Do you like the idea of being able to un-archive your articles?
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It's important for SearchWarp to archive articles which are not attracting readers from outside SearchWarp. At the same time we don't want to discourage writers by archiving their prized masterpieces just because they are not popular. This puts us in quite the dilemma.
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We've just made it so that members can 'unarchive' their archived articles under the 'View / Edit Your Articles' page in the control panel. The articles will then remain unarchived for at least 30 days, but after that, they will be subject to the same requirements of attracting outside readers as normal. (Though they can be unarchived again.)
I think this is a good thing. It allows us to purge articles from inactive members while allowing active members keep their articles publicly available. My hesitation is that if SearchWarp members feel like they have to keep coming back every month to unarchive their articles, that could get pretty annoying.
What do you think? Is the ability to unarchive your articles a good thing or an annoyance?
I think it is probably a good idea to offer this option. I know that in the past I've read a few comments from some of the authors to the effect that they are unhappy when their articles are archived.
I don't think having to come back on a monthly basis to check an article's status is necessarily a burden. After all, it is our responsibility to maintain and manage our "portfolio."
Of course, I am writing this without really knowing how many of mine, and which ones have been archived. Honestly, no matter how well written they might be, if they are not serving a purpose, then they should be archived. Besides, if I know they are good, then does it matter if the world does? :) :)
Bruce, you all have to do what is needed to manage SearchWarp and keep it running well. Do what you need to do and don't worry so much!
Big hugs, Dianne
Easier said than done, Dianne! Thanks for the feedback.
My little say is Bruce, it is a good idea that writers can " unarchive " their hard-written articles if given the chance. For those inactive writers, perhaps they will be reactivated once more because it's convenient to them rather than seeing a piece of writing vanished.
But some may ask what is the use of parking the dead stagnant articles untouched ? I wouldn't know but for me, I treasure mine and hate to see any one of them gone.
This is a good suggestion !
Thanks Hilda, I know writing is often a creating/emotional thing and no one likes to see their creations drop off the face of the Earth. Hopefully this will help.
I guess I have a different perspective. I create things all the time that I just have to let go of. I make jewelry to sell in order to make money. I put just as much care (maybe sometimes more) into creating each piece and then I have to just let it go. So maybe that is why archiving articles doesn't make much difference to me.
I'm wondering what qualifies for our articles to become archived. I mean are there specific counts or does it pertain to the age and number of hits? Would a person whose article(s) are being archived know about it through an email or does the article remain on the list and states archive? Sorry if those questions are apparent somewhere. I've not come across them.
I was a member who became inactive for a while. That is, I was absent for several months as I became deluged with website concerns and "stuff".
Just to answer directly, however, if an article does not draw interest, perhaps the author should rewrite, refresh or personally remove it.
Thanks for the feedback, OGM. We keep tweaking the formula to try to make it better, but it goes something like this: Take the editor rating of an article and multiply it by 2, and then subtract that number from 10. This is the number of search engine referrals an article has to receive in 6 months, otherwise it will become archived. So if you have an article which is rated 4.0, it will need to receive 2 search engine referrals over the previous 6 months, otherwise it could be archived.
This is a simplification of the process, and there are exceptions to this. Even more simply, if your article receives just one search engine referral per month, there is nothing to worry about for that article.
That you would even worry over something like this just demonstrates your great big giant kind loving heart!
Yes Bruce, I like the idea of being able to unarchive our articles
sometimes I don"t want to relive the horror!
Total Answers: 6, Total Page Views: 777.I think it's a good option to unarchive an article that's been archived. Sometimes the article may just need a bit of rewrite or a new title to attract readers. But if that's been done once or twice then the article should just hit the dust, so to speak.
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