Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Apr 2008 17:38 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Regular OSNews readers will notice we've had a drop-off in original articles over the past year or so. That's something we'd like to change. We'd like to encourage OSNews readers to submit articles by staging a contest wherein the best articles will be judged by OSNews staff and readers, and the winners will receive valuable prizes. All submitted articles that meet our submission guidelines will be published at OSNews. In addition to wanting articles to publish, this is also a talent search of sorts. We're hoping to identify talented OSNews readers to fill the ranks as editors and regular contributors. If you think you have the skills and desire to be a part of OSNews, please enter the contest, or just contact us. Read more for details on the contest.
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Define "opinion"
by Almafeta on Fri 18th Apr 2008 19:07 UTC
Almafeta
Member since:
2007-02-22

There are two stipulations that seem to contradict each other:

The only type of article that we'd discourage participants from submitting is an opinion piece.

and

So review the latest version of your favorite OS or computing device. Or review the latest computing-related book you read. Been to an interesting trade show in the past couple of weeks? Let's hear about it! . . . Do you have some ideas on where computing is headed or where it is now? Flesh that out to feature-length!

Aren't reviews and conjectures about the future of computing also opinion pieces?

Edited 2008-04-18 19:15 UTC

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RE: Define "opinion"
by Kroc on Fri 18th Apr 2008 19:29 in reply to "Define "opinion""
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Opinion can either come from your mouth, or your rear.
In that sense, one can opinion about the future of computing in a constructive sense (attitude is the application of personality), or you can bitch, whine and complain. ;)

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RE: Define "opinion"
by David on Fri 18th Apr 2008 20:23 in reply to "Define "opinion""
David Member since:
1997-10-01

Kroc summed it up pretty well. If you back up your thoughts and ideas with research, then it's reporting. If you're just pulling it out of your ass, then it's an opinion piece. Some people can pull really good ideas out of their asses, though. That's why I said I'd "discourage" opinion pieces, not that they wouldn't be considered.

Nevertheless, you bring up a valid question, and thanks for giving me the chance to clarify.

Edited 2008-04-18 20:24 UTC

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RE[2]: Define "opinion"
by AlexandreAM on Sat 19th Apr 2008 02:53 in reply to "RE: Define "opinion""
AlexandreAM Member since:
2006-02-06

Some people can pull really good ideas out of their asses, though.


Yeah, but those usually stink...

Sorry, I couldn't resist... I'll fall back to serious-mode from now on.

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