Yes, it is! Sorry if you thought it was a robot; it’s not!
I don’t know how to begin this rather useless rant (useless because I seriously wonder how many buyers would read it). Anyway, here we go:
Please, pardon the long epistle
I joined this platform back in November and I’ve got more unique conversations than I’ve got unique buyers (normal with every business). But that’s not the problem. Many times you’d see a buyer contact you and just disappear. Staying in a part of the world with a near opposite time zone from those of my target customers, I get many who contact me while I’m fast asleep regardless of how deep into the night I stay up before going to bed. But right now, the problem isn’t just about getting sellers who contact you at the wrong time. It’s much worse!
Have you ever had a person contact you, only for you to offer a response and get a crystal clear NOTHING? How’d that feel? Or worse, have you had someone take you so far as to requesting a price quote which is dutifully followed by silence?
Maybe I’m getting it all wrong, but isn’t that rude? Like really, really rude? I mean, if this were a physical marketplace (which it clearly isn’t), you’d have a certain etiquette guiding your conversation and all. You wouldn’t just walk up to a storekeeper, inquire if he has what you need, get a response almost immediately, and then…walk away. If you don’t like what you see, you’d state it before leaving. If it’s too expensively priced (of which you’ve most likely seen the price tag before walking up to the seller, but then again), you’d state that as well.
To give a very practical example, I once had someone contact me to inquire if I could write on XYZ to which I replied in a matter of seconds. He never said a thing after that. Another requested I take a look at his website to see if I could write in his style. A quick scan afterward and I gave him my response. He too disappeared. I’ve had much, much worse experiences (one of which gave rise to this post), but that’s the idea.
I’m quite new to freelancing so I just want to be sure; is this something you experience often. Is it not just as rude as doing it in the real world?
It’s rude to keep someone hanging after making an inquiry - online or offline. DON’T do that!!!