We were just informed that there were some issues with a rollout of the new minimum rate policy. Our Team is working hard to fix these technical issues and we will update you as soon as possible.
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I don't think you are right because odesk's most bad advance filter/policy "auto hidden" took place within 2 hours after notification. So why this ploicy is not?
Few days ago I get a notice that from 15th November minimum rate will be 3$/h or more for hourly job. I thank for it. Because also before I could't bid under 4$. But today I want to apply a job and see this thing.
Here is link: http://imgur.com/W3RpLHL
If minimum rate is 3$ then how it possible low rate is 2$. Is Odesk start playing a game to all freelancer?
Sheikh, oDesk has been testing the minimum rate policy for a long time. There were many complaints on the old forum because the testing was applied randomly to different freelancers, so one freelancer could bid £0.50 a hour, but another freelancer would be forced to bid at least $2 per hour and another freelancer would have to bid at least $4 an hour when applying for the same jobs. It might not have affected you personally, because you were not chosen for the test, but it affected many other freelancers.
oDesk may have been testing the auto hidden policy on some freelancers before they officially announced it. They don't always announce when they are testing things. Freelancers and clients sometimes find things out on their own and eventually oDesk is compelled to make an announcement.
In the case of auto-hiding, IIRC, some freelancers posted screenshots from clients showing their applications were hidden. They must have been applying to jobs with clients they had already worked for and had good relationships with. Also, clients were inviting freelancers to jobs and the freelancers they invited were being autohidden.
to David and Reynaldo:
Try harder, or care less.