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« Reply #350 on: March 16, 2011, 22:09 »
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I imagine someone looked at a copy of the email I was sent and couldn't find any way to disagree with my assessment of it.

Edit to add - for some reason I seem to be able to get away with stuff on the istock forums that other people can't (now that's tempting fate!) I've only ever had one post removed by lobo  that I can remember- I've self censored a couple of times.

Curt Pickens seems to get away with a lot too. He's said way worse stuff than I ever did and he still has his posting privileges. And when he was threatening to leave exclusivity, Lobo even contacted him directly and talked him down. It is interesting to see how far some people can push it (and how some people get special treatment as well). BTW, Susan, I am glad you can still post. You crack me up.

Cas, no worries. Lobo did not contact me directly. I contacted him. We had a discussion and Lobo being Lobo calmed me down. I relented. Tried being a good boy. But he didn't give me any preferential treatment in any way shape or form. I hope he is still there honestly. I do think he has left. Just wanted to set that part of the story straight.  Best of luck to you.
Curt

LOL. Lobo has a very different effect on you than on me! Our last sitemail exchange was anything but calm. Well, I'm sorry they banned you, because you did speak the truth, and they can't handle the truth! It's just a shame so many good people are getting hurt because of their corporate dishonesty.

I don't know why he and I hit if off. But years ago he called me to chew my ass, and it turned into a very pleasant conversation. Go figure !
I was wondering what happened to you folks. Got out while the getting was good eh !! ;)


« Reply #351 on: March 16, 2011, 23:28 »
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Well, if anyone was wondering, Lobo still works there. He just appeared to lock the thread.

« Reply #352 on: March 17, 2011, 17:19 »
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I predict this whole thing is going to be extremely anti-climactic.

Well, your prediction was spot on. The answers are vague. And while some appear to be satisfied with that, I am not in that group. There are still so many problems with the site and so many questions about the financial goings-on, the only way to get true answers would be an audit.

Anyway, the drama du jour is over. Life can get back to normal at istock.  ;)

« Reply #353 on: March 17, 2011, 17:42 »
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Normal as in hoping that our lowest-in-the-industry commissions will actually be paid rather than clawed back? Not sure how much longer I can keep my portfolio there...  :-\

« Reply #354 on: March 17, 2011, 17:45 »
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I think in his case lobo refers to a character from a comic....Omega men or something or other. even though I too have always used lobo in reference to wolves.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobo_(DC_Comics)

Yes, yes. Thank you, but I know Chris' reference to the Lobo comic. Despite that prior knowledge, I chose to go with 'wolf' for my post. Just because.

« Reply #355 on: March 17, 2011, 17:48 »
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Welcome to the 'club' Curt  ;D

Yes. Welcome! And so the club grows, by [another] one.

It's pretty much getting to be anyone and everyone who's [long] gone off the Kool-Aid.

« Reply #356 on: March 17, 2011, 17:49 »
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Anyway, the drama du jour is over. Life can get back to normal at istock.  ;)

By 'normal' do you mean crazy-time level orange, instead of crazy-time code red?  

:D

« Reply #357 on: March 17, 2011, 18:12 »
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I predict this whole thing is going to be extremely anti-climactic.

Well, your prediction was spot on. The answers are vague. And while some appear to be satisfied with that, I am not in that group. There are still so many problems with the site and so many questions about the financial goings-on, the only way to get true answers would be an audit.

Anyway, the drama du jour is over. Life can get back to normal at istock.  ;)

You know, I practically could have written all of their posts before hand too. Was there ever any doubt that iStock was not going to put its best game face forward? You can bet those calls of negligence hit very very close to home. But now, of course, now all the talk of legal action and audits have been extinguished, just as I predicted. People are one step away from thanking iStock for taking the money away from them!

Classic iStockholm syndrome.

lisafx

« Reply #358 on: March 17, 2011, 18:16 »
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But now, of course, now all the talk of legal action and audits have been extinguished, just as I predicted. People are one step away from thanking iStock for taking the money away from them!

Classic iStockholm syndrome.

Don't be so sure.  Apparently any critical posts are being deleted, so there may appear to be more support than there actually is. 

Speaking for myself, I did thank the participants, and I sincerely meant it, but that doesn't in any mean I am letting Istock off the hook.  They just stole over $300 from my account.  I don't feel a bit mollified. 

« Reply #359 on: March 17, 2011, 18:26 »
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But now, of course, now all the talk of legal action and audits have been extinguished, just as I predicted. People are one step away from thanking iStock for taking the money away from them!

Classic iStockholm syndrome.

Don't be so sure.  Apparently any critical posts are being deleted, so there may appear to be more support than there actually is.  

