They're starting to go overboard at THAT site...
I won't use the site name in the title or this post because I feel it is pimping for views. But we all know what site I am referring to. I have not written there since the New Year's Eve bomb dropped but I do follow my friends and watch the comments on the CEO's post. Tonight the tides turned. It went from very angry people expressing their disappointment and some very supportive ones vowing to stay and help grow the site again to plotting the site's demise.
I am owed $50 that they took from my pending redemption and another $600 that was promised to me via email MANY times by the CEO for 11 redemptions that somehow just happened to be forgotten to be paid. Everyone around me was paid but here I sat waiting and not receiving the money promised. Divide and conquer you see. Pay some of the people all of the time and when someone complains, there will be people ready to defend the site to the end. That is what is happening now.
Although I was lied to many times and this is not a TOS matter but a personal one since it was done via one on one email, I don't want to see the people who choose to stay there lose the site. But now, furious members are plotting to get rid of all adverting so the site will be forced to close due to lack of funds. They claim they got all but two ad companies to suspend ads. I have NO idea is that is true but that's going too far.
People were hurt. People were lied to. People were extremely disappointed. The site was never good at communicating and the way they did his last cut was atrocious. It showed a total lack of empathy for the loyal members and the following post by the CEO is even more insulting. He was AFRAID OF THE MEMBERS so he didn't tell them he couldn't pay them. Sigh. Youth.
Anyway, despite my personal feelings about the actions there, I don't like the idea of the members killing the site. I won't be there but my friends, people I have a connection with, will be. Some opted to stay and I don't hold it against them. It's a personal decision everyone has to make. I couldn't continue, more because of the email lies than taking money from my redemption. I was just...done with the trust and sick of the lies. But some friends love it still and find it therapeutic.
If the site closes, they will find a new place to go. (I know of one right here!) but I would much prefer it to be because of the owners not disgruntled members. I believe it will end up being a free site with some bonuses or sweepstakes or something in time is it survives. I think even really angry members should stay away from trying to tear the site down. They can complain through proper channels but to try to attack by forcing the site to close down is not much better than the site's behavior. I also heard some whispers about a major hack and spamming plot.
I hope it doesn't happen. The site is on life support but it may stay alive. It has some loyal members willing to stick it out. If it can find its footing, well, good for them. I won't go back but I won't be a part of destroying the site.
Karma will take care of what needs taking care of. I don't think members should go TOO far. Expressing themselves is great. Leaving, deleting posts, complaining to the BBB and other places - all fine. Hacking, spamming and trying to pull ads off the site to force it to shut down? It lowers people to the same level as they feel the site owner has lowered himself to. I never want to hear that the site owners had wonderful things on the horizon but terrible members caused the site to fail. I want THEM to admit that THEY failed. The members didn't cause this mess, they did. I want to see them fail due to mismanagement and arrogance, not take the easy way out and let members tear down the site.
I'll pass. I can live without the nonexistent money they owe me and I will just move along quietly and let whatever happens...happen.
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