I am curious what everyone thinks about the identity verification badge being exclusive to Top Rated.
Do you think it is "fair" that the non- Top Rated freelancers will appear as if their identity is questionable?
My theory is that the amount of time it takes for one verification to be processed is time-consuming and Upwork can only get to so many of us, naturally Top Rated get first dibs.
But then I read this, and it sounds like it will be a Top Rated feature :
We will soon be releasing a new Identity Verified badge for Top Rated freelancers. This badge will display on Top Rated freelancers’ profiles after they have gone through the identity verification flow. "
I think I saw somewhere that it would eventually be rolled out to everyone.
Honestly, though, I don't think it's going to be an issue not to have it. It will roll out very slowly, and top rated is only a fraction of users, which means that it will be a very long time before its ubiquitous enough that its absence will be noticeable.