Helium upgrade blues

United States
June 6, 2008 4:48pm CST
As regular Helium writers know, Helium started doing a round of upgrading Wednesday. First, there was the time that the site was down for them to do the upgrade. Then on day one, there were the many bugs that go along with an upgrade. The one that annoyed me the most was the ghosts. I was getting double printed and half seen sentences, buttons that was not where they appear to be, and ghost images as I attempted to look around the pages. And I am prone to migraines, so ghosting is not good for my head. Then yesterday, they had a big notice up saying that no one should submit anything, or leapfrog anything, because there was an error in the system that was removing all the paragraph spacing from submissions. And today, half the pages can't be found. Sigh. My earnings were already dropping on Helium, due to the economy (advertisers are not paying as much to Helium, and it flows downhill from there). I really don't need the site to be all buggy; it turns readers off.
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@babostwick (2037)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I noticed the new look on the my account page, which I find a good thing. Now I know where I rank as far as stars and how my writing is going. It sucks about the Economy and I hope to see it get back up. It's a sad day on that. I haven't had too many issues or it being buggy to be honest. I do agree that if it is too buggy, it will turn people away. I'll have to write a new piece and then see if I notice any issues or bugs that way. Sorry I couldn't be much help but this is just from what I've seen.
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• United States
9 Jun 08
I like the fact that you can see your writing and rating percentiles; it is nice to know how close one is to getting those elusive stars.
• United States
9 Jun 08
Indeed that is a plus. I hadn't written much because of trying to expand writing horizons, attempting to get web site work but that's about it. I do hope the earnings can be fixed and get up though. I think it will eventually though and probably if I pull out more articles. You never know that some may get purchased.
• United States
11 Jun 08
Those star rating percentages are even more important now that you need them to get the economic stimulus package! I lost my rating star and I hate rating...with a passion. My percentage is at 73% and every time I rate it drops some more! I think it is horrible that you have to rate with the crowd in order to get that danged rating star...I always rate fairly with the title and the work before me! Anyway...enough ranting.
• United States
9 Jun 08
I haven't logged into Helium lately, because I just haven't had the time. My earnings were pretty much a trickle there anyway. I keep getting E-mails from them about various things, but I've rarely found it worthwhile to bother with that site. And you're absolutely right--readers won't stay at a buggy site. They'll find somewhere else to get their information.
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• United States
9 Jun 08
My earnings are way down; I am focusing mainly on AC at the moment.