Speaking for myself, I did thank the participants, and I sincerely meant it, but that doesn't in any mean I am letting Istock off the hook.  They just stole over $300 from my account.  I don't feel a bit mollified.  

PaulCowen had a negative post that is still up from a few hours ago, so maybe that is the token one they are leaving behind? How do you know negative posts are being deleted?

You guys should probably never should have posted your questions online. No wonder "there wasn't a single time where they were caught off guard or didn't have an answer", as stated by FreeTransform. They had a few days to prepare the perfect answers.  ::)

What a farce.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2011, 18:29 by caspixel »

lisafx

« Reply #360 on: March 17, 2011, 18:29 »
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Wow, just checked the Istock thread, Carolyn, and I see your point.  I think I threw up a little.  

One guy is actually suggesting that Istock send out a MONTHLY letter on the 15th  of each month, telling us how much they plan to deduct that month from our totals.  

"Thank you sir.  May I have another?"

(I was going to post a picture of a baboon "presenting" but they were so gross I decided against it.  But you get my drift, anyway...)
« Last Edit: March 17, 2011, 18:33 by lisafx »

« Reply #361 on: March 17, 2011, 18:35 »
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Wow, just checked the Istock thread, Carolyn, and I see your point.  I think I threw up a little.  

One guy is actually suggesting that Istock send out a MONTHLY letter on the 15th  of each month, telling us how much they plan to deduct that month from our totals.  

"Thank you sir.  May I have another?"

Seriously. And people seem to have forgotten that iStock announced to the world that they were leaving the store unattended.

Oh, and fraud is back to pre-December levels? That's not particularly confidence-inspiring, is it? If that 800notes.com website is anything to go by. And those were just the people that knew about that website and were reporting it.

« Reply #362 on: March 17, 2011, 18:38 »
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"Classic iStockholm syndrome"

Lol, classic caspixel... :)

« Reply #363 on: March 17, 2011, 18:51 »
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"Classic iStockholm syndrome"

Lol, classic caspixel... :)

You have to admit Sean. people dont act they have a brain to think with anymore. And when they speak up they get either deleted by Lobo or my new best friend Oh Kelvin AlMighty.

I would have no issues in stating to you  "classic Sean". wink wink... MA

« Reply #364 on: March 17, 2011, 18:54 »
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"Classic iStockholm syndrome"

Lol, classic caspixel... :)

I'm quite surprised that you were hoodwinked by them. ;)

I mean seriously, did anyone think they weren't going to say they were taking the utmost precautions and that everything they did and were doing regarding the clawbacks was justified? They certainly weren't going to get on the phone and tell you there were negligent when they announced to the world they were going on vacation and, once discovering the fraud, allowed it to go on, even when *contributors* were noticing it.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2011, 19:07 by caspixel »

helix7

« Reply #365 on: March 17, 2011, 19:06 »
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You have to admit Sean. people dont act they have a brain to think with anymore...

Anymore? It's not a new phenomenon. Just the usual "woo yay" stuff going on again.

Call me a cynic, skeptic, all around negative nelly, whatever, but I'd bet considerably more money than I lost today that we see another mass fraud and deduction this year. I can appreciate that istock is taking steps to seal the leaks in their security, but I'm less than convinced that it will help as much as they're suggesting it will. We're talking about the same company that doesn't have the IT capabilities to fix even the most basic site bugs. Do they really have a staff of security experts capable of stopping this from happening again?

And if/when another theft takes place, let's keep in mind that little gem of info that was divulged in today's conference call about how they're only guaranteeing there will be no fraud deductions while the new security measures are being put into place. After that, the door is wide open for more deductions if istock is the victim of more fraud.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2011, 19:17 by helix7 »

« Reply #366 on: March 17, 2011, 19:27 »
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You have to admit Sean. people dont act they have a brain to think with anymore...

Anymore? It's not a new phenomenon. Just the usual "woo yay" stuff going on again.

Call me a cynic, skeptic, all around negative nelly, whatever, but I'd bet considerably more money than I lost today that we see another mass fraud and deduction this year. I can appreciate that istock is taking steps to seal the leaks in their security, but I'm less than convinced that it will help as much as they're suggesting it will. We're talking about the same company that doesn't have the IT capabilities to fix even the most basic site bugs. Do they really have a staff of security experts capable of stopping this from happening again?

And if/when another theft takes place, let's keep in mind that little gem of info that was divulged in today's conference call about how they're only guaranteeing there will be no fraud deductions while the new security measures are being put into place. After that, the door is wide open for more deductions if istock is the victim of more fraud.

If you read the response from those who attended the meeting. No where did it say they were not going to take from our accounts again. If you can find a definitive statement saying that, please copy it for me. At no time as I read all the responses did I see that promise/statement made by any official at iStock, or for that case any of those who attended.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2011, 19:29 by Justme »


 

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