Behind the Scenes at eHow Pt. II: TL;DR

16 Aug

If you want to know why eHow articles are so bad, it’s because the writers spend more time writing their notes explaining their crappy writing than they do writing the article.

My favorite writer comment out of this manifesto is, “I disagree with AP about calling boats ‘it’ (see Item 3, above) and have written around that offensive pronoun insofar as is possible.” Seriously, who cares?

I also like the logic here: “I chose the slant of the article because of my extensive experience. If you disagree with the slant of the article, see the DMS Editorial Guidelines. If you disagree with the Guidelines, see the Content Curators.” In other words, I wrote this because I said so, and the rules say I can say so.

Click the image to see it in all its glory. The CE’s comment sums up the eHow editing process.

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Will was not a real captain. Will is a real mothah fuckin’ cap’n’. We regret any confusion that this may have caused.

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10 Responses to “Behind the Scenes at eHow Pt. II: TL;DR”

  1. Johnny Vegas August 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Wow, I thought Will was one of the ones who actually “got it.” Apparently not.

  2. Kristen Kane August 17, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    I’m stunned. Obviously, the writer of this particular blog did not understand the entire concept of sarcasm here. Will was busting the CE’s chops. Anyone who knows Will from his forum postings knows this is a favorite tactic of his. The great part is the yahoo who wrote the blog thought it was serious. Just as an aside, you know that Jonathan Swift didn’t really want to eat Irish babies, right?

    • worstofehow August 17, 2011 at 1:12 am #

      Thanks for clearing that up sweetie.

      • Kristen Kane August 17, 2011 at 1:32 am #

        You’re welcome. I knew that you wouldn’t want to stand out there with your pants dropped around your knees, looking like the village idiot talking out his butt. Now, if you’d taken the time to actually understand how the whole piece was set up, you’d realize the problem was with the CE process. See, instead of attacking the crappy writers, how about attacking the process that makes it necessary for writers to come up with incredibly clever boilerplates that most CEs will never even understand? I’m not saying that there isn’t a ton of crap on eHow — just that you picked the wrong example. (Tossing in another aside, when a blog writer throws in a condescending “swetie” in his reply, it only shows that he found himself with his back to the wall and didn’t know how to handle it.)

      • worstofehow August 17, 2011 at 2:47 am #

        “See, instead of attacking the crappy writers, how about attacking the process that makes it necessary for writers to come up with incredibly clever boilerplates that most CEs will never even understand?”
        If you want to guest post something, the blog is yours. If it’s funny, I’ll post it.

      • Kristen Kane August 17, 2011 at 3:22 am #

        Wow, as flattered as I am in the offer of getting a shot at guest blogging here, I’d have to kill off way too many brian cells doing tequila shots to reach your level of writting skill. Oh, wait — sifting through the slushpiles of eHow articles is what you actually do, isn’t it? You’re not so much a writer as a kind of bottom feeder — in the litterary sense, natch.

      • worstofehow August 17, 2011 at 9:51 am #

        Ahhh… come on love, now you’re hurting my feelings.

  3. Will Charpentier August 17, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    Dear Gravatar:

    Just to set the record straight, under my real name, I was licensed as a Master, upon Oceans, of Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons and Auxiliary Sailing Vessels of Not More than 1,600 Gross Tons. I sailed in that capacity for 23 years in that capacity, until 2001, when I retired.

    You didn’t catch the sarcasm in that boilerplate at all, did you?

    • worstofehow August 17, 2011 at 2:41 am #

      I’ve corrected your credentials. Thanks.

  4. Tam August 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    So was the article approved or rejected? LOL.

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