Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Dec 2008 16:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Consider the following a little Christmas gift. Some of you may have already noticed, but for a few months already OSNews has seen a shift in content. Not necessarily in the subjects we cover, but more in the way we present our news. We've experimented for long enough now - we have settled on a definitive change in our content type. Read on for the details.
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User input on accepted articles?
by Moochman on Fri 26th Dec 2008 09:15 UTC
Moochman
Member since:
2005-07-06

I like the direction things are taking, yet I think the rethink could go even further. Have you considered something similar to Slashdot's Firehose, where users can contribute ratings as to whether a story should get accepted on the front (/second) page? This would not only lessen the strain on the editors but also ensure that news the users find interesting but that the editors might not have picked still makes the cut.

One step further would be to allow the users to create their own "long pieces". In some sense this is already built-in since users can contribute original stories; why not extend it to also being allowed to contribute "long pieces" with a news and an opinion section? This combined with the user-rating system would ensure that trash does not get posted, while increasing the number of in-depth articles, all while sparing the actual editors lots of time (and saving money, since most of the "editors" in effect are volunteers).

As an added bonus the "blog-esque" aspect that comes with having a few contributing editors gets alleviated by a much wider range of opinions.

I think this would be in the "true" spirit of Web 2.0.

Think it over.

Cheers

Edited 2008-12-26 09:20 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Have you considered something similar to Slashdot's Firehose, where users can contribute ratings as to whether a story should get accepted on the front (/second) page?


Short answer: ain't gonna happen.

Long answer: You see, OSNews is a site with a traditional editorial gatekeeping model. Slashdot used to be like that too, but then they caved under the pressure of Digg's success, and they figured they could create some halfbaked model in between traditional editorial gatekeeping and "modern" web-two-dot-oh user-controlled content.

We will not go there. We are already quite open, as you can see which headlines are in the waiting list, and everyone can submit news and articles to us. I personally do not believe in user-controlled content the way Digg does. It may have its place, but that place is not here on OSNews.

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iain.dalton Member since:
2006-02-28

Would it be fair to say you are taking OSNews in the direction of Ars Technica? They just have long articles, and I've always liked the quality that comes from that. As you gain editors I suspect this site will become even better than it already is.

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