... oi vei. This is where we all turn and jump ship.
I've seen this before, and I suppose it won't be the last time. The last time I've seen it was a on a mod project I was involved in. The makers of the mod were the "in crowd", and everyone else who contributed or hung around the forums were just random commoners constantly skating on thin ice. Say the wrong word? Banned. Suggest new content? Banned. The mod wasn't for enjoying, it was for being LOYAL to - no matter what. How dare you challenge the mod? By the end, everyone had left but for those few 3-4 "loyal" people. Needless to say, the mod was never completed.
Here was part of a very long message to the head boss man of the website: "You're driving people away rather than drawing them back, even those who would otherwise be willing to help the site flourish. People don't want to work with others who let their emotions ride before their professionalism.
"Threatening to remove all the articles one has ever written? Not only is that emotionally driven, but now you are trying to dive at the hearts of people who care about their work and have dedicated hours of time to your website. The message you are sending is, "Your work is of absolutely no value - I could cut all the work you have given the site or will ever give the site and not bat an eye. The website isn't about your work at all, the website is mine and you will never be considered a whole part of it." This, above all, will not make people think of contributing again, as you've already branded them as outsiders. We immediately feel as if we are not part of a team at all."
"With that, I'll say that I'm willing to stay on board. I have no problem working with a professional website, that specifically outlines what sort of content output they need on a monthly basis. I believe you can bring Koku to that standard.
"But as I've written this message, I'm reminded of the other websites that I attempted to stick with when they put a similar "ultimatum".... believe me, they all did. Remembering how those encounters went, I realize that my time might be better spent with more rewarding projects. Not rewarding in a monetary way, but in a way where my work is valued and not simply padding for someone else's work. That's certainly what it feels like currently. Stressing myself out due to your "moods" and messages that "most of you won't like"... I have too much work to be done to add any emotions to the mix. Trying to keep tabs on your moods while working? I'm not that good a multitasking."
Sigh. Ah well. I live to write another day, eh? Better not to cling to hope and try to work together when I've got so many other things on my plate. There's a silver lining - I won't be as busy. By a bit. I hate "giving up" on projects, but this seems like it's for the better.
Oh well. Back to writing.