You make it sound like this impacts those who want/need a specialized profile. You say "We will soon be launching a new feature that allows freelancers with specialized profiles a more modern way to showcase their work to potential clients – portfolio templates."
However, the current process FORCES a specialized profile if you want to add any portfolio items. Why was this change made? Why do I need to create a specialized profile when my main profile covers everything I need? UW is forcing people to create a specialized profile if they want to display their work even if they only do one thing. This makes no sense.
LOL @ Mary. You can supply the popcorn ... that way you'll not feel left out.
Offerng specialized profiles is a service some genres of work can benefit from.
Requiring them is an all together different matter.
We all know that U has been pushing (read basically demanding) agency affiliation as they seem to be convinced it is more lucrative. Requiring specialized profiles was the first tangible step to this.
If we are unable to add portfolio items to primary profiles OR are able to add portfolio items only to /if the same item resides in a specialized profile U.'s shift to agency-only is confirmed. It might take a while ... but we're rather adept at ferreting out intentions by now.
Hi Scott, Mary and Wendy,
I moved your posts from the Portfolio Templates announcement thread to this one, discussing the recent changes you mentioned in your comments, which weren't directly related to the subject of the Templates announcement thread but are relevant to the recent discussion in this thread.
Thank you for sharing your feedback and sentiment around the recent changes affecting the process of adding new Portfolio items. We've shared your views with our team and will follow up with an update on this thread soon.
I'd like to add to the general sentiment.
I was having issues adding work to my portfolio and had to google the problem.
Specialized profiles should be OPTIONAL.
This shouldn't be made more difficult than it has to be.
I have a few items in my portfolio but I don't think I'm at my max, assuming there is one. I was trying to add another article and it's not letting me. It's trying to get me to set up a specialized profile, but I don't want to. This hasn't been an issue in the past so I don't know if this is a new change? Is there any way around this? I just want to add it to my general portfolio. Any way to do this?
Goran V wrote:
Please know that this is working as designed. This is to encourage users to create specialized profiles as this allow freelancers to better customize their skills and experience. You may read more about it here through this announcement post. Thank you.
Goran, that post announces the new portfolio templates. Scrolling through the thread, we learn that all FLs who want to add anything to their portfolio are now forced to create a specialized profile even if they only do one thing and prefer to use a general profile. Questions about why this change was made remain unanswered. As Scott said, it makes no sense whatsoever.