Godhand

DEAR EVERYONE - HELP ME TALK TO WATTPAD HQ
          	
          	I spoke with representatives of Wattpad HQ today on the phone regarding our concerns in regards to the recent security issue, as well as our concerns as to how this issue was handled, and am looking for feedback to report to them so they can take this issue seriously. 
          	
          	To keep focus on what we can do going forward to prevent this was happening again, I've currently drafted my last update, though be advised that from my sources the known issue was resolved.
          	
          	If you'd like, please let me know either here, in the comments in the link, or in a private message your feelings on the matter. 
          	
          	Unless you want me to screenshot you or give your name so that they can contact you directly, I promise to keep you anonymous. If not, please let me know so they can reach out to you.  
          	
          	Please tag everyone you know so that I can get this report to HQ so they can hear from us directly what we need from them now, and what we hope they will give us in the future. 
          	
          	https://www.wattpad.com/463030467-removed-please-read-talk-to-wattpad-hq

Godhand

DEAR EVERYONE - HELP ME TALK TO WATTPAD HQ
          
          I spoke with representatives of Wattpad HQ today on the phone regarding our concerns in regards to the recent security issue, as well as our concerns as to how this issue was handled, and am looking for feedback to report to them so they can take this issue seriously. 
          
          To keep focus on what we can do going forward to prevent this was happening again, I've currently drafted my last update, though be advised that from my sources the known issue was resolved.
          
          If you'd like, please let me know either here, in the comments in the link, or in a private message your feelings on the matter. 
          
          Unless you want me to screenshot you or give your name so that they can contact you directly, I promise to keep you anonymous. If not, please let me know so they can reach out to you.  
          
          Please tag everyone you know so that I can get this report to HQ so they can hear from us directly what we need from them now, and what we hope they will give us in the future. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/463030467-removed-please-read-talk-to-wattpad-hq

Godhand

UPDATE ON SECURITY CONCERN:
           
          I've been informed from a reliable source that Wattpad development team has worked to close this particular loophole. While I still believe they need to take these threats seriously the first time they hear about them, and should do their best to anticipate issues, I would like if you all informed others of this who you tagged people in my book.
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/461408985-removed-oh-like-it%27s-better-updated

Godhand

I made a Facebook fan group for all of my followers to get updates on my latest stories, WIP, fan art, and more rat memes and stories. 
          
          You can find it through my Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/GodhandAuthor/ ) or messaging me there and I'll add you :)
          
          Currently taking ideas and plan to do a poll on what to call you all. I'm so used to "Collective" from my @ParanormalCommunity days...
          
          -Goddy

Godhand

If I made a Facebook group, how many of you would be interested in following my writing on there?
          
          I'll post excerpts from works in progress and fan art and updates and cute rat and Denver and chaosmagick memes.

brucerelgin

@Godhand thumbs up! See ya there!
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Godhand

There'd be little need for legal team actions and hunting down every thief if they invested in security that prevented, or at least made very difficult, such websites or browsers from doing these things in the first place, wouldn't there?
          
          An ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure and all that.
          
          So maybe instead of telling to calm everyone down by saying "Have faith in Wattpad :)" after they've broken our trust, or to accuse authors who have been burned of 'overreacting' by deciding that the benefits of Wattpad are not worth the risks to our intellectual property, they could reassure us that they're taking efforts to fix these security issues in order to gain our trust back and fulfill the promise they first made of providing a platform that did its best to allow us to tell stories while minimizing as best they could the risks with digital media. 
          
          Until then, authors have every right to decide no, this risk is too much, and take their stories down. 
          
          Maybe Wattpad will shut this rant down. But until then I would hope that everyone who reads this tags someone or tells their friends on social media about the risks with posting to Wattpad and how it's not what it was.  Tell them you want better security, and then maybe you'll bring your works back. 
          
          Wattpad wanted to be a social media platform. Fine. Give it to them. 
          
          I'm done.

Michael1969

@Godhand that's not going to work unless the encrypted the stories then decrypt them in the app..  any rooted phone can get at any file the owner of the phone chooses.. and even with encryption, when the app decrypts it the text is open...  Just saying..
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bonbonsandbooks

I took down my originals only my fanfics up for now 
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Godhand

Sure, Wattpad provides us a platform and infrastructure that we agree to be on for the reach and access it has in exchange for the ad revenue they generate in order to keep it going.
          
          But as writing is a business for some people, you sometimes have to make executive decisions on what amount of risk is worth it to you?
          
          I said once on a panel that there's always a risk with putting your work out on any digital platform. That's still true. There are ways around things you read on a tablet. 
          Hell, even sticking only to print and limiting your sales that way may not save you because people can still scan them and upload them or run them through a program that takes text off screen and converts that into something you can edit.
          
          But there's a difference between making things as difficult for criminals as you can and understanding there's still risk, and just paying lip service to security.

Godhand

But I guess Wattpad doesn't see us as anything more than dollar signs, because they put in one line of code that prevents right clicking and copy-pasting and that's about the extent of their protections to authors. Their commitment. 
          
          There's ways around that though. There's people who will tell you how. Turns out, they've known about this exploit for years and never bothered to fix it. I can only speculate it's because most users are readers who use the app, but that doesn't make it okay. 
          
          And there are websites that will download your story into a txt, pdf, or epub format. Yes, even the private chapters. I won't tell you because then the morally experimental folk might find it as well. But the only word we get from Wattpad is 'our legal team is working on it'.
          
          Not to mention the virus filled mirror-sites that pretend to be Wattpad, your stories include, with their own advertisers and possibly even less protections than what Wattpad claims to offer.

Godhand

There are security risks with using Wattpad, and I feel they need to be more open about that until they address the underlying issues in their code. They need to be open not only with the authors who look to Wattpad as a way to connect with new readers and test out fresh stories that may not have a market in the general populace, but with the companies they want to connect to. TNT, Netflix. Even the publishers like Simon & Schuster. Do they know that Wattpad's claim that these stories haven't been plagiarized and sold elsewhere (without the author's consent) may not be true?
          
          Several authors I know have had their stories ripped from Wattpad and put up elsewhere. If it were for personal use, I wouldn't mind so much. I will tell you a story for free because I enjoy it. But many authors make a living or at the very least fill in the gaps with their bills with writing, but that doesn't need to be the case to give their work value. Countless hours of research and craft study and outlining and drafting and redrafting go into our stories and books. That has value. Value that we choose to share willingly.

Godhand

I was an Ambassador for years but I dropped out of the program half a year ago to focus on a new job that I desperately needed. But my commitment to making sure users had the best experience they could and knowing the ins and outs of how to get the most out of Wattpad never changed.
          
          And because of that, I don't feel I can keep calm and carry on like Wattpad wants me to. I was asked to speak at local conventions, even the massive Denver Comic Con, because of my work with ParanormalCommunity and what we were able to accomplish and prove to Wattpad. That there was this following of paranormal lovers who wanted a unique, fun place to hang out and meet other readers and writers that wasn't in the forums (I mean, 'clubs') that was only accessible to web-users and not the 99.99% something of the user base that was on the app. 
          
          But I refuse to speak on Wattpad's behalf anymore. I can no longer promote this website as a place that I once loved.

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Honestly the meat ends up so tiny that it's more like a very tender ham cube that flakes apart to the touch. Fat and rich flavor. The collard greens have an earthy, not quite bitter but hearty and chewy texture. Very healthy for you. The bitterness comes from the calcium, but you can trick your tastebuds and distract them by adding salty or sour, like the salt of the broth, or the sour/acid of the vinegar.