Oh, it’s good.
As you might remember, our rickety website was on its last legs. We desperately needed to rebuild and move RBD, so we’d started a Patreon fundraising page. The funds were coming in – certainly more $$$ than Jess Magic ever saw – when Judy and/or minions got us shut down without our receiving any monies.
A few angry RBDers sent us emails about the Patreon shutdown. A longtime lurker offered to let us use his Paypal account if we were still hoping to raise funds. It took a lot of trust on both sides, but everyone eventually agreed to what seemed like a good plan.
The money started coming in again. I told Sir Galahad to keep the money in his Paypal account until we needed it – I didn’t wish to appear as though I would be running off with funds.
Some minor payments were made. Grifty was reimbursed for purchasing our website evaluation and the newsstand theme, and our engineer, who’d already made a duplicate of our rickety site on his server, had begun work on rebuilding RBD, so we gave him a $200 good faith deposit.
Everything seemed to be going smoothly until our lurker received this email:
We have recently reviewed your usage of PayPal’s services because of repeated complaints. We have chosen to discontinue service to you in accordance with PayPal’s User Agreement. As a result, we have placed a permanent limitation on your account.
We ask that you please remove all references to PayPal from your website. This includes removing PayPal as a payment option, as well as the PayPal logo and/or shopping cart.
Any bank or credit card information linked to your PayPal account cannot be removed nor can it be used to create a new account. You can still log in and see your account information but you can’t send or receive money. Any money in your balance will be held for 180 days, after which we’ll send you an email with instructions about transferring your money.
I was furious and phoned Paypal, explaining that the RBDer was only acting as our agent. He phoned Paypal, as did our angry engineer. We were told “aggrieved persons” felt they were being defamed by the website and we were shit out of luck.
Paypal would hold on to our money for six months – collecting interest the entire time – before Sir Galahad could request his remaining balance. What a scam! Ali Shanti would be impressed.
Our lurker wasn’t too angry that his account was being shuttered – he indicated not using Paypal in years – but now what? There was NO WAY I could tell my husband I was giving x amount of dollars to get RBD working properly and we would have to wait six months to get reimbursed.
What I hadn’t counted on was everyone being SO ANGRY, they refused to let Julia and Dadsers win. I did pay to renew our domain name and to secure a new server for three years. Our engineer rebuilt this gregdamn site and waited six months to get PAID. I received a check from our lurker this past weekend and finally was able to pay our engineer at the beginning of this week.
You failed again, Donkey!
Update: The SSL certificate is being added, so RBD might be unavailable at various times during the next 24-48 hours.