I don't mean to be ignorant, but I am very confused about what is going on with Tapas? Why is everyone leaving all of a sudden? Thanks!
What I’ve gathered (correct me if I’m wrong!):
-Tapas made a new rule in their ToS that by hosting your comic on their site (and I believe if you’re popular enough), if a company or another comic hosting website came to you askin to help you sell merch or make physical copies of your stuff, they’d have to negotiate with Tapas to see if Tapas is cool with it.
-The time for this takes 30 days (not sure why a whole month, but it’d have given Tapas more time to offer you all kinds of ‘neato’ shit to keep you on their site instead).
-If you didn’t like the new rules, basically just delete your account cause they honestly would rather you did that (On several accounts Tapas’s conclusion to things you dont like about their site was basically ‘just leave’.
-This lost the trust of many creators, fearing that Tapas was basically claiming some form of ownership over the comics that people posted. Creators have lost the rights to their comics many times before and it seems like Tapas wanted to avoid that but instead came off as basically BEING that. People feared that Tapas would claim ownership and the fear was justified cause this rule came out of nowhere.
-The new rule is not null n void due to the huge backlash. Tapas has now cancelled that new rule so we don’t have to worry about it, but the damage has been done.
Personally, I don’t feel too safe on Tapas myself, but I have no other place to host my comic besides here. I don’t wanna try Webtoon either and have no idea how I’d make my own website. As much as I feel weird about Tapas, I don’t feel the need to skip out just yet, but want to in the future… Either way, Tapas just came off as really shady and untrustworthy, and it doesn’t help one of their staff made a VERY condescending response to someone just asking a question (He was pretty fuckin rude about it like damn). They’re a growing site, but it’s taking really odd and upsetting turns here and there. :C