You can't view other articles in the new marketplace- good or bad?

March 14, 2008 3:21pm CST
Hi, firstly I am really impressed with the new marketplace on Helium. It has this amazing new features which tell you about days left, article options and even the publisher's deadline for buying the article. One feature that stands out is that once if you write for a marketplace title, you can't see the remaining articles written on that particular subject. You can leapfrog your own article but can not view other articles written on the subject. I guess it has been done to avoid plagiarism and also keep the ratings more unbiased. Personally, I liked the feature very much because in the past there have been instances where I wrote for marketplace and reached top ranking only to lose the place to someone who took the basic idea from many articles written on that topic and added a few more points. what do you all think? Is it good or bad?
5 responses
@arcideaco (1259)
• Singapore
15 Mar 08
Personally, I think this is a very great and bold step to stop copying and plagiarism. Helium although has many rooms of improvements, are still trying their best to improve the current systems. The next step maybe to review the articles they current have which are copied from elsewhere. Just my views.
• France
16 Mar 08
I think the marketplaces are how the competitions should be set out so that no one can read the competition. First rate idea and it is so easy to write and not to miss the guidelines as many have done in the past too !
@babostwick (2037)
• United States
20 Mar 08
In a sense it's good so you don't have to worry about copyright. It's not cool to copy someone else's work at all and can really cause you more problems. I've only written one article for marketplace. The only thing that's bad is not knowing the competition you're up against. In a way, it could be used to help you try to come up with a better article. I don't think it's a bad move and think it will help out. I say it helps.
@WC1989 (595)
• United States
14 Mar 08
I think it's GREAT. I actually was the first writer for a task on the old Marketplace and the 2nd person who entered (about 3 days later) obviously stole from my work! He had the same structure, the same analogies and metaphors, the same thoughts, and the same rating. The only difference was that his writing style was better. But he STOLE from me. TWICE. (He did it again for another task.) I'm really glad they put that new feature in.
@apaiktos (158)
• Greece
14 Mar 08
I do not know yet but i would like to watch this discussion.
@mythmoh (3986)
• United States
14 Mar 08
In someway that is avoiding copycats it is good.When i want to write an article i will be reading most of the articles under that topic to get some idea of how others feel about it.So that i can write in my own style by writing differently from the existing.So now there is no such option.Hence has towrite whatever i feel.Will be good atleast if we can read at the end of the deadline.