GreenSubmissions: The Tale of the Thankless

In the digital age of clicks and submissions, where the echo of gratitude often gets lost in the vast emptiness of cyberspace, there stood a platform, It was not just any platform, but a digital utopia created by a kindly man named Glenn Lyvers. Glenn, with the patience of a saint and the optimism of a new internet user, believed in the goodness of humanity. He built GreenSubmissions as a sanctuary for creativity and collaboration, offering it free to churches, schools, aspiring writers, and underfunded literary journals across the globe.

His website became a beacon of hope and a hub of activity. Papers flew into digital boxes like doves into a garden, and Glenn watched, pleased that his creation helped so many. Yet, in his heart, he harbored a simple wish—that his users might show a token of appreciation, a nod to the efforts of the man behind the curtain.

One day, as fate would have it, Glenn met with a user named Derrick during a tech meet-up. Derrick, a man whose eyebrows arched as skeptically as his personality, threw down a gauntlet as they discussed the nature of online generosity. "Glenn," he sneered, swirling a glass of cheap event wine, "your users are like the sirens of the digital sea. They'll sing to you as long as you sail close, but the moment you ask for a drop of oil for your lamp, they'll vanish into the mist."

Stung by Derrick's words but motivated to disprove them, Glenn placed a modest 'Donate' button on the homepage. It was a small, unassuming button, accompanied by a gentle nudge: "If you appreciate our service, consider supporting us with a donation."

A year ticked by. The seasons changed, submissions flowed, and the 'Donate' button gathered nothing but digital dust. Not a single dollar graced the coffers of GreenSubmissions. Glenn, in a mix of disappointment and stubborn pride, removed the button and closed down the service. His experiment in human generosity failed spectacularly.

No sooner had the services vanished than a torrent of complaints flooded in. Emails, social media posts, and even a handwritten letter from a bewildered octogenarian poet lamented the potential loss of GreenSubmissions. "Where will we go?" they cried. "Do you know how much they charge at other sites? We can't afford to pay those robbers!"

Glenn, sitting amid the ruins of his idealism, couldn't help but scoff at the irony. Years of toil and thousands of dollars from his own shallow pockets had sustained a community that could rally a storm of complaints but not spare a dime in support. He drafted a newsletter, his tone laced with a snark that could cut glass.

"Dear Users of GreenSubmissions,

It appears that our beloved site is more cherished than I presumed, now that the specter of its loss looms over us. It's heartwarming to see such spirited defense of a service that, just recently, seemed as financially invisible to its users as good manners at a markdown sale.

Regrettably, the miraculous 'Donate' button has retired, having not seen a single dollar in its year of service. Perhaps it was too shy, or our users too distracted by the free services to spare a thought for its lonely existence.

As we consider the future of GreenSubmissions, let us ponder on what could be if gratitude extended beyond words. Imagine a world where support, even as humble as a dollar, was as common as complaints. A fantastical notion, indeed!

Yours in perpetual service,

Glenn Lyvers, Creator of GreenSubmissions"

In the end, Glenn learned that digital gratitude was a currency as rare as a unicorn in the wild. Yet, in the shadow of his disappointment, he harbored a flicker of hope: perhaps, just perhaps, his sarcastic farewell might teach a lesson in gratitude to those who took his generosity for granted.