Early last Wednesday morning, Danielle N. Lee, who describes herself as a "hip hop maven" who "blogs on urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences" at Scientific American and elsewhere, received an email invitation to contribute to Biology-Online.org from somebody named Ofek, who said he was the blog editor there.
She asked what he paid for guest posts, and he wrote "truthfully, we don't pay guest bloggers," and went on to say that a guest post could draw traffic to her site. She politely declined.
His response, according to Lee's screenshot, was this:
Because we don't pay for blog entries?
Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore...