May 15, 2014 04:18:50 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 07:09:50 PMbyJunelle A
i hope you're treating this as a tongue-in-cheek reply. this kind of advice shouldn't be handed out irresponsibly, most established freelancers on here that i know consider this as sort of a last resort, and not the immediate solution.
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." - Maya Angelou Try harder, or care less.
May 16, 2014 02:33:54 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 07:09:53 PMbyMandy D
Very bad advice Ramon. Some jobs are done perfectly, others leave some room for improvement. Refunding on a 4 star rating would be really silly unless the freelancer feels he did a bad job and does not deserve to be paid.
There is the option to respond to the rating.
Nirvaya, you have 5 jobs in progress; 5 star ratings in all of those may get you back up to 4.5. You only need .04 - so don't panic yet ;-).
The comment is "Good Job" so I don't believe this will frighten off potential clients. Also there is nothing stopping you from applying for those 4.5 star minimum jobs. The client may reject you for not meeting the requirement ... but for .04 points? Not likely.
May 16, 2014 04:10:49 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 07:09:55 PMbyStephen B
"most established freelancers on here that I know consider this as sort of a last resort, and not the immediate solution."
"Refunding on a 4 star rating would be really silly unless the freelancer feels he did a bad job and does not deserve to be paid."
Couldn't agree more with both
May 16, 2014 08:01:41 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 07:10:00 PMbyMargaret P
You do know that a freelancer who refunds A LOT, can end up getting suspended? It means many unhappy clients. oDesk does keep track of that. You should not make it a habit.
Also many clients do not trust or hire someone with a 5.0. I was burned myself by one who did not even start my job and "refunded". Only problem is she has never had the money in her account so I will be owed that 'refund' till the day I die.
Also, if you do not have the money in your account when you refund, your account is financially suspended, meaning you cannot withdraw any money until your debt is paid back.
All in all, I would say use it as a last resort.
May 27, 2014 09:57:00 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 07:10:03 PMbyGiovanni G
"By the way, a 4 star is not bad. It means you did good but not excellent work."
Thank you for pointing this out. I've had several freelancers all-but demand 5* on every category for only average work. I will now try to avoid hiring anyone with full 5* average because it's clear proof they have not had constructive feedback (and maybe feel entitled to a high rating and will work poorly because of it). Someone with a high 4* rating (while still likely riding inflated scores) at least has had some clients who give transparent feedback and they are still able to maintain a high score (even if through volume of other false 5* ratings).
To be clear 4* DOES mean you did excellent work, and 5* means EXCEPTIONAL.