Ning Network Creators Bill of Rights
Why not use this de facto Ning forum to come up with a bill of rights for network creators? We believe that we were somewhat influential in Ning’s policy reversal of today. Members have been complaining for weeks, but a bit of blogospheric attention from a relatively highly visited site may have moved matters along. Why stop there? We would love to hear all of your suggestions. At the end of one week, we can compile all of the data and come up with one “NC Bill of Rights,” which can be presented to Ning. The company has proved willing to listen to criticism, if that criticism is loud enough. A bill of rights, which Ning creators got behind and emailed to Ning executives, posted on their Ning sites, their off-ning blogs, etc WILL trigger a response. Pissing and moaning on a Ning site, which they can, and do delete, isn’t going to work. NC’s need one plan which they pound the table on. Some possible ideas may include: – The right to view and edit the files on your own (Ning) website – The right to express any critical view of Ning without getting your comments deleted or membership banned in the network creators forum – The right to have ANY content you wish on your own site if you are a paying client. – The right to remove ALL of your members from a Ning.com search – The right to disallow ALL member invites across Ning social networks. To finally put an end to the “Come Join Me” spam invites. Those are just a few to get the party started Was the word “Scam” to harsh? Scam, as defined by thefreedictionary.com (first one that came up in a google search) is to “deprive somebody of something by deceit.” Were not the creators of mature websites deprived? Were they not deceived into thinking that Ning would never get involved in their sites content? Aren’t the members of the network creators forum being deprived of information by the monitoring and deleting of opposing comments? Isn’t that deceitful? Lastly, is it not deceitful to advertise your services as a social networkplatform, a platform in which YOU control the content and own the data only to change policies and become a competing social network of your own, built on the hard work and money of other people? My goal is NOT to smear Ning. If they were willing to reverse some policy decisions, Ning would be my first choice in creating a Charting Stocks social network, though something tells me that I may not be very welcomed. I think that Ning started out as an innovative company build on excellent customer service. 6-8 months of bad decisions does not cause the failure of a company or business – As long as they catch it and rectify it. My grandfather used to tell me that “The customer was always right.” Stooge Comments? We find is odd that some “Network Creators” expressed nothing but joy over Ning’s policies in the comment section of our previous post. Aside from an excellent platform, how can you be pleased with the sharing of all of your members data? How can you be pleased with the likely diminished value of your website should you try to sell it? Sure, a social network who owns its own member data exclusively and whos members do not receive constant “Come Join Me” spam email invites is worth considerably more (All other things being equal) than one on Ning. Why would that delight a network creator?