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To: Erik Latranyi
We can assume that the cost of cutting jobs is generous severance packages. Something the media decries when corporate America offers these.

I didn't start out intending to write for them, but the NYT bought about.com while I was a guide for one of their sites. Not only did I not get any type of severance package when -- the day before my birthday! -- they advised me that (despite more than doubling traffic over the previous year's/guide's page views, adding more content than was required by my contract, etc. etc. etc.) they were "ending our relationship" because I hadn't sufficiently converted my site to comply with their "writing for the Web" philosophy. They now only pay me about a fifth of what that same content was earning me while I was guide for the site. (The content stays there until they hire a new guide, who will then work for free during the time it takes to "build" the site, and who will then only earn what I was earning if he or she increases the page view traffic over what mine had been. Of course, that's assuming their contract remains as "generous" as it was while I worked there.)

FYI: I moved MY copyrighted content from that NYT-owned pop-up ads site to my own (no pop-up ads) domain at Chronic-Illness.org.
18 posted on 12/22/2005 7:36:34 AM PST by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: Fawnn

I salute you for doing that on your own. We need to support people like you and ignore/boycott scum like the Slimes.


20 posted on 12/22/2005 7:41:03 AM PST by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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