Dear Jilly -
I have to admit I have a minor issue with Snopes and never visit their site.
A few years ago we had an editor with BellaOnline who copied a few articles from Snopes. Snopes wrote me about this. When I asked the editor about it, she claimed she had a photography memory and had somehow written every article - thinking it was her own - from start to finish so it was exactly (with punctuation) a duplicate of the Snopes site. We immediately took those articles down and apologized to Snopes.
Snopes then sent me a bill for hundreds of dollars per article for having them on our site for a few weeks. We are a charity site, we really don't have funds lying around to handle this sort of a request. I explained that the articles were already down, that the editor was on the way out the door, and that we were very sorry. But that we couldn't afford hundreds of dollars per article for the editor's not following our rules.
I think they then went after that editor, and they did stop asking me for money, but the experience left me feeling uncomfortable about using their site again.
Edited by Lisa Shea (01/28/11 02:12 AM)
Lisa Shea, Owner