A few blog posts ago, I mentioned that I’d stopped contributing to the Yahoo! Contributor Network (YCN). Today, I asked to have my account with YCN permanently closed. If you’re wondering what the fastest way to get your account closed is, it’s the classic, over-the-top forum flounce-and-bounce. Mine included cursing, frustration, and accusations.
Basically, all the things I predicted two years ago when Yahoo! bought Associated Content have come true. Yahoo! has a terrible track record when it comes to acquiring companies. They are so poorly managed and suffer from an unfocused mission. They are the uncoordinated octupus of the internet, grabbing what they can, and killing it without a thought but to their accounting ledgers. So it has been with Associated Content.
Yahoo! has laid off hundreds of people including many in the division running YCN. Those left are so terrified of being fired, they’ll do anything to keep their jobs. It’s sickening. It leaves YCN staffed by frightened, little infants who don’t even know their own rules and regulations.
Their uneven enforcement of their publishing agreement is what has me most upset. They have been closing accounts and dismissing submissions over the stupidest things. Most of their reasoning is contradictory. Their fear has to become everyone’s fear because shit always rolls downhill. Well, I’ve finally had enough. I don’t want to be associated with such a company.
I believe the ten minutes my forum post lasted set a new record for post-to-deletion-by-a-moderator. If you’re going to go, go big, burn all the bridges, stampede the women and children, and rape the cattle. That’s what my post (captured below) did. My account was gone within 15 minutes of posting.
Goodbye, Yahoo! I can’t say, “It’s been fun,” because with mindless, corporate dickheads at the helm, it hasn’t been fun at all. I have all my original material that I care about and I will do with it as I please. Yahoo! can try to sue me, but they can suck my dick, too.