On my missing articles

vickylass By vickylass, 20th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/57u76x3q/
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Some of my latest written articles submitted for publication have vanished, leaving no trace.

On my missing articles

I wonder what happened to them, but the thing is that my latest articles meant for publication were lost, leaving no trace. I don´t know what happened to them, but when I had submitted and they were waiting for supervision, they vanished and I never saw them again.
If I had, at least, received a rejection or that they´d had told me to revise them again to submit them again as it has happened on some occasions, but the articles vanished after being few minutes in the revision folder.
It isn´t pleasant, because writing articles online is hard work and it isn´t greatly paid, but one does it, because one loves writing on a choice of subjects. There may result on few misspelling mistakes in the end, although and as far as I´m concerned many of them are typo ones, because more often than not I type way too fast. However, I´ll never submit a piece without having read it several times, correcting what has to be corrected.
It takes time to think of what one´s to write every day. Then, one writes a draft, searches for information to update one´s knowledge, edits it several times till finally one presses the submission button..
I´d like to know what happened to my latest written and submitted articles for publication, because it isn´t pleasant to see that they have vanished, leaving no trace at all.
I´m about to reach to 500 written and published articles here and I am eager to know what happens then, but if my articles go missing, I´ll never achieve to reach to 500 written articles.
I know that I am not the one that writes more. I could perhaps write more, but the thing is that I want to write as unique articles as I can. I want to write a varied portfolio of quality articles that I can show to a potential editor elsewhere. One may like or not any of my articles. One may strongly disagree on what I write, but I can assure that I tried to write my best on a variety of subjects

(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. July 20th 2015.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Jul 2015 (#)

You are not alone, others have had this happen, in fact here is a recent article about it http://writing.wikinut.com/Why-Do-Some-Wikinut-Articles-Disappear-Before-They-Get-Published/3rkx1t7g/

Note we are not sure what causes it but this article points out what to look for while you are writing so you can stop and immediately start a new article that won't vanish.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Vicky, You are not alone. One day I tried seven times to submit an article for publication before it finally made its way onto the moderation queue. There seems to be a glitch in the system and I have written to the owners about the problem (but have heard nothing back).

My advice - retain an off-line copy of your article (including all the bold, italics and links) I store all of mine in Evernote then I have a copy just in case it fails. BTW this does not only happen on publication, but when saving articles for later editing.

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author avatar vickylass
20th Jul 2015 (#)

The thing is that write directly on the page and I don´t make a hand written draft. Then, it´s quite a bore to start writing the same thing again. Patience, I´d say! I left Triond because of similar flaws on their site and now it´s going to happen here.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
23rd Jul 2015 (#)

The reason for the flaw is all to do with internet connectivity and I am frankly surprised it doesn't happen more. Simply put you have two machines on the other side of the planet from each other connecting through clever circuitry what happens when you press "Save" (or "Publish") is that there is a form of communication between the two machines where one requests to save and the other obeys the instructions, sometimes those instructions get lost or there is a time out, that is when you see this problem.

My advice - save everything you do to another program and never keep the only copy on Wikinut, that way you can simply create a new document on your PC and use that as the basis for re-creating the Wikinut article.

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Well it has happened once or twice, but I didn't bother as I had a backup.

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author avatar vickylass
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Well, at least I got this one published after several days, although, it isn´t the subject I´d have loved to write about.

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author avatar Bridget o sullivan
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Strange happenings ! Backup seems to be the answer!

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author avatar WOGIAM
5th Aug 2015 (#)

This has happened to me about twice, i never back up my articles so losing any is a real loss for me.

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author avatar vickylass
6th Aug 2015 (#)

True, Wogham! When this happen, I shut the computer and put myself on something else. Online writing isn't well paid. Therefore, spending a lot of time writing drafts seems quite a waste of time. Or that it isn't worth the time.

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