- Internet & the Web
Shills Fall Silent
Opening Old Wounds
Articles, attacks, slanders, complaints, threats filled the blogosphere. A site called Factoidz was accused by a few hundred writers of ripping them off.
Shills, who got benefits, defended Factoidz, attacking the ripped off writers, claiming they 'Broke the Rules!" and virtually ordering hosting sites to remove the 'libelous ' comments.
Most hosting sites trembled in fear, demanding articles be removed or changed so as not to be guilty of 'libel' as they were so terrified of a LAWSUIT they ran around like Chicken Little screaming, 'The Sky is Falling!!"
A few hosting sites knew the law, and that a complete defense to Libel is truth.
And what these disgruntled writers posted was absolutely true, and provable as true.
And if that wasn't strong enough, the fact the site had to change its name and appearance was confirmation.
The Shills, those who do the attacking for Factoidz, were too insignificant to the owner of Factoidz to be informed of the change of name of the site or its restructuring.
They made greater fools of themselves attacking those who advised what would take place. They continued to attack until after it did take place.
Factoidz no longer exists, although the work of the ripped off writers remains on the site which now goes by the name; Knoji.
Bloggers warned the public about the dangers of Knoji. The Shills, recovering from their humiliation and trying to prove their loyalty, were out in force.
They fought to join writing sites, posting as guests, creating duals to attack and attack again, using their old motto, 'You broke the Rules."
How a user of a site would know what transpired between the management and another user proves the dishonesty of the Shills.
But for that 50c bonus they will slander their own mothers.
Knoji, the Reality
The site, Knoji, is ugly, there is no question about it. And the policies and practices are a stripped down rip-off
Newbies join, are given promises and paid something like $2.00 or so as a 'bonus' for the first few articles that are published.
At the end of the month they receive this 'pay'.
The Newbies are supposed to run all over the 'Net posting; "Lies! Lies! I joined Knoji in June and received $20 in July!"
Of course, the next month the bonus, instead of rising as the Terms of Service spell out, is 50% less for the first few articles, then 50% of that for the next few.
it depends on how stupid a person is how long they continue to write. Once their 'bonus' reaches 9c one would assume they would realise that 'bonus' is their pay for selling their copyright..
The moment a user complains, the old policy of confiscate the work and lock out the user is instituted.
In March, 2012, despite the warnings, Knoji opened. Due to its shills, it's membership and hit rate doubled in April.
By May it had begun it's inexorable decline as hundreds of writers realised they had been ripped off. (You can verify this by going to www.compete.com)
The Silence of the Sheep
Shills, those who crowded articles that were unfavourable to Factoidz/Knoji with their ugly comments, (forcing many writers to remove the Comment section) are silent.
As articles, blogs, message boards fill with disgruntled Knoji users, each sharing the same story, be they in China, the Philippines, India, America, England....one expected the same tired old Shills to pop on and proclaim, 'You Broke The Rules!!!"
But they remain silent.
They remain silent because they are being ripped off as well. They are getting pennies for their articles. They are lucky to make $4.00 despite their hundreds of articles.
Many have fled Knoji moving to other sites, i.e. Expertspages ( this is NOT Experscolumn) where they try to Shill to devastating effect.
Wise hosting sites yawn when they are 'threatened' with lawsuits. They know this
is, like everything else that emanates from that part of Cyberspace, the quacking
of a duck. A very smart and crafty duck who has made millions from ripping off writers.
Come ye Shills and disclaim, shout, and post under your duals.
Or, wiser, remain silent in the face of truth.
The Smart Duck Quacs
Realising that ripping off writers on Knoji would be more difficult than on Factoidz, (and having already been two steps in front of prosecution), the owner changed the site to a 'coupon' one.
Along with this is a 'shopping' blog, where users can discuss and rate various business places.
Yes, it's a rubbish site, but hey! The Shills are gone.