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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.

How to Unlock Locks

27 Feb

Where does the key go?

If I Google “how to unlock locks” I’m probably interested in something to do with lock picking or locksmithing. Unfortunately for me, if I stumble on this link, eHow doesn’t have much in the way of skilled writers who might know something about locksmithing. The result is that I get a piece of garbage article that explains that I need a key to unlock a lock (which, admittedly, is pretty good advice if I am visiting from Mars).

What I like about this article is that the writer has some balls and basically gives a big fuck you to his employer by writing a sarcastic piece that points out the stupidity of eHow and then takes his $15 pay.

Here’s my favorite part:

“When faced with a locked door, your choices are many, but only two are generally permitted. If the locked door leads into a building or a space within a building, knock on the door and request entry. If knocking on the door proves fruitless and fails to provide you with access to the space, your socially-acceptable choices become more limited. You must obtain, through proper channels, a key to the space.”

Solid gold!

If you want to know how to open a combination lock, there’s probably a separate eHow article for that.

Read more: How to Unlock Locks | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6534151_unlock-locks.html#ixzz1F6zDw528

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