I know they've had a particularly bad couple of weeks (for reasons we all understand), have a lot of other things to do, and are not firing on all cylinders just at the moment.
I know they've just recently doubled the amount of time allocated to editors to review all submissions, and this may have slowed them down to some extent.
I know that different people wait different amounts of time for approval (Premium, Diamond and Platinum authors in good standing - in that order - get the fastest service, and people on "Basic Plus", i.e. those whose submissions have previously caused problems/rejections, get the short straw, which is perhaps understandable and inevitable, to some extent).
I know that I'm using EZA a little differently from many other Warriors.
But none of these observations answers the question that puzzles me: why do you care?
Every thread we have about EZA at the moment (and for understandable reasons, that's quite a few) seems to be full of posts saying "I won't submit there any more because they take so long to approve). And I just can't understand why. What difference does it really make?
It seems to me that if you submit two acceptable articles per day there, then they'll steadily be publishing 60 of your articles per month; if you submit 3 per day, they'll be publishing 90 per month; if (like me) you submit one per day, they'll be publishing 30 per month.
Here's the point: after the initial lead-in, however fast/slow that is, they'll be publishing however many per month they'll be publishing, won't they? I mean, either EZA submission is part of your business model or it isn't surely?
Until the very recent delays, for the reasons we all understand, I was waiting about 7 hours for publication. Now I'm waiting up to 24 hours. But honestly, if it had been 7 days instead, it wouldn't have made the slightest difference to me.
I know people have other problems and dissatisfactions with EZA: they don't like the guideline changes (I do), they don't like the new excluded categories (I do), they don't like the inconsistency of editorial appraisal (it's never affected me) and I completely understand that these are all readily understandable reasons for people not liking EZA too much at the moment. All these things I understand. These are not what I'm puzzled by; nor what I'm asking about.
But what everyone's so consistently saying is that slow approval times are the reason they're not planning to submit to EZA any more.
I genuinely can't understand this at all. What am I missing, here?
Why do so many people care about approval time so much that they're apparently altering their business model over it?
Who can enlighten me, please?