Yahoo Contributor Network Bids Adieu!

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The email that Yahoo Contributor Network was shutting down came like a bolt from the blue even for the likes of me who were not active. Then what about those who had put in their heart and soul into their posts and built up the community over the years?

Bolt from the Blue

I received an email from Yahoo Contributor Network that they are shutting down. Though I have not been active there for nearly three years I still consider the community as a close-knit family. Many had supported me wholeheartedly but after two years I had to call it a day – the reason being they excluded non-US residents from receiving payment. By that time, I had posted nearly four hundred articles. I had joined when they were called Associated Content and that was sold to Yahoo four years ago for a reported sum of $ 100 million. But the management style was not the same with the behemoth setting own policies rather arbitrarily and finally closing it down due to what they say “constantly reviewing our products and experiences and, in some cases, we have to make tough decisions to no longer support a product and as part of our ongoing effort to sharpen our focus”. I can feel the pain of the community that were fairly rewarded by page views. I recall one who was once misled by my comments and on clarification apologized generously and she has over 42 million page views and over five thousand posts! I feel the angst of those who had put their heart and soul into the site like this friend! As it happens, I was increasingly thinking of my friends there and spent some time at the site to recall the good times and the very next day their email arrives that it is all over!

Only Memories are left

Nothing is certain in life but I feel a real loss to let go. Then what about others who are so active everyday at this site and earning decent amounts and also enjoying the camaraderie of the community running into thousands and supporting each other? Some options are given but they give little solace to many even those like me who are left only with memories of the good times. All content will be removed soon! For me, it will be just memories as I do not know what to do with my posts; hopefully, I can renew contacts with my friends, why even here at Wikinut. However, to tide over the harsh reality for those who had spent years will not be easy - many had put the proverbial eggs in a single basket like I do now. That proves the adage - live the moments and recall the sweet among them to savor and also the bitter ones not to forget that life is but a roller-coaster ride!

Writing is a Passion

The passionate among us like to share our thoughts and experiences and wait to get a response. Money, though is an incentive, is tough to come by. But the reward is in the community and camaraderie. By reading few posts of a fellow contributor we know much about them and easily connect with them. For me it re-enforces my belief that we are made of the same stuff and we look out for each other and when some are not active we become more anxious for their next post. It is the thought that matters and we should all connect again at some level – there is always a method in the creative process. Even if some come out as unreasonable I take a view I might react the same way under similar circumstances. So it takes all to make this world. When I read negative comments I do say a few prayers that they should have better days soon. I am sure most are similarly disposed.

Business as Usual for some

The behemoths may see the bottom line and everything is fair game to them. The thousands of contributors are just digits for them to be quickly forgotten by giving them options that leave them with more questions with nary a light down the tunnel. The human emotions involved will not filter to those who are counting all the time – being an accountant myself I know the more one cunts the less humane we become! I remember simple folks who work most sincerely but find themselves on the street for no fault of theirs. They believed in others who are of different mold! It is survival of the fittest – but not for the likes of me who want relationships to last.

Picking up the Pieces, Moving On

The progress of society is to be measured by how it treats the weakest link – they are as human as those who are at the top. In fact, to be human is to be humane. I do not blame Yahoo, but feel sad that many are left to pick up the pieces and the news should have come to them like a bolt from the blue. And some would have felt grateful and thankful that their hours at the keyboard brought in few dollars every month. They had a sense of worth that has abruptly ended for now at least.

