Uh oh, another post on Duotrope going paid! Why, why am I doing this again? Just, hang on a second. Yes, it is another post on the topic, sort of.
When Duotrope went paid, there were writers from all over sounding off. This, I feel, is good. Some loved it, or thought it worth the money and that was fine. Some couldn't afford it/wouldn't pay and that was fine. What resulted from the differing groups, however, wasn't.
The people that could/would pay for the service were saying the people who wouldn't/couldn't weren't budgeting correctly, were liars, didn't care about their art, and more things just moronic. The ones who couldn't/wouldn't pay for Duotrope were saying the ones that could/would were elitist, hacks (throwing money around but can't write), arrogant, and still more idiotic things.
Why this became a battle of liars and hacks, I don't know. Maybe some people were offended when people attacked the site for the change. Possibly tempers over the price point took control of normally level-headed individuals. I can't say for sure.
Now, everyone knows writing is hard and lonely. We all also know that writers take a lot of rejection, disappointment, and isolation to do what they love. Why, why, why would writers turn against each other over a site charging money? Ridiculous! Absolutely and unequivocally so. We're supposed to be cheering each other on, not tearing each other apart. **Sighs**
I'm so happy to have you guys around me. You, dear readers, are what supportive writers look like.
Have YOU ever dealt with the writing community as a whole being dumb? What was it over?