Josh Dorkin’s Blog Comment

We were recently publicly tweaked by EzineArticles expert author Josh Dorkin in his blog: Never Accuse Your Customer Without Having All the Facts! AND Don’t Steal People’s Content!

First, an apology to Josh — as accusing him of stealing content was never the intent behind the email he received from Abby, one of our editors. In a high ~90% of the cases that normally trigger this email, it is because the author has submitted PLR content, but this wasn’t one of those cases and it’s our bad for not being more diplomatic.

Second, we do make mistakes, but we are reasonable… especially when the issue is about saving a relationship with an ideal expert author.

To answer Josh’s public blog question about wouldn’t it make sense for us to contact him last year? Yes, that would have been better. Sorry, we didn’t have the labor on our team last year to manage problems or issues that need clarity and more research with the same level of detail we can give them today. We also didn’t have our email ticket tracking system with built-in internal escalation procedures.

It’s important to share that we’ve revised our stock template for handling situations like this so that false positive accusations won’t happen by mistake any more.

The autoresponder about a 24 hour response is my fault and has been updated to reflect 2 business days. The other major issue (and a little irony) is that we cut over to a new email ticket tracking system in the middle of Josh’s queries to stop emails from falling through the cracks like a few of his did. In addition, we’ve made internal changes as to who handles our member support queries as there was a position mismatch, but that’s our problem and not yours.

Incoming queries for support are sorted by a non-published prioritization policy designed to give higher risk issues higher priority vs. normal every day issues and to allow us to give members a higher priority than non-members. Here’s a tip for everyone who is a member: Contact us from within your membership interface for faster response instead of the public contact us form.

Josh, your plight has been heard and I’m sorry we failed you.

Yes, I agree customer service is #1 and usually we like to prove that through action and not words. We’ll continue to improve our communication processes to minimize our mistakes & quirks in the future. I can’t promise perfection, but I can share that we’re focused on improving member communications in the coming year.


Lance Winslow writes:

It is good to see that such situations are being rectified properly, although it took a while, it is good to see that did come clean and Josh was vindicated.

Indeed, I am owed a series of apologies that I most likely will never get, not from EzineArticles mind you but from other individuals, businesses and agencies. It is nice when someone or some group realizes and error and does the right thing. It is so awfully hard to prove you did not kick your dog and once the accusations fly? Who is to know what the truth is?

Congratulations Josh on your victory, oh and nice article. Be well my friend.

Comment provided May 21, 2007 at 11:13 PM


Audrey Okaneko writes:

Great post today. It’s hard to publically admit being wrong and to publically apologize. I hope Josh will come back as I loved his blog and loved his style of writing.

Comment provided May 22, 2007 at 10:50 AM


Joshua Dorkin writes:

Chris – I accept your apology, and have posted a follow up on my TimeforBlogging site about it. I do believe it takes real courage to admit when you’re wrong, especially publicly.

Comment provided May 22, 2007 at 12:08 PM



Thanks Joshua!

Sometimes even when we set out to do everything right, things don’t always go as planned.

I think one of the hardest challenges in this project is to figure out a way to be consistent across the board in the way, speed and quality of our responses regardless as to which team member is doing the responses. There is always a system to upgrade, a process to fix, and more training needed. :)

Comment provided May 22, 2007 at 12:37 PM


mendeo oednem writes:

CONGRATULATIONS……Christopher M.Knight !

A Teaspoon of “HUMILITY”

MAKETH the man, a BETTER man !

Comment provided May 22, 2007 at 5:16 PM


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