EDITED BASED ON NEWER IDEAS AND FEEDBACK:
If you blatantly disagree with ANY proposed methods of seller to seller communication on the basis of marketing / self-promotion…Thank you. I would request that if you have valid these criticisms against this idea, that please at least ask questions and/or provide counter-arguments to further the conversation. I’d prefer this not turn into stalemate ideological arguments, is all. Thank you!
So here’s my idea…
Summary: What if there were a way for you to flag your Gig to show other Fiverr members “Yes, I am open to collaboration with other sellers.” or not. Basically - a quick and direct way for other prospective sellers, whether earnest intentions or not, to clearly know whether you ARE or ARE NOT okay with receiving messages specifically related to collaboration or self-promotion (“marketing”).
1.) For sellers who ARE open to the idea of ‘collaboration’ and self-promotion marketing attempts…instead of wasted time with back and forth messages…I think a simply automated message from Fiverr telling you “Hey, this other Fiverr member would like to collaborate with you.” could work very well. Then, at your own leisure…you could then choose to view their Gig and decide if you’d want to communicate further with them or not…with NO time requirements or penalties involved whatsoever.
2.) If we go with this idea, I would then recommend a LIMIT to the number of “collaboration/marketing” messages to 5 or 10 a day, to discourage/limit spammers but actually encourage the earnest attempts of people to more thoroughly research and consider WHO they send their ‘collaboration’/marketing requests to.
3.) If/when these methods are implemented, it would further justify the action of reporting spammers who are blatantly circumventing the system. The penalties could then be even more harsh, particularly for repeat offenders.