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On an average day we review and approve 300 to 600 articles. When we review these articles, we often make small modifications to some of the articles so that they will display correctly (HTML code error fixes) when live or to fix a minor spelling/grammar/sentence structure infraction per our Editorial Guidelines. Because of the sheer volume of incoming articles, we aren’t always able to take the time to email each author to let them know of the modifications we have made to improve or fix their article.

The down side to this is that when the author with the article that required a lite modification sees their live article, they think everything was perfect when it wasn’t…

So I have a favor to ask everyone…next time you are in your membership account look at the edit view of your live articles. In this view you can see the “guts” of the article and any code that is included. If you notice “stuff” in there that wasn’t there when you submitted it, take note of what we did or if you have a question about why we made a modification email us.

Top 3 things we fix and usually don’t say anything about are:

  1. TITLES THAT ARE IN ALL CAPS or Titles that are in sentence case (Titles Should Be In Capital Case)
  2. Poorly formatted lists (include a <br> tag after each list item if not using the <ul><ol><li> html tags)
  3. Removal of double <br><br> tags to create paragraph breaks (Just use a single vertical space for the same effect)

The goal of this post? Increase the speed at which we approve articles so that the end result is faster article approvals for you and everyone else. :-)

Questions? Comments? Ask away.


Dina Giolitto writes:

You just described a large part of what I do for a living.

Dina Giolitto,
“Secretly Editing and Keeping it Quiet for the Sake of Productivity”

Comment provided September 23, 2005 at 10:57 AM


Matthew Keegan writes:

Very wise. I do the same. If you go over every single “jot and tittle” with writers you will get very little done during the course of the day. The role of the editor is to correct or amend what a writer has said and, hopefully, maintain the essence of the writer’s words.

Comment provided September 24, 2005 at 6:20 AM


Larry Rochester writes:

The concept of EzineArticles is fantastic, and please understand that I do not want to take away from that. But, there are a lot of us – myself included – who have trouble with having to write in HTML format. Writing is one thing. Formating is yet another.

What can we, I, do about that?

Larry Rochester

Comment provided October 6, 2005 at 7:56 PM


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