B/R, How Much Money Do I Owe You?

Illya HarrellAnalyst IINovember 9, 2009

LONDON - MARCH 19:  Caretaker manager Stuart Pearce of Manchester City looks puzzled during the Barclays Premiership match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane Stadium on March 19, 2005 in London. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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To the fine folks who run this site, I need to apologize.  Honestly, I had no idea we were suppose to pay for the privilege to post our articles on your servers. 

The recent bickering over how the site is run has led to my newly acquired knowledge.  Again, sorry, I promise I must have skipped over the payment part while reading the B/R "Terms of Service."

Okay.  I didn't really read them.  Does anybody?

I know a lot of people who skip the "Terms of Service" section and just check the box.  I can't be the only one who skirted out of paying.  Another thing, I suggest that you guys and gals make it a little more visible that this is a pay site. 

Let's be fair. 

For starters, it's not like back in college when we had three houses receiving cable from one box.  As noted, this was an honest mistake. 

Maybe this is Karma coming back to bite me in the pooch.

Next up, I have no clue how you guys work your subscription process.  My profile says I have been a member for five months.  But, and you feel free to check your records on this, I have been fairly inactive for the past month.

So unless we are charged to read articles and make the occasional comment, I don't think I should owe you for October.

But if it is an annual or lifetime subscription fee, I guess this plea holds no weight.

Here's a good question, though (and hopefully one that will get me off the hook).

Is it only writers who happen to be ranked in a specific section that are required to pay the dues?

I mean, admittedly, I was ranked in the top-50 MLB writers for about three days.  Did you send an email during that time?  If so, it must have gone straight to my spam box and was subsequently deleted.

If I have to pay to be ranked, I'm not interested.  I write for fun—not accolades. 

In fact, I'm just happy to have a place to post my scribblings.  Sorry.  That is obvious brown-nosing.  Listen though, throw a brother a bone.  I swear, I did not know!

Yes, the Yahoo! headlines are saying the recession is over.  But I'm still, like...dirt farmer poor.  So any discounts would be greatly appreciated. 

Do you guys offer those online coupon codes?