Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Jan 2011 22:21 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I just want to put up a little notice to inform you all about the lack of updates on the main page. The problem is that I've been hit by the flu and have been down and out since last Thursday, unable to do the news. The rest of the team has been occupied as well, so that explains that. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and since I've pretty much almost recovered, normal posting schedule will resume either tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest. Thanks for understanding. Also, read more for the most beautiful piece of art ever created in the history of the universe. And I mean it.
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about the news..
by martini on Tue 25th Jan 2011 21:35 UTC
martini
Member since:
2006-01-23

Just to comment my personal experience submitting news.

Once I submitted a news about a new release of Spashtop OS (http://www.splashtop.com/)and never got posted on the site. I really thought that it was a interesting non common OS related news, but it was dismissed.

I will like to know the criteria for a news to get posted or not on the site. What is considered interesting to be on the site and whats not?

Martin

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RE: about the news..
by Kroc on Wed 26th Jan 2011 11:18 in reply to "about the news.."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

There are no criteria other than practicality:

1. Is it of publishable quality? (very rarely, if ever a problem)

2. Does an editor know enough about the subject to editorialise it? (short items)

3. Is there too much on Pg.2 already?

The biggest limitation right now is that there is not pg.1 items being submitted, just links. This forces the staff to either leave out or demote stories to pg.2 if it's in an area they personally are not interested in or knowledgable about.

To get on pg.1, please consider expanding the story to 200+ words. It will be much more likely to be published if it falls into an area that we don't personally know about. E.g. I stick mainly to web-based stories. I can't write anything meaningful about eComStation unless you do.

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RE: about the news..
by