Seems like the house cleaning of letting writers go is on-going. Many of us thought they were done after the last round about a month ago, but apparently we were all wrong. They do seem to come in waves or groups though as you can tell from the people posting that it isn't just one or two here and there.
Everyday I fear I will get the dreaded email. It seems to me the harder I try; the more my grammar score drops. My research score is never an issue and hovers around 4.3-4.5. But my grammar score has dropped to an all time low of 3.6. Not good.
Since DMS will not really tell writers how they choose who goes into the WEP program, everyone just keeps guessing. (just vague innuendo about scores and percentages) For sure if you have high scores and a low re-write/rejection percentage, you probably have nothing to worry about. But if you are like me and have a low percentage, good research score, but a crummy grammar score; you could be in trouble.
Reading the DMS forum is getting too depressing. Problem is if you don't go to the forum you miss a lot of updates.
I wish DMS would just treat the writers with a little more respect and give us a firm outline of how this is done. They also should consider that someone that has written hundreds of articles, cannot bring their score up quickly since it is all done on percentages.
The ever changing guidelines don't help either. The new guidelines say passive voice is okay when needed, but just try doing it and see what you score drops to. I don't buy it for a second.
I do have other places I write content for (and that are way more fun like Yahoo/AC) but they do not have nearly the income potential of DMS. I guess all I can do is my best and if I get let go, life will go on and move forward. They can't take away my birthday!
I do wonder if DMS ever considers what all of these WEP rounds have done to writer morale there. Or maybe they just don't care. Every time I go to my DMS work desk I inwardly cringe and my stress level shoots sky high.