Today I learnt about two changes in the internet outsourcing world
1) RentAcoder.com: implemented a new ExpertGuarantee – which requires the bidders to agree to a money deposit that will be forfeited if they miss the deadline…
this is a great thing if you are in a critical project or just can’t stand those people procrastinating exactly YOUR projects and telling you all sorts of odd reasons for that
2) GetAfreeLancer: implemented new rating rules that are VICE VERSA
today I learnt that you cannot leave negative feedback if a provider agrees to your price and deadline just to drop out of the project somewhere in the middle… of course you’ll get your money back if you were wise enough to ESCROW it (NEVER pay anything upfront as I, the dumbass, did with 2 providers because they told me some weird story… NEVER)
this is essentially the reason why I will move away from GAF. GAF did never implement a proper process for problematic situations and they REFUSE to help you – either if you are the buyer or the seller… they just don’t care
with this recent step they even incentivised or at least no more penalized providers to drop out of a project in the middle… and THAT’S BAD – as you might meet “top-coders” (with all those 5 star ratings for 20$ projects) and they might simply suck and try to get away with low-quality work or bad deliverables… and if not, they drop out and don’t even get their bad rating…
Interested changes, eh?