The fact is this, buyers don’t need reviews, nor need them to be shown. Why? In the past, having buyer reviews made public would make sense but now, this is moot. How so?
Buyer with a 1.5 star rating makes a purchase. The seller recognizes this and wishes not to do business with this buyer, so what does the seller do? The seller can cancel and take a hit to their cancellation statistics and so with too many of these they’ll eventually lose their levels or the seller can accept, have a hard time with the buyer and get a 1 star rating, taking a hit to their star rating. Now because the seller can’t respond to the bad review, the seller may have done a good job but now has a bad rating with no counter from the seller’s side. So yeah, buyer reviews make no sense now.
To add, with feedback removal being removed with so many bugs crawling around: bugs in the app, bugs in browsers. I got a 1 star rating three weeks ago, the reason? The buyer said I never responded to their revision request and that I had marked the order complete (mind you 5 days after delivery, even after I mentioned if there were any adjustments needed as the order will soon be closed). I told them, I never received any revisions. When the buyer checked, he was perturbed to see his messages never reached me. Needless to say, I worked with him, and we got that entire thing sorted. All of that is because of a browser issue, Safari (and this happened to many of my buyers) does not do well with Fiverr’s chat system. So yeah, this new take on blind feedback and modification on feedback is going to hurt up this marketplace, I mean hurt up!