Marissa Mayer's Scheme to Keep YCN Writers from Republishing Their Material



It's bad enough that the unscrupulous and dastardly Mrs. Mayer decided to close down Yahoo Contributor Network, but this latest twist is just unconscionable. Instead of a 404 when you click a link to former Voices or Shine content, you now get redirected back to Yahoo; no doubt a plan to get people to get more traffic to the Yahoo main site.

We cannot republish our material, because the links are still up on search engines. We can't force Yahoo to take them down, but we can do these things:

1. Search for site:voices.yahoo.com or site:shine.yahoo.com your name, scroll to the bottom and click on "Send Feedback." In the box, copy and paste this (You can leave out the last part if you want.)

Yahoo has closed Yahoo Voices and given us back the rights to our material, however, they are redirecting those links to their front page,  which keeps us from republishing our work elsewhere because it will be seen as duplicate content. Please remove all links to voices.yahoo.com and shine.yahoo.com from your search results. Oh, and thanks for nothing for sending us that bitch to ruin Yahoo, although I can see why you wanted to get rid of her.

2. Go to The Yahoo Help Page and call or write a snail mail letter to the company, asking them to remove the redirects from all former Yahoo Contributor Network material and replace them with 404s, plus remove all YCN links from the Yahoo search engine, so that our material can be republished elsewhere. Call them every day. Flood them with requests. Never let up until they take the redirects down. Get all your friends to call them too.

3. Share this information on all social media, so that everyone who is a victim of this, plus friends of victims, can help us get this dastardly deed undone. Write about it on your blogs. Talk about it online. Let EVERYONE know what this bitch has done to us. First, took away part of our livelihoods, then made it so we cannot republish our work elsewhere.


7 comments:

Davida Chazan said...

Sorry, my husband logged me out. I did what you said. Thanks.

Anthony Davis said...

OMG!

Stacy Roberts said...

Have posted on my facebook account

Jaipi Sixbear said...

This should not be a problem as long as we make mention of it in our re-posts. I am still publishing my released Yahoo! work elsewhere. I just put a disclaimer at the bottom that says, "This article was previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo! property." It's a simple enough solution. No one can accuse me of not disclosing or of publishing something I do not have the rights to. Problem solved.

Deborah Aldridge said...

Jaipi, I know you are a great defender of Yahoo, but we cannot resell our material until the search links are removed. What Yahoo is doing is against the Google TOU, and they know it.

Davida Chazan said...

Well, I just wanted you to know that unfortunately, I did this before the payout date and now I'm not getting paid by Yahoo and they won't answer any of my emails.

Deborah Aldridge said...

Davida, that probably has nothing to do with whether you got paid. Did you have the minimum amount to get paid? I wrote this article and I did all of this and I got paid.

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