This is turning out to be one of those weeks. You know, one peppered by Fiverr buyers from the great intellectual beyond.
Imagine living in a small town where all the local buses charge a flat $2 rate for a single journey. Now imagine trying to take advantage of this by boarding and saying "Hello, Spain, please."
This kind of thing happens every day to sellers on Fiverr. Yesterday, I had a person order a $15 500-word article. They didn’t want an article, though. They wanted me to watch a 40-minute Youtube video, summarize its contents, and include a list of timestamps concerning key talking points.
I wanted to cancel but we all know where that leads. To my horror, after delivering the article as requested, the buyer returned with an edited version of my article which had been edited down to 200-words. Apparently, it had needed ‘tidying up.’ - This meaning all but one of the topics I had referenced had been removed, including references to the most interesting part of the video.
I asked what the buyer expected me to do and they replied cryptically, “use this as a framework for your next attempt.”
In the end, I didn’t do anything but redeliver the same file with a single edit to one sentence. I stated that clearly, they were looking for a short video description, not a full summary. In this case, it would be impossible to cover all video content in any detail without further direction. Then the buyer went silent until now, where I am notified that they have closed their order and left feedback.
I was 99% sure that this buyer was going to leave a 1-star review. Cryptic messages, a slight attitude, and clear dissatisfaction with a delivery, usually point in this direction. In this case, I left a 2-star review, asking all buyers to please stop asking me to transcribe, watch videos, or read and summarize business prospectuses. (I get this a lot you see.)
Then to my horror, it turns out that the buyer left a 5-star review. Now I look like some kind of mad buyer hater. - Not because my review is inaccurate, but because it looks like it has been left in response to theirs. I also imagine that they will now feel upset that they have left a 5-star review (out of what is perhaps a realization that their work went beyond the scope of what I offer) only to have me reign down hammer blows of hate on them for the trouble.
Nobody wins with this system.
Anyway, that’s just me venting.