appliation per month.Hopefully its very bad for us.

 

oDesk please remove this conecpt and replae the quata again.

 

Thanks,

Dhiren

Dhiren
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Sukhdeep S Member Since: Apr 3, 2015
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I think 100% jobs need 2 connects on odesk, if you see on elance they depend on budget, if the budget is around $500 then then that job require 2 connects but on odesk if you try to apply for $5 budget job it need 2 connects. Wrong system 60 connects are just formality they are giving only 30 per month.

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Virtual C Member Since: Feb 4, 2016
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I agreed with your words...you are right 

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Robert O Member Since: Apr 4, 2015
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I certainly think the system can be tweaked, but as a new oDesk user I've seen a benefit since the introduction of Connects. 

 

Last week, nearly every job I considered applying for was spammed by dozens of contractors at $3.00 per hour.  Now with Connects contractors must be more discerning about which jobs to apply for. So, hopefully, my serious application will now stand out more instead of being lost in the crowd.

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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Robert,

 

Thank you for sharing your observations with us. It was precisely our intention when implementing the new system - to make sure freelancers are more selective when applying for jobs which will result in fewer, better quality applications.

~ Valeria
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