Dang! I notice that Salon CEO David Talbot has time to roam the continental USA engaging in various public debates, but insufficient time to tell his paying customers when the fuck he is going to get off his arse and deliver what he promised them ... one month ago!
Or, even write them a polite note with some details as to when the joy of internet nirvana is going to rain down from the celestial heights?
Maybe a rude note, with some vague promises, ambiguous timeframes, and airy platitudes?
Is this guy really a businessman?
Is this how a modern CEO behaves? How he treats his paying customers? With contemptuous lies and patrician silences?
Do the people who own Salon really believe this kind of reckless incompetence is going to make the thing self-funding?
(Hmmm, intriguing possibility: David Talbot eats the same funny mushrooms as Salon's owners. Or, vice versa?)
Just to re-cap:
-Many still have no access to their Salon archives
-Many still have troubles logging on at all (seems plausibly related to 'special' characters in the login-name)
-None of the promised* improvements have been delivered
-No sign of anyone with any authority, intelligence, or sense of responsibility making any attempt to communicate with their customers
-UT thread comment numbers still way down on pre "Great Leap Forward" norms
*Rumoured to have been promised. We cant even get an insultingly implausible, vague, and self-contradictory reassurance out of these ass-clowns.
Amazingly, David Talbot has an option to purchase 400,000 Salon shares at 45cents per share, with 100,000 option rights vesting every 3 months, the first vesting date being October 31st 2011 - one month after the very day he so royally screwed the pooch, the website, all his customers, and (if there is any sniff of justice & karma left in this world) himself.
Having myself previously owned multi-million dollar share options that were worthless by the time they vested, I know it is hard to get excited about money you never really had, so couldn't really lose.
But the people who own the majority of the shares ought to care about the damage being done to their property by their employee.
Yeah, you gotta fight for your right to set fire to the party ... but that's ridiculous.
Me? I'm just letting the days go by