Writing Online for Money?
May 25, 2010 6:07 AM   Subscribe

Unethical practices in online publishing Talks about low pay at Associated Content.
posted by susanharper (8 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Yeah, the article seems pretty grindy and the blog it's on is weirdly SEO-obsessed ("AC does nofollow" is an ethical complaint?); this seems not so great as the main meat of a post. -- cortex -- jessamyn

I keep getting flipped away from the blog. is this the unethical bit?
posted by jb at 6:18 AM on May 25, 2010

Business owners treat workers miserably, keep all the money and intellectual property rights. Film at eleven.
posted by Jon_Evil at 6:26 AM on May 25, 2010 [2 favorites]

it loads fine for me, but it is still the same unsubstantiated, poorly-written single blog entry that was linked to yesterday morning.

Don't get me wrong... there are plenty of online publishers that rip off freelance writers, or undervalue work. As noted before, I write for AC myself. But this post needs more meat behind it than a single blog entry, imho.
posted by ShawnStruck at 6:30 AM on May 25, 2010

I hear, off in the distance, the sound of an axe grinding....
posted by HuronBob at 6:35 AM on May 25, 2010

Even without the editorializing from yesterday, this is a lame FPP.
posted by briank at 6:42 AM on May 25, 2010

"unsubstantiated, poorly-written single blog entry"

I'll second that. Rubbish post. Sorry.
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 6:43 AM on May 25, 2010

There is nothing unethical about a single buyer offering a below-market price for goods or services. That's called "bargain hunting".

It is only unethical when there is collusion between buyers, attempting to control the market prices. That would be a variation on a monopoly (which traditionally involves sellers, but otherwise is identical).

This is not that case; ergo, only the author's pride has been wounded. May I recommend Johnson's Baby Wipes for the rash?
posted by IAmBroom at 6:45 AM on May 25, 2010

However, the article itself has such chuckle-worthy riding, I suppose a little ride on the ROFLCOPTER would be fun:

Also, I recommend screwing someone who has screwed and continues to screw millions.

Well, hell, if I were having sex with someone like that, I'd already be rich.

If I knew it was that kinda party, I'd have stuck my dick in the mashed potatoes.
posted by ShawnStruck at 7:01 AM on May 25, 2010

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