How would I characterize my relationship with the platforms? Strained, at best.
Currently I'm down from a whole pile of these folks to just FN and WM. And I'm not doing very much at all through either of them.
FN recently assigned the same WO to me and someone else, who claimed to be onsite before the actual start time, so I ended up getting a cancellation fee out of it, minutes before I was supposed to start out the door. Their volume for me is down to single digits per month at this point, way down from what it was. Stuff keeps on coming at me from there, but less and less of it that I'd consider bothering with at all at this point.
WM has also slowed down to a trickle, and there's one buyer on there that I've done work for before but who also seems intent lately on sending out a whole mess of stuff with an hourly rate below $20! Since I have gotten reasonable pay from these folks I hesitate to block them, but...
Mostly at this point I'm concentrating my energies elsewhere.
I like the idea of online work brokers, have ever since I encountered OF way back when, but they all seem to go buyer-centric, micromanaging "techs", and do other things that I'm not crazy about. Why can't we have a more balanced platform?
I'd like to see one where you have an introductory service, and comments by both buyers and providers can be published (the directory on here is a good start in that direction) and where open communications in both directions is encouraged. Maybe allow for the handling of funds if desired, but don't make it a mandatory part of things. That'd be a worthwhile platform, if it happened, but for some reason it doesn't seem to, and it's not real clear to me why that is.