>> Sunday, April 19, 2009
Here's the text of the message Today.com posted about
Forum & Blog Posting Guidelines Regarding Rate Changes and Performance
We know that it is the nature of the business for there to be controversy whenever rates are dropped. We've said before and wil say again, it is not something we take lightly and it is a business decision based on a blogs[sic] performance . We understand the disappointmnet and as many respect our decisions, we also respect anyone's decision if they decide to leave Today.com.
However, we are trying to maintain a certain level of professionalism in the forum and find that repeated requests to users to contact support in regards to payment or personal matters go unheeded.
As such we will reiterate that any matter of a personal nature regarding your blogs pay structure or changes in pay should be communicated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posts of a nature that are negative and posted to inflame the Today.com blogging community out of spite will be removed and account priviledges will be revoked and the user will be out of the program forfeiting any earnings to date.
Disgruntled bloggers who wish to leave the program should do so by contacting email@example.com. We ask that you do not aggravate the situation by posting a negative post on your blog, or a redirect to another blog exclaiming that you are leaving Today.com. Such posts will be removed and will afect the close of your account. Deleting posts pending review will also affect your account balance and the close of your account.
Bloggers who've broken these rules to date will be contacted by Support after audits have been run on the blogs affected by rate changes.
We are sorry to have to go this route and apologize to all the member who participate in the forum, following the rule and engaging in positive communication with other bloggers and staff. We hope to minimize the disruption so that the forum is as much an enjoyable place to be as is blogging.
We that all for their consideration in this matter and will work with anybody who contacts support in an appropriate manner regarding any issues they are having blogging with Today.com
Note that the message was posted AFTER they locked bunches of us out for our negative attitudes, not before.
Also, most of us got axed not for "defaming" Today.com publically, but rather for questioning or drawing attention to their false advertising or in any way objecting to anything they did.
Me, I got tossed for going into my blog and changing links in my blogrolls to reflect the new locations of other exiled bloggers... it was the "official letter" that others - including Stephanie the Rocket Scientist got that tipped me over the edge. When she told me about her email, I started updating links ...and before you know it, had a personalized error message, several posts and most of my widgets wiped out, and an official Today.com email of my own.
I'm also IP banned from the forums - but if there were anything else interesting in there, I'd be happy to post it - unfortunately, people are ruining all my fun by not posting in the forums much right now. Presumably those who remain are trying to keep their heads out of the line of fire long enough to collect what is owing to them.