When Your Relationship with a Writing Site Sours
Lately we've been hearing a lot about sites that have closed down , and also about sites that locked down user content . An additional problem is sites refusing to delete user content when requested, and sites not paying users as agreed upon.
I've just been looking through complaints on the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) web site, and it seems a lot of the users who complain are getting cheated for two main reasons:
The user has no proof of the content submitted or the payments requested, or is accused of trying to game the system by changing the content after the fact;
You can prevent this happening to you by making sure that you always save a copy of your posts on your computer (and a backup on the cloud, or on a backup drive!) Whenever you request a payment, take a screen shot that includes the date of the request and a proof of the amount. If you can include a proof that the payment has been promised by a certain date, then save that proof too.
For most of the BBB complaints that were resolved in favour of the user, the user specifically mentioned having screen shots as proof of the information included in their account of the events. Keeping complete records of your writing and your transactions with paid to write web sites, can make the difference between being paid and not getting your full payment.
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