Qondio Or Qassia, They Both Suck

It seems that this is the week for rants, the first two belonged to my Mate Mitch with his ‘My Gripe With Helium‘ and then ‘Done With Demand Studios Also; The Gripe‘. I figured the time was ripe for my own rant and so I came up with ‘Keyword Abusers Force Comment Policy Change .’

After standing back and looking at my little rant I decided it was a little lame and not wanting to be outdone by ‘Mitch the Man’ I decided I had to do better. That was when I remembered Qondio, or Qassia, as it was known there.  Don’t ask me why they changed the name as I thought they were both pretty lame, but then there are probably some that would say the same of WassupBlog. Anyway I digress, and I’m not going to tell you why I joined in the first place. This is a rant remember, so I ain’t about to build it up.

The other day I was going to add an article, or intel as they are wont to call it when I was presented with the following.

Qondio only accepts material that has never before been published anywhere else on the web.All content submitted to Qondio must be previously unpublished material. This means that you must create from scratch any content you contribute.

You may NOT add content that you previously posted on your blog, website, or any other site.

Material is considered to have been “published” if it appeared anywhere on the web, irrespective of whether it appeared on a high-profile site or a brand-new blog which barely gets traffic.

You may republish the content elsewhere, but only AFTER it has been screened and published on Qondio.

The contributing user may republish intel he/she submitted to Qondio on other sites (such as the user’s blog, website, or a third-party site), but only after the screening process by a quorum of 7 users has been COMPLETED and the content has been published on Qondio.

This is exactly as it was printed on their site and it was displayed after clicking the add intel button. They obviously changed a lot more than just their name. I was shocked.  They actually thought that I was going to give them first shot at one of my articles. They have got to be kidding. Unless someone pays me for an article it ain’t going to be posted anywhere except on one of my blogs.



So after reading that I decided I wanted nothing more to do with them and so I looked for a way to delete my account. Like Mitch it was nowhere to be found. My only option was to delete all the articles I had already posted there. Actually there is one other option.

Important!Submitting previously published content to Qondio will result in the immediate termination of your account and forefeiture of all your accumulated credit, without notice and without warning. Second-hand content can be detected very easily even if the content has been edited to make it appear original, using a technology called shingling. Offending users will banned from Qondio for life, without warning and without question. Your account will be closed, your websites and your intel deleted, and all your information will be put on a blacklist. We have already banned more than 300 users for disregarding this limitation.

So you see there is a way out, and I can join the other 300 members who’ve found this scapegoat.

Oh, one more thing, seeing as how Qondio see themselves as being a top notch professional site, how exactly do you spell forfeiture?


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Keyword Abusers Force Comment Policy Change

Isn’t it always the way, the actions of a few means that the rest of us have to suffer. Well, I’m sorry, but I reckon I put up enough with people abusing my good nature so I’ve had to make a small adjustment to the Comment Policy.

It’s not a major adjustment as I still want to reward my commentators. However in an effort to maintain a high quality of the comments I also want to deter those who think that they can just leave a comment with a string of keywords attached.

To achieve this I have decided to make an adjustment to what I will accept in regards to KeywordLuv, and I’ve edited the instructions posted at the bottom of the comment box, just so people can’t use the excuse they were unaware of the change. It now reads;

This site uses KeywordLuv. Enter YourName@Your Keywords in the Name field to take advantage. Any more than two keywords and your comment will be deleted.

So, my little spammers, pay close attention. You are to leave your name and no more than two keywords, and when I say your name I mean your name, not another keyword. Failure to do this and I will either delete your comment or send it to Akismet, depending on the mood I am in.

To the rest of my loyal commentators I am so sorry to have to put you through all this, but unfortunately there is only so much even this thick skinned Aussie can bear.


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Comments, The Lifeblood Of A Blog

The lifeblood of a good blog has to be the comments left by it’s readers. Without comments a blog could be likened to a heartless, soulless zombie wandering around cyberspace looking for commentators to suck the brains from their skulls. :twisted_wp: OK, that may be a little exaggerated, but I reckon you get the gist of where I’m going.

So, we’ve established that comments are important; now we shall look at the types of comments left on blogs.


  • Spam: These are slimy icky comments left by brainless people (probably had them sucked out by zombies) in the hope that they may get some link juice. Can usually be recognized by blatant keywords in the url section and because they’re inane crap that have nothing to do with the post.
  • Ass Kissing: Akin to spam and can be recognized by smooth bullshit comments structured to appease the ego of the blogger. Unfortunately many a blogger will fall for these comments  thereby failing to delete them for the useless crap that they are.
  • Dumb Ass: There are quite a few of these and what makes them stand out is that their comments show they didn’t read the whole post. They have to be really dumb to think they won’t be found out.
  • Ranters: These can be good or bad commentators. Their appearance depend a lot on the actual post as some posts elicit when can be a very emotional response from some commentators. When you do not agree with the rant it is best to deal it diplomatically. Abusive rants should be moderated or even deleted.
  • Enhancers: Cherished by bloggers far and wide these comments improve the post by providing well constructed comments, comments that add value to the original post.
  • Whilst there are other forms of comments, these can be seen as the ones most bloggers come across. As bloggers we wish to attract good comments but unfortunately no matter how hard we try maggots infest our post and these must be eradicated before they spoil the post itself. Eradication is as easy as spamming or deleting the comment, depending on which category the slovenly comments fits in.

    The question is what can we do to invite the thought provoking, post enriching comments that we all long for?

    1. Comment Policy: This is a must as it instructs them as to the type of comments that you insist on whilst warning them how comments not adhering to the rules will be terminated. Too bad a lot of readers will not bother reading it, but those that do will appreciate it.
    2. Quality Content: If you do not provide quality content in the first place, how can you possibly expect people to leave a quality comment. You must lead the way and hopefully some will follow.
    3. Leave Room For Comment: Some posts are so comprehensive that they cover every point imaginable, and if this is the case you’ve left no room for a commentator to add to the subject of the post. Almost all that is left is “Nice Post” and we know how much everybody hates those.
    4. Encourage Comments: Sometimes people need a little encouragement. They may read a post, liked it a whole lot but just don’t know what to say. You can encourage comments by asking for an opinion or by asking for their valued input to solve a problem. I’m sure there’s an old saying that says, ‘Ask and you shall receive?’ Well that works well when blogging is concerned.
    5. Don’t Discourage Comments: Things that discourage comments include Captchas and requiring people to register before they can leave a comment.

    So, what are your thoughts on this post? Was it enough to get you to Tweet, stumble or to share it with some other of your favorite social networks? Perhaps you could even add more points, ones that I have missed? Whatever you do, don’t leave before Tweeting it. I am watching you. :tongue_wink_ee:

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