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How to Go Down With the Ship

How to Go Down With the Ship

Hey DSSers – thanks for all the emails. They’re almost coming in too fast for us to publish! Here’s another update we got today. 

In reference to your post about another late DS pay day, here’s a thread you might find interesting. The contributors at DS are getting desperate. And strange. One perpetually upbeat community moderator started a forum on ways to make “quick money” in light of DS’s failure to pay on time. It’s really sad that the economy is so bad that people are resorting to selling their clothes, books and other personable valuables. But this conversation string made me LMAO and get a little concerned about the thought processes of some people:

Opening Post:

“OK, my fellow writers and CEs, I know some of you are in a bit of a spot with payments not arriving until Monday. I’m crossing my fingers that Jordan has lit a big fire down in Santa Monica, and that they arrive sooner, but in the meantime…How do you make a few quick bucks to tide you over? Please, family friendly suggestions ONLY!!”

Answers:

“You can make very quick money by selling things on Facebook. There are usually pages set up for “sell and swap” or “gently used items” that are local to your area. If you have something sitting around your house that you’re not using, from clothing to purses to exercise equipment, it’s a great way to sell them quickly — as in within 24 hours.”

“I am a huge fan of reputable pawn shops when you need fast cash that you know you can pay back right away.”

“You’re a doll for starting this thread.”

“OK, you said family-friendly, –. I’m going to branch out into the shady maybe-not-so-legal area. But it’s a gray maybe-not-so-legal area, and we do what we gotta do. It’s the weekend, folks. We can float checks and they can’t possibly hit bank accounts until — at the absolute earliest — Monday. If they bounce before the DMS money gets there, we’ll pay OD fees, but the Great Banking Gods may hopefully honor the checks, so this will cost us a hundred bucks or so in fees, maybe more, but with any luck, we’ll all come out of this OK. Our bank cards are useless, but good old-fashioned paper checks can still buy groceries.”

“We could always sell our plasma or if you’re a woman with a viable supply, I hear egg donation plays well. But. . . these places probably won’t be open until Monday anyway so we might as well just wait until our DMS payment (hopefully) comes through on Monday.”**

**I’m fairly certain this poster about selling eggs and blood was joking. But the following response is scary as hell:

“Plasma donation is 7 days a week in a lot of places. Egg donations take a while (never did that).”

wow.

17 comments to The Ship Continues to Sink

  • Me

    I just couldn’t take all the drones in there whining about the titles all the time. I wrote maybe a total of 10-20 articles for them, when I needed some extra money. Otherwise, get a clue on people! Go get a job flipping burgers, cleaning toilets or working at Walmart. You won’t have the prestige of being a full-time “writer,” (if you can that work “writing”) but you will have a regular paycheck while you look for other jobs. For crying out loud! I’d do any of those before I resorted to donating plasma. You knew this was coming and you can’t make it the weekend without the money? Really? GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. This outfit has been dying a very slow death for the past three years. Someone put it out of its misery, please.

  • Through

    Yesterday, Laurel S. posted:

    Just wanted to post a quick note to let you all know that today was my last day at the Studios. I am still a full time employee at Demand Media, just no longer a part of the Studios. I am still a proud part of this booming company. 🙂

    In other related news, I was recently accepted to be an apprentice to a furniture maker and caner. My days will be FILLED with activity, but just not any Studios community activity. My friends and family are proud of my commitment to my future plans of working two very different jobs.

  • Through

    This morning Jordan posted:

    Hey everyone,

    I’m excited to introduce you all to the newest member of the DMS Community Team — Brooks Huber. Brooks is going to be the new go-to person for all of your community needs in the forums and Help Desk and brings with him a wealth of community experience.

    I’ll still be around with the Studio, but working on some new projects. So consider Brooks the Jordan 2.0 for the Studio community.

    **Last week they moved Joe Crosby and Jessica Noah to “other areas” and handed their sections over to Richard and Eve. Wonder what’s going on behind the scenes over there…

  • Pamela

    That comment here about the whole forum being gone seems so have been another one if those glitches that DMS seems to have on a daily sis these days, because I was able to access it today. What did I read? That Pukeface Jordan’s sidekick (whatshername, Laurel something or other?) has said goodbye and is leaving the building! Also read that someone wasn’t paid for past work that she was never compensated for.

  • Topical Sucker

    (this is the correct text)

    My account was canceled by DMS because I didn’t get that 35 translations from English to Portuguese at last two weeks.

    It’s so hard translate 35 texts with 1000 words weekly! One year ago, we have a goal of 20 translations.

    Well, worst of all are that preppy reviewers, empty-headed incompetent guys that want show off their lack of culture, vocabulary, grammar and intelligence acting like slavers of 21th century.

    Few minutes ago, I received my marvellous salary of beggary…and it was late since Thursday!

    Now, I feel like a former slave that’s just get his freedom. I think I’ll get better things than this shitty DMS.

