That is, if you didn't already hated me for another reason, then this will only reinforce your feelings..
But on the other hand, I've put some code that will show you a personalised message, showing you the number of words left to write, with an easy link to the EDIT function, so all you'll have to do is to come up with a few more sentences in order to reach the 400 words minimum requirement on those top lists of yours which are below the new minimum requirement.
I know I'd be mad too reading about some more work to do and in fact I have quite a few top lists myself (on another account) which don't meet this requirement..
You can make a search on google to find all your unpublished pages by asking for results:
- with your username ( +YourUsername )
- on best-reviewer.com only ( site:best-reviewer.com )
- with the error message ( part of the error message is "The total number of words in your top list is less than" )
Here is a link that you can click, then simply change +YourUsername with +YourOwnRealAndTrueUsernameOnBestReviewer.
If you want to see this news in a positive light it is very easy: more words means more content for the search engines to send visitors to. And with the recent event of Google sending about 3 times less visitors, I think this might be one of the many possible reasons, I don't know, but surely it can't hurt to have pages with a minimum of 400 words of original content.. (EDIT: 4 days after implementing this rule, Google started sending the usual amount of visitors again, I don't know for how long, but the penalty lasted exactly 2 weeks)
It's not too hard, let's take a simple example for a top 3:
Introduction: 125 words
Top 1 title + description: 75 words
Top 2 title + description: 75 words
Top 3 title + description: 75 words
Conclusion: 50 words
So, to motivate all members to take a look at their top lists and see if they meet the 400 words requirement, I have sort of unpublished all pages which are below this limit. In fact they are still available for all to see, but they show a big red text about the problem, then I display the introduction and conclusion with no links. The top items are not displayed anymore, so the page look even more empty now.. until everyone does something about it. I mean if your top list had 350 words, then what is it to write 50 more words to have all the links back? Of course if your top list had only 100 words then you have to come up with 300 more.. But hey, it wasn't cool to do a top list with only 100 words to start with. It wasn't wise either regarding search engines and the traffic you could get on a better worded page..
So to sumarize, this is actually a very good news and I'm sure you'll love me for it when Google will have lifted its penalty and will start sending us tens of thousands of visitors a day, you'll see how happy we'll all be soon, so soon!
If you have something to say, please do, let it out, it's not good for your health to keep things inside, express yourself, let's communicate about it if you feel bad about it, I'll try to help you see things in a positive light..