Top issues for Authors 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 in the 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.

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Questions and ideas…

One of the things that are of value to authors on Virily, or the answer to the question why do I like comments? Is that when you reply to a comment, you as the author get 2 Virils. The person that read your post gives you the upfront (3, for galleries for stories, 5 for quizzes, polls, versus). The comment writer gets 1 Viril for opening the post and one for the comment.  If you read an article, it doubles your Virils to leave a comment. Not, by the way, that earning Virils is the only thing that matters. The only reason I am sharing these is to help writers understand the ways that they can get more Virils for the work they are doing already. I also do one to remind folks that if you have an issue that you want to see if there is a solution or workaround to adding it in the comments!

We are a community. The positive atmosphere that is Virily has picked up in the last few days. That is a great feeling because honestly, I love hanging out here on Virily. I did cut my time down to no more than 2 hours during the week, and no more than 3 hours on the weekend. This weekend I already blew that, but it is a different issue. Today I wanted to bring up a couple of discussion topics. The first is the editing of comments.  Specifically, once a comment is submitted, being able to go back and edit the comment. I cannot tell you how many typos and errors I have in comments here on Virily. I struggle (wrestle, ok, I hate spelling) with spelling at times.

The other consideration or thought is the ability to edit a post once it is on the site. These two things have been around for a long time. I don’t have answers just questions, and I will add those both to the poll for this morning. I will also add a few other interesting things authors have shared on the last few posts I’ve made. I love the brain trust! The best way to improve a site, any site is to reach out to the people that use it every day and ask them!

Let me end this morning technology post with a quote from my grandfather “when you release a smile into the world; it comes back as two!”

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More on growing a writing community….

So yesterday we talked a little about some of the why share from Virily to the world. Today I wanted to talk about a couple of things. The first is kind comments. There are several writers here on Virily that post incredibly kind comments on every post they read. One of the things I am doing as of two days ago is telling people when their kind words helped me feel better. It is a simple part of the community, to complement those that are nice to the rest of us. I also wanted to call attention to the respectful argument that occurred on my post of yesterday. In both cases, the author wasn’t clear about what I had said and nicely asked a follow on question. In the second case, they disagreed with my point and noted that.  Link is here.

It is ok to disagree with another author. You won’t hurt my feelings. If you present, as the authors did at the link above, an argument I will consider that argument. If you resort to name callings, I won’t interact with you any longer. But overall if you are willing to spend the time arguing your point, I am willing to consider that point, and sometimes I even end up changing my point.

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” Socrates.

Now for my apologies.

1. I realized yesterday that I was relying on the latest page on Virily to read people’s posts. I found out I had missed posts by two authors whose posts I love. I am sorry I missed those.

2. If I read your posts, it is because the title or subject area interested me. I am not hurt if you don’t read my posts.

Of course, I am opening up these posts and sharing them to encourage people to ask questions! If I or any of the other fantastic author on this site can help we will!!!

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More on building the Virily Community

So yesterday we talked a little about some of the why share from Virily to the world. Today I wanted to talk about a couple of things. The first is kind comments. There are several writers here on Virily that post incredibly kind comments on every post they read. One of the things I am doing as of two days ago is telling people when their kind words helped me feel better. It is a simple part of the community, to complement those that are nice to the rest of us. I also wanted to call attention to the respectful argument that occurred on my post of yesterday. In both cases, the author wasn’t clear about what I had said and nicely asked a follow on question. In the second case, they disagreed with my point and noted that.  Link is here.

It is ok to disagree with another author. You won’t hurt my feelings. If you present, as the authors did at the link above, an argument I will consider that argument. If you resort to name callings, I won’t interact with you any longer. But overall if you are willing to spend the time arguing your point, I am willing to consider that point, and sometimes I even end up changing my point.

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” Socrates.

Now for my apologies.

1. I realized yesterday that I was relying on the latest page on Virily to read people’s posts. I found out I had missed posts by two authors whose posts I love. I am sorry I missed those.

2. If I read your posts, it is because the title or subject area interested me. I am not hurt if you don’t read my posts.

Of course, I am opening up these posts and sharing them to encourage people to ask questions! If I or any of the other fantastic author on this site can help we will!!!

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More on growing your readers on Virily

In a recent communication from the Admin team, I can tell you that they will not tolerate people using profane or foul language. Based on conversations with Alex, I can also tell you that they don’t allow some images on the site either. A couple of rules that are real and the admins enforce on our Site. Both of those said there are some rules that I have heard people have that aren’t site rules. But just be aware that some of the authors follow these rules, others don’t.

