Reference https://www.upwork.com/blog/2015/08/job-success-score-update/, which reads in part:
"Is my 5-star average feedback going to be gone forever? ... Additionally, 5-star feedback given per contract will remain displayed on your Work History."
Regarding the phrase "feedback given per contract," that applies to feedback already given. Does it also apply to future feedback and 'star' ratings given per contract? Specifically, will feedback and 'star' ratings continue to be an option for clients to use when ending future contracts? Is that feature going to be completely discontinued?
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Hi Ron, I just had a tiny project yesterday - started yesterday and finished the job in a few hours. The client left me feedback and stars, so this means they can still do that and it's still displayed on our profiles.
Otherwise, perfectly legitimate questions, and I'm curious when a mod answers them.
Yes, I can confirm that the 5-star feedback for individual contracts (past, active and future) will remain. Users will still be able to see the option to provide star feedback when the contract is ended and it will show in the Work Histories as long as there is at least $1 paid on the contract.
Valeria, thank you very much for the clarification.
Until such time prospective clients get more familiar with Upwork and the JS score system, I find that the legacy feedback [testimonials] and ratings given on each oDesk / Upwork contract provide better results for marketing purposes when searching for new clients. The legacy feedback and ratings system made things readilly apparent in contrast to the new JS score system, which requires reading of other Web pages to learn more about.
Unfortunately, in my case although I refer new prospective clients to my Upwork profile they are reluctant to engage in contracts via Upwork due to known site functionality issues and frequent outages. I would like to counter their fears by referencing large firms that are clients working via Upwork. Any suggestions?
I still would prefer to work via Upwork because it reduces my record keeping especially with regard to tax reporting. Still, I am also concerned with the known site functionality issues and frequent outages.
Hopefully, the new Status page will be improved to provide more insight into what is actually being done to eliminate those problems. Regarding the new Status page ( https://status.upwork.com/ ), I would like to see more information about existing unresolved problems in addition to resolved issues.
I have to disagree with you on this. The 5-star rating doesn't provide enough fidelity. There are just too many people with 4+ stars overall for prospective clients to have any idea who is actually any better than anyone else. I also like that more factors are playing a role in our rating on the site, because there is more to the story than what the clients think about your performance.
Hi Aaron! Thank you for the reply -- Kudos. I do not disagree with you entirely. However, leveraging my oDesk (now Upwork) profile to promote my work as an independent contractor has been a successful strategy for me over the last few years. Unfortunately, it has resulted in more work off-Upwork than on-Upwork (all without any violation of the Upwork TOS). A lot of my past and present clients allow me to use them as references when I interview with new prospective clients. An Upwork freelancer profile page can serve as a good landing page when targeted from third-party sites.
Apologies for opening this thread again with a different question on feedback. What is more I know it has been asked before and I can't find the thread.
Does a client see a freelancer's feedback before leaving his or hers on the job?
I have three 'ongoing' clients, who have paid for the work done, but have simply disappeared. Now I have to go cap-in-hand, and ask them to close the contract and to give me feedback. However, I am not impressed by this lack of communication, and have no intention of giving five stars for it. But if they see a low score from me, I am quite certain, I will get one in return.