In recent months I’ve noticed that many knowledgable forum contributors have simply disappeared. I’d like to think they’re still successfully selling on Fiverr, but their expertise, judgement and wit is much missed. Some new names have come along to fill the void, and I also appreciate reading their good counsel and wisdom.
However - and this is why I’ve posted in the ‘ranting pot’ - I’m wondering if all the old names simply got tired of the increasingly low standard of posts in the forum? I too have taken a back seat in recent weeks for this very reason. Whereas a year ago I used to read the majority of topics, I now might click on one in every 20 that looks interesting. If I respond to one post a day now, then that’s good going.
I’ve always been a believer in democracy and ‘let the market decide’ - meaning sellers with talent will naturally rise to the top, while those who simply don’t have what it takes will fall by the wayside. But it strikes me that the forum has become overrun with sellers who simply have no clue about common sense, business, English, morals or the rules of the Fiverr marketplace. Yes, there was always a certain element of this demonstrated - but now, it’s gone through the roof. The tools, guidelines and support to allow people to succeed are already in place - so I can only deduce that the majority of posters on the forum are simply lazy or desperate. I’m just not interested in helping lazy people, and sadly desperation often leads to poor results.
So what point am I making? Poor quality posts will, over time, only attract more and more poor quality responses. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. With such a state of affairs you eventually reach a point where there is no going back. In other words, most of the talent will have left the building. This would be a sad state of affairs, but I can see it nudging this way. Sad really.