I pronounce the InfoBarrel forum DEAD
I wondered about that Vic. It seems like the old-timers still care, but more than the owners do.
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Yeah, I miss your Spaminator vigilance. The spam BLOWS around here these days.
I agree. We desperately need a Spaminator security guard on post.
Phil, that is very generous of you to be our Spaminator. However, as much as we old timers want to keep the site revived, it is a one way street. Admins do not come here and check the forums to answer questions or to let us know they are fixing bugs. Spam is rampant. We asked this before...how hard is it to check in once or twice a week and let us know that you are here and what is going on?
The lack of communication is why the forum is so quiet. I have missed writing here on topics that do not fit on my blogs. I have missed the interaction with my old friends.
Sent messages via Twitter & Facebook to admin
It would be nice if they gave some authority to someone to get rid of the flagged things.
I want to keep working here, but it's looking like not such a great idea to put in hard work on something. One worries the site may disappear or something.
I'm gonna write here. I'm in my "seventh season" and I'll keep plugging and chugging until one of the admin peeps decide that maybe we actually DO give a tinshit about this site and want to see it thrive again, and perhaps take a more active interest themselves.
In other words, I'm back with a vengeance.
I plan to lead by example. If the site tanks, and I end up looking stoopid, so be it. Won't be the first time I've ended up looking stoopid.
Yes, I agree that we can keep posting and writing to liven things up a bit, and I definitely intend to because I have always enjoyed the company and desperately crave an outlet for my musings. However, unless we can create a major revival we won't be able to fix the two biggest beefs, being ignored by Admin and tanking revenuej
Sad to see that what was once a bustling, prolific site has morphed into a ghost town.
I have always done quite well here with the Amazon modules, but now that you can't add them anymore, or they are simply not working, the revenue is low, but I too have not lost hope for this site!
Good. I plan to as well after I finish the documentary I'm working on.
First of all, I am glad that you are back. I do not think you can ever appear to be "stoopid". With my limited time to write due to a real world job (which may be gone at the end of this school year), I need to put my writing efforts into sites that work and that have someone who cares behind the scenes...i.e., my own sites. With summer break around the corner, I would love to be able to write here on topics that are not related to my sites. I need to earn money from writing, not just do it for fun. My income here is at an all time low and it is quite alarming to me. I tried to update some of my seasonal articles last week and I got an error message.
It is the writers seem to be the only ones who care around here. I would rally, too, and add some new articles (I have several in draft form) but I need reassurance that someone who runs the site still cares.
Here is an idea for the admins...hire a college/university student who needs an internship to keep tabs on the site. They get credit and you get free help. Win-Win!
Yes, the problem is that no matter how much we may care about the site, we can't stop it from its inevitable failure if those that own it don't care. And it's clear they don't. I too would rather put my energy into sites that are cared for - mostly my own.
I still get some decent returns from the Amazon modules here, and I thought about coming back to write just because of that, but when I started hearing the amazon modules weren't able to be added, it just kind of killed it again since I have my own sites to grow now anyway.
From what I've seen, the admins are more interested in being influencers on social media rather than producing content anymore, and that's fine, but they are cutting themselves off from a stream of revenue by just letting this old girl die.
I just tried to add an article and it just says "error with URL". So I can't seem to add anymore here.
I'm afraid most of us are just stuck. It is difficult, if not impossible, to either add new articles or remove old ones, since only the staff can do that and they are no longer available. I am also putting all my effort into my own sites, with a few small exceptions. Any writing I do needs to be for money, and there just isn't enough income here to make it worthwhile to write here at this time. If that situation changes, I would be happy to come back. However, I don't see anything happening here. It is very sad.
When articles are moved to another site, what do you do about the inevitable stolen versions on other sites? Once an article is moved, how do you prove that your, now more recent, article is the original, without trying to rewrite everything?
I have not bothered to check to see if they are stolen. If you did need proof, then you could go to the Wayback Machine site and see if you can find it there.
I worry less about whether or not my articles have been stolen, since I already know that hundreds of Infobarrel articles have been stolen at different times, than I worry about trying to get them removed from here. I am starting to consider my articles here to be pretty much a total loss. I'm about halfway to my next payout. However, my earnings this month are so low that, if this is going to be typical, it could take years to reach my next payout (if I ever do).
I'm not sure we should believe our earnings update at all. Mine too was ridiculously low. Too low to be realistic.