…or simply put, answers to the most frequently asked questions on AC.
It seems ridiculous to me both some of the habits AC’s Content Mangers (CM’s) have, and some of the things that other Content Producers (CP’s) complain about. There doesn’t seem to be a grey area either. It seems that with both sides, it’s either black or white. No compromise, no in between.
With the Content Managers, most of them are really decent. They are helpful, honest and obviously enjoy their jobs. But there is one, maybe two, that could benefit greatly from a class I once took called Interpersonal Communications. Keyword: Communication.
Some of the things that have changed at AC recently:
- Keyword Auto Linking System in place. Which is really kind-of annoying, because intersparsed in our articles are these ridiculous keyword links that take the reader to “related content” that really has nothing to do with the actual article, since it is just linking to a random keyword. Plus, CP’s have no control over which words the keyword auto linker selects. *sigh* I get the point, but it’s really not very professional looking.
- No Page View button or Vote Count stats. There used to be a way to check how many people had voted on each article. Apparently that has disappeared. At least as of the past week it has disappeared. Doesn’t AC think it would be great for their CP’s to be able to check and see how many page hits certain articles are getting? One would think this ability would help enhance the content at AC because people would begin to focus on certain subjects that bring readers, and try to write more like the one’s that get more page hits. I know CP’s would like to see this function returned.
- Clout Meter Broken. This is absolutely nuts to me, but I guess since we have pretty much come to the conclusion that clout means NOTHING anymore I should just let it drop. However, because I am new to being published on AC, it would be really nice to see where my “REAL” clout number is. Here’s why – because they removed the “vote count” feature and they don’t have a page hit feature, then the only way to tell how many readers are reading our things are by the CLOUT meter. Which happens to be broken. Which is annoying to me because I am new and I am still at CLOUT 1 and I know that is incorrect. Everyone I know has been clicking on my articles and I know, there is not one possible way I am under 101! Please AC, if there is nothing else you can do about any of the complaints that CP’s have – fix the freakin’ clout meter! That’s all I’m asking!
And then there’s the list of ridiculous complaints that I have found over at the AC forums. Go over there, sign up and read the forums. It’s nuts really. Some are valid complaints, of course. And I would certainly never deny ANYONE the ability to form an opinion on something they would like to see changed, but it seems lately, to be a WHOLE lot of whining. For the record, I hate the new formatting, I don’t like how close the “related articles” box is to my actual article, and I’m mad as hell that I cannot see how many people have been reading my articles. But that doesn’t mean I need to post about it in five different spots on the forums.
Ok, I’m stepping off my soap box now. *whew* I feel SO much better!