To Wikinut Writers, From a Moderator

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 22nd Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/23448qg2/
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I have been a Wikinut moderator for about a Month and have been actually rather shocked by the number of articles I have to reject, or that get a published but are fairly low quality. As Wikinut currently has no way for me to send messages to people, I hope they will read some tips here.

Rejection

There are many things Wikinut Moderators have to check articles for, one is plagiarism. I was amazed at how much of this actually occurs, I even found one guy stealing directly from microsoft.com. I have rejected others for putting in referral links to other sites or links to their eBay site, as both break Wikinut rules. You may, however, have your Wikinut referral link.

I have rejected articles because they have 30 tags none of which have anything to do with the article.

I have rejected articles because the grammar and spelling was hideously embarrassing to Wikinuts as a whole.

Like it or not... this is my job!!

I generally fill in the Messages to the Author section telling them more about why an article was rejected and offering tips for improvement... a few listen.. some give up.. others ignore and keep submitting the same problem.

Read your Moderators Notes in your Message Box

When a page is published, or rejected, the author gets a note from the moderator sent to their message box. You (the author) should always read this, no matter if your page was accepted or refused. Often times tips for improvement are suggested. Editing is easy and will increase the rate your page has when republished. There is no reason a writer should not take the 10 seconds needed to read their messages, and the additional 2 minutes to improve their article.

My Biggest Pet Peeve

Wikinut allows people to republish things they wrote but it sometimes is hard for moderators to determine if a person was also the original author when an article was published elsewhere first. That is why we have the “Notes to the Moderator” section – use it and tell us if you already published the information, and where.

My biggest pet peeve is when people ignore this simple step or write useless information in this spot. Please, take 10 seconds and always fill this out.

If you make changes to your article it is helpful to put a short note in this area to let the moderator know what you changed and why.

You can also use this section to ask the moderator for help as one user did recently when they asked for help making sections.

Links to Improve your Article

Pictures Can Make your Article Better

Better Tags Mean More Views

Excellent Titles and Summaries Mean More Views

Make More Money: Promote Your Article

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Article, Com, How To, Improve, Messages, Moderator, Notes, Referral Link, Referrals, Rejected, Rejection, Star Page, Wikinut

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Ehsan
22nd Aug 2010 (#)

I totally agree with you and I am against plagiarism as it is just like stealing somebody's money from his/her pocket. It is easy for moderators to determine how to check whether a content was copied from a website/blog or was written by the author. I'll look up for some tools to detect automatically if a material is being copied and will get in contact with you, so that we can stop the copied content from being published here on Wikinut, because after all, it is just like a home for us, and we all need to take care of it.

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author avatar smoothoperator
22nd Aug 2010 (#)

I fully appreciate the spirit with which this article is written and have also been part of the problem and your solution. I am improving however need to enhance my pace. Thanks for writing this article and am sure most of us will benefit save those few who will either not read this too or simply overlook your suggestions.

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author avatar Natasha Head
22nd Aug 2010 (#)

Good write and hopefully people will take it in. I was plesantly surprised when you approved my last article...and actually provided some tips for me to help it find it's place. It made me feel like a real, live person was on the other end who actually cared about quality over quanity! Thanks so much for that as until that point, I figured it was merely filtered through a spell checker and uploaded. It's nice to know we have humans round here who've "got our backs!" lol Thanks again!

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author avatar smoothoperator
22nd Aug 2010 (#)

Thought it is useful and hence tweeted this for you so that all those people who tweet can benefit.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Aug 2010 (#)

Good info and great advice. Now to follow it! ;-)

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author avatar Olivia Emisar
22nd Aug 2010 (#)

I am new at wikinut and was appalled by a horrible article on the front page a few days ago and wondered what Wikinut standards were. Perhaps in the future there will be a way to contact someone to alert them?

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author avatar ashucharu
22nd Aug 2010 (#)

ur rite...all of us should follow this

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author avatar Retired
27th Aug 2010 (#)

all of these ar great tips and I admit, Iam poor at grammar, but I must say thank God for moderators... wish there was a way for messages direct from moderators as well!

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author avatar Alexandra Heep
30th Aug 2010 (#)

This is great advice, I hope many people read and follow it. Wikinut is very easy to use.

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author avatar Alexandra Heep
2nd Sep 2010 (#)

I am just now understanding about links to our own articles on wikinut. I mostly write for a site where self promo is not allowed so kudos that we can link to other articles on wikinut, even our own.

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author avatar Pinkchic18
9th Sep 2010 (#)

This is helpful. I definitely am glad that Wikinut moderates the submissions, as I'm sure there are some spammy submissions that we don't have to see. So thank you!

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2010 (#)

Thank you for the helpful advise in this article and in your other articles descibing the best ways to write for Wikinut.

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author avatar kaylar
6th Oct 2010 (#)

You're my fav. mod. But what I think Wiki should do, is that sometimes, when I reread something, I see a gaffe, but I can't correct it. I'd have to resubmit, you'd have to reread and all I've done was change something like he's to his.

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author avatar Retired
6th Oct 2010 (#)

I've come across that problem to Kaylar. We need to be able to edit without bugging the moderators. Or at least the writers who have proven themselves should be able to do this. i'd also like a way tojust ask general questions as well. right now I see no way to that with out going through contact us.

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author avatar Retired
6th Oct 2010 (#)

And why on some pages do I have to scroll to the side to read all the comments. Drives me nuts ;)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Oct 2010 (#)

its no bother remoderating something - it pops up (highlights the changes) what you have changed, or you can write in the Notes to the Moderator what was changed..

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author avatar Retired
6th Oct 2010 (#)

Thank you so much for that quick response Mark. So when I edit a page I don't really need to write in the notes section. That's a plus.

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author avatar Retired
6th Oct 2010 (#)

Another question. How does Wiki get their advertising? Seems most of the ads have little or nothing to do with article content. Not good.

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author avatar stevietrix
13th Oct 2010 (#)

This is enlightening. Over my 12 years of writing, I've learned this: ALWAYS listen to someone who is better then you. Those who are better have more experiance in the world of writing.I've been writing since I was very young, and actually I pay attention to the comments from the moderator cause it may have some things for improvment and writing is an ever growing form that one works and works on which is why writing are NEVER finished...

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author avatar Dafeenah
29th Mar 2011 (#)

As always a very helpful article. I appreciate you taking the time to help others. It would be easy to just reject and not care, but you don't. You truly do try to help people improve their writing.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th Jul 2011 (#)

Many thanks to you, Mark, for a very clear narration on how a moderators perform their job in helping the authors.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
4th Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks for the useful information. How about going a step further? The moderator can add or delete some tags before publishing it. I know it's extra work, but it'll help the writer immensely. Just give a thought Pl.

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