I am writing after contacting your customer support, who suggested me to post my issue here as well.
A couple of days ago I got an issue with message notifications. I missed important messages from my client because I didn't get any email neither web notification (no bell icon). I only saw the message when I opened the chat, even there, no notifications for new messages on the left panel on list of clients.
Customer support agent said it might be because of system maintenance. I understand that you improve your system and this may happen from time to time.
But, honestly, this is the second time I miss important messages because of this issue. And I think I should get a better service especially since you charge me a fee on my every project.
It looks like no one has reponded to your post, I wonder why?
I have experienced the same problem for some time now. The Support Center looks at the screen shots I send, seem to fix the problem in the short term, but then it happens again. While searching the forums for similar issues, I saw a wise post that suggested we, as freelancers, should not rely on the notification system to let us know when clients are trying to communicate with us. You make a good point, however, that we do pay a fee to Upwork and should expect the technology to work consistently.
Let's find out if this post gets a reponse...
I have had multiple instances over the last several months when I am not receiving email notifications when a message from a client has been sent to me about an on-going project. My notifications are on and the problem is intermittent so I tend to think the problem is an Upwork system issue. Is anyone else having this problem? If so, were you able to correct it.
This happened to me and a client of mine as well. For me, the issue seemed to be that I had the message active either on the desktop or mobile app, or in a web browser.