    I hope too that DMS gets back soon my headaches and problems I got since I go into this ridiculous sweatshop.

  • Topical Sucker

    My accound was canceled by DMS because I didn’t get that 35 translations from English to Portuguese at last two weeks.

    It’s so hard translate 35 texts with 1000 words weekly! One year ago, we have a goal of 20 transslations.

    Well, worst of all are that preppy reviewers, empty-headed incompetent guys that want show off their lack of culture, vocabulary, grammar and intelligence acting like slavers of 21th century.

    Few minutes ago, I received my marvellous salary of beggary…and it was late since Thursday!

    Now, I feel like a former slave that’s just get his freedom. I think I’ll get better things than this shitty DMS.

    I hope too that DMS get back soon my headaches and problems I got since I go into this ridiculous sweatshop.

  • Demand is Doing Great!

    Demand Studios must not have liked the “Quick Cash” thread their “Community Manager” made. They’ve deleted the entire general forum and now all that’s accessible is section specific forums. This is what I would have done in their situation, too. Now, it’ll be much harder for lots of complaints to build up in one easily readable space. Too bad, though. It’s great talking to so many interesting and positive-minded people in the forums! I donated lots of plasma, sperm, and eggs and I’ll be checking the sections regularly for new titles because they’re totally coming back full force! Good work Demand Studios. You’re doing great!

  • Lorianne

    I never have understood how CEs hoarding titles past the payment cutoff makes any sense. Hoarding titles in general is crappy for writers but I can see grabbing up whatever work you can find when pickins are slim. But why hold onto the work until AFTER the deadline to get paid? After all, CEs don’t get paid until the titles are either approved or rejected. Am I missing something here?

  • Through

    I found this thread both profoundly depressing and weirdly affirming: I’m in better shape than I realized. Getting paid three days late was irritating as hell and made me question DMS’ competency and solvency, but it wasn’t a calamity for me. Back in December, I started looking for new clients, and those efforts are starting to pay off.

    What really pisses me off is that in other forums, Razzberry Jam has been saying, “Use your new free time to write that novel you’ve always wanted to write!” First of all, writing a novel isn’t that easy, and when you don’t know how you’re going to cover the rent, your energy’s focused on that. Second, if you’re good at marketing yourself, there’s the eBook option, but if you’re not, or you don’t have the finances and time and energy, then you won’t see a profit anytime soon. I’ve been sending my novel to agents for 2+ years and getting some interest, but that’s still just a first step. “Write that novel!” is disingenuous to the point of being dishonest when you’re talking to people who need to sell plasma to eat. Worse still when you’re one of those people, as RJ is.

  • Lorianne

    I never have understood how CEs hoarding titles past the payment cutoff makes any sense. Hoarding titles in general is crappy for writers but I can see grabbing up whatever work you can find when pickin’s are slim. But why hold onto the work until AFTER the deadline to get paid? After all, CEs don’t get paid until the title are either approved or rejected. Am I missing something here?

  • Demand is Doing Great!

    Their hack ‘Community Manager’ then tried to walk back comments she and another poster made about donating plasma and eggs under the guise that it was just a joke. That was clearly not the case as the ‘Community Manager’ herself made it clear she was going on a trip and would be strapped for cash, sympathizing with and endearing herself to the forum-goers. Dear lord, though. There are so many clueless brown-nosers thinking that their misguided positivity is going to earn them brownie points. After all, it worked so well for those on the Titanic.

    If you’re looking to get a bump from Demand’s sinking ship, consider taking a short position on the company with some of the money they’ve paid you. Wait until they have a bit of good news again (assuming it happens) or a new partnership announced, then short sell the shit out of Demand. It should be pretty clear where things are heading

    • LB

      Yes, the community managers are the most clueless of all. They do that “job” for no pay! One of the CM’s seems to believe that she is some kind of boss because she’s constantly giving “instructions” to writers. She’s a joke to DS but doesn’t have the brains to know. What’s worse is that some of the contributors kiss the CM’s asses as bad as they do rat face Jordan’s, not realizing they are non paid zombies with no power. Sometimes it’s embarrassing to witness.

  • Former DMS Drone

    I bet Shawn Colo already has his golden parachute packed up and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. What we’re watching here, ladies and gents, is a slow-motion train wreck…

  • Carrie Mathison

    No, sadly the zombie who recommended selling eggs was not joking. Many of these zombies would sell their newborns for cash if they had the opportunity.

  • Thanks Richard and Eve

    And, even though there are only a few titles left (and desperate CEs like Alex Lindley can’t be busy), Lally and Ledermen are STILL allowing CEs to hoard titles. Pick anything you can find, then come back several days later, after the payment cutoff because, you know, R&E have told you writers are losers and you don’t need to have any respect for them. R&E will never punish hoarding CEs, no matter what their histories. This will continue after eHow comes back. CEs will run rampant until Sean Colo grows a pair and cleans out the frat house that helped turned $28 stock into $4 stock. Which means it won’t stop.

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