I posted a similar article on February 8, which Newsvine subsequently "REMOVED." Tyler said he had to check with the legal department. I never heard back from anyone. So, I'm trying again, with a few modifications, to see if any of you have experienced the same. I've never done this before, but I'm asking that you PLEASE VOTE UP THIS ARTICLE. The more people who vote up, the less likely it will be removed and the more likely we can have a real discussion on something that may very well affect thousands of Newsvine users. Thank you.
Like a lot of NV users, I just found out recently that my accrued NV ad earnings are gone. Apparently there was some kind of notice NV posted somewhere on the site that a lot of us didn't see. It said to the effect that we had to cash out by the end of December. As far as I can tell no one got advance warning via email, even though NV has all of our email addresses. It just got posted, and then it was done.
I got wind of this around the end of January/beginning of February and just by accident in a discussion about Beta. There were some rumblings so I checked my account. All my earnings were there so I posted back that it looked OK. I thought some users were having a technical glitch of some sort (as we all know, the entire system had been glitchy with Beta and Classic running simultaneously).
Discussions about Beta persisted and also about the earnings. I checked my earnings again, and again they were still there. We were hearing things about this new arrangement with a third party, Adsense by Google. Sounded like a nightmare. There were indeed technical issues registering for that, but even with some modifications, some users reported that Adsense had rejected them because Adsense didn't "approve" of their content.
Whoa! Better cash out now, I thought. I tried but there was no link to do it. I wrote NV, waited a couple days or so, and then I got the bad news. It was too late, I was told. I responded with a question about where my money went. No answer.
This is the stuff of class action lawsuits. As individuals, a lawsuit is impractical, but as a class of individuals there might be sufficient interest from a law firm willing to take the case on contingency and front the costs for discovery, etc. As individuals, we might not get any answers, but a firm representing the class can persuade--or, if necessary, get a court to compel--a response, at least, and perhaps more.
We don't know how much money is at stake, but what happened is patently unfair and wrong. Newsvine/MSNBC/NBC/Comcast must account for what happened to our earnings. We should all be paid what we earned, at least through the end of December. For me, that was two and half years' worth of contributing to the community...uh, nix that....CORPORATION. All down the drain...or into somebody else's pocket.
There are numerous sites online that explain the legal definition of "conversion," which is illegal and subject to a tort. See Google hits here.
Please also relate your experience, preferences and any other info you care to share in comments.