Not so much of a rant but rather a real and tangible source for concern.
Considering the previously unexplored depths that this site recently managed to reach in its ongoing quest to inexorably sink to the bottom of the ocean, someone should give the Quality Assurance Team a wake-up call and check up on them. If these guys work from the northern hemisphere, you might want to bring them a cold one and make sure they didn’t die and stink up the place even further.
The goods and services marketed through Fiverr’s pages seem to go be subjected to no filtering at all, quickly turning the platform into what could only be described as the digital version of a renaissance fair. At this point, learning that the true meaning of “pending review” is “we’ll stock these gigs here for a while and then automatically publish them without even looking at what we’re doing” wouldn’t really come as a surprise to me.
There are spiritual guides promising protection, clairvoyants claiming to read minds, self-proclaimed pick-up artists teaching anybody how to get the partner of their dreams for a handful of bucks and - despite the TOS clearly standing against it - individuals kindly offering their time and NSFW pictures in exchange for cold, hard, sweet cash. Some of these nice fellow sellers have hundreds of reviews and have been around for months. Breaches of the same rules that should ensure quality and professionalism left there, in plain sight, with the people in charge doing nothing about it.
I wouldn’t mind so much if these gigs were drowned by the constant flow of new sellers reaching our shores, but several systematically pop up in sponsored posts on various social media. I’ll try to keep it simple for those who don’t exactly understand how on-demand advertising works: these are generically related crowds (say freelancers, people who run a business, people who have specific interests that the Fiverr marketing team deemed valuable enough to target) being shown a carousel of what the site has to offer.
Imagine how amazed these potential customers would be to find out Fiverr is the one-stop-shop for anything they could ever need. Did you just order your new logo, a blog post or perhaps a professional voice-over? Why not hiring Charlene and having her show you the real merchandise? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy resting my eyes upon the sinuous curves of a female body as much as the next guy. As the good ole professor Oak once said, though: “there is a time and place for everything, but not now”.
For the sake of those trying to build a business out of their time spent on this site, if a more final solution is too hard to implement, could the staff at least consider adding an easier way to report unruly gigs? The button is nowhere to be found and, at least from what I understand, the current method requires that you manually open a ticket with CS and hope for a prompt response. I’m sure many among us would be glad to lend a hand in policing their place of work, if you gave us the means to do so.
Well, looks like it was a rant after all!
I’m out, have a nice day everyone!