It's interesting how history repeats itself...especially so soon in certain cases. Such is the case with the Zibbet forums. Recent actions by the venue have caused me to sit back and look at things...a lot of things...and do some research on those things.
Telling me not to ask questions is not going to make me stop asking them. The forums were hidden for a reason, and it's not just because someone got their bloomers in a twist... again. Those making a show and getting their feathers all ruffled would be better off to do some of the question-asking themselves, as opposed to whining about being 'tag-teamed' or that the people pointing out these facts 'don't even have a shop here any more.' Well...there is a reason people have decided to close their shops; as a matter of fact, there are a multitude of them!
Some things exist, whether you believe in them or not. You may never have been to Greece, but do you think it exists? It is the same with certain facts...they will exist whether or not you choose to see them. Here is one:
As of February 7, 2014, Zibbet was still classifying itself as a 'startup,' after being in business for 4 years. Hmm... Oh! What is a startup? As defined by Paul Graham:
A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of "exit." The only essential thing is growth. Everything else we associate with startups follows from growth.①
How do I know they are classifying themselves that way? I know that from the date the following article② was written by Zibbet's CEO:
That was not the only thing that caught my attention... a $20K+ MMR really got my attention! Even if you take only one year, that is $240K+! With only a literal handful of actual paid employees, what are they doing with the money they are getting from paying shop owners? It can't possibly be going into the rebuild of the site that has been promised since the company's beginning. Am I honestly expected to believe that? Come on...really?! They even included photos of their 'getaway' to work on the rebuild, but all I really saw was video games and bibs... Oh, and post-it notes on a window overlooking a scenic beach view...
And the twisted bloomer folks wonder why some of us want answers... People paid good money for a service, not a promise. They, in my humble opinion, actually at the very least deserve a straight answer when they ask a question... that is, if there is one.
I am very fortunate to have gained back the premium I paid for my shop in my short time on the site. I had every intention of holding on until the rebuild was released... until I was pretty much told to stop asking questions and then the forum was hidden from public view.
I honestly and truly hope for everyone who remains with the venue that the CEOs pull this out of the drink.
I did not post this article to hurt anyone...merely to show that there are reasons people are asking questions. Don't take my word for it...look yourself! Look up the traffic trends, look up the history. You may be a little surprised; I sure was!