Re: The Changes To Wikinut

L. R. Laverde-Hansen By L. R. Laverde-Hansen, 28th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/25g14f_9/
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Wikinut has issued the greatest changes in its contributor policies since its inception. What follows in one contributor's immediate reaction to those changes.

The December Notices

A little more than a couple weeks ago ("09/Dec/2015," to be exact), I received an email from Wikinut.com informing its contributors of major changes to the way it would publish and how it would treat its contributors. The main thing I understood, after reading about the changes, was the big one: no more payments to contributors. The statement explained that too many "fraudulent users" have been using special software to put up plagiarized content or otherwise "fake traffic from Botnets," which had become a major expense of time and money to remove. Cutting off payments would both remove the profit motive for almost all such activities and keep costs in line.

On Christmas Eve, Sam Wormleighton--Wikinut's Chief Techie, sent out an email commenting on these changes. Overall, if seems to have worked. Though contributions have declined, the sheer mass of fake and illicit traffic has vanished as well. While some contributors did leave (as expected), quite a few remain. He also remarked that the speed of the site has increased tremendously as well.

My Reaction to the Changes - 1

I understood that these measures, while controversial, were necessary. As the original notice pointed out, there was a real possibility this site would have to close completely. In the past couple of years, I moved my pieces to Wikinut.com after it became apparent that the Yahoo! Contributor Network was winding down its operations (and not publishing some of my articles). I was keenly aware that yet another site for contributors could be no more.

Clearly there is a crisis in the online writing community. The Internet has become a godsend for creative people looking for newer and wider avenues to distribute their work. However, there is the matter of making such sites profitable, or at least solvent for those who put up such sites.

I am not bothered by the elimination of revenue for contributors at Wikinut.com. I never made a lot of money here: around five ($5) United States Dollars after producing over a hundred pieces and receiving over 100,000 page views. That bothered me, but at a certain point, I had to realize that this was a good place to produce and publish my work, as well as to meet other great contributors.

My Reaction to the Changes - 2

On the other hand, I think there has to be some show of appreciation (and possible compensation) for what the contributors produce here. Each contributor furnishes "product" which is the inducement for people to visit the site in the first place. Without this distinct creativity, Wikinut.com becomes just another ordinary website with adverts. As much as Wikinut.com is giving a platform for its contributors, the contributors are the reasons that readers and traffic keeps coming.

One possible suggestion is some type of non-monetary awards, such as a contest for superlative content. Awards can be handed out annually, and judged by either the moderators, or through a polling system. Such a contest could generate a lot of publicity for the website--and create a massive bump in traffic! For contributors, the awards, however symbolic, would be a real accomplishment. The stars already awarded are a good start, but a major annual award would mean even more.

Another idea is to have the readers give money directly to the authors. Instead of the website sending a PayPal payment to a contributor's account, the readers can choose to give to the writers via a PayPal link in appreciation for an extraordinarily-written piece. One such site, the-toast.net encloses such a link at the end of individual pieces. I see it less as a form of online begging, as a form of online busking. Just as street performers play and expect that audiences will show their appreciation (and they often do!), so could online contributors have a great financial motivation as well.

Of course there are many possible solutions. They should all be considered. But for Wikinut.com to remain a viable and popular contributor site, changes ought to be underway.


Composed in New York
December 26-29, 2015

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Poet, playwright, commentator. I write wherever I can. Currently I reside in the City of New York.

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author avatar Carol
30th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks for your comments. I am staying as Wikinut is a platform to showcase our work.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
31st Dec 2015 (#)

Great to hear, Carol! Thank you.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Dec 2015 (#)

I will be remaining with Wikinut. I love my friends that I have made here and I will continue to read their work. I've learned a lot from my writing friends and I believe there's a lot of benefits from the contacts that we make here. We are all different but really the same. We create a form of art with the words that we write and I find that to be priceless. Thanks for sharing your article.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
31st Dec 2015 (#)

Glad you are around😋. Some of your pieces are among my favorites.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Dec 2015 (#)

L.R. I appreciate your thoughts, you have given us much to think about.

Your idea of awards for the best pieces is something I have heard before and I would love to see. I am not sure it would provide a bump in traffic though.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
31st Dec 2015 (#)

That's possibly true, Peter. But creative people need incentives. As always, I appreciate your thoughtfulness and candor.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks L.R. for this thought provoking post with a sincere intent to make this site viable, creative, and meaningful for all.

