It looks like nobody found this thread for 2 days after it was posted.
To help explain this a bit better, I wrote this thread when I found out because we needed a link for Peggy to link to in her blog post. It wasn't until today that I moved the thread into the public forum to coincide with Peggy's official announcement. Thank you so much for your support of Mothering. It really does mean a lot.
At what point were subscriptions no longer accepted? If this was decided a few days ago, then presumably you would not have been accepting payments for new subscriptions... right?
I think one of the big questions that people are upset about, and that I haven't seen satisfactorily answered yet, is the timeline. Did they, or did they not, continue to take new subscriptions after they had made the decision to cease publication. If new subscriptions were taken with integrity and the honest intention to fulfill them, and this decision did happen after some sudden catastrophe, then we'd be sad, disappointed, frustrated... but not mad. Not this mad, anyway.
But if payments were still being taken even after the decision was made... then those folks were lied to, plain and simple. I'd call it fraud. Whatever the actual legalities and "industry standards" are in regards to this, that's just low, and not what we'd expect from the folks at Mothering.
Edited to add:
Peggy's blog post also says "In the last few weeks it has become obvious that we must cease publication of the print magazine." The last few weeks. And she comments in the comment section as well, that time saying "two weeks." But were print subscriptions still being accepted in that time? The interpretation I take from this information is that 2-3 weeks ago, they realized they would have to cease the print magazine, but would continue the digital. The Jan/Feb issue was published digital only. But print subscribers were not informed of any of this until today. And presumably, print subscriptions were still being accepted, and advertising as well. Then a few days ago, they also realized that they couldn't continue the digital format either, which led to this out-of-the-blue announcement. Is this a correct assessment of the timeline?