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Opening my email and reading the email from Entrecard was not very pleasant. While going over it all I can say was, what the heck! As a member of this community who continuously promotes it and really liked the system it came as a very unpleasant surprise. How can a community which was supported by many bloggers suddenly turn against the community in order to raise its own good and greed? Did Entrecard actually think that the community will understand these changes?

The changes was indeed very significant from restriction on selling EC credits, ti disabling of the shop functionality, a downgrade of ads earning to 25% of cost and restriction on EC transfer.

Many will surely be affected especially those who are selling EC credits and those who are running and joining contests. About two months ago Entrecard also introduced SezWho, a social commenting network that turns out to be rather unprepared for the likes of Intense Debate.

Here are some of the changes which you have to deal with:

  1. <Buy credits for less: Entrecard is now selling 1,000 credits for $6.00. You can buy them here: http://entrecard.com/r/buy_credits
  2. More pricing increments: Instead of prices doubling every time, there are now a few more steps. The new price points can be found on the Advertising page in the wiki, here: http://entrecard.com/docs/doku.php?id=advertising
  3. Members are not allowed to sell credits: This goes for ebay sales, posts in the Marketing forum, and posts on other forums. If you have references on your site to the sale of credits, please remove them immediately, as it is now against our terms.
  4. Credit transfer limits: Members are allowed to make a maximum of 14 credit transfers a week, up to a maximum of 1,000 credits, whichever comes first. This means you can still run contests where you give credits away for free, and under 1k per week. Note: This does not affect linked blogs, you can transfer unlimited credits between linked blogs.
  5. Transfer tax: From now on, all transfers, including transfers made with our new payments API, will be taxed at a rate of 12.5%. The taxed credits will be sold to members (see #1).
  6. Blogs cannot be unlinked: Once you link a blog, it's there for good unless you ask us to delete the blog from your account. This prevents linking/unlinking to get around the credit transfer limits, and it also stops you losing access to a blog if you unlink it in error, which happens a lot.
  7. No more coupons: You are no longer allowed to send coupons.
  8. Shop closed: Except for Entrecard upgrades (Featured Status, Fast Pass) the Entrecard Shop is now offline until further notice. Please do not request a seller token until the shop returns. When it comes back, it will be bigger and better. We'll communicate more details nearer the time.


All I can say is... WE MEMBERS OF ENTRECARD DO NOT DESERVE THIS!

I believe that the moves are detrimental to the members of the Entrecard community and makes us hostage of a system which we had been hooked to. If the owners of the EC community respects bloggers then they should reconsider this.

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