Suite 101 is undergoing a transformation. They’ve switched from the old individual article-writing model to more of a collaborative effort type of model. It reminds me of Wikipedia. One of the major differences I see, however, between the Wikipedia model and Suite’s is the author attribution.
I tend not to use Wikipedia as the gospel, but I’m able to find general information and sometimes valuable reference links to help me in my research. The one thing I don’t see is the author or authors’ names. I see a page of information with no one to thank.
Suite’s model is different in that existing articles (with author attribution) can be modified by fellow writers. That causes me concern. If my name is on the article, I want to be the person making the changes (the precise reason why I use an assumed name for Demand Studios). If I make a mistake, I take full responsibility. If someone else makes a mistake, I don’t want to take full responsibility.
Not the Money
My Suite articles stopped being lucrative a long time ago, but I left the articles there for exposure. I’ve used my Suite articles to land writing gigs. With the new rules, however, I’m not so sure I want the exposure. If someone modifies my work to the point where I no longer want to be associated with it, what’s the use?
We’re in an age where almost everyone is a self-appointed authority. Just look at the news. Newscasters are asking the public to send in story ideas, photos and videos to be reported as news. Wikipedia, with the ability to modify existing information, does pretty much the same thing.
I’m not a newscaster nor do I modify information on Wikipedia. By the same token, I’d rather not have my Suite articles Wikipedia’d.
Queue the Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
I cannot change Suite’s new model, so I asked them to delete my work.
Suite Writer’s Facebook Page
There’s a helpful Facebook group for Suite writers. If you are a current or past Suite writer, you will definitely find it a helpful resource. I openly admit that I’m allergic to Facebook so you won’t see me there, but you will find a friendly group of helpful past and present Suiters.
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About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.