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 100 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:
- Go to your home page
- Click on Posts - these are your top 100 posts
- Scroll to the bottom (or start at the top... or middle....wherever).
- 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.)
- Go tab to tab and click "Delete" on the post.
- Close the tab after the home page comes back up.
- 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.
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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