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THE FREELANCE reproduces here an unusual exchange of emails about a commission by a blog. It pretty much speaks for itself.

It caused a TwitterStorm™ in mid-October. Most of this was, rightly, about the sexism and racism of the editor, since reported fired.

The Freelance cannot help noticing, however, that what prompted the abuse was one simple act of the solicited contributor: very politely declining to spend time writing good pieces for no money.

How much of the blame for this can be laid at the door of the Freetards who express an ideological objection to paying for any creative or authorial work? #onlyasking.

Dr Danielle Lee then wrote about the exchange in her Urban Scientist blog for Scientific American. Since editor "Ofek" was aware of the existence of this - it was the reason he had contacted her - he could have done better by predicting this possibility. That is rather a clear "do not mess with this person" flag.

Scientific American proceeded to get itself in trouble by deleting the blog because the story was "unverified". Their web editors forgot to delete the images below which, er, in general terms verify it - which is why we have been able to copy them for safe keeping and the purposes of reporting news and current affairs.

And look at the time-stamps on those emails. What zone is "Ofek" in?

And now (17/11/2013) D N Lee's Scientific American blog post about the email exchange is reinstated. Read it.

Oh, you didn't bother to click?

Seriously, all anger aside - this rationalization of working for free and you'll get exposure is wrong-headed. This is work. I am a professional. Professionals get paid. End of story.

The blog in question has apologised.

For the sake of the archive and for the record:

Email exchange 0
The opening exchange: click for full size

Email exchange 1
The reply: click for full size

Email exchange 2
And an abrupt conclusion: click for full size

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