Look, BYOB is not for everyone.
I made an additional $5k in August because I got a few Pro orders via BYOB links.
No one is forcing you to use it.
It’s true what you said about money today etc but that 20% is money you would otherwise give to Fiverr.
Fiverr stands to gain from every person you bring on the platform because they target every single thing a small-medium business needs.
So I bring them in for videos, they are bound to look for SEO, graphics design or whatever at some point.
Also: I feel super-confident about the level of service I offer personally. My clients are not “lost” if they choose to look elsewhere for a different project.
I am not in direct competition with cheap gigs and my clients are not looking for cheap solutions either.
So if you fear of the competition that much, you may need to look inward and reassess who your target clients really are and what value they see in your offerings
P.S. i was in direct contact with the man behind the feature at all times. He was really helpful and while I didn’t have anything in writing they had no reason for me to lose my 20% or stop using the feature.