I do hope all is not lost and it is just one door closes for another to open. However, these prove life has unexpected turns and our fate is not in our hands. The nimble will survive and also the practical but those with emotions will take time to recover their poise again. My final post end of 2011 was titled - A Family in Disarray: Set a Cat among the Pigeons! It was about constant changes made by Yahoo but over time they did understand their contributors. However, in the final analysis hard business interests prevailed. And life will go on for all, learning and unlearning lessons along the way – sometimes bitter ones prevail but there is always hope of a better tomorrow for us to wake up with renewed spirits.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark for your support. I do hope at least some will find their way here. They were passionate supporters of the site for years - siva

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author avatar SS Kumar
5th Jul 2014 (#)

Nice read. It was a diffetent subject and thanks for enlightening me.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Kumar. I was a bit hesitant as it related to another online site but emotions got the better of me to proceed. What a coincidence I logged into the site to reminisce my time there just a day ago! siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva your article has so elegantly expressed exactly how I too felt getting this news last week ...many thanks...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Jul 2014 (#)

I remember many like you and Mike who were so supportive of my efforts. Thank you, Delicia - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th Jul 2014 (#)

I use to be on that site, but then they changed it years ago and I really never did anything since, and pretty much had forgotten all about it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Jul 2014 (#)

It was a friendly place when it was Associated Content. I feel when Yahoo took over they could not connect with the many ordinary folks who wrote with passion and did also have a good following. Now their voice is sadly silenced as it happens when other factors decide our fate! Thanks Mark - siva

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author avatar Margaret Michel
5th Jul 2014 (#)

You captured some of the same thoughts I had when I received the email. Very sad!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Margaret. Though I was not active for nearly three years I felt a numbness reading the email. I can never forget the close-knit community though Wikinut also has similar supportive fellow contributors and friendlier, helpful, moderators - siva

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
5th Jul 2014 (#)

Wow! You hit my emotions with this article. Yahoo Contributor is where I had all my articles and I am really sad about this. About a month ago I could see the "writing on the wall" that this might happen and I began a transition to writing for Wikinut. I am so glad I did, and it is kind out strange that you were one of my first followers and made me feel good about this new site called Wikinut.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Bill. It is my pleasure to connect with you. Hopefully, our time here will last a long time. When everything is business then human relationships will not count at all. When businesses do not care for the community, they too will get the same treatment. The writing sites give many a platform to share, care and have lasting friendship based on common interests. Now they are left disoriented having to pickup the pieces once again. I do not mind leaving my posts for free, but they will just be deleted. Though I did not get paid I was happy to see my page views inch up by the day! siva

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author avatar Retired
5th Jul 2014 (#)

I'm glad to connect with you here, Siva, and to learn more about your work. It was a hard blow to receive that notice! Best to you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Jul 2014 (#)

It is my pleasure too, Susan. I hope to read yours too. Though I was not active at Yahoo I was happy to see some still read my posts - soon mine will be history but I have done my part and that counts too in the final analysis! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
5th Jul 2014 (#)

I can understand. At times, our attachement with things go beyond the material aspects and we need time to come to terms with changes.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. These sites give a nice platform for many to spend their time creatively, to share their passion for writing and sharing their views. The bonding at the site among the community stood the test of time but commercial interests have put paid to human relationships. Many kept with the flow despite some rough rides after Yahoo took over but the decision to shut down was a hit between the eyes for most - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, I was so shocked when I received the same email that you did. I just couldn't believe it. I've been downloading my material to my computer and printing some. I've been with this site all the way back to April 2009. I've made so many friends with you one of my favorites. I do have this site to write for and some of my old friends are on here. I'm searching around to see what's available but as of now the only place I have is here. It is a safety net for me so I'm very thankful for that. For the past month I felt something was wrong but I never dreamed Yahoo would shut down. I keep thinking that it's possible that we will all be blessed with good fortune. Maybe Yahoo was just a stepping stone for all of us. I'm thankful for you Siva and my online Yahoo family. I wish each and every single one of us the best. Thanks for being my friend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Nancy for the kind sentiments expressed. Many sites have their ups and downs and even close down, but we take it that those backed by big business will stand the test of time. Most of us work very hard to earn our living but we are sometimes done in, taken advantage of, by few at the workplace. Similarly, I know most would not have believed their efforts over the years would go up in smoke despite earning what was promised.

