Admin Note: Threads merged.
I’ve ranted about this in another feed, but this topic deserves it’s own thread.
I’m exclusively a buyer, at least for now, and based on my experiences I don’t know if that will even continue much longer.
The first 4 gigs that I’ve attempted to start or have actually purchased have been a complete nightmare. The first two had weird, rude quirks that resulted in both of them canceling or denying my order. The third one delivered a terribly-written article (like elementary-school level grammar and research), and the fourth gave me an article that was almost 100% plagiarized (which I discovered by doing a very simple google search).
Here’s the thing: ALL of them had 5 full stars, and had ALOT of ratings. In other words I’m smart enough to know that sellers with 3 ratings might not necessarily be trustworthy.
As I look through some of these forum threads, I find that sellers discuss all sorts of ways to get their ratings changed or otherwise manipulate their overall rating, including:
- Canceling instead of completing orders with dissatisfied buyers
- Verbally pressuring the buyer to change his/her rating
- Offering refunds in exchange for higher ratings
- Offering more work in exchange for higher ratings
I might be able to understand the latter 2 (i.e refunds/more work) in an effort to actually satisfy the customer. But when all of these techniques are being discussed broadly as a way to manipulate ratings that would OTHERWISE give an accurate measure of a seller’s overall performance, it results in a completely corrupt and inaccurate rating system. How am I supposed to know who is actually professional and honest?
It would seem like this couldn’t actually be true. But when you search through many of the seller categories, you will find that an ASTOUNDING number of people have 100% 5-star ratings…waaay more than you would find in any real-life statistical population. In other words, if the rating system was producing accurate results, you would find something like:
60% 2-4 stars
20% 1 star
It seems to me that sellers should be discussing ways that they could improve their skills and services. I’m sure some of them are, but for me they’re just hard to find apparently.
Anyway…I’m done. I feel better getting that out. Have a nice day.