Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 10th Dec 2010 14:28 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I know that there's a number of readers who don't like it when OSnews covers political topics, I'm one of them. These political upheavals however spell danger for operating system hobbyists and so I dedicate this article to framing the political news within the context of what we are here to read about: operating systems.
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Covering politics
by WorknMan on Fri 10th Dec 2010 19:02 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

OSNews will continue to report on political issues that ultimately affect your ability to use whatever hardware and software you choose to access our content.


Well, covering politics is not the problem, and is in fact quite inevitable. After all, many of the stories about FOSS, patents, etc are political by their very nature and can be hot-button topics for some people.

The problem arises when editors here (and on other tech sites too, it seems) decide to use the site as their own political mouthpiece. This is why I stopped reading The Register a long time ago. If you're covering something of a political nature, why can't you just simply state the facts, and let readers form their own opinions, instead of shoving yours down their throat? If you want to rattle off your personal viewpoints/opinion/religious beliefs, that's what the comments are for.

Of course, you can keep doing as you have been doing and continue to ruin OSNews by turning it into a personal, political blog (as I'm sure you will), but your readers don't have to like it either.

Edited 2010-12-10 19:05 UTC

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RE: Covering politics - submit articles
by jabbotts on Fri 10th Dec 2010 19:09 in reply to "Covering politics"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I know the topic of the discussion is political articles and why they should or shouldn't be here. I gotta return to a key point though; they accept submissions. If we, the readership, don't like the less OS related articles but want to see the site "returned to former glory".. start writing articles more related to OS'. Heck, you probably don't need more then three to overwhelm the Kroc/Thom volume of articles.

The Ubuntu article a few days back from a name I don't immediately recognize was a nice example.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I know the topic of the discussion is political articles and why they should or shouldn't be here. I gotta return to a key point though; they accept submissions. If we, the readership, don't like the less OS related articles but want to see the site "returned to former glory".. start writing articles more related to OS'.


Well, my argument isn't that political articles shouldn't be here. I'm saying that if they're going to be here, the authors should at least have enough discipline to stay off the pulpit while writing them. If you just tell me what the story is and exactly what happened from a neutral point-of-view, I think I am intelligent enough to draw my own conclusions without some dyed-in-the-wool liberal trying to spoonfeed it to me.

Note: Don't take the above comment as a cheap shot against liberals, as I have an equal amount of disdain towards conservatives as well.

Edited 2010-12-10 23:38 UTC

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RE: Covering politics
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 10th Dec 2010 19:21 in reply to "Covering politics"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Of course, you can keep doing as you have been doing and continue to ruin OSNews by turning it into a personal, political blog (as I'm sure you will), but your readers don't have to like it either.


So, you actually get it.

See, we're not here to please everyone. As a great mind once said, if you try to please too many you'll deliver a mediocre experience for all (Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw). Two years ago we CLEARLY explained we were going into a different direction, and that said direction may not be to everyone's liking. We're *fine* if some people decide to read a different side or can no longer identify with OSNews. That's the beauty of the web- there are dozens other sites out there for you to read.

Because we're not in it for the money, we don't have to worry about ZOMG WE LOST A READER, QUICK PUBLISH SOMETHING HE LIKES. If we believe an issue to be important, we will publish about it on - let me remind you - our site, even if said opinion is unpopular.

And, as we've said a gazilion times - you're always free to submit articles. Curiously enough, few like you ever do ;) .

Edited 2010-12-10 19:23 UTC

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RE: Covering politics
by David on Fri 10th Dec 2010 20:47 in reply to "Covering politics"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

The problem arises when editors here (and on other tech sites too, it seems) decide to use the site as their own political mouthpiece.


You're right that when this crops up it's problematic. The problem is that when someone feels strongly about something, and you have a mouthpiece, it's a big temptation to use it. We'll do our best to reign in that impulse. The other thing we'd like to do is expand the range of opinions so when the do squeak out, there's some diversity, so we'd like to recruit some new editors.

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RE: Covering politics
by Sabon on Mon 13th Dec 2010 16:12 in reply to "Covering politics"
Sabon Member since:
2005-07-06

Apparently "WorknMan" doesn't have the ability to "turn the channel" and "watch" something he finds more pleasing.

I have no problems with the article. I only have problems with people that don't have the ability to not only change the channel but also don't have the ability to stop themselves from ranting when the problem is themselves.

For everyone. If you don't like an article, go out of it and go onto something else.
If you consistently don't like someone's articles, don't read them anymore.
If you are too stupid to follow the first two things, maybe you shouldn't be at this site or maybe you shouldn't have a keyboard.

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