I agree this should end I guess I really don't like this feature. This way only those freelancers are able to land more jobs who have enough connects but the others struggle.
As a Top-Rated freelancer who has been on UpWork for several years, I have to say I agree. This whole new "pay to play" platform is a slap in the face to those of us who have worked very hard to build and maintain a strong reputation on UpWork. Now some new freelancer, or someone who has not worked as hard can outbid us and effectively shove our proposals to the bottom of the stack.
How you get viewed by clients should be based on your expereince, JSS, and overall compatibility for the project. Not an auction.
Because of this and other unfair recent changes that put feelancers with years on UpWork at a disadvantage, I have begun working on other freelance platforms. When I find one that can replace my UpWork income and does it in a fair manner, I am planning on leaving UpWork...unless they reverse course on these unfair practices.
I was cool with the original iteration of this....a specific amount of connects to boost your proposal. This gave freelancers equal footing because you paid the same amount to boost regardless of anything else. So all had the same opportunity to boost their chances.
This auction style bidding is just plain wrong.