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Time for a provider cleanse

Dear ODesk,

Have you considered clearing out your database of providers that have signed up more than 6 months ago and have no posted any hours or jobs? How about providers and buyers with a feedback below 1.5 stars. ODesk is quickly becoming the place to go for slavery - buyers mocking and disrespecting providers with $2/hr and under rates. Also providers signing up to work for projects for $3/hour and using 50+ hours for a simple logo. It's all becoming a butchery and the few...and i really mean the FEW people that are willing to pay and provide quality will soon move on to better things.

But really...do you care? You're turning in high profits with every man, woman and child working at $2/hr...then you go ahead and hire your own tech support staff from Philippines and pay them $5/hr? You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

Of course, I will be wrong; proven wrong, dismissed and who knows, possibly banned for speaking against your practices.

Love & respect,

one of your most profitable providers.

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Score: 7.5, Votes: 6
Understand your point, but respectfully disagree

I agree that there are far too many cheap jobs, but I would ask that we not throw the baby out with the bath water.

I am a provider who signed up more than 6 months ago, but do not yet have any hours or feedback.

Really only started applying in earnest last month and have not yet landed a project.

So, please don't dump me just yet.

 

Thanks.

 

i sigend on almost a year ago

first i signed on almost a year ago but i never did anything. it wasn't till April that I started working and I have made almost 2000 dollars. i have even just found 2 long term jobs. one job is 40 hrs a week at 10.58 and the other is fixed but 100 per two weeks. so good jobs are out there. you just have to go through an awful lot of bad ones to find them.<!--Session data-->

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Goals are aligned

The comments are great, thanks.  We're not planning on banning you yet. j/k  ;-) 

Seriously, our goals are completely aligned.  We do not make "high profits" if there are jobs with low wage work resulting in dissatisfied buyers and providers. We strive for quality on both sides.  There is always a lot of work to be done on this front.

Here are some of the things we're working on actively right now.

1) Modified Job Application Quota - right now, it's easy for someone to keep applying to jobs even if they have relatively bad feedback and earnings.  We're changing this to reward people that are doing good work and restrict people that are applying but just causing bad impressions.

2) Require payment methods for all buyers - I can't say when, but we're moving toward requiring a credit card or other payment method for all job postings.  We think this will greatly reduce the amount of poor job openings.

3) Search relevancy - we're also in development of much better search functionality that is intended to really allow good users to find other good users quickly and easily.

We're in the starting phases of some regulation rules of the marketplace that would remove some of the more egregious buyers and providers. Suspending any users of course is complicated, as we want to make sure they really should be removed from the
marketplace. 

So, please keep the feedback coming.  I look forward to discussing more of the potential solutions.

Josh Breinlinger

oDesk

Josh Breinlinger
oDesk
http://www.odesk.com/users/be094e6b4a90c295

Thanks for sharing.

It's nice to hear oDesk's future plans/ideas to bring positive changes into the current system.

Pothi

Created a UserVoice forum with some of the ideas

Hey all, 

There are a lot of ideas floating around here so I wanted to try something new.  I've setup a test account on UserVoice.com and would love your input on new ideas and votes on existing ideas.

Please check out a new feedback forum: http://odesk.uservoice.com

Josh Breinlinger

oDesk

Josh Breinlinger
oDesk
http://www.odesk.com/users/be094e6b4a90c295

Followed your link -

but NO WAY am I going to create YET ANOTHER sign-in and password to say the same thing again!

love that you're using uservoice!

fantastic tool to gather actionable feedback and suggestions.

Hi Josh,Nice to hear odesk

Hi Josh,

Nice to hear odesk is doing some updates asap. I suggested some time ago, to maybe invent a system whereby each category would require a minimum price, for example web design 5 USD/hour, or Programming 10/hour USD, depending on the category the job is submitted at. This will prevent people from putting the 1 USD or 2 USD posts aswell as people who work at this rate, will not be able to apply to them.

Im sure something in this area can be worked out. Really, you should focus on quality and high pay rate jobs as you earn much more commission on them.

Peace brothers !

Restrict the bad jobs from email announcements?

It would be nice if providers could limit job announcements better. I get daily job announcements that include the $1 an article listings as well as the serious jobs. If we could restrict  the jobs sent to our inboxes by eliminating those with buyer qualifications of fees below our own rates, it would have much the same effect as a minimum rate -- buyers would know that their postings weren't going to be sent on.

That may be very impractical...  It seems as though there are two sides to oDesk, though: the serious marketplace for quality providers and genuine buyers, and the bit that gets bad press. As I told a colleague to whom I recommended the service, it's like a street market, and you just have to stay away from the other end of the street.

I also wish we could narrow the scope of the daily updates

I am primarily interested in translation jobs, but must see all the writing jobs and scroll past all of them to get to the translation jobs I want.

I now mostly use the daily update as a reminder, to go to the oDesk website and set up a search, to look for new jobs in my field.

Wish we could have a "saved search" instead of having to re-create it every day.

Have you tried saving a

Have you tried saving a search feed?

http://www.odesk.com/help/help/find/find_jobs/search_jobs#feed

Jacqui - Forum Moderator | Help Center | oDesk blog | Contact Support

Feeds are good, but....

I think it would be helpful to separate out the translation jobs from the general writing ones.

Thank you Dave

Sometimes I feel I am the only one who wants translation to be its own section!

Low Rates

Mihai P. wrote:
Dear ODesk,

Have you considered clearing out your database of providers that have signed up more than 6 months ago and have no posted any hours or jobs? How about providers and buyers with a feedback below 1.5 stars. ODesk is quickly becoming the place to go for slavery - buyers mocking and disrespecting providers with $2/hr and under rates. Also providers signing up to work for projects for $3/hour and using 50+ hours for a simple logo. It's all becoming a butchery and the few...and i really mean the FEW people that are willing to pay and provide quality will soon move on to better things.

But really...do you care? You're turning in high profits with every man, woman and child working at $2/hr...then you go ahead and hire your own tech support staff from Philippines and pay them $5/hr? You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

Of course, I will be wrong; proven wrong, dismissed and who knows, possibly banned for speaking against your practices.

Love & respect,

one of your most profitable providers.

 oDesk wants you to make as much money as possible.  Their costs are the same for an hourly worker working at $2.00/hr as they are for one working at $20.00/hr.  The only difference is that the latter is earning them ten times as much revenue for the same costs.

If they had a choice - everyone would be working for $20.00/hr+ because that would make oDesk more money.  Don't blame the site for low wages, it's in their interest to keep rates high just as much as it is providers'.