The free credit for blog articles will go only to creative, impressive articles that contain and demonstrate personal input and effort from now on.
We need again to draw your attention upon differentiating between blog article - which needs to reflect a certain length, thinking and personal input - and the message board post - stating a very short opinion, providing very short information. All articles containing messages destined for the Message board will be deleted. The issue has been already discussed on several occasions and we point out that there is a need for definite criteria to award the free credit for articles.
We encourage articles that prove pertinacity, relevancy, real efforts, that are well-thought and useful to other users. We would however ask you to give more thought and time than just three lines when posting your article on the site.
We also encourage initiatives of communication and discussions among users as long as these respect common sense rules and do not incite debates on sensitive subjects such as refusal reasons.
Here are some guidelines for those who write blog articles:
1. Articles breaking the rules and articles with no relevant content which have been anyway deleted.
2. The free credit awards creativity and personal input. Tutorials need to be analyzed and explained in order to be useful to other users of the site.
3. Articles that are simplistic and short will remain posted on the site without receiving the free credit however.
We would like to emphasize that this is not withdrawal of incentives, just a more careful selection of articles worthy of being rewarded. We are not being picky and over-selective, we are just trying to eliminate articles written for the credit's sake. New rules start from this moment forward with immediate effects.
For sensitive issues not to be discussed in blog articles:
When we write a blog, could we have a button... well, ok not button, but a place, where to put a check mark, if we want to qualify for a free credit (or two? :P)?
I think it would help admins - there would be less entries to judge over, many of us don't need additional credits. And those who will make a mark, will think more if their article deserves it. And it would help bloggers - you don't need to worry so much about if your blog is acceptable or not, and maybe we don't have to read then those boring rules (sorry, but who likes rules) over and over again. I think, if I will write a blog and don't get "awarded" according that new approach, it would make me sad. And maybe it's true that at that moment I didn't put a lot of thought into writing, but maybe I did, and admin didn't realize it (do I underestimate our beloved admins? sorry if it sound like that - I don't mean it). But it's so hard to judge other persons thoughts and intentions and what impact those could have to others. What is important to one person, can sound very boring or meaningless to other.
For example in 1914 the words "let's kill that Ferdinand" could form only one sentence (and it don't sound very interesting), but what an impact they had...
But I understand the reasons the current system should change, so I agree there's a need for changes. Whatever they will be, I would be glad, if I could have a choice to apply for a free credit or not.
Carmen, I have always been serious and detailed in my blogs aint I?? I always deserve a credit.. its all personal input u know!! :O... LOL
BTW.. I was just was gonna stop writing blogs knowing how much time I spend on them and still earn a credit that someone else earns for writing just a few lines. This is definitely a great move and the credits will be more like an achievement. :)
I feel it is a great and logical move to only award free credits to deserving articles, not just anyone who posts any blog.
I write blogs because I want to reach out to the community and share some information, or get some information back. To me, the free credit is a perk, not an incentive to write the article. I often put a good deal of thought into many of my articles, and it was a little upsetting to see so many others write blog posts that were one line long.
Messages boards are more for conversation, whereas blogs are more related to articles, and should be held to a higher accountability.
Quoted Message: Hmmm, everyone should write the blogs to bring knowledge and not only to the rest of the community and the credit should be a secondary non important issue, right?
You are right, but I cannot lie. Though credit should be secondary, its not secondary for me. I am in a very bad financial state due to things that were not of my fault like health disasters of my family members. I work day and night and even 25 cents is important and crucial for me. Though I might be selfish for a credit, due to my present condition I dont regret it.