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Lit screens don't work, and dA knows it

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 15, 2013, 6:13 PM
Please know that not only do lit screens not work (Google your work) -- dA knows that it is misrepresenting them. I think folks should write to the Help Desk en masse and let them know that this is simply unacceptable. Here's the interchange I had with them. Be aware.

P.S. The poem used in this example has now been put into storage, and I've requested Google delete the cached version.




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beeinthebottle, Jan 08 06:14 am (PST):
I've noted for quite a while that even with a lit screen ("Hide and require login"), the title AND first several lines of my poems are showing up in Google. An example: Google "Leather beeinthebottle deviantart" -- and you get the poem and the first several lines. You click on the Google link, and if you are logged out, true you don't see the full text. But as long as Google picks up that many lines, there's no "lit screen" protection of my copy. You might as well not use it, and it gives many deviants a false sense of security.

The sample poem I'm using is at beeinthebottle.deviantart.com/… . I've found this to be the case, however, with basically all of my work. Can this be fixed? There's no point of having a lit screen if the piece appears with its text in Google anyway.

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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Writer
This pisses me off. Thanks for spreading the word.
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Writer
Yup. It's pretty astounding, and not in a good way.
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vespera Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Q - if you use Stash, will that pop up in a google search?
I'm only asking because what you could do is stash your newest work and then put links in your journal to the stash so people can read/comment but it won't show up? Just an idea - not sure if that works or not.
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Writer
I don't know. I don't think most folks would read it if you did that, anyway. I sort of use my Word Press blog tht way -- to put stuff out there that I don't necessarily want Googled (or Binged or Yahooed). I don't get much traffic, though, which isn't surprising.
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heeeey....the shoey girl may be on to something. If you're just wanting the whole instant gratification thing of making sure it's ready to go out to publishers, then stashing it could work. I mean, you know the lot of us that regularly read wouldn't mind following a link. I wouldn't, anyway. I may even try this, myself, come to think about it.
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Writer
Since most of the viewing is through groups -- I don't think it would work. I set up Word Press kinda with that in mind, but I don't get much in the way of comments. I think it would be the same thing.
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's why I got tired of WordPress, honestly. It bored me over there and the dashboard was a pain to look through things. I always intend to just go and look at people's posts manually...page by page, but I just forget. And yeah, I wasn't getting many messages, either. At the very least, the notifications are more accessible over here, even by way of stash. But, to each her own, I reckon. :)
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Writer
I have one gentleman poet in Australia who tends to respond, which is really nice. I was a featured blog for NaPoWriMo, which is how he found me. A few local people apparently check my blog -- well, at least one guy -- so I'd better start being careful about what I say about the local lit scene. :)
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ahh...well there's nothing better than legit readers like that. It's certainly quality over quantity regarding viewers. ;)
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Writer
You folks are perfectly legit. :heart: But it is kinda kewl to get a little outside attention. OK, so it's one person.... ;)
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