Authors can delete the articles they don't want at the site, dependent on certain conditions. They have a list of articles that need improvement.I have several #1 articles on the list. lol
I have a few articles that have been trapped over there for a few years. You mean I can delete them now???
You can delete some of them. I want mine out of there to post them elsewhere. You can delete them according to the number of your writing stars. I have one star so can only delete one. Go figure!!!!!!!!! I think they have lost it, or maybe they're the smart ones.
They sent me an email about it, and later told me that the articles are at the website entitled "needs improvement". You might update your email address and write them at email@example.com. If I can find my emails, I can forward them to you.
After you find out how many articles you can delete, you fill out a form to request a deletion.
The program is just being rolled out and you have to have "writing stars" to be part of it.
Unfortunately, I have no writing stars right now. To get writing stars I would have to revise (leapfrog) a whole bunch of articles to get them ranking higher in the ratings. Then you have to submit a list of the articles you'd like to delete and they will "consider" it. However you can only delete one article for every writing star you have!!
I'm sure it was Helium that didn't permit writers from outside the US and Canada.
Edit: And maybe Australia. I found that living in Span automatically barred me from loads of sites.
Glad I wasn't allowed to write there now!
Personally, I would like to delete a few of the people who work for Helium!
That is the best laugh I have had all day. Thanks for brightening my day.
I wish I could laugh along with you, brakel2! I have over 100 articles trapped there since I was banned from the site.
I'm sure they will be very careful who's articles they allow to be deleted. What do you think about the 1 year exclusive rights they now get for anything submitted to Helium?
I am sorry, and I wrote them a few days ago asking why my #1 articles on on a "needs improvement" list. So I asked to delete a #1. I am sure they won't do that. I told them that I am proud of my top bracket articles. Of course, I have not received a response.
Anyway, you were treated so unfairly, but it sounds like something they would do. Anyway take care, and I hope it works out.
I don't worry too much about the articles left there as they will be free when helium folds soon.
Maybe I should start saving mine from Helium
I've been waiting for that to happen for years. They borrowed $17 million in 2008 - I can't believe they managed to raise that much! In the new climate, you'd have to think their investors would be getting anxious.
The thing is, unlike HubPages, they don't publish their stats on places like Quantcast. They're claiming they didn't get hit badly by Panda and without evidence, who's to say otherwise?
So they may, against all logic, actually survive.
The last time I looked I still had the 5 stars, but deleting 5 pieces of writing out of 500 and however many ( ) (Hey - I was getting over a bad flu/pneumonia thing for a few months and had nothing else to do... ) isn't going to make much of difference for me. I figure they can let me know if they want something deleted - and they can delete it. The deleting thing is only a pilot program for now anyway. I can't see getting all involved with it.
The new thing over there now is that they want a one-year thing that articles posted after a certain (recent) date not be copied or published anywhere else. I've already continued exercising my right to copy (yes, "duplicate", but I don't care) my own pre-changes work (even though there's not much benefit other than exercising my right to do it for my own reasons (of of which is to copy my own stuff before the rules change and prohibit doing that, not that I have particular reason to think that's going to happen).
I liked the site when I was more active on it (and before a lot of things changed). I still have nothing against the site. (It's just that I'm way over that flu that had me sick for - like - three months and tired for another three). The people were good to me there. They just went in a direction that wasn't right for me (namely, becoming too much a matter of "we're-all-in-this-to-help-everyone-else-learn-to-write". That wasn't what I was in it for.
For the last couple of years the only thing I do is rate to keep the account active (and to be paid) and - just for fun - if I run into a poem title during rating I'll challenge myself to see what I can come up with. That won't be happening any longer, even if they're dumb, quickly whipped up, poems that aren't worth caring about. Nothing of mine is going go on any more sites that don't let writers delete what they want to delete. I'm also not interested in turning getting paid (or not getting paid) into a matter of competition - as if it's all a game.
Whatever I have on there, I have on there. If they want to delete stuff of mine they can. For now, whatever it does or doesn't keep earning, fine too. If anything changes that appeals to me I may re-think what I'll do or not do. In the meantime, I can barely digest all the ins and outs of all the ways anything works or doesn't work on there (as far as rules go).
Oh well... I just discovered the other day that I lost my "silver medal" (or whatever it is) for creative writing. I've been kicked down to Bronze. Clearly, I'm on my way out. (I'm kind of sensing "on my way out" here too - just not there quite yet.)
Helium staff and stewards tried to vilify me after my ban and lied to the members concerning my removal from the site. They claimed I was stalking stewards, which was a complete lie. They were embarrassed when I exposed them for lying about certain aspects of the site. Liars, for the most part working there.
I sincerely hope it bites the dust!
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