Featured Post – How it all started

I had contemplated several times about writing a blog about things that bug me, and that morning was the right time.

This blog was originally started so I could left off steam and let others know, how I and many others felt about what was going on at the online magazine.

I think it was about 530 am  when I got started and I had the blog set up, read my notes, wrote the article and posted it by 800 am.

But once I set it up, I started giving it some thought and realized that readers might thing I am always angry and that is far from the truth.

I try to go through life with a smile 🙂 on my face, but that’s not always possible. You will not find daily posts of what’s bugging me, some could be my “or not” postings, some might be articles from other sites, or might be a guest blogger.  I will just have to wait and see how it evolves.

Here is what set me off that day.

Article Screening & Rating

I belong to a web site where articles need to be screened and rated by members before they are published. While the article is in the screening room, the author’s name isn’t visible but the country it is directed at is. If it is directed at the global community there is no flag, otherwise a small image of an American, Canadian, Australian, etc flag appears next to the article name.

There are members who publish articles daily, weekly and sometimes occasionally. Some of these members never screen articles, and if they do, it seems that they only screen the articles their friends have posted. I have no proof of this, but just something I’ve observed.

Now, I don’t know if it’s the same people, because the screening is anonymous, but there are members who pick and choose the articles they will read. If the article has an American flag on it, it goes through the screening process fairly quickly. If it’s designated as global or another country, it can sit in the room for hours, sometimes days.

A fellow member published one yesterday as American and it went through the screening process in 7 hours. It actually had 3 screenings, within about 5 minutes of it being posted. Yet others will sometimes sit for hours before even one person will take the time to screen it and rate it.

At this time, there are 8 articles that need screening, 2 global, 3 American, 1 Philippines, 1 New Zealand and 1 Indian, they were all screened by someone at 353am, but at 637am, someone went in and screened just one of those articles and it has an American flag.

Selective screening. I detest people who behave in this manner. What makes them think they are better than others?

One article was posted on Dec. 14 at 10:05PM,, marked from New Zealand and discussing the tragedy at the mine. It finally cleared the screening room on Dec 16th at 3:53AM. Almost 30 hours, yet the American flagged one cleared yesterday in 7 hours, it was posted after this one. The odd thing about this article from New Zealand is that it had only needed one additional screening since Dec 15th at 5:18PM. Lets list it out so you can get a better picture of the times.

  • Dec 14th at 10:05PM – posted to screening room
  • Dec 15th at 5:18PM  – needed just one more screening
  • Dec 16th at 3:53AM  – finally published

Why are these things happening?

I have my own little story about what happened with one of my articles, but then some are holding a grudge, so I’ve decided to report on this one. I hadn’t planned to cover this article, it’s just what I’ve observed.

Because I like seeing the good in people, I did not want to believe that members are doing this to other members.

This is as good a place as any to say this. So here goes!

If you want to play games, go ahead. You don’t want to screen, just run around following people, go ahead.

FYI    Since returning to the web site just over two months ago,  I have read, screened, rated over 1250 articles, including the archives! This doesn’t count the many I couldn’t rate or had no wish to comment on.

When I went into the screening room, I read and rated every article. I also provided feedback when necessary.

What’s that equal? About 500 per month average?

Well, no more. There is no requirement to screen at the site before posting articles, so maybe I will do like the rest of them.

Now I know I am only one person, but like I showed you in the example above, just one person is all that’s needed sometimes to finally get your article published.

This is what’s bugging me today!

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

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  1. January 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    What a cute little tabby cat 🙂

    Reminds me when we used to write down our ‘Pet Hates’. Things like boy racers, rude people, bureaucracy,. crumpled UG boots, DIY, Boys’ jeans worn with the waistband below their knees, being charged full price for reduced items in supermarket, Tesco etc etc.

    Plenty of us happy people who like to moan about stuff

    Best wishes


    • January 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      Thanks Andy,

      I actually have two cats, but no photos of the older one on the computer.
      Sometimes a person just has to let off some steam and boy was I steamed that morning!

      Happy New Year!!

  2. postadaychallenge2011
    February 5, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    I am a cat lover and will have to post about my two cats. Thanks for being my friend and buddy. 🙂 Jackie

    • February 5, 2011 at 8:38 AM

      No problem Jackie. I’ve always loved cats and during the short periods of time when I’ve been without one, it just didn’t feel right. 🙂

  3. February 13, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    I abhor injustice of any kind; especially when it comes to playing favorites… Yes, it is human nature but that doesn’t make it alright. I’ve observed what you described in many arenas, again and again, and then I wonder, who do they think they are kidding? That childish, playground, never left HS cliquish crap continues in the adult world… It is just glossed over with cute excuses and blatant, insincere justifications.
    In a world where many proclaim their allegiance to the five freedoms, freedom of expression seems to be the one most battered. What makes it all so insidious is that the methods used are not always overt… It begins with the decision to pretend you don’t exist.
    Enough said.

    • February 13, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      Hi Eliz, I was hopping mad that morning and I think my writing shows it. That was one day when I didn’t hesitate to hit the publish button. After I wrote this they started playing even more games and they call themselves adults.

      I don’t participate very much on that site these days because I’m having too much fun with my blog.

      Everyone in the blogging community is so supportive and encouraging and I like to try and dwell on the positive in life. 🙂

  4. February 13, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Likewise! 🙂

  5. February 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    I have submitted an articles to that site and waited almost two days for them to be screened.

    When I wrote about the recent Australian floods, by the time it was, my article was old news by the time it got screened, so I was not happy.

    Anyway, since I started my blog here, I hardly go to that site anymore; my blog seems to have taken over my life – but I am loving it!

  6. March 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Saudações amiga, fico feliz com seu tema é muito significativo aos colegas escritores, que enfrentam o mesmo desafio, estamos todos tristes.

    A natureza esta impiedosa, tirando de nós; moradias, animais , objetos pessoais,se não basta leva nossas vidas, aqui no brasil, estamos todos orando pelo japão, filipinas, para que DEUS, tenha piedade de todos nós…

    parabéns Amiga, por desenvolver seu papel de escritora muito bem. e de muito relevância de exemplo para os demais escritores…

    Translated using http://translate.google.com/

    Portuguese to English translation
    Greetings friend, I am happy with your theme is very significant to fellow writers, who face the same challenge we are all sad.

    The nature of this merciless, taking from us, houses, livestock, personal effects, if not just lead our lives, here in Brazil, we are all praying for japan, Philippines, that God have mercy on us all …

    Congratulations Friend, by developing its role as a writer very well. and much relevance as an example to other writers …

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