In a nutshell:
So, what exactly is Upwork doing for me?
As it stands, nothing. Which means, my profile is dead weight. No fees to be earned.
Seems like a real win-win situation!
I just posted using my Client account in the Client section about what I just experienced trying to find a blog article writer. It may answer some of your questions.
Could not agree more on all points.
"In a nutshell:
So, what exactly is Upwork doing for me? As it stands, nothing. "
When a fair amount of people are having this same experience, then something is wrong.