Yahoo Deletes 75,000 Associated Content Articles
Most people in the tech space know that an acquisition by a big company doesn’t always pay off—things get moved around and things sometimes get ‘deleted’.
This seems to be the case for hundreds of Associated Content (AC) writers who had more than 75,000 of their articles deleted by Yahoo. The move is part of Yahoo’s efforts to revamp AC and give it a new name (Yahoo Voices) with new rules on submission and content quality. The company in an official blog post made it clear that the deletion is consistent with its efforts to deliver higher quality content.
The blog post also went on to add that Yahoo “has retired more than 75,000 pieces of inactive and outdated content from Associated Content. None of this content will appear on Yahoo! Voices, and only content that meets our revised Submission Guidelines will be accepted moving forward. Older content that does not meet these standards will be gradually retired or returned to the original author for editing.”
This move of course will outrage many of the authors that worked hard to produce those articles, and despite what Yahoo is offering as an explanation, many won’t be placated. But there is another dimension to the mass-deletions. Yahoo it seems is trying to get rid of the articles that might have caused AC to suffer under the recent Google Panda update.
With this latest move by Yahoo, the acquisition of AC now must be starting to look like bad news for the thousands of contributors who helped make AC with it is today.
Do you think that contributors will now abandon AC (Yahoo Voice) now that articles are being deleted? Share your thoughts below.