"3. Click "End Contract" from the right-hand side, next to "Give a Refund"."
I knew I shouldn't have added the 2nd part - thought it would add clarity to my instructions. I think I confused the poor chap. I officially give up.
I'm starting a GoFundMe campaign to build a wall around Upwork, wanna contribute?
All kidding aside, Waled, simply end the contract and forget about this matter. The headache (yours, along with mine) isn't worth the effort you're putting into it.
I've not posted an open job, just invites. But when I invited freelancers, one freelancer was highlighted as recommended. The others were still available for me to view.
I believe that when a client receives multiple proposals, a limited number are displayed. The remainders are available if the client selects show more. This works in the same way as a blog or any other online resource where you have to select more to see more information. The alternative is to have an endless scroll on a single page. The client would still have to scroll down to see more than the first few proposals. Like it or not, it is physically impossible for every proposal to be viewable concurrently.
From a client perspective, I sincerely doubt that people aren't getting hired based on where their proposal shows up. It is not as if I'm going to hire someone incompetent just because I didn't want to go to the next page to look at more options.
And really, if there are 100's of applicants and they are all qualified. I think the best way to get more jobs would be to acquire more skills so that you can apply for jobs where there aren't 100's of qualified applicants.
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