I had posted 400 articles in a period of one and half years and, like here, was more interested in reading and supporting others. Though it is ultimately an open door as far as writing sites are concerned, why even in life increasingly, we do feel a sense of loss in times like these - otherwise, we are less than human! Yes, we are increasingly expendable, just digits! siva

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author avatar Retired
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks for posting this empathic and expressive article, Sivaji--it captures the feelings of many from YCN. Like you and others, I liked the site so much better as Associated Content. I sent referral links for Wikinut to all my fans there...so let's hope more will migrate here soon. Wikinut is a friendlier family, even if the pay is much less.

I think Yahoo also neglected to give a good reason for such a drastic change. Greed is probably the underlying factor. So sad.

But there are bright horizons glowing here at Wiki. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Rama-ji. The community was built over years but that did not seem to count. In a modern world, everything is dollars and cents and so less compassionate by the day. The contributors are mostly ordinary folks out to spend some time and to share their talent in writing with equally like-minded people. They cannot be, or never want to be, hard-nosed business people that the big business want everybody to be part of. In the finance field too, it is becoming the order of the day to analyze what each brings to them and that thinking will exclude the 99% who just want simple banking services and not out to calculate wealth on the way to high heavens! So it was finally - off with their heads with nary a look around! siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Jul 2014 (#)

i missed this dear siva...and what you have written is such wisdom as always...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks you Carolina for your support - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Interesting article Siva.Wrll written.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Randhir. appreciate your support - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Nice post Siva. The fact is the writing world is in turmoil and unable to come to terms with a tsunami unleashed by Bubblews. Why yahoo, I know of 10 good sites sinking.
The old business models must change and that goes for hubpages and wikinut also. After the collapse of suite101 and helium anything is possible. Great post.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan for your input. I am now only with Wikinut but I have heard Bubblews is tops as far as payment is concerned - but also that they pay selectively! I hope they do not end up like the Pied Piper of Hamelin luring all to a path of no return! I would rather that Wikinut stays and improves the incentives for writers. Monthly payouts for the dedicated ones will be the icing on the cake! I am surprised that Helium too has bitten the dust as they had set the bar high - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, I've seen mention of Bubblews on facebook and I've heard of hubpages but I know nothing about them. Do you know anything about them?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Nancy. I have read many singing praises of Bubblews, but I was hesitant that it could be too good to be true, to last. Many are more active there now and enjoying good rewards. You should give it a try for sure. I do not know much about Hubpages except that they are around for a while - siva

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author avatar Souvik
7th Jul 2014 (#)

Dear Sivaji, very well written article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Souvik-ji for your support - siva

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author avatar Joyce Singha
8th Jul 2014 (#)

This was a great article written very well.
I too am here because of Y closing down. Hopefully I can invite a few from there. But the group on Y and Facebook was exceptional compared to some nasty ones I know.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Good to hear from you Joyce. We already have few from YCN but they have been more active there. I do hope Wikinut also improves the rewards for us to get more involved. We can easily ignore the nasty ones as the majority are quite supportive - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
8th Jul 2014 (#)

I feel for you Siva at this time of closure, as from an old friend ...
Change and shut doors can leave us feeling bereft and somewhat shaky at times ...But I know you will rise above this ...You are a stalwart ....and another door will open ..be assured of that .
I write on another poetry site where you do not earn money ..in fact I pay ( a very small sum ) to keep away the adverts ... which I have happily chosen to do , and I am content with that as I am not concerned about making money so much as having the joy of posting my work for others to read and hopefully enjoy .
I have made many good friends both here and there .
May all be well with you dear friend
God bless yo
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella. I have not been active for nearly three years at YCN as non-US residents were excluded from getting paid. However, I did visit the site occasionally to reminisce the good times I had over the years. YCN also had a great community and many earned well as far as writing sites go. However, I feel for all as the community was built up over nine years - started before Yahoo bought over - but now they are in disarray. So, I was just airing the anguish I felt for my friends and also the loss for me to lose all my posts along with the comments.

