Now 2100 character minimum and error code comes up if you are under that number

@writersedge (22577)
United States
January 22, 2008 9:07pm CST
I just had a different experience at Helium from last week. Minimum is now 350 words/21000 characters. I found a topic I liked and wrote. The topic was "Can being fat actually be good for your health?" I wrote about the time my Dad accidently shot himself at work and being fat saved him. Anyway, I hit submit and it came up "Error code 1, you must fix your error, you have 1926 characters, 2100 characters are required." So I added a couple more sentenses, Same thing only now 2063, added some more, then 2091. By now, I'm really running out of things to add. So I reword and add punctuation. Finally, it let the article go, I don't know if I had exactly the amount I needed or went over or a little under, but was that tedious! They are going to go to 400 words soon and I'm not sure how I will expand some of the articles I wrote. I'm up to 43 articles and halfway to my first payout. Has anyone else tried to write an article since this new error code and the characters are counted? Have you had problems or do you just naturally write long articles? I wish the word counts were on the side as you write or in a window somewhere because you don't know how many words you have until the error code comes up. Even if I write a long article, I won't know if it meets the 400 later on. What do you think?
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@peavey (16906)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I haven't written anything to Helium for a long time, but it seems that they're asking a lot for the pennies you can make there. It only takes 500 words more to satisfy Associated Content and you can make a lot more there. Windows Word program and Notetabpro both count words and characters, so you don't have to guess if you can use one or the other of those - I'm sure there are others, those are just the ones I know about.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Thanks Peavey, Notetabpro is a new one that I've never heard of. Need to check all those out, I guess. Thanks and take care.
• United States
23 Jan 08
well i wrote an article for the marketplace and it wanted 400-500 words and i had 497 and it wouldn't accept it. it said it was too short. so i added a couple sentences and it was fine. pissed me off though.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I had to write 4 more sentences after I had told my story and made my point. So I wrote 2 up top and 2 at the bottom which I think weakened the entire thing. So I wasn't very happy either, I think without those 4 extra sentences, I would have received a higher rating. Really, Marketplace wanted 4 to 5, and you were inbetween like it requested and it still caused problems. Maybe it was programmed for 5 to 5 in the 4 to 5 area by mistake.