A Possible Explanation For Those Who Have Written at Bubblews and Are Losing Partial Payments
I know that there are many people migrating from Bubblews, here to Persona Paper and to other sites. I read that some are concerned about deleting their content there for fear of not getting paid their final payment.
In a reply to another writer's comment on "How I Was Able to Retrieve All My Articles from the B-Site, Even When Not Visible in an Archived List" , I started to wonder about my own fears of the same thing, and (as I always do) I started analyzing the situation and my fear.
A Surprise Announcement
As many already know, Bubblews' CEO and Founder, Arvind Dixit, made a decision that all payments that had been submitted prior to November 11th, 2014 would not be paid. This is true whether or not they were in the queue or were missing payments that they last track of and could not manage any more.
It was also announced that the payment rate was also changed, so that the calculations from any future payments would reflect this new payment structure, retroactive to the arbitrary November 11th date.
With these new policies, it wiped out a lot of "debt" owed to many, even some from more than a year ago. For those who have submitted redemption requests pending since November 11th, it drastically reduced amounts owed, and for some it has nearly zeroed out their payments. I have read claim of one writer having a pending payment from over $400 to $4.31. For others, it was not as drastic a cut.
So, why the differences for some people? Is it discriminatory? Are they picking on one person, one country, or one group of people? Some might say so. We are all trying to find answers to all of our "whys," when it comes to a site that loved and supported by so many.
My Experience with My 4th Quarter Redemptions
Even though I am angry and think that the company owners have made decisions that will hurt the company in the long run, I completely understand that business owners have a right to change direction and respond accordingly. As with any decision we make, personally or professionally, we must live with the results of those choices.
I am one person who has deleted much of my content from the site. I had nearly 900 articles, and now have about a tenth of them remaining. All of them were submitted since my October 3rd redemption of $52.82, which was paid in the amount of $51.83. PayPal adjusted the amount by charging $1.80 for their fees, so my final payment was $10.03.
I submitted my current redemption request on December 30th my time (December 31st on their time stamp) for $68.18, before any announcements were made to us. It will be interesting to see how much they delete the account.
What They Will Do to All Payments Submitted Before the End-of Year
We know that any payment pending that was submitted prior to November 11th is gone. But that still does not account for how they treated the payments that were submitted after that date. We have not received the explanation as to how they determined it, only the comments that it was the spammers and plagiarizers doing that caused the decisions to be made.
So, what happened to the totals for submissions placed after November 11th? I believe that the way they figured out how and what to cut from these monies owed was also measured up to the same date, which is why the drastic differences from one writer to another.
I highly suspect that, just as all payments submitted prior to the November date were deleted, so has any money due from views, likes and comments received prior to that day on any existing pending payment. So, anything that was written and viewed before that date will receive nothing for those views, etc., even though it was "in the bank."
Everything earned after that date will be assessed at the reduced rate (from November 11 and beyond), retroactive for the existing pending payments, as well for those still currently writing.
My Final Thoughts
When I came back to Bubblews from more than two weeks without a computer, I saw that I had $68.18 in my bank and that I was not going to make my goal of $100 for the month, even had I written more. So, I decided to redeem on December 30th Pacific Time, prior to any announcements being made. I had earned the monies in my bank from my previous October 3rd redemption date.
I highly anticipate that all views, comments and likes that I received on my articles from October 3rd to November 11th will be zeroed out. Using that logic, then all views, comments and likes received after that date will be recalculated at the lower, existing rate, which will drastically reduce the remaining monies from my bank totals.
Because we have no data available to us to show when they were received, no one cannot anticipate how our specific banks will be altered for any of our payments. We cannot see how many views we have had, nor from where. If we could access the history of our comments and likes, rather than simply what the notification table will allow us, we could account for those, however, we have only what the system shows for a temporary amount of time.
I anticipate that my $68 will be valued from $20-30, when they get around to crunching the numbers and applying the new system to my current redemption.
Arvind has recently made his pleas that we all must think about "perseverance, future, and (others') emotions." He has talked of "be(ing) better and learning curves." Many of these sound quite apologetic and heartfelt, inspiring and forward-thinking, and positive. He even speaks good advice about being kinder toward others, with which I agree.
However, perception is reality. Equally as many people are seeing his current 2015 writings as "cultish," "disingenuous," and "manipulative." Though I understand their emotions, as well, there comes a time when you just have to make a decision and move beyond where you were/are. Even if one trusts that the Bubblews team is treating all of its members equally, there is always room for manipulation of the figures, should someone decide to do it. One will never know, as many do not trust the team leaders or the team to make sound decisions.
What I am trying to do from here on out is to see the situation strictly from a factual perspective, so that I can figure out what I want to do. Because I am human, I will attach whatever emotions to the situation based solely on my experiences and how I frame the world, and I will make my decisions accordingly.
Whether or not deleting articles will be additional cause for reduction in payment, I do not believe that leaving articles up will prevent it from happening. Again, I believe that any activity on those articles will be zeroed out before the new calculations are made, as the Bubblews team tries to clean up the garbage and start with a cleaner slate in 2015.
However, I must choose to do what I think is best as I continue to take ownership of my own behavior and run my life, as I see fit. Is that not what we all do? Arvind is certainly doing so.
2015, Author CoralLevang
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