L.A. Bank Robbery
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August 28th, 2014

Corey Brown's post

When I got home today, I checked out the comments I was following on DebWo7's article The Online Giant Squid Becomes 'Hub' Sushi: Squidoo Lenses Turn Into Hubs.

In one reply she mentioned, "the notice from Corey Brown today that indicates people who delete their accounts will still be compensated."

Immediately I wondered if they were going to do the right thing. Did this mean that people who deleted their accounts would receive more than just Amazon and eBay sales earnings for July and almost all of August as pointed out in Sorry Seth Godin | Did I Make a Ruckus?

So, I checked out Corey Brown's post titled Reminder: HubPages Opt Out Deadline is Tomorrow.[1]

And wouldn't you know it? I had a few problems with it. 

OIC--$$$
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Squidoo HQ Ignores My Reports

and I cannot comment on HQ posts

Interestingly enough, at the end of Corey Brown's post it states "If you experience any issues, please file a bug report so we can address it as quickly as possible. Thanks!"

What this indicates to me, is that if you have any problem with this "transfer" you need to file a bug report so Squidoo people (who sometimes forget to sign their emails) can deal privately with you rather than publicly.

In the comment that is posted on today's announcement (as of 10 pm ET Aug. 28th), Corey Brown stated, "no accounts have been transferred yet. We're on track for Tuesday [Sept. 2nd, 2014] though."

Remember this folks.

Some Key Problems I Have

and you might too

Does Corey Brown's statement: "you’ll still get paid for all the time your account has been live" mean ALL the monies your lenses have accrued (for all of the time they are shown online to the public)?

Specifically, I am referring to:

1) Ad pool revenue for July and almost all of August
2) Amazon earnings for July and almost all of August 
3) eBay earnings for July and almost all of August
4) "small" payments from partners who pay Squidoo later (for July and almost all of August - or any amount owed at anytime, really)
 
Corey Brown also states: "In order to opt out, your account must be deleted by 2 pm EDT tomorrow, August 29th."
 
What about all those people (and almost me) who are on holidays and have no idea?

I'm not accepting this transfer but

I wanted to show you that others cannot contact HQ

Other people who cannot get through to HQ
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Art Appreciation II
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Will Lenses Be Shown Publicly

after 2 pm ET on August 29th until Sept. 1st?

Hmm, we are not told this, are we?

If lenses are still publicly shown online from August 29th after 2 pm until Sept. 1st at midnight - they are STILL earning those four things: ad revenue, Amazon, eBay, and $ from "some partners" for Squidoo and the content owners who agreed to share their revenue, you know, the forgotten lensmasters.

Yet Corey Brown states: "Even after tomorrow’s deadline, you will have complete access to your dashboard, stats and the workshop (without publishing), and you’ll be able to continue to backup your account."

But oddly, he also stated, "After that time [Aug. 29th at 2 pm], you will no longer be able to delete your account or any lenses attached to it, because we have to freeze everything to do the transfer."

Got that?

Because they have to freeze everything to do the transfer.

Is that in order to "seal the deal" and tally the secret key content that Squidoo is bartering (selling?) to HubPages?

On Vacation? Had No Idea? Too Bad

Your account will transfer if your lenses were featured

Caterpillar 2
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Squidoo will BEGIN converting accounts

Wait, what happened to September 1st?

Corey Brown also wrote: "Everything is on track for the timeline to begin converting accounts on Tuesday, September 2nd." 

Why do people need to decide tomorrow?

And again, what about those on holidays who have no idea?

Well, Mr. Brown stated: "If we don’t hear from you…if you don’t opt in or out…and you have at least one featured lens – your account will be transferred instead of being automatically deleted."

To transfer content that Squidoo does not own - without the prior consent of the writer - is theft.

Therefore, Mr. Corey Brown, I'm instructing you to not alter lens URLs or my account with any redirect or transfer prep whatsoever. I plan to delete my entire account on August 31st at midnight (since my lenses will still be shown publicly until at least Sept. 2nd and still earning money for Squidoo).

Sometimes HQ Posts are Edited

So, here's what Corey Brown wrote and what I thought

eraser red pencilCredit: r. nial bradshaw on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 GenericHe starts out with: If you’ve already hit the green button on your dashboard to accelerate the transfer to HubPages, you’re in good shape [in other words, Squidoo makes money for your content].

About 1/2 way through his post, I had similar thoughts run through my head after every sentence he wrote. Here is the gist:

If you miss the deadline and decide HubPages isn’t right for you, you can always delete your account on HubPages after the transfer is complete [so Seth et al. can make money from this deal].
 
Hit the green button [so Seth et al. can make money from this deal]accelerate the transfer [so Seth et al. can make money quicker from this deal], check it out when it’s done, and if you don’t like it, by all means, hit delete [by then, Seth et al. will have made our money from your content - so we don't care what you do after that].
 
If you do want your account transferred, we do encourage you to click the green button on your dashboard to opt in [so Seth et al. makes money from your work].
 
If we don’t hear from you… if you don’t opt in or out… and you have at least one featured lens – your account will be transferred instead of being automatically deleted [so Seth et al. makes money from your work].
 
If your Squidoo username isn’t available on HubPages, they’ll assign you an alternative [so HP execs can track what they are buying]. Usernames on HubPages cannot be changed, so it is best to keep this in your control.
 
In Summary:
 
It looks like the ONLY thing in our control (the content owners) is whatever happens AFTER your work is transferred (with or without your express permission first). Because for those of you who are on holidays - your work will transfer automatically [so Seth et al. makes money from your work].

Corey Brown forgot a few things

So, I added them

Corey Brown's response to a lensmaster still unclear
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I don't remember reading in Squidoo's TOS

that they could deny me access to delete my content

My Dashboard Delete Button is Gone
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NEW: Here's My Solution

Screenshot of my edited lens (erased everything) 29/08/2014
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Addendum August 30th, 2014

If I could, I would ask Squidoo these questions

Corey's responses on Reminder: HubPages Opt Out Deadline is Tomorrow (my questions in red)
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Cartoon of Squidoo/Hubpages Drama
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When are you deleting your Squidoo account?

Or, are you just going to edit, delete modules and logout?

I still plan to videotape my effort to delete my entire account just before midnight on August 31st, 2014. I refuse to click the big green transfer button on my dashboard and I refuse to click a link on HubPages later on. If my content is moved, I will seek further legal action.

Video Documentation (only 2:20)