Recently I discovered that the former About.com, now called DotDash.com and ThoughtCo, has been editing articles that I wrote during my ten years as About.com’s Figure Skating Guide-Expert. When I look at the articles that are now online that have been edited by whoever DotDash has hired, I’ve discovered that what I originally wrote has been altered so much that it is no longer my writing at all, but my name is still listed as the author.
I have also discovered that some of the editing done to my articles is not accurate, but my name is still listed as the author, so I’ve written DotDash’s editor and have asked that the errors be corrected. It is very upsetting that inaccurate information is being published with my name on it.
For example, in an article I wrote called “How Much Do Private Ice Skating Lessons Cost?” the term “Group Lessons” had been replaced with “Public Lessons!” There is no such term as “Public Lessons” in skating. That has been corrected in the article since I wrote to DotDash’s editor, but I still see some inaccurate information that lists me as the author, so in this post, I want to make clear what is true and what is false.
I originally wrote “How Much Do Private Ice Skating Lessons Cost?” to help all the ice skating coaches in North America explain to their students that there was more than one payment required when a skater decides to pursue private lessons. It is important for skaters and their parents to understand that figure skating coaches usually are independent contractors and are not employees of an ice arena. In fact, a skating rink usually charges its coaches a percentage of each lesson or a monthly or daily fee for using the ice arena.
Ice skaters or their parents usually pay a coach directly for a private skating lesson and those lessons can cost anywhere from $25 for 20 minutes of instruction to about $75 for twenty minutes. Some coaches teach longer lessons, so if a skater takes a 30 minute lesson, he might pay the instructor about $45 to $150. If the lesson is longer, the lesson might cost $50 to $200…all depends on the lesson length.
In addition to paying a coach, the skater always will have to pay an ice rink for ice time. When a skater is in the beginning stages, ice time is usually just a public skating session admission, but as a figure skater advances, ice time will be on special sessions just for figure skaters called freestyles. Freestyles cost more than public skating sessions and are usually 45 to 60 minutes in length. Most rinks limit how many skaters are allowed on a freestyle session.
An ice arena’s management expects ice skating coaches to explain that ice time usage is not included in the cost of private skating lessons. Instructors can get in trouble with a rink’s management if their private skating students do not pay for ice time.
Also…if a skater is an absolute beginner, in addition to paying for ice time costs and for actual private lessons, the skater will also need to pay to rent skates. Parents of new ice skaters don’t always understand the costs related to private skating lessons since group lessons include ice time and skate rental.
The inaccurate information given in the edited article by DotDash.com and ThoughtCo that I originally wrote says that competitive skaters might need to rent an entire ice arena for a private lesson! I NEVER said that!
The need to rent an entire rink for a lone figure skater rarely occurs. I think that the person DotDash.com hired to edit my article must have seen a fictional figure skating movie on television where the protaganist gets instruction alone on a ice sheet with no one around. Even the most elite figure skaters rarely practice or have private lessons on a privately rented ice sheet!
I will continue to write more about the inaccurate edits that may have been done to the hundreds of articles I wrote as the Figure Skating Guide-Expert for the former About.com (which is now DotDash.com and ThoughtCo). By the way, other former About.com authors are dealing with the same issue. Most of the writers that wrote for the company were laid off in 2016-17.
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