Yes, you're right.
In case the number of specialized profiles remains limited to 2, and portfolio items cannot be added to the general profile, the only "solution" is for one of the two specialized profiles to be transformed into a 2nd "general profile".
Of course this contradicts the purpose of existance of specialized profiles, but taking into account that for now there is no other way to solve it, and there is no official take on it, the result will be opposite to the intended result.
To allow again adding items to the general profile until a better solution is found would be great.
When I try to add items to my portfolio (general profile) it redirects me to creating specialzed profiles. Is this a bug, or intentional?
I started on Upwork with specialzed profiles but soon realized the major flaw in using them as a new Upwork freelancer (and this was confirmed by an Upwork employee).
Once the portfolio items are posted, you can go to the Portfolio section of your Specialized Profile and edit this section. From there, you can deselect the portfolio item so that it only shows in the General profile. If you have any additional questions let me know, thank you.
How come that is the case?
Specalized profiles do no favours for freelancers new to Upwork. I don't understand why we should be further punished for wanting to stick with a general profile? It seems like a very reasonable feature to include.
1. Deleting or editing is not working. Item is deleted from all of my profiles.
2. Why is this topic ever displayed as "solved"? No real solution has been provided. Am I missing something?
Those specialized profiles are counter intuitive and a flaw for those who already specialize.
What if you do only one thing in one field? Well, it's bad for Upwork, you have to be a jack of all trade...