Happy for you Stella that you have a good poetry site but I am no poet to try my luck there. For now I am putting all my eggs in this site! siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, you can download your material to your computer and save it for a later date. That's what I'm going to do. It's a long process though because I've written 449 articles. Thank you so much for writing such a heatfelt post. It's really helped me.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy for your tips. I do not know whether the download will also include the comments. I will give it a try for sure - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, I've been busy this morning downloading all my Zoey stories. I didn't realize I'd written so many of them. I'd like to put them in a little book for all my little ones. I've always loved Zoey. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy again. Good to hear you have written many stories too. I feel these are more durable than wealth that many waste all their years accumulating. I still hope that the YCN content will be taken over by someone so that our output, the result of our passion and hard work over the years, will outlive us. Deleting them is rather cruel! siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Nancy, I don't know if you've tried, but Amazon has a free publishing site called createspace. I have used it to publish my books. The binding is quality paperback, but it looks so professional. That might be a way for you to share your Zoey stories -- you could list your title online through Amazon or buy copies to give your little ones much cheaper than BookBaby or some of the vanity presses. Good luck if you go that route. I know how hard it is to move content, and sometimes print is just better!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl for the tips and for sharing - siva

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author avatar Carol
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Very well expressed Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Carol - we need to speak out for better understanding - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Rama, I believe that Yahoo owes us all an honest explanation of what happened.
We haven't received any notification except that they are closing. I'm so disappointed in them and the way they handled the closing of Yahoo Contributors.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Nancy. capitalism and free market economy do not mean anyone is fair game to be treated with disdain. I had read that Yahoo paid $100 million for a stock 200,000 articles from Associated Content had that is $50 per content. Most had put in hard work to improve themselves and they are definitely entitled to more compassion. It is only fair that Yahoo should find someone to continue the show - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva for understanding! You are the best!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy - I think it should be for a total of 2 million content but I remember the $ 100 million amount being mentioned - siva

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author avatar snerfu
9th Jul 2014 (#)

Very touching article, I mean it is hard to find something you cherish, gone forever...sorry about that. Yahoo's loss Wikinut's gain I suppose.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Snerfu, thanks - sort of a heartfelt lament that thousands are left to fend for themselves though legally everything is above board, but aren't we human too, or already cease to be? siva

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author avatar WOGIAM
10th Jul 2014 (#)

I was sad to read about this closure also, so many hardworking people depend on online writing to balance a livelihood. I feel their pain and hope they get other options soon.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Wogiam. I do hope there is a white knight, even without a shining armor, to continue the content. In fact, it can prove a wise investment too in the long term - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
10th Jul 2014 (#)

A sad end dear Siva. When it was AC, I could write there. After its change as YCN, I did not succeed there though I wrote a few. Thank you my brother Siva. This is the end of a journey.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you dear VP, YCN did not respond well to most contributors initially. Though AC made money from selling to Yahoo, ultimately the losers were the hard working community. I do hope this is not the end of the road for them - siva

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author avatar Retired
11th Jul 2014 (#)

I, too, was a Voices freelance writer. I had heard the rumors, but still, getting that notice was a shock. I agree with everything you said, Siva, but I'm so glad there's former Voices writers here now. I feel connected again!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Jul 2014 (#)

I am sorry at the plight of so many, Lavenderblu. . In my final article end of 2011 I had lamented that the community was in disarray and though the trend was reversed, Yahoo could not salvage the situation. I believe such a community has a right to stay alive and someone will see real value in keeping it going. At the same time, Wikinut too proves rewarding to many who have shifted base here - siva

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author avatar johnbee
12th Jul 2014 (#)

All things that has a beginning also has an ending. And while it affects the staff and the writers in a negative way, there are so many other write for pay sources online there is no need for anyone to despair. I have found some other good sites who pay just as well so I for one am really blessed. I tip my hat to Yahoo Voices and bid them a fond farewell!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Johnbee for your positive take. I am happy that you have found other sites to compensate closing down of YCN . I felt for the community built over nine years and are now in disarray. Of course, everyone has to pick up the pieces but for Yahoo it is business as usual! siva

