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wtf is an ezinearticles "general error"???

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by mollah, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    One of my articles just got rejected due to "general error" and said "please contact us to resolve it."

    Usually if an article gets rejected it's because "article doesn't fulfill the promise made in the title" (which is bullshit 99% of the time, because my articles are always about the same subject as the title, otherwise I wouldn't title them as such, I just think EZA has some dumb editors. Seriously, they must be like "Hmm, this article is called '3 Ways to Improve Your Basketball Game' (made up title for this example), and I read it, and he clearly lists out 3 specific ways to improve your basketball game... yeah... I think I'm gonna be a dbag and reject this article on the grounds that it's not relevant to the title cuz I'm a fucking moron dur dur dur), but I've never had one rejected for "general error" before.

    Anyway I sent them an email. Wonder what they'll tell me.
     
  2. mollah

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    I just got another article denied for the same reason on the same account. Do they hate me?

    When I googled this error "ezinearticles general error" it seems like most people say it's bullshit and they'll take a week to get back to you and it's just a bullshit reason to deny your articles because they're assholes or something to that effect.

    I've never had this happen on any of my other EZA accounts, but on one particular account I have two articles now flagged with "general errors" and telling me to "contact them," which I've done and haven't received a response yet.

    EZA is starting to piss me off now.
     
  3. mollah

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    Wow, my 3rd article now was just switched from stage 4 out of 5 in approval to a "general error" rejection. Three articles in the same account now have been flagged as "general error." I still haven't heard back from them about wtf a general error is despite emailing them a few days ago as they requested.

    I do believe I'm going to email them once per day per article incrementing at a rate of +1 per day (so 3 emails (one for each article) the first day, 6 emails (2 per each article) the second day, etc.) until I find out wtf is going on. I will be sure to post the answer here so other BHWers will know what the fuck a "general error" is.
     
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    redtide1969 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Please do...I'm interested to know what the deal is in this case.

    it sounds like just a glitch on their end.
     
  5. mollah

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    Keeping in mind that I first contacted them 4 days ago as per their request and have done so 3 times already (one per each article, as they requested) and still haven't heard anything from them, I'm officially starting the counter again today:

    Day 1 Update:


    - Three emails sent (one per each article, as requested by EZA)
     
  6. mollah

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    Day 2 Update:

    - Still no reply despite it being 5 days sine I first contacted them
    - 6 emails sent (2 per article) saying basically "hi, I see there's a general error on this article (ID:######). Please let me know what a general error is and what I need to do to remedy it") as requested by EZA.

    Seeing has how EZA sometimes takes 3 weeks to approve an article, I can only wonder how long it will take them to get back to me.

    I wish I had the clout online to get everyone in the world to stop submitting articles until EZA responds. Basically right now they're being assholes and getting away with it. I mean think about it, articles rejected without reason? How is that constructive? If everyone stopped submitting articles, their income would drop. So basically if they don't want their income to drop, they would have to justify their actions. Of course no one will do this, but still :D
     
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  7. mollah

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    Yup, it's actually a brand new account so everything is all updated and everything.

    I've gotten the message you're talking about before with older accounts.

    Here's what my errors are saying:

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  8. mollah

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    I actually just heard back from them.

    The EZA staff apologized for the delay in responding (that was nice).

    Apparently the subject matter is forbidden. Well at least that explains it.

    The subject was modifying console gaming systems.

    That's VERY ODD because there are hundreds of articles on their site that are about that very subject. I'm going to reply and cite these articles and ask them exactly why they were accepted but mine were not.

    I see one of three possible outcomes:

    1. EZA tells me to get bent and that the other articles are allowed because they are grandfathered in
    2. EZA says "lol we're dumb" and accepts my articles
    3. EZA sticks to their guns and says "yeah, this topic is forbidden" and removes the other articles that are already published on this topic (eliminating my competition, at least).

    Most likely it will be #1.
     
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    Here is the EZA's "official" version on "Problem: General Error":
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    http://ezinearticles.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1941&view=previous
    
    I guess it's something to do with copyright issues mostly, but I'm not sure. It does mention the following:

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    "Because we only suspend an account when there is 
    good reason or belief that a problem exists and that is 
    a private matter between US and the member. "
    
    ~ by the Site Admin of EZA Forums.
    
    So, OP, they should be telling you about why you got that particular message.

    P.S.:
    Just thought of this (could well be 100% off though :)):
    Did they found that your profile isn't 100% accurate? Hence some kind of security measures... because they have suspended the accounts too... now why would they suspend even if there is just 1 copyright issue, for example? Any writer can unknowingly write a 'unique' article that can hit someone's copyright...

    In any case, there is no need to be that secretive. Hence why would EZA take the drastic steps of banning / suspending the account and wouldn't want to give the reason publicly? Also, why there are no more explanations from the members who received those specific suspensions ... Well, this is just a guess.

    If you read the above link page carefully and ALSO "read between the lines", it makes you think more seriously.

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  10. redtide1969

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    I'm going with #1 too, although they could surprise us and come back with something along the lines of "There are some categories that are no longer allowed and we are currently cleaning out these past submissions like the nazi publishers that we are".

    "We are here to serve you, our beloved writers, so please bend over and we will serve you the next dose of our submission guidelines"


    lol I could be wrong though..
     
  11. mollah

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    Yeah, it was #1.

    They wrote back and said (paraphrased) "each month we improve our standards, so even though we used to accept articles on this topic, we no longer will anymore."

    At least I got a reply.

    Pretty lame, tho. Grandfather clauses suck when they work against you. lol.