Yeah, we know it’s been a while since we rapped at ya.
In all truth, neither Richard or myself has even logged into the Demand site in many months.
Writing this post yesterday made me curious to see if I still even had permissions, so I checked.
And, lo and behold I do.
A quick snoop around confirmed that Demand is pumping out hard hitting journalism pieces as ever.
Some of the titles I noticed in the queue:
- What is the Most Popular Job in Japan?
- Tractor Repair Training
- How to Teach English in Greenland
Ahh, some things never change.
Now onto the old news. We received a couple of pieces in the mail and we’ll just let them speak for themselves.
Demand Shuts Foreign Offices
Well, it happened. As of Friday, November 7th, Demand Media has closed down on all of their foreign freelance. They shut down operations in the Spanish and Brazilian version of the site by simply sending an e-mail out of the blue saying “thank you and goodbye”.
I hope americans get smart about this company, because they are the next pieces in this domino fall.
Full message from the CEO:
As the year draws I’d like to take the opportunity to let you know that we have set our goals for 2015. As you know, up to this point our objective was to produce content on a constant basis and increase production every month. Thanks to your work and all of our freelance community, today our site eHow Brasil has more than 350,000 articles that are consulted daily by millions of people from around the world.
Our objective for the remainder of 2014 and the start of next year is to focus our efforts on the overall quality of the site. We have built a great library, and will not be adding to it in a meaningful way in the near future. Instead, we will be focused on continuous quality improvements. This means that after this month there will be no more titles available for translation.
We understand that this news may come as a bit of a surprise. Therefore we propose keeping you on file and contacting you as soon as we have work available, which will most likely be in the near future. We will be completely focused on the quality and we will need help in revising the content.
If you have articles in your queue waiting for revising then we can assure you that they will be revised in the coming days. As always, once they have been approved your account will be duly credited.
We appreciate your attention and once again, thank you for being a part of Demand Media’s freelance community.
Demand Media Studios International
We’re not quite sure what to make of this next one, but thought we should put it out there for discussion. See – we do serve a useful purpose here!
Stiffed by Demand
I wrote one article for Demand Media for $25. I never got paid. When it was time to receive payment (11/7), I first received a suspicious message that said I needed to “claim” my payment on PayPal. The message appeared to be from Demand but the address was firstname.lastname@example.org. I called PayPal and they said to forward it to their fraud team which I did and which yes, was fraud, I told Demand about it and received no answer.
A day later I got what appeared to be a legit message from Demand (email@example.com) that said I’d ben paid $25. Looked in my PayPal account but not money. Called PayPal to see if someone had hacked my account but no, no $25 had ever been sent. Talked to Demand again (via email form only, ‘natch) and they said I’d obviously entered something wrong because they have a record of it being sent.
The provided me with a PayPal reference number, which, when I called PayPal again, turned out to be completely made up. I won’t go on but we went around a couple of more times: Demand says they sent it and PayPal said they didn’t and at this rate, even if I ever do recoup the $25, I will have earned, with the writing, editing, forced webinar and tutorials, approximately 17 cents per hour for my time.
These people should be reported and brought up on charges. PayPal said I’d need to report them to my local police department. Please. I wish I could do something to damage them but now I’m just ….DONE. Thanks for listening, I really needed to get this out.