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Top three (so far) issues from Authors here on Virily

First off, what I am saying is an opinion. I do not intend to upset people. The big issues right now that authors have brought up. Please note this ranking was done based on the number of writers that mentioned each of the specific issues in comments. There are other issues as well, these just happen to be the most mentioned!

1. Time to approve posts

2. Ability to edit Comments

3. Ability to Edit existing or approved posts

Let’s go 3 to 1. First, editing posts. I wish to be clear that this is my opinion and some experience. There are a couple of issues when it comes to editing existing posts.

• Virily does not allow for plagiarized material

• Virily does not allow for profane material

We, as authors would have to agree upfront that all edited posts that after editing broke those two rules would be deleted. The current punished for cursing in comments is your account is banned for 30 days. I guess you would get your post deleted from the site and your account locked out of the site for 30 days. I do not know if this is a driver for them not allowing this, but I know several sites have gotten in a lot of legal trouble with various governments over issue 1 and issue 2 above.

Editing comments feels like something we could ask for in the short run. The same rules apply to comments. I would also like to add the author owning the comments on their posts concept. Some comments just shouldn’t be allowed to be on Virily. When you are forced to report a spam comment or a comment that you found offensive, it is possible the administrators or moderators will moderate that comment back to your post.

I would like to have the ability to remove comments from posts that I own permanently. I would also love to be able to edit comments!

Finally, the time it takes to approve posts. In part, things appear to have stabilized at between 2 and three days from submission to approval other than the weekends. My impression is that the Admin/Moderator team is much smaller on the weekend than it is during the week. It looks now to be between 2 days. I wanted to share a story of when I first joined Virily; at that time, the approval process often took 3 and even four days consistently. As most of you know, I write two posts a day every day. Based on that I was often 8-10 posts int eh pending category. By the way, this is not to say having to wait for post-approval isn’t frustrating. It is truly frustrating.

It is just that this is a long time the way things are the situation.

All this said I am going to list the issues again with a new ask, should we take it to the admin team. Please take a moment to consider the impact of each of the potential changes.

  • Should we ask the admins for the ability to edit comments?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Should we ask for the right to report comments on our own posts and have them remain removed?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Should we ask for a service level agreement (SLA) of 2 days on post approval?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Should we ask the admins for the right to edit published posts?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Should their be rules around editing a published post?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. I agree with all these questions that you submit for resolving. But I have one very important for me and other people who publish their own pictures. Be able to publish photos with more than 8MB. Editing to reduce MB is a waste of valuable free time for each of us.

    • Thanks! I think the unfortunate answer is the cost of storage. They, Virily, has to store the uploaded pictures. at 20 times 8 or less image it is 160 meg. if it is 8 or more meg you are looking at 200 mega give or take.

      By the time you get to a gigabyte of storage you are storing far fewer images at a greater overall cost.

      Perhaps a template that would allow one picture over 8 megs be uploaded?

    • i can tell you that they struggle with making verified users. There are users that have been on the site as long as you or I that are not today verified.

      They (the admins) have to be careful based on those people not really being ready to be verified.

  2. Q: Should we ask the admins for the ability to edit comments?
    Yes (14 votes) – 88%
    No (2 votes) – 13%
    Q: Should we ask for the right to report comments on our own posts and have them remain removed?
    Yes (13 votes) – 87%
    No (2 votes) – 13%
    Q: Should we ask for a service level agreement (SLA) of 2 days on post approval?
    Yes (10 votes) – 83%
    No (2 votes) – 17%
    Q: Should we ask the admins for the right to edit published posts?
    Yes (13 votes) – 93%
    No (1 votes) – 7%
    Q: Should their be rules around editing a published post?
    Yes (14 votes) – 100%

  3. right now, I’ve been told that you can request the admins put your posts back to draft so that you can edit them, so it seems like this could be feasible- especially if you edit before there are any comments…

  4. Here everything is beautifully written, dear friend … unfortunately, in practice everything is different … what is the approval of the post, but I have already said everything

  5. About editing posts – It would be fine to just get them in drafts so resubmission or deletion could take place. Can’t do that for some reason. If we sweat small stuff we might make the admins crazy; but, when you have a story with pictures and none of the pictures are there. ……..
    If something is to be edited it should be more than some typo we missed (I’ve got some of those and it doesn’t bother enough to fix) however I believe that if you want to edit an existing post then it must be resubmitted —- I don’t see the problem if it is not abused by fixing commas or whatever. Maybe when we ask to edit we could state a reason. ? From the admin side I know this could be a can of worms – users have to be responsible to a large degree. (((((nothing goes to drafts anymore?))))))

  6. I agree to the above poll questions apart from No. 3. It might be the admin staff are fewer. Thus, it might take time. But, editing posts and comments is the right of every writer. I agree Virily should publish guidelines writers should adhere to and penalties. If possible they should include an automatic spam and plagiarize program to filter such. Then, the writer is sent an automatic warning or his account suspended for a month or so.

  7. Sounds like a perfect plan Doc. These are all issues we all want resolved or changed. But I gave up on trying to get a response a long time ago from anyone. But, on a positive note, glad to have all the new members here. Another great post!

  8. I am more careful on this site when entering posts and comments and so far haven’t needed to edit anything. There are times on another site when I have added to my post after a comment that was made gave me additional information that I felt needed to be in the post.

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