Recent Articles on chop block

Before we stop a service, we thought we’d give the community a chance to tell us why we shouldn’t.

Tuesday, we’re considering shutting down the “RECENTLY APPROVED ARTICLES” link in the left navigation and corresponding RSS feed.

Our reasons for wanting to remove this service:

  • Does anyone really care about recently viewed articles other than those who wish to do our site scraper harm? We think not.
  • At our current new article acceptance rate, articles fly so fast through this view that it’s hardly a service that we perceive has any utility for any positive user purpose.
  • We still have recently accepted articles on the home page for those who want to see what was accepted recently.
  • We don’t think removing this feature will have any material negative impact on the EzineArticles system.
  • Removing a left nav link will remove an exit click that doesn’t currently provide any contextually or categorically relevant articles useful for our readership.
    • ie: When a person is reading articles about weight loss, when they click on: “Recent Articles” They don’t see other weight loss articles, they see all of the recently accepted articles in all 569 categories. Makes no sense.

Your thoughts?

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Sounds fine, especially as new articles will still be listed on the home page and:
“Removing a left nav link will remove an exit click that doesn’t currently provide any contextually or categorically relevant articles useful for our readership.”

Comment provided August 4, 2008 at 9:39 AM

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George Chernikov writes:

Will you still be able to see recently approved articles in each category?

I like to keep track of what other people are writing in categories I work with, and I generally use Google Reader for that.

Comment provided August 4, 2008 at 9:45 AM

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George,

Yes.

Comment provided August 4, 2008 at 9:53 AM

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Jan Verhoeff writes:

Effective changes usually work well once we all get used to them. I’ve used the link to see what’s coming on in new articles (generally listed), but it isn’t really a necessary link to click.

I actually prefer to click on the specific topic to see what’s up top.

Comment provided August 4, 2008 at 11:07 AM

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Jennifer writes:

I think you should get rid of it for the reasons you stated. It’s irrelevant.

Comment provided August 4, 2008 at 11:30 AM

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I never even realized it was there, so it really won’t bother me one way or another, but your reasons sound perfectly valid to me, especially since they are available through other ways. Plus, anything that lessens ‘scrapers’ is a plus to me.

Love and stuff,
Michy

Comment provided August 4, 2008 at 12:57 PM

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Joshua Chancha writes:

U r the “guru” u know what is right. Do it since it doesnt prevents us from viewing latest approved articles. i went through it a couples of times and it was quite useful.

Comment provided August 5, 2008 at 9:59 AM

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It’s been decided to shut down this effective today.

All of the categories and all of our expert authors will continue to have their XML/RSS feeds working.

All that is being shut down is the RECENTLY APPROVED ARTICLES feed and page.

Comment provided August 5, 2008 at 2:45 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

I assumed that page was a search engine strategy giving time for the search engines to pick up new content? But if it is being used by scrapers, then axe’ing it makes sense now.

Comment provided August 6, 2008 at 8:05 PM

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