Absolute Write, the premium writers' site, was shut down earlier this week with only one hour's notice from the hosting company. The reason? According to Making Light, a scam agent complained that her email address was posted on the site (even though the same address is prominently displayed on her own website) and she started to get spams and THUS, her conclusion is that Absolute Write is a community of spammers.
I can understand the ridiculous claims from this person -- after all, a scam artist would hate to have his or her name and email mentioned on a PROMINENT writers' site. But the action by the hosting company is simply beyond ridiculous. They are a business. There is a code of business ethics here. A hosting company simply can't shut down a paying client's site (without any legal reasons) without advance notice, and without allowing them access to the database to move the site. That's just deplorable. I believe their reckless action will have tremendous consequence for their business. They won't be in business for long, I predict -- because if they could do that to this particular client, they could do the same to other clients, and no one should settle for that kind of abuse by any hosting companies.
Let's hope Absolute Write come back soon. Boy, do we have a lot to talk about when that happens!
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UPDATE: The story has been boing-boinged!
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