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How I Was Able to Retrieve All My Articles from the B-Site, Even When Not Visible in an Archived List

When I heard about the fiasco on the B-site, I felt "sick" for many reasons. Once I got over the shock of the decisions that were made, I realized that I had nearly 900 posts that I had (for the most part) never written in Word or Notepad.

I know. I know. I don't need to be told what I "should" have done. I am well-aware.

But I was left with the dilemma on how to take back whatever I wanted to save and how to delete them all, when only 100 showed up in the archived list post. I had heard that there were ways to find them on Google with special searches, but that seemed daunting.

The writer that many of us know as DavidAaron wrote a "how-to" article explaining that if you went to the spot, each time you deleted the article in that position, those following but not visible would shift up one spot. Time-consuming, but he was a beacon of hope for me.

The writer that threw me the life preserver, however, was RockChalk, who referenced David's article, but gave a process that saved me an immense amount of time. I give you the instructions as they were given in his article:

  1. Go to your home page
  2. Click on Posts - these are your top 100 posts
  3. Scroll to the bottom (or start at the top... or middle....wherever).
  4. While holding the Ctrl key, click on the links of the posts you want to delete. (Holding the Ctrl key will have the link open in a new tab.)
  5. Go tab to tab and click "Delete" on the post.
  6. Close the tab after the home page comes back up.
  7. When you are finished with the tabs you opened, Refresh the Top 100 post tab and start over.

I followed these directions, except that I copied and pasted that material, which I wanted to keep, into several large word documents that I will go back to clean up and sort later (making sure that I save it all to a USD drive first!!).

It took me many hours to do this with the nearly 900 articles I had submitted. The first day it was one at a time, until I found the quicker instructions, suggested to do 10 at a time. I was opening up twice as many as had been suggested.

I am now sitting there with 88 left that I have written from October to present. I will copy and paste them tonight, but will not be deleting them all just yet, as I do have a pending redemption that I claimed about a day before the site made their announcement. Whether or not I see the monies is yet to be seen, but I don't want to delete those which "earned" that payment just yet.

As tedious as it was, perhaps this is the poke in the ribs I needed to write and save in another document before submitting? Don't ask. I wasn't planning on keeping this tutorial in my archives anyway. emoticon :winking:

Hope this helps. And MANY thanks to both David and Jon for helping me find hope and words that I thought were long-gone.

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Kat- wrote on January 5, 2015, 9:08 AM

I wish I had known about this little trick the other day when I deleted all mine, granted I didn't have as many as you, I think I had a little over 100, but it still took a long time to delete them all.

scheng1 wrote on January 5, 2015, 9:10 AM

I have more than 3000 articles in Bubblews, and I still let them park there.

nbaquero wrote on January 5, 2015, 9:43 AM

CoralLevang That is very interesting method. I am glad in early December I did save all my 350 posts, so now I just need to go a delete them. Thanks for sharing.

MaeLou wrote on January 5, 2015, 9:44 AM

I know many people are doing that, but considering I have money pending, I don't want to do it this way unless I do not get paid.

CoralLevang wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:13 AM

I am leaving most of these up for now, but I dare them to try to put me owing them money. LOL
The last I have is a $68 payment that has not yet been devalued and I'll likely not see it, or ever make another redemption minimum there. I've lost more than that in 5 minutes on a casino slot machine. I'm at a point where I just don't want to associate with an organization where our values/ethics are so different. That is always about choice. It's getting easier for me, though. Something rather cathartic.

CoralLevang wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:14 AM

This should help cut down your time for deletion. You are welcome.

CoralLevang wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:16 AM

Well, you can always pass it along to others you know. I'm sorry that I didn't think to get it up here sooner.

CoralLevang wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:17 AM

Holy moley!! 3000+? Yikes.
I just could not let mine "park"...

Kat- wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:21 AM

No need to apologize, I will pass this along to help others who haven't done it yet.

seren3 wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:53 AM

I am deleting mine from the early end - I'll leave the top 100 up till I get paid. And today read that I should be taking screenshots. Sigh!

LadyDuck wrote on January 5, 2015, 11:16 AM

I have not deleted mine yet. I have redemptions pending. I have read today they are deleting the accounts of some bubblers who deleted their posts.

LadyDuck wrote on January 5, 2015, 11:16 AM

I am also leaving mine for now. I have read that they are going to delete the accounts of those who removed all their posts and the pending money is lost.

peachpurple wrote on January 5, 2015, 12:37 PM

thanks for the tips, I won't delete all of them, those rants post, i leave them there but my recipes, i am taking out

Ruby3881 wrote on January 6, 2015, 6:39 AM

I'd thought of doing it that way, but since many in my top 100 are more recent, I think I'm stuck doing it the long way. Fortunately, I have all the posts saved. Some I didn't note the URLs for, but then I can just Google the text to find them again. I'm going backwards from my earliest posts, and I'm migrating a good bit of content as I delete. It's going to be a longer process, but I will get it done. Like you, I intend to leave the more recent posts until I'm all paid up emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:50 AM

Screenshots would have been a good idea, but then I cannot do everything. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:55 AM

There may be a price to pay anyway for some of those deletions, as LadyDuck has mentioned. But non-payment of $60 at this point? Just one more way they can get more revenue to pay the few bleating lambs who wouldn't dare call them on BS. If they do that, then they show intent. I think there will be many more repercussions of that than the original decisions.

Feisty56 wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:57 AM

Thank you. : ) It's generous of you to share this information for those such as yourself -- and me -- who didn't save our posts to our own files.

McIntire wrote on January 9, 2015, 4:17 PM

Well I must say, reading this is like a breath of fresh air! I've been spending so much time deleting my work on "that other site that we hate to even have the name sully our voice box", so this is exactly what I plan to do after dinner tonight. Thank you so very much!

CoralLevang wrote on January 10, 2015, 1:12 PM

LadyDuck I have heard the same thing, but cannot verify it. I have deleted some of my posts that were not earning anything, even though they were written in October about where I was in the goal-setting or results. I suppose they can make the case for lowering the payment. I submitted my redemption request on December 30th my time (December 31st on their time stamp) for $68.18, before any announcements were made to us. It will be interesting to see how much they delete the account. I highly expect that they have zeroed out all things written prior to November 11th, so that anything earned from those articles will be an automatic zero for us all, though they haven't actually said so. Everything after that date will be figured at the reduced rate from November 11 and beyond. Who knows? It's almost not worth my time to stick around for $20 or whatever. I've lost more than that in a minute at a casino! ;)