I’m new and I decided that I would try out a fiverr editing gig. I offered to proofread, edit, and critique fiction and creative nonfiction. I listed several lengths and genres that I would accept including personal essays.
A couple of hours after I posted my gig it was denied for the following reasons:
Your Gig requires modification - By taking part in doing someone else’s academic work (which will likely be submitted as the student’s own work) you are actively taking part in a violation of the integrity code of most, if not all, schools and academic institutions. This behavior can lead to the suspension or expulsion of students. Fiverr does not allow taking part in such fraudulent activities.
This was shocking to me since I did not offer to help with student work, did not mention academic or student work, and didn’t offer to write anything whatsoever other than a written critique of the submission for Premium purchasers.
I complained to Customer Support and I got this reply (emphasis mine):
May 24, 6:14 PM EDT
Gig denials are final and cannot be reversed. You are welcome to create a new Gig that offers a permitted service. For the service to be permitted, all Gig components (Title, Description, Images, Packages, FAQ, Tags, Gig Extras and Requirements) should be limited to a legitimate service. For example - if you are writing articles for non academic use (for blogs, marketing, etc.), you should explicitly offer only article writing and not homework or essays writing. If you are providing a different service, such as tutoring services or assistance in research or writing, you should detail the services you are providing (such as coaching on writing, best practices in writing/research, editing services, proofreading, assistance in online research, research analysis etc.).
Please make sure that you are not writing academic articles or completing homework for a buyer. You may only offer assistance with the above-mentioned services. For example, you may proofread or edit a text written by the buyer, but you may not actually write it for them.
You may write articles and blog posts for commercial purposes, you can’t write work for someone else to be submitted as their own.
You may conduct research for a buyer that they can put into their own words.
For your Gig, it seems that the main issue may be the offer for personal essays. We recommend removing this aspect as well as anything that goes towards creating academic work
I’m here if you have questions.
Mmmmkay. The problem with this is that “personal essay” is not just another word for “student essay.” Personal essays are a form of creative nonfiction published in many literary journals, websites, and blogs. There was a piece in The New Yorker just a few days ago about how the types of personal essays you used to see on sites like XOJane and Jezebel are becoming a thing of the past. It is really amazing to me that a site that purports to offer proofreading and editing services wouldn’t understand the meaning of the term “personal essay.”
The other problem is that, again, I wasn’t offering to write any type of work whatsoever. This was a proofreading and editing gig. I’m not sure why fiverr was so insistent that I was trying to write student essays.
I wouldn’t really have minded removing the phrase and would have done so if asked. But instead of just asking me to remove the phrase, fiverr denied the whole gig and insinuated that I was engaging in “fraudulent activities.” I may not stay on this site.
Does anyone know if there is a way to view the text of denied gigs? If I do decide to stay, then I’d rather not have to rewrite the whole gig.