I totally agree with you @fonthaunt
However, come to think about it this way.
If you own a business, you set rules for yourself in the most “profitable” way. And whenever there are outlier cases, you simply adjust these rules to suit your profit needs without going overboard. In some cases when you disobey the rules you call it adaptation or flexibility (not a violation that deserves punishment) and you hardly see this as a reason to discipline yourself. However, on a platform like this you are not allowed to bend rules and call it " circumstance" or “flexibility”. At least you will need to request for permission.
While working for your self, if a buyer totally over steps his boundary. Sometimes you might need to put the buyer undercheck by yourself.
You need to report to someone!
If I may ask you ,
On this site how many times have you read the TOS?
Even when your business has a TOS page on your site, do you read it that often?
I don’t know if these evidences sound dumb but I somehow feel that I work for fiverr.
I guess the person that started fiverr would have said something like.
“Hey guy, I thought about something last night, let us create a platform where we hire sellers and gain a whooping 20% of their earnings”
"Great idea, do you mean they will work for us and their clients concurrently?"
Fiverr creator: “yes! exactly!”
Friend: “you are smart”
Friend: I think you will need to make rules
Fiverr creator: sure! I will
Friend: "what happens when they break your rules?
Fiverr Creator: I will warn them.
Friend: Do you think people just obey rules?
What if they continue to disobey your rules?
Fiverr creator: I’ll sack them by suspending their account"
I totally agree with you, but the fact that you can actually get dismissed points to the fact that you work for someone.
Generally, people don’t dismiss themselves.
Now , let me ask you,
If the owner of fiverr has an account here where he/she sells services.
If a buyer annoys him and he becomes overly rude.
Can anyone suspend him?
So I think that owners is the only one working for himself here!
There are various potent rebuttals for all these. And I think this topic is always arguable.
Opinion on this is subjective.