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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Thom_Holwerda
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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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