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l_ayala
Member

Remove photo Alert in profile

How can I turn off the photo alert? I want to complete the entire profile steps now.

I'm in a hurry and want to apply for a job now.

 

I am a new freelancer in upwork. I've worked online for various companies over 5 years and they never knew what I look like.

 

Thank you,

Laura

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yitwail
Member

Laura, even if you could get your profile approved without a photo, which is highly unlikely, it's very unlikely a client would hire you when all the other applicants have photos but you don't.

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Adding a photo used to be optional. When did this change?

mthornton-cpc
Member

John is right. You can't and you shouldn't be able to. It's part of the agreement you make here on Upwork when you set up a profile. If you're uncomortable showing people your face then you won't be able to work on this platform. 

vladag
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Laura,

 

In order to get your profile approved and start bidding on jobs, you'll need to upload a real photo of yourself to your profile.

~ Vladimir
Upwork

I know the terms of service and use have been changed - but they are dangerously vague. Vladimir please can you tell me exactly where to find this requirement. I can't find it. 

Hi Nichola,

 

Please, refer to article 3.2 of the ToS. It says "You agree to provide true, accurate, and complete information on your Profile"

~ Valeria
Upwork

Personally, my opinion is that if there are current contractors who have long gone without a photo, I have no problem with that. I think it puts them at a competitive disadvantage, but to each their own.

 

If Upwork itself wants to do something about long-established profiles without photos, it is certainly within its power to do so.

 

But with as stringent as Upwork is these days when it come to approving new contractor profiles, it would definitely be a risky thing to do to try to create a new profile without a good photo. I doubt any profiles without photos are getting approved these days.


@Valeria K wrote:

Hi Nichola,

 

Please, refer to article 3.2 of the ToS. It says "You agree to provide true, accurate, and complete information on your Profile"


Valeria!

 

OK, but it says nothing whatsoever about a photograph. In fact some avatars are a lot more truthful than some of the pics that get posted. Also for a lot of old timers, there was a choice between no pic or a pic.

 

Seriously - it needs to be spelled out for freelancers:  "Upwork requires a photograph that is of you and no one else. You may not post an avatar likeness of yourself, or a logo." (I know this is difficult as the ToS now seem to have merged into a sort of one-size-fits-all document.)

 

And while I am about it. Could someone change "pronographic" to "pornographic"

1.1 Illegal, Fraudulent, Harmful, or Offensive Uses

[. . .]

  • Posting content that is offensive, defamatory, profane, vulgar, obscene, threatening, discriminatory, illegal, pronographic, obscene or sexually explicit in nature;

 

Of course, for a price, I would be quite happy to trawl let's say 500 random freelancers and I could probably find and report at least 100 who break Upwork's rules - simply because they are not clear.

 

Cat Frustrated

Thanks Nichola I'll share your feedback with our legal team, along with the typo. 

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@Nichola L wrote:

@Valeria K wrote:

Hi Nichola,

 

Please, refer to article 3.2 of the ToS. It says "You agree to provide true, accurate, and complete information on your Profile"


Valeria!

 

OK, but it says nothing whatsoever about a photograph.


I agree, they need to clearly state that a photo is mandatory.  Especially since this was optional before. Whenever I tell a freelancer that something cannot be done I like to include a link, this way they will see it’s Upwork terms *not* mine, but there is nothing saying profiles must have a photo.

 

They need to do something for those signing up, a pop up window or something with a guideline.

 

Incidentally, someone applied to my client’s job eating a piece of chicken Smiley Very Happywhile I don’t care about photos (to me it’s all about skills, being a good fit for the job) I think that’s too much. I still don’t know what to do with the freelancer, decline or start the process?. The freelancer has one completed job with excellent feedback and one in progress, and it’s easy to see things are going fine judging by how much the person has earned so far.

 

Looks more or less like this photo but with the eyes opened and smiling lol..

http://chuonfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Peaches-Fried-Chicken.jpg

 

 

LOL, I'd be tempted to hire him if he was well-qualified.  It depends on the job, of course, because quirky works better in some places than in others.


@Natasha R wrote:

 

Incidentally, someone applied to my client’s job eating a piece of chicken Smiley Very Happywhile I don’t care about photos (to me it’s all about skills, being a good fit for the job) I think that’s too much. I still don’t know what to do with the freelancer, decline or start the process?. The freelancer has one completed job with excellent feedback and one in progress, and it’s easy to see things are going fine judging by how much the person has earned so far.

 

Looks more or less like this photo but with the eyes opened and smiling lol..

http://chuonfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Peaches-Fried-Chicken.jpg

 

 


 

 

 

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