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Are you finding it difficult to get visibility for your Newsvine articles? The Invisible Viners Group might be able to help. Similar to the Greenhouse, the IVG is not a topic specific group. Anyone in good standing can gain admission and there are no functional restrictions. In this way IVG members can support each other. There is however a Supplemental Code of Honor. See the article titled “The Invisible Viners Group” for more information on the group and its Supplemental Code

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Are you finding it difficult to get visibility for your Newsvine articles? The Invisible Viners Group might be able to help.

In the Newsvine Help pages under the Greenhouse topic it says, "Once you receive enough votes and comments, your content will show up around The Vine." A fine concept, getting votes and comments wins you visibility; but if you have no visibility how do you get votes and comments? A Catch 22!

In the same help section it also says, "If you've recently registered for Newsvine, the content you produce (articles and seeded links) will likely appear in The Greenhouse. The Greenhouse is a section where new users are featured for the community to discover and endorse." Another good idea, but I'm not sure we all get into the Greenhouse, and you may not even want to be listed there as it sounds like membership in the Greenhouse also imposes restrictions.

The Invisible Viners Group (IVG) is similar to the Greenhouse, accept anyone in good standing with Newsvine can gain admission and there are no functional restrictions. This is not a topic specific group. In this way IVG members can support each other. There is however a Supplemental Code of Honor. These extra rules are necessary because a group of this sort could be used to circumvent one of the best principles of Newsvine: The Newsvine community rewards its members by voting for contributions that are thought provoking, respectful, well written, and have other meritorious qualities. I have seen articles and seeds in which a group of like minded Viners accumulate very high scores by voting for each others comments, even when the comments are extremely short and offer little to the discussion; dubbed "Buddy Voting." In the IVG Buddy Voting is explicitly discouraged.

The Invisible Viners Supplemental Code of Honor (IVSCoH)

Revised March 9, 2009

It should go without saying the standard Newsvine CoH applies here as well.


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Effective April 1, 2009 Seeds are banned from the IVG. The purpose of the IVG is to get visibility for the WRITINGS of its members. Going forward only articles written by an IVG member may be posted to the IVG. All seeds posted after 4/1/2009 will be removed without warning.

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  1. Make an effort to read articles from the IVG.
  2. Initially we get visibility by reading each others articles. The IVG is not simply another outlet for your material. As an IVG member, you have a responsibility to read and comment on the articles of other members, and if you like the article vote for it. Give out what you most want to receive.

  3. Leave at least one comment for every article you read.
  4. Even if it is only very brief, your comment will tell the author they have been seen.

  5. Vote for articles, but do so ONLY if you believe they merit wider readership.
  6. Do NOT vote for articles just to be nice or to thank someone who has voted for one of your own articles.

  7. Do not engage in Buddy Voting.

  8. Effective April 1, 2009 Seeds are banned.
  9. The purpose of the IVG is to get visibility for the WRITINGS of its members. Going forward only articles written by an IVG member may be posted to the IVG. All seeds posted to the IVG will be removed without warning.

  • Violations of these rules may cause your articles to be deleted.
  • Repeated violations of these rules may be grounds for revoking your IVG membership.
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    The MyFavs Article

    Another problem I have noticed is that articles we post are listed chronologically with the newest articles at the top of the list, a sensible way of doing things. We may however have some articles we are especially eager to have read; but as the list of articles we have posted gets longer and longer some our favorites may get pushed down the list into obscurity. So, unless there is some Newsvine mechanism I'm not aware of for rearranging the order in which our articles appear, I would like to propose the following idea for directing readers to our favorite articles:

    1. Create an article in which you list the favorite Newsvine articles you have written, perhaps with a brief description of each article, and possibly even a link to each article.
    2. Be sure to prioritize your list.
    3. Title this article with your Newsvine display name followed by "MyFavs".
      For example, mine would be named "MalamuteMan MyFavs".
    4. For your MyFavs article it would be best to UNcheck the Accept Comments option.

    This provides IVG members a way to direct readers to the articles we have written which we are most eager to have read, an index or table of contents of sorts.