Originally Posted by Julysses
the open submission process could have been just a bargaining chip to threaten established writers to take less money, new media deal
I really don't think so. Over the years, I've seen different companies try to open up to direct submissions, often with the best intentions. Making comments like: "We intend to read on comment on every submission".
Then they get buried in an avalanche of absolute crap and realize that was a dumb idea and they have no choice but to back off.