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Any update on when the forced specialized profile mandate will end?

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prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "...yet we have a 0% say in what features are rolled out."

 

You are a site user.

 

Which websites and companies do you have a say in when it comes to which features and products are rolled out?

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Yeah, that sounds cool and all but doesn't accurately describe the relationship here.

 

And to answer your question, literally any company. Even as small as ordering a product from a company. They are interested in my experience and input, everyone's experience and input. Usually, they use this data to make efficient decisions. I mean I understand this may be the best situation for Upwork, but there are many who have voiced their concern with this issue. I am simply asking when and if it will be over.  

mwiggenhorn
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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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I don't understand "forced specialized profile mandate".  I am quite sure this is optional.  I certainly don't need a specialized profile as the work I do is already specialized.

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To update your portfolio you need to make a specialized profile, I apologize for the lack of clarity. 

 

Also the annoying ad display on the profile page. 

pudingstudio
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Antun M Member Since: Jan 27, 2018
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Darrien T wrote:

To update your portfolio you need to make a specialized profile, I apologize for the lack of clarity. 

 

Also the annoying ad display on the profile page. 


What do you propose?
What do you want?

Is the specialized profile something that bothers you THAT much?
Why can't you update your portfolio without it?

How it relates to Q2 report revenues?

What ad display?

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There are several threads on this issue

 

I would also like to add that I think specialized profiles are great, just not for everyone. I want to be able to update my portfolio without making a specialized profile (as do many others).

 

You have a specialized profile so the ad doesn't show for you.

 

Why can't I update my portfolio without it? Because the site will not allow me to do so. That is the reason I asked my original question.

 

 

 

pudingstudio
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Antun M Member Since: Jan 27, 2018
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Darrien T wrote:

There are several threads on this issue

 

I would also like to add that I think specialized profiles are great, just not for everyone. I want to be able to update my portfolio without making a specialized profile (as do many others).

 

You have a specialized profile so the ad doesn't show for you.

 

Why can't I update my portfolio without it? Because the site will not allow me to do so. That is the reason I asked my original question.

 

 

 


Was not aware.
Apologies for my scrutiny.

sergio-soria
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Sergio S Member Since: Dec 19, 2017
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Mary W wrote:

I don't understand "forced specialized profile mandate".  I am quite sure this is optional.  I certainly don't need a specialized profile as the work I do is already specialized.


Well, it's not really "optional." You can keep your general profile as it is but as soon as you want to update your portfolio you are forced to create a specialized profile. If you don't want to do it the only option you have is to go back without updating.

 

I am sure at least 50% of people here don't need the specialized profile, and in my opinion it adds confusion for the client. Besides, some people have reported malfunctions. With this feature they are forcing people to do the opposite instead, what I would call a "diversified profile." In the community it has been said over and over again that clients look for specialists, not jacks of all trades. So now that this extra profile is kind of obligued people who don't need it are creating an extra profession, or a specialized profile which is virtually identical to the general one, to fulfill the requirement in order to update their portfolio. Also it looks as if the ones who have the extra profile have priority in searches over the ones who don't.

 

I hope Upwork take note of this, it's a mistake for applying something that was fine for IT freelancers to a wider pool that don't need it.

abinadab-agbo
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Abinadab A Member Since: Sep 26, 2016
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Darrien T wrote:

To update your portfolio you need to make a specialized profile, I apologize for the lack of clarity. 

 

Also the annoying ad display on the profile page. 


If it were just an ad, then that wouldn't be a problem.

The system has forcibly created a specialised profile for me several times. Really. I just open my profile and voilà, a specialised profile has been created for me. I never clicked on it or asked for it.

I've had to delete the specialised profile draft that was forcibly created for me, several times. 

 

I have refused to create a specialised profile.

 

I created it once, and noticed that response rates to my proposals tanked. Like literally, clients stopped responding to my proposals. Someone is about to tell me, how do you know that some other factors did not contribute to that outcome, why are you blaming specialised profiles for no reason at all?

Ans: I know. Literally every other factor was held constant; only specialised profile changed, so I knew it was the reason I had great difficulty landing a gig that time.

 

Shortly after I deleted the specialised profile, I landed quite a couple of gigs.

End of story.

 

I am NOT creating a specialised profile.

I'll do just fine without it.

 

Though I still don't get how all this concerns Upwork Q2 earnings report?

It is a valid issue, irrespective of whether the Q2 earnings were published or not.

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