Gay Authors reviews
Baldwinsville, NY 13027, USA
I was an author at gay authors.org for more than five years but for personal reasons I sent a politely worded email on 4/10/18 asking how I can remove my profile and stories.
I attempted to log in some time later to discover I'd been banned from accessing the site. I have received no emails in response to my request and I am assuming that my details have now been removed but I don't know this for certain.
I always assumed that complaints about the attitude of the site management were a nonsense, made by disgruntled users. Given my own experience, this is sadly not the case.
There are some very nice people on the site and I shall miss them but I recommend you stay away from the site entirely if this is the way they treat their members.
Myr - replied
8 hours ago
When an author, especially one with a lot of work on GA removes their stories, it causes a site disruption and a lot of support requests reporting missing stories. Therefore, the system was updated to require that the story details remain in the system even upon unpublishing. https://www.gayauthors.org/guidelines/
per section 6: ... " Note: Gay Authors reserves the right to maintain the story details in the system with a notification that the story has been removed including the author's reason. This is to reduce site disruption because of a removed story. "
All of your personal data has been scrubbed from your profile and your account disabled.
Sorry to see you go,
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EBWilson created support request
11 hours ago
Dear Sir or Madam,
********** DELETION OF AUTHOR'S ACCOUNT, PROFILE AND STORIES **********
I wish to cancel my free membership of gayauthors.org and delete my profile and all my stories. I believe that I have taken action today to delete my stories off the site but I cannot find any information or instructions on how to delete my account, my profile and my stories in their entirety. I wish to do this for personal reasons. Please advise the process. I have enjoyed being on GayAuthors but regrettably I have to cease activity on your excellent site.
I joined Gay Authors about a year ago and never posted anything until a few days ago. I posted several stories, one of which was cleared by their moderator Cia. I had some very friendly messages back and forth with this person.
Within several hours after the story was cleared for viewing, I received notification that I was restricted pending investigation that I had violated one of their rules - something to do with double membership. I was not provide with any information nor was I allowed to respond. I was cut off completely which I thought rude and very unprofessional.
Within two hours I received two emails addressed to people I'd never heard of, banning me for life from their site. In essence I was tried and convicted without being permitted any input. It gets better.
After some investigating the computer I was working, I discovered that the names of the two individuals and their email address were lodged in the internal contact list of of this computer of which I was unaware.
They indicated that they would monitor my IP address to ensure that I never contacted them again.
Had they contacted me I would have explained that I am living in a furnished apartment of someone who passed away about a year and a half ago and I have been using the computer that was put at my disposal and obviously belonged to this deceased person..
I had to laugh at the Nazi-like message someone at Gay Authors by the name of Steve, Site Admin. Site Moderation left for me.
One of the last sentences from his triad reads as follows: "...and we will be monitoring your IP address to ensure you don't join again."
I can only gather that they had stored information from the past of the person who owned the computer I was working on and based on that and that alone - here again without the courtesy of communicating with me - made the decision to ban me forever.
All I could think of was this guy Steve drooling into his keyboard that 'he got his man.'
And his final words were even more pathetic.
"We do wish you success on the other sites that you have found on the internet, but, due to your own actions, ours won't be one of them.
Please do not contact us again."
I'd love to ask him why I or any sane person would want to contact Gay Authors after being treated like a criminal.
Tip for consumers: So, any author considering this site should beware of Mr. Nasty.
I've already published 12 books and only went there to share some of my successes. I should probably thank Herr Steve for saving me from wasting my time with them.
The photo I loaded is only partial of their logo.
SIte owner is a dominating jerk, the site isn't so much moderated as policed, users are treated badly by mods. User community is tight-knit and pretty much has to stay in line - the attitude is if you don't like it, leave. Some good authors there, some pretty bad authors there. A new story system has pretty much wrecked the user experience wrt how readable some of the stories are.
Pretty clear that while the site started with good intentions, the moderation is so bad that user churn is pretty high. It's pretty clear the site owner just wants to prep it and sell it off, he's obviously angling for more ad revenue and page views over his "stated mission" to make a great place to host his favorite authors. Sad to see.
I posted my stories on the site and when ever a issue came up, they refused to work with you. Instead they treat you like a two year old kid and make you feel stupid and it was your fault. When you speak out, they kick you off the site. They do not want no one pointing out to them the things going wrong. They do not treat you with respect like they should.
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