I’ll offer my opinion as a seller. Sorry guys, this is going to be one of my many long posts. Feel free to skim or skip! I’m too exhausted to do anything but get some thoughts down without editing. I feel that showing buyer reviews might be helpful and wouldn’t be harmful and I am for it. I think that it would showcase some buyers who are consistently great and very active. I think it would also reveal buyers who might be new, on a new account, or who have a pattern of being abusive. If a buyer did have a negative pattern and realized that perhaps it was partly them, I think Fiverr would be open to them closing the account and starting over.
On the other hand, buyers with a very long string of happy interactions and perhaps a few negative ones would shine and would help point out poor sellers too, since those kind of buyers only leave negative reviews if they really feel it. Buyers could choose a “disposable account” (to quote @twistedweb123) or could choose to build up a stellar reputation and gain trust and maybe more discounts and other benefits. I do not think that an occasional negative review would scare off or hurt a long time good buyer. A seller with thousands of good reviews is hurt less by a bad one. This would apply to buyers too.
I wish that the buyer “crowns” were enough to show that a buyer is a great buyer with a long positive history. In my experience, though, those badges mean little. it doesn’t take long to build up enough orders to gain a badge, and there is no indication that those orders went well. It’s an indication of money spent. I am a buyer as well as a seller, and I would love my record of both to show. If it did, there are some lowered review under my name on both sides. That’s OK, they reflect my experience on Fiverr. I have far more 5 start reviews as buyer and seller and I would enjoy letting them be shown.
Another thing that brings to mind is that it would affect buyer/sellers differently. You can’t really have a disposable account as a seller past level 1. Right now I think most sellers who are also buyers are great buyers, but there are an unfortunately few who take things out on other sellers when they buy. Showing buyer reviews would put a stop to that. It’s not uncommon for users to start out as buyers and then become sellers later on. They also would be affected by this, and if they had been harsh reviewers they would have to either start with a “from scratch” account or live with the ramifications.
Yes, there are some down sides. @gina_riley2 pointed out some important ones. Some buyers might stop leaving reviews. Some might leave Fiverr, but I think more likely they would start over. Some might feel pressure to leave a good review to get one back, but that might counterbalance the ones who don’t review at all. I see what Gina is saying, but I don’t think showing reviews is the exactly equivalent of posting a “bad tipper” list for example. To me, a restaurant that did that would be taking an essentially hostile action by denying a guest the right to tip according to the service for fear of public shame by real name. On Fiverr, I think it would invite buyers and sellers to review honestly, albeit with more care as well. Also, buyer reviews are already displayed on seller pages, unlike private tips in a restaurant, so the effect would only be to make it easier to see.
Personally I think that reviews have become a huge issue on Fiverr because sellers fear losing their rent money if they don’t get a perfect review every time. Buyers aren’t supposed to be able to manipulate sellers with reviews, but it does sometimes happen, especially when buyers learn how to target new sellers or those with poor English skills. For the brief time that buyer reviews were displayed, I saw exuberant joy by sellers on the forum. I think the good outweighs the bad. That’s PLENTY long and all I’ve got!