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author avatar Retired
12th Jul 2014 (#)

I was not devastated on Y!CN closing, but almost. It was sudden, unexplained, and no doubt was a business decision good for Yahoo but not for its writers. It rejected 30 of my submitted articles, no doubt for my political opinions. Whatever happened to free press? Whatever happened to treating your contractors with care?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks LeRain. Democracy and freedom in many countries is a sham as few control the levers of power whoever is elected by the people.

The 99% gives the benefit of doubt to the 1% so that the latter survives in a hostile world though they themselves are out on the streets! These happen all the time though I feel someone could take over as Yahoo had found value in the site four years ago paying millions of dollars - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Sad! Hopefully you and others can save your work.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. Though I have four hundred articles at YCN I have not republished any of them here or anywhere else. Despite my not being active there, my page views were going up by the day! That gave me solace that it was not a wasted effort but now it is history! siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Jul 2014 (#)

The only thing I submitted to YCN was rejected. here is was starred and well received. So I have lost nothing. Still, I feel your pain. Just transferring my old blog to a new webhost was tedious, painful, and did not work as expected. Even so, I am pleased with what I have learned, and the outcome of my new site. I make more selling books than I do writing Wiki articles; perhaps one day both figures will add up to more than a McDonald's Happy Meal!! ;) Have a great day.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl. It is a passion in the end to share and care. I have drafts of what I have posted and that should suffice, I think. Hopefully, the payouts at Wikinut will improve over time to give us all a spring in our steps! siva

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author avatar Mariah
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Oh Siva how sad to read this,
I know how very committed you are to family and friendships, so this will be a painful loss for you, but as you know only too well, real and genuine connections never truly expire, they just manifest themselves in other ways, and of course you have your big wikinut family right here too my friend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Mariah for your heartfelt words of compassion. I know people have the ability to be practical in a world that seems to care less and less the ordinary folks. Yes, we have to move on, no other go. I do hope Wikinut shines ever brighter to give us all an enduring platform - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl for your advice on checking out Amazon to make my Zoey stories. She's a little pink dragon and I love her. So many people read all my Zoey stories and I'm thankful that I could make people smile if for just a few minutes.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy - I would also like to read your Zoey stories. Do give me further news how to do it - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, I feel better this morning about Yahoo Contributors shutting down. It's funny but I feel almost happy. We had to follow so many of their rules and sometimes they still rejected our work. We took the classes they wanted us to take and were compensated very poorly in my opinion for our work. I for one will take this time to find a new path to follow. I'm looking into the future.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Nancy - I am happy that you have put YCN behind you. I stopped when they started changing the style. I write with a philosophical angle but if they ask me to prove my credentials then I will be stumped! siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, if you go on my site on yahoo my Zoey articles are still up. I haven't had the heart to take them down yet but I will. I love the pictures that you have on here. Who are all the people and I love the picture of the little girl.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Nancy. I will check it out before time runs out! I feel the angst we all have - we are just human! The pictures are from Wikimedia Images. The first one is obviously a group photo of Indians. I was so touched by the child's image - children are divine, aren't they? as simple as that! They make our days worth the while - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, I think we should be able to write anyway in which we choose. I think writing from your philosophical angle is awesome! I write a lot of fantasy and I love it!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Nancy - we all have our talents and we are so lucky to share them with the whole world now. I remember a colleague, an Englishman, telling me thirty years ago that writing was his passion and he had written 1000 pages for his own fulfillment. Sadly, he passed away twenty years ago - otherwise, I would have implored him to share his creation with us! siva

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author avatar Shamarie
14th Jul 2014 (#)

