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A client refusing to pay the full amount and deletes my Blueboard review
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"A client refusing to pay the full amount and deletes my Blueboard review" Oct 22, 2018

Jean Dimitriadis wrote:


I understand you are still in contact with the ProZ staff about this matter, so I guess you'll have to wait and see with them regarding your BlueBoard entry and outsourcer issue. Was the ticket closed? If so, I would still create a new one.

Here are the BlueBoard rules, so you can check if your entry or actions were in line with these rules:

As for further actions, I hope other colleagues chime in, as I have had no non-payment issues so far.



I had a similar experience with a client. After I gave a very honest review of their business practices to protect other colleagues (I thought that was the purpose of BB) I started getting emails from other employees (not the project manager I had worked with) of the company asking me to change my BB comments. The check finally arrived and I updated my BB but I for honesty's sake I left the comment regarding late payment and such. Mysteriously, positive comments started appearing and BB changed my comments. On another such client, BB would not allow me to post a negative comment about receiving payment after 3+ months. BB is not a reliable source for prospective customers since Proz will not allow the truth to come out and agencies post fake comments from unreliable sources.

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That's why--- Oct 23, 2018

Robert Forstag wrote:

I think that the more accurate view is that if BB ratings for a given agency are numerous and positive, then you can *probably* rest assured that you will receive timely payment.

Such an approach has been advocated numerous times in these forums.

Yes, I used to think that too.


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Be sure to read into the reviews Oct 23, 2018

Tom in London wrote:

From past experience, I don't trust any BlueBoard reviews, no matter what. The BB doesn't work. Something should be done about it. But probably won't be.

Just recently I was contacted by an agency that had good BB ratings and being in the middle of other work, I didn't reflect and said OK to them. Sure enough when the time came for payment, they didn't pay and I had to resort to....let's call them "other measures" to make them pay me.

To slightly distort a common Italian saying: "It's good to trust the BB. It's even better not to".

[Edited at 2018-10-22 12:01 GMT]

There are certainly ways to "manually" get very high BB rating. Just like those badly-made games on app store with insanely high scores.

I agree with Tom, partially. BB has been working okay for me. But be sure to ALWAYS, AAALLLWAYS look into the reviews. If they are flooded with 5 star ratings but no comment, or all left by new users/unverified users, better check out the lowest rating and what they have to say.

A credit check service can come in handy too.

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