My editors work hard to ensure that we only use photos on the site that we have full permission and licensing to use. We've had solid attribution policies in place since 2011, and tend towards the obsessive when it comes to crediting photographs. Sometimes, however, despite our best efforts and intentions, things go wrong.
This is Offbeat Empire's archive of reader complaint posts.
As y'all know, with a readership as large as the Offbeat Empire's, we get a fair number of reader complaints.
Last week, we got a couple different reader complaints that were super valid, and I wanted to take a minute to share what I learned.
I've had a couple readers write in this morning to report that they're seeing what's known as "wrapper ads" on both Offbeat Home & Life as well as Offbeat Families.
This ad behavior is completely expected on Offbeat Families. BUT! Wrapper ad are absolutely NOT a part of the strategy for Offbeat Home & Life.
This issue has come up for years — does anyone remember "Motherfuckergate" back in 2011? — and our response is generally the same: foul language has been a part of the Offbeat Bride brand since before the website even launched. The copyeditor of my book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, was flagging foul language all the way back in 2006. Ultimately, if you're uncomfortable with swearing, Offbeat Bride just isn't going to be a great fit for you. That said, we DO have a very specific way we generally use curse words…
There was some interesting commenting on the Empire this week, mostly because we saw several instances of readers stepping into almost a moderator-type role to offer feedback to each other.
This week's most noteworthy comment thread on the Offbeat Empire was not an easy one, and it actually spans two weeks. You'll need a little backstory…
You might ask yourself, "Hmm, what's the biggest challenge the Offbeat Empire deals with on a daily basis?" You might ask yourself, "Is it complaints from advertisers who are offended by the content?" (Nope: that's happened exactly once in almost six years. Our advertisers work with us because they like our content.)
"Is it angry comments from conservative readers who are offended by the content?" (Maybe once a month, we'll get a drive-by hate blast from someone who thinks gay marriage is awful, or breastfeeding is gross, or family cloth is disgusting. But really, it's pretty rare.)
So, if it's not advertisers or conservatives, what's the biggest challenge we deal with every day? The challenge that has my editors second-guessing every post and quaking in fear, just waiting for the awfulness to begin? It's attacks from our fellow progressives.