I was shocked by the news too when I got the e-mail from Yahoo. last week. I agreed that it was better when it was Associated Content. Thanks for sharing this great article!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Shamarie. It was a bolt from the blue to the loyal community that stood the test of time. Content providers come and go but the loyal community is left to pick up the pieces in the end - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, I was just thinking writers are world travelers. We can go anywhere with our pen and paper or computer. It's such a wonderful gift to be able to view the world through a writers eyes. I think it's definitely a gift. We all have to look to the stars and follow the path to our destiny.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes, Nancy. What we write with passion proves a great legacy to the future. That is one of the reasons I was feeling so fulfilled with my posts at YCN though I was not getting paid. Though I was inactive there my page views were still growing! But all good things have an end too - like the bad, thankfully. I am grateful that I am able to connect with so many across the world - siva

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author avatar spirited
19th Jul 2014 (#)

I had 100 articles there with Ass content too, and I also stopped writing when Yahoo, lassoed them.

I wrote then for Helium, but they are now closing too, and removing all of the writers articles too.

When I first joined these sites they promised ongoing earnings forever, such a big promise to entice writers, could probably never be fulfilled.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Most of the writers are simple folks and just move on. When Yahoo found value in Associated Content by paying millions they could have built on its foundation, or at least pass the contents on to someone else rather than deleting the entire data.

I had looked at Helium but since I liked AC more I just stuck on with the latter. I have few at Bukisa too.

This is definitely a blow to many who enjoy the community they built up over the years. Thanks Spirited - siva

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author avatar Lee Hansen
22nd Jul 2014 (#)

I was one of those victims. You have voiced your thoughts quite well and eloquently. It will offer hope to others.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Lee - it is only fair that the works remain for posterity - it is no one's burden but a gift - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
22nd Jul 2014 (#)

Lee, where will you write now? There are still sites but I'm leary now that this has happened.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Nancy. It is not easy to pick up the pieces and shrug off as if it is par for the course. I have kept away from what I considered dubious sites - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, I'm being very cautious now. After Yahoo (I thought they'd stay forever) I think that any writing site could pick up and leave overnight. I think I'm going to write but never put as much effort into one site as I did with yahoo voices. I really miss Associated Content. The only plus that I see is that we will be free from their rules and regulations. It's true that other sites have rules to follow but in hindsight I see that many contributors articles were being rejected without fairness. That should have told us what was to come but we actually never saw it coming. I feel confident to say that in the year 2014 writers are needing to make a new path for themselves. We are a strong group and will shine despite opsticals thrown at us.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Nancy, though after a hit between our eyes we try to treat bygones as just bygones. Some sites prove a flash in the pan, flatter to deceive, as they build up resources by any means and then make a quick profit - but that is even accepted as business! But most writers yearn for continuity than jump from one sinking vessel to another! Maybe it is just a learning curve and a lesson of life! siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Sorry Siva, I typed obstacals wrong. I think faster than I type. LOL

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, now I'm taking my time. Opstacles!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

It is okay Nancy - these do happen as we are after all human though becoming robotic! siva

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author avatar spirited
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, I was hoping that someone else would point this typo out to you, you should correct it I feel. You left the o out of the word count in your article. What a typo to make ....

"I know the more one counts the less humane we become!"

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author avatar spirited
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

please delete my comments after you have fixed this typo

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Spirited - I just saw the typo and I am thankful for your sharp eye. I am worried whether I would also lose all the comments if I try to fix this. Though it is a stand out error I will pause for the time-being! I am sure people have forgiven me! siva

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author avatar spirited
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

yes siva, we would forgive you for almost anything, you are greatly respected here.

I am not sure either if the comments would be deleted but I would hope that they wouldn't be.