I am now more into supporting others here than on my weekly
posts. Though the payment was little, it was an incentive to put my best efforts and that meant few hours for each of my posts. Also, with many becoming inactive I would also miss the encouragement of innumerable comments.

I do hope some form of reward is in the offing as otherwise many will fade away as also the site eventually.

I understand the challenges faced by the administrators though. I did realize some took advantage, but we could have had some red flag options too to highlight them.

One way out will be to find new investors who could be enticed by this lovely platform - siva

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
31st Dec 2015 (#)

Siva, you often make some of the most thoughtful and understanding comments!

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author avatar Asha Desh
31st Dec 2015 (#)

Very well put. I think a lot of us are grateful for the opportunity provided by Wikinut for so many writers from around the world to come together as a community. The stars, stats and followers are by themselves a kind of award. After the Holidays are over , I am starting to write again.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
31st Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you, Asha! Look forward to your new contributions.

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author avatar Jeramey
31st Dec 2015 (#)

It just wouldn't be a Wikinut article without a thoughtful comment from Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jan 2016 (#)

Thank you Jeramey, your words touch my heart.

I am waiting for a white knight to come to the aid of Wikinut so that we are a happy and thriving family again.

Whatever said and done, Wikinut deserves to be alive and kicking

Wishing you and everyone here a Happy New Year - siva

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
31st Dec 2015 (#)

Very true, Jeramey!

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author avatar Tony Barnes
1st Jan 2016 (#)

I'm still here. The small incentive is certainly missed. But, it is a good platform.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
1st Jan 2016 (#)

I've always liked your professionalism, Tony. Of course if nothing else, Wikinut is a great place to re-publish previously published work and meet great contributors.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
2nd Jan 2016 (#)

Thank you L.R. I appreciate your comment very much.

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author avatar WOGIAM
2nd Jan 2016 (#)

I was sad but not surprised to read about the changes to Wikinut (i never got a direct email), i have not written actively for over 9 months due to personal issues but i have always stopped by and enjoyed reading articles here, i hope to resume writing and posting as soon as possible. I also hope things get back to "normal" for the site. though I never gat any payment, i think that contibutors should be paid for their efforts.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
2nd Jan 2016 (#)

Yes, Wogiam. They should receive more than a pat on the back.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
3rd Jan 2016 (#)

I agree with you Lr, you are right! I will continue my work here in tis site as it has made me a better writer. ANotehr I odnt care fpor teh payments, not bad as every little counts but the experience and the readers among ourselves and other out there is motivating,

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
3rd Jan 2016 (#)

Thank you, Fern. If you like, please send me a personal message and I'll give you my email.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
31st Jan 2016 (#)

I like your ideas! The yearly award or seasnal incentve can create traffic and serious articles worthy to be pick up by other paying site (like a worthy blog). The readers contribution has been done by other bloggers stating their site is run independently but knowng we have ads i doubt if readers would do that. Overall am sure wikinut will take a serious contemplation about this.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
31st Jan 2016 (#)

Thank you, Saigon! Love your writing.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
1st Feb 2016 (#)

Another site I write for made it onto the list "100 Best Websites for Writers for 2016", which I am proud to have contributed to. I think there are plenty of awards groups out there, I have never been certain it is the duty of a site like Wikinut.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
3rd May 2016 (#)

Am still inching my old productivity here when the changes almost assured breaking my pen. Here i am today just my 3rd article this year. But i don't want to dwell more on the past. I would like to share that the basic business model of "free blog hostng ng" thrives in many part of writing realm. My current discovered site is just above 200k in Alexa ranking but hey its top 100 in my country. Meaning its ads are ranking in a very good traffic which makes the creator laughing all the way to the bank. Back to my other proposal in another article Why not flex muscle in the nex few mo ths and when the activities supports a productive operation ..then give back something to the crowd.

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author avatar reg430
1st Mar 2018 (#)

I haven't been around for a while because I was ill. It took a lot to get to the place where I'm at now -- both at my past and now current place of employment and here at Wikinuts.

I hate to see Wikinuts having this type of problem. I had wanted, and tried, to come back and view what was being done.

It is a shame in giving writers a great opportunity to showcase their work , the sharks (those who take advantage of the internet sources) have to follow.

I will again be posting new material.

Rebecca Guerrero

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
5th Mar 2018 (#)

Thank you, Rebecca. Hope you're feeling better.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
19th Dec 2018 (#)

2 years in hiatus...am still seeing lminute ife on this great fossils of scribblers past. I just post my 1st article after an eon of creative slumber hope the sloppy keyboard of the moderator will approve it.

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