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RE: Timeframe
by rain on Wed 31st Mar 2004 03:39 UTC

A whole week to write a review of an OS that you use for months or a tutorial for something you know well, or an interview, I believe it is more than enough. "Real" journalists at news.com or cnn.com have only a few hours to both research and write stuff down.

They write articles for a living so they know how to get the job done quickly, even though it often shows in the lack of quality of the articles.
Regular people usally don't have a lot of time to spare, and they aren't trained to do the job very quickly either.

Besides, I was under the impression that the contest also covered articles that wasn't OS reviews. Some articles that includes a lot of creativity, thinking and even creating illustrations and mockups takes some time to write.

I'd say that three weeks would have been a better timeframe since it would also allow people that hasn't checked OSNews for a few days(like me) to get the time to write something. I'm sure you'd get articles with much better quality that way.