1. Reading and commenting is required for me to read your posts. (my rule is if I like your stuff I read it, I don’t expect you to read my posts also it makes me feel better but I don’t worry about it)

2. Leaving a positive comment is always welcomed

3. If you downvote my post, I will downvote two of yours.

So these two rules aren’t used by all authors, but many people do use them.  Upvoting is nice to do, but upvoting doesn’t change anything. You do not get more Virils other than the fact that to upvote your post hopefully the person read it. The issue with downvoting is an interesting problem. I would hope that our community is strong enough to understand that it is ok not to like the content. If an author posts something you don’t like, it is ok to downvote that content. I would love to see everyone work towards that goal and not retaliate. I have had 9, maybe ten downvotes in the past year. I do truly understand that it is ok. Does it cause you a little concern, yes? Did I get to the author’s pages that downvoted my posts and downvoted theirs, no? I know one of the authors that downvoted my posts, was from back in the time when I still downvoted posts. Because of that person’s reactions (they downvoted three of my posts) I stopped using the downvote button.

Let’s be clear upvoting or downvoting a post doesn’t change anything as far as the Virils that post earns.

The last thing for today goes back to the column posted yesterday talking about how to increase your Virils. Today it is all about Social Media sharing.

1. We no longer get a viril for the first social share. We used to (1 viril per share) we do not.

2. We also no longer get credit for generating guest views (again we did, but no longer)

3. The three options we have are Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Personal, IMHO (in my humble opinion) I get the most traction (views) from Twitter. That said, I know other authors that like Pinterest and Facebook for sharing. The poll questions are focused on where do you share!

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On ways to earn more Virils on Virily!

One of the things that I often find myself struggling with is the reality of posts here on Virily. I know, for example, that snappy titles don’t always make for fast reads. I do know you can post issues with Virily, or problems with Virily and you will guarantee more views than if you simply put A brief examination of issues impacting the reality we live in. Although I know, if you posted the last title, I would read it! It is the reality that many poets struggle with. What do I am my poem? I know that there are many reasons why posts move quickly. For example, we’ve talked many times about the movers here on Virily. Users, who are read your post will guarantee you 40 to 50 or more additional views.

There are also readers who comment, and once they start committing, other authors do as well. Every single comment, reply, reply, reply results in the original author and the commenter getting Virils.  The deeper the comment thread, the more Virils you get.  The big move is, of course, getting views on your post. You get 3-5 Virils per post view. The more you average (50 is a good bar to consider) the more points you accumulate. I posted a poll a few days ago, where I put the poll question at 500 Virils per day. Again I apologize. I meant 250. But let’s break that down by the math! You see it is really easy to say this is a good number of aim for, but let’s build a bridge that helps you get there!

• Gallery Post – 15 for posting, up to 4 for images (2) and 3 per view.

• Polls, quizzes, and others – 30 for posting, five vials per view

• Post – 15 for sharing, three Virils per view

So if your goal is 250 Virils per day, what do you need?

The gallery you start with 19 Virils. 250 – 19 is 231 left towards your goal. If your post gets 77 views, you will be over 250. If you get 50 views, then you need a combination of 81 comments, and replies plus the 50 views.

For a poll, you start with 30, that means you need 44 views to reach 200. Comment and reply generate 1 Virile for you, the author. Each reply gets you One Viril.

Post, 15 is the starting point, you then need to get 79 views to do 250 Virils per day.This assumes you do one post per day. You can also generate Virils on two or more posts. Two posts reduce your overall average views required and so on!

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The concept of value

The concept that always intrigues me is the value of technology. I have had many discussions here on Virily, on MyLot and Niume over the years, as well as many on WordPress and LinkedIn about the reality of value. Value is a thing that businesses always more concise. It has intrinsic (internal) and extrinsic (external) structures that can be applied. Value is beyond the simple concept of ROI, or what is called the return on the investment.  Value is much harder to measure. For example, I know for my wife, the value of technology is that it works. She, like many people in the profession she is in, doesn’t want to rely on technology that won’t work when she needs it to work.

For my wife is the value is she can call me when things don’t work.

Sometimes she also has her friends call me, but not as much anymore. She knows I am very busy right now.

The concept of value is it makes my life or job easier. The problem is the cost of the value. Many organizations cannot rely on the concept of increased productivity when considering adding solutions to their portfolios. They have to focus on the reality of cost removal. Increased revenue can be a risky proposition for many companies to consider. They limit value to cost-return. They also like to limit value to a three year or less return. That means that 1/3 of the cost is returned to the company in terms of cost avoidance every year in three years. Some companies even look to have a one year or 2-year Return on Investment overall. That makes the value conversation very concrete.

But, the value of things can be very different overall when you consider the potential for increasing revenue generation. I can, as a medical professional, see more patients or clients. I can see as a customer service person, using in-ear translation hardware, reduce the number of languages to be spoken on the helpdesk. By reducing I mean that today you have to hire native speakers of many languages to have a multi-lingual helpdesk with an in-ear translation that is no longer the case.Value is an interesting argument. Having lost many soft dollars (increased productivity and increased revenue) value conversations, I can say understand the audience before you start talking value!

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