Honestly, I don't think the client meant anything bad with it.
I was never directly told I'd receive bad feedback the first time - but if I had not accepted his offer of half the amount, I'm pretty sure that's what would have happened.
Had I not given him bad feedback myself, what else would have happened besides arbitration?
The only reason I accepted his offers which both included something to do with feedback is because I was in touch with CS and they were aware of the communication between the two of us.
All in all, I assume this client wants to continue utilizing upwork. Or else he obviously would not have proposed this. But I have learned from this experience, and I hope they have also. And in further cases, I hope they actually work on their negative points.
Either way, JS updates tomorrow. I'm not sure when it'll affect my JS since it's been closed. I presume it didn't affect me when the dispute was still ongoing, so I shall see tomorrow.
Hi Michael and others,
I am glad Michael and his client were able to communicate and come to an agreement as the team had advised. Note that Upwork team cannot enforce either parties to change feedback however we do recommend that both parties communicate with each other to resolve the matter. I have reached out to our Dispute team to clarify the issue.