I TOTALLY agree… But at least, in my opinion (imo), it is good that Fiverr is thinking about trying and improving the situation (to curb the fake seller profiles) a little. That’s a start! They’ve started with the sellers… Obviously, they are not gonna start with the buyers… cuz then, the buyers might feel inconvenienced (dealing with all the hassles of providing an ID and whatnot, just so they can use Fiverr) and they might just move on… and Fiverr might end up losing a business opportunity.
So, their first “PREY” are the sellers. Of course, the sellers can move on as well… But the proportion of sellers who would be willing to do that would probably be much lesser than the proportion of buyers.
A vast majority of sellers feel constrained by Fiverr’s rules and find it hard to escape cuz they rely on Fiverr for their livelihood (at least partially). On the other hand, the buyer has more freedom and finds it much easier to go wherever s/he pleases.
If there is no other efficient way by which to curb the increasing number of fake seller profiles, then, imo, the ID verification process is a necessary bane. The fact that they haven’t implemented it on the buyers yet is a whole another story (like I tried to explain in this post). But, in the future, I hope they are able to implement it on them as well.