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1 minute ago, Brayon said:

I wrote this a couple of years ago, over in our Writer's Circle.

I still think it's bullshyte to do bait and switch.

Its saying i dont have permission to see it. 

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Just now, Wesley8890 said:

Its saying i dont have permission to see it. 

Are you a member of the Writer's Circle? If not, you should be! 🙂

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So, I posted a status last night about a story I was recommended. A brief recap:

I'm developing a LitRPG story, that is gay-themed, and was told to check out this story on Nifty. I'll refrain from naming and shaming the Author, but he is prolific on that site and has his own website as well. The story in question on Nifty has 15 chapters, has no clear ending, and hasn't been updated in years on that site. There is a link at the bottom of each .html page to the Author's website. Well, I go to said website and lo' and behold, there is a chapter 16 for this story. I click on chapter 16, and WHAM!!!! Paywall. I click on Chapter 15 and look there's content. Checking other stories that the author has on his site, all of them has chapters hidden behind the paywall, and most of those stories, you can read the majority on "free sites."

That my friends is the definition of a Dick Move.

I get authors and websites having Premium content and normally would support such moves. If the whole story was behind the Paywall; like how GA does with its premium content. What I don't agree with is an Author that publishes for free 99% of a story, and locks the last 1% behind a paywall, to where you can not read the remainder of the story.

Bottom lining:

The whole Story behind Paywall = Fine, go for it.

Partial Story behind Paywall = Dick move, and you lost me as a reader.

What say you all?

 

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19 minutes ago, Brayon said:

Are you a member of the Writer's Circle? If not, you should be! 🙂

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So, I posted a status last night about a story I was recommended. A brief recap:

I'm developing a LitRPG story, that is gay-themed, and was told to check out this story on Nifty. I'll refrain from naming and shaming the Author, but he is prolific on that site and has his own website as well. The story in question on Nifty has 15 chapters, has no clear ending, and hasn't been updated in years on that site. There is a link at the bottom of each .html page to the Author's website. Well, I go to said website and lo' and behold, there is a chapter 16 for this story. I click on chapter 16, and WHAM!!!! Paywall. I click on Chapter 15 and look there's content. Checking other stories that the author has on his site, all of them has chapters hidden behind the paywall, and most of those stories, you can read the majority on "free sites."

That my friends is the definition of a Dick Move.

I get authors and websites having Premium content and normally would support such moves. If the whole story was behind the Paywall; like how GA does with its premium content. What I don't agree with is an Author that publishes for free 99% of a story, and locks the last 1% behind a paywall, to where you can not read the remainder of the story.

Bottom lining:

The whole Story behind Paywall = Fine, go for it.

Partial Story behind Paywall = Dick move, and you lost me as a reader.

What say you all?

 

Ok so i went and requested to join.

What you described was a clear violation of nifty posting guidelines. I encountered this from an author as well. Theyre not a prolific author, if they are they have a different name, but theyre a fantastic scifi writer and i love their stories but often times they would stop at a pivotal part and never post that story again. So i went to the site at the bottom of the page and discovered there were at least two more chapter behind a paywall. I'm not sure how the author gets away with it as they still post to nifty. I guess it must be in the way its worded because the last chapter they post makes it seem like an open-ended finale, like you can believe it ends this way or another, yet theres extra chapters on the site that show a definite ending. 

 

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8 hours ago, drpaladin said:

Nifty refers to it as teaser stories and it is against their guidelines as Wesley has said. Here we call it bait and switch. It's unethical. Fortunately, Cia is good at ferreting out people who are trying this when they join and we have members who report suspicious activity.

Nifty has a lot of content. If it's not reported, they won't just find it.

The problem is its hard to report a story on nifty. I havent found out how because they dont tell you how.

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3 hours ago, Wesley8890 said:

The problem is its hard to report a story on nifty. I havent found out how because they dont tell you how.

There's an email for questions, under the submission guidelines. I'd use that.

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4 hours ago, Wesley8890 said:

The problem is its hard to report a story on nifty. I havent found out how because they dont tell you how.

 

1 hour ago, Brayon said:

There's an email for questions, under the submission guidelines. I'd use that.

They don't make it easy.

The archivist email is:

nifty (at) nifty (dot) org

 

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Yeah, that's wrong. It's also against Nifty's terms for writers (as has been mentioned by multiple folks here). Definitely report it, even if you have to jump through a hoop or two.

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4 hours ago, Zombie said:

It’s like when you get suckered into downloading an Apple app that promises to be useful only then to find out the useful bits are premium

Thats exactly how it felt.

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That's so sketchy.  I'm fine with a writer who asks for payment for a bonus chapter or something like that, but not something that directly relates to the events happening in the main (free) story.  That's just wrong.  

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@Wesley8890 while it might not be quite what you’re looking for - or what the site should have available for members/non-members) I found an email address for problems with donating at the bottom of the donations page. 

https://donate.nifty.org/donate.html

As this is a donation (more like ransom if you ask me)  issue, I’d think using this email would be appropriate.

If you decide to contact them, good luck! 

As an aside, it’s quite something this site doesn’t have a way for readers to contact the administrators for things other than donating to their cause. 🤨

Edit: @drpaladin I see I’ve basically repeated the info you found. ;)

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On 4/22/2020 at 9:46 PM, Wesley8890 said:

So the site i originally read from is nifty. The site i was asked to go to is owned by the author themself. The lowest tier was 5.99 monthly while the "gold" was 17.99 monthly

I read stories from nifty but never have I seen that before. If you can send me the authors name in a message then I can see what you are saying. I wouldn't think that the owners of nifty would allow that but from your info it seems they did. That is actually wrong when they always get donations from a lot of people and only that author can do that so far. That site does have some great stories but I have only been on GA for a little over 2 months and GA has better stories by far. I do go back there ever once in awhile to see if there is any updates to stories I read. But I stay on this better site. Thank you GA members for being the better reading site!

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2 hours ago, Story Reader said:

I wouldn't think that the owners of nifty would allow that but from your info it seems they did. That is actually wrong when they always get donations from a lot of people and only that author can do that so far.

There are a lot things that go on with administrating a site. Nifty is pretty busy and it's very easy for this sort of thing to fall under the radar.  And I know from personal experience that emails and such don't always get received. 

 

2 hours ago, Story Reader said:

That site does have some great stories but I have only been on GA for a little over 2 months and GA has better stories by far. I do go back there ever once in awhile to see if there is any updates to stories I read. But I stay on this better site. Thank you GA members for being the better reading site!

We appreciate the kind words.  I will say that each story site has stuff they focus on and are good at.  Gay Authors in intended to focus on plot and character more than the aspects that Nifty tends to focus on.  For people that want plot and character, we're in good shape.  For people that want other aspects, we are not so good at those.  We try to stay focused on making Gay Authors the best Gay Authors we can be and let other sites do their thing.  It's not a zero-sum game.  Plenty of room for everyone to do the thing.

As for the original topic, we try very hard to avoid bait and switch situations here.  Unfortunately, at times there can be the appearance of such.  For example, some authors choose to take down their content completely to e-publish somewhere.  Sometimes, we are able to negotiate keeping the content on site, but in premium instead of losing it completely.  This can appear to be a bait-and-switch, if you were reading it free and suddenly it went premium. 

I think I rambled again.

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