There has been some serious outrage at eHow's newest article sweep, most of which I think is unfounded. I can completely understand being upset that a high-earning article has been deleted, but I don't think the blame should be transferred to eHow. They are simply trying to clean up the site which has suffered as a result of articles that haven't met their guidelines.
I currently have 140 articles on eHow and I have NEVER had an article removed - not in this sweep or any other. I think those of us who have written for Demand Studios understand the quality of work they're looking for, and so we have a lesser chance of having work removed.
As for those who have had their work removed, I can't make any judgments, but I believe that eHow has genuinely found something wrong with the article. This could be anything from the wrong format, poor grammar, outdated information, incorrect information, spam or promotion of a single product or advertisement, etc.
I've been reading the eHow forums, and several people have posted the articles they have had removed in hopes of receiving some feedback. At first glance, every single one of those articles fits into one of the above categories. I don't believe for one second that eHow is deleting high-earning articles to replace them with editor articles. This would make no sense, because eHow is losing money when the high-earners are deleted, as well.
I don't think there's much to worry about if you write according to the TOS. I do understand how it would be upsetting to have your articles deleted, and I feel badly for those of you who were affected. However, I do feel there is a bit of a "they're out to get us" feeling amongst many of the members that is unwarranted.
I don't think the articles are being replaced with editor articles. The redirection to similar articles only lasts a few days until the article is removed from the Google SERPs. Then, there's no more redirection because the article doesn't exist anymore. I don't think eHow is trying to steal traffic from high earning articles. This is just their way of trying to keep readers at the site when they happen to click on a deleted title that still shows up in the search engines.
This isn't the same thing as stealing traffic or stealing revenue. It just isn't. You are still the owner of your content, which eHow has removed from their site for their own reasons. You are free to do with it what you like, including posting it on other residual sites or your own blogs. They aren't keeping the content and continuing to profit from it while no longer paying.
I've also heard that many people are upset that poor articles written by unnamed editors are remaining on the site while articles of a higher quality are being deleted. I think this is also unfounded. We have no way to know which articles have been reviewed and how many have actually been removed. Simply coming across a crappy article and immediately assuming that eHow approves of it and thinks it's better than one of yours doesn't make much sense.
In this case, you just have to have a little trust in the site. If you don't trust them anymore, it might be time to move on. In my experience, they have never been unfair. Again, I can't know if this is true in every case, and I feel badly for anyone who feels that their articles were removed unfairly. I can only report what I see, and that's eHow removing articles that do not conform to their standards. If someone doesn't agree with said standards, they don't have to submit any more content.
I know it can be frustrating and upsetting, but I think if we all try to do our very best work, this problem will be a thing of the past (for the most part).
I continue to support eHow in their efforts to clean up the site, as I think all members should. This will only result in the site being realized as a source of real information which DOES have some editorial standard. We wouldn't want them to end up like Bukisa, would we?
Thoughts? Opinions? I welcome your point of view on the subject!