When all the Squidoo lens flagging and locking drama started, one of the things mentioned in the new magical TOS is that cookie cutter lenses = big no-no. Like everything that Squidoo has been doing lately, little information was given and interpretation was largely left up to the reader.
But now, it seems that Bonnie has taken to the Squidoo HQ forum to answer the question of what, exactly, is a cookie cutter lens. The exchange that happened really takes all their recent dumbassery to an 11.
Bonnie says – “Cookie cutter is when you make a bunch of lenses that are exactly the same. For example…Best Blenders of 2013, Best Mixers of 2013, Best Grills of 2013 with an intro, products, YouTube module, Guestbook. They are set up the exact same way, have similar content and no originality.”
Random user replies – “Eek! I have a bunch (!) of herb lenses that all contain unique info but are created on the same template – I wanted to keep some sort of uniformity – is that okay, or should I revamp them?”
Bonnie replies – “Using a template to create lenses with unique info is fine.”
So, first she says that having “Best” lenses about totally different products (blenders vs grills) that have the same format will get those lenses locked.
But wait! That template is actually okay if the content is unique. Cause, y’know, you’d be writing the exact same thing about grills as you would mixers.
If there was ever a time for a facepalm…
You can view this insane exchange for yourself on the Squidoo forum here.
With everything that is going on, I am really leaning towards the each lens on a single account type of thinking. It serve as a forcefield against these shenanigans.