Maybe someone who knows might answer this for us here.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Spirited for your understanding and empathy - siva

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author avatar Courtney
27th Jul 2014 (#)

I too, started using Yahoo Voices when it was associated content. Life had gotten in the way, and I had stopped using it at one point, but when I went back last year and started using Yahoo Voices, it was a great way for me to share my writing with someone. I was devastated wen I got the e-mail of the contributor network shutting down. It has become a part of my identity over the past year.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jul 2014 (#)

I can understand your angst, Courtney. Of course, we can own our hard work but what about the community built up over the years? The best way out would be for someone to buy over and for Yahoo not to delete the data till then - siva

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author avatar Sherri Granato
28th Jul 2014 (#)

Nice post. It is a sad event. I have been with them since 2006. Hopefully Wikinut will prove to be a nice change.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Sherri, I agree I do hope we can enjoy our camaraderie here for a long time to come - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Jul 2014 (#)

I started with Yahoo in 2009 and I was so upset that I would be losing all my close friends. As luck would have it I've found my friends on here. I feel so much better thinking that I haven't lost everyone.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2014 (#)

We have to look ahead as man proposes, God disposes. Nowadays, big businesses are always on the move catching up with others or trying to stay ahead. We look on from the sidelines, Nancy, and pick up the pieces after the event! siva

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author avatar Subra
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes Siva, your article just goes to show that nothing is static in this world and that life keeps changing and evolving. The best thing is to be positive and hope that when one door closes another will open in a better way. In businesses as we all know, the bottom line prevails and so customers are always at their mercy. It's also always good not to put all the chickens in one basket.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Subra - appreciate your support and comments. Few have picked up the pieces and started their lives elsewhere including right here. It is like setting the cat among the pigeons as that community is truly history - siva

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author avatar Retired
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

When the big fellers slam the door in your face, it smarts. But then they wonder why people stop knocking. I used to have a Yahoo email account but had to close it due to the volume of advertising on Yahoo. I still use Yahoo sometimes for news but the flood of ads inviting me to join Facebook are a real nuisance.

With regard to Bubblews, I posted articles and reached the 50 dollar mark minimum to claim a payout. I didn't get paid and no explanation was forthcoming - even though I had fully complied with all of their rules. Bubblews account closed and I now only write on Wikinut. I simply won't waste any more time posting on other sites.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Mike - I am happy with GMail. I heard that Yahoo paid USD 100 million to Associated Content to buy the site only to close it down within three years! Online site operators need empathy factor to keep ordinary folks comfortable, but YCN became imbued with hire and fire culture rejecting many hitherto accepted writing styles. AC was a far friendlier site. The change proved the last straw for me though all along I knew I would not make a cent there.

I am now happy here as we are treated equally though could be paid better. Most are out to make some money to keep going and get motivated thereby. It is sad Bubblews pays few and ignores the rest - I am reminded of the story about an insurance company that charges almost nothing by way of premium but made no payouts taking advantage of a clause which was barely readable like they are mostly - no claim will be entertained! Then why charge a premium - just for giving a satisfaction of coverage! siva

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author avatar carolscash
9th Nov 2014 (#)

I was also extremely shocked by the closing of that site. I was actively writing there and made some good residual income there.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Nov 2014 (#)

Yes Carolscash, I can well empathize with you. They could have sold the site so that it did not become history. I had 400 articles that have disappeared in cyberspace. I miss the camaraderie of fellow contributors too - siva

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Aug 2016 (#)

Wow, Siva, great post dear friend. And then Bubblews came and paid me, a non American citizen several $50 increments and my wife and I thrived for a while. Then they crashed! I figured, what the heck,write seriously on wikinut for 1 penny per 1000 views, then even the 1 penny was pulled! I drifted around, saw at last five other writing sites close down or simply stopping their payments. Finally, a well known wikinut writer, Luciaanna invited me to join this site called BlogBourne which just came out of Beta mode and I invited several buddies from here to join, they pay 50% of ad revenue. allow only new original content. The pay structure is too vast to mention here. Here is a video link: https://youtu.be/otSc9ybVm_Q

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Aug 2016 (#)

Thanks TP for your invitation.
I watched the video too. Looks worth the while pursuing.

I am now with myLot, a discussion site, and they pay reasonably well.

I will check this out soon - siva

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