Hello admin, I have been a keen Visitor of the freelancer section. All the time when I see, there are lot of Sellers who have response time more than a day are ranked in the top. I guess, based on the recommendations he earned the ranking is done. One thing I want to tell about it -
The Seller may get a lot of Positive Feedback for what he is doing if it is upto the mark or the Buyer is not frustrated with it. It is not uncommon to get lot of recommendations if the seller is earning a lot of feedbacks, what I'm saying is a lot of reputations will make them[buyers] do so. My Question is: "What's the point in it when the Seller is good at something and earned a Rank and not responding to the messages/orders in time ?? In that case the Buyer has to wait a lot of time to open the conversation, so he will feel that the Seller is a normal like others, doesn't matter even he is Top Rated.
So, my opinion is that all the ranking should be done keeping in mind the Response time and the feedback as well. Final thing, based on the performance of the Level X Sellers, at the end of the week he/she can be awarded with some 3 categories viz "Rising Star, Sparkling Star, All Stars" [Im not good at naming] like that. It may be helpful for Buyers to identify the active ones and will boost up the efficiency of the Level X Sellers.
Thanks for Reading, if you find this appropriate and practically applicable - field test it and implement it !