You are lucky you got out before you got a scathing review by your copy chief-then you would know all of that things that were required of you for that $3.50. It is insane.
The reason \"Robert\" told you to stop telling notifying him that you were taking time off is because a disgruntled editor filed a form with the IRS claiming that with quotas and monthly reviews, that CEs were more like employees instead of freelance editors. Simply, he was trying to save face.
The only way DS is close to worth it is if you are approved to write for Livestrong-with $25 an \"article\", you can write 2 in an hour. Much better than that $7 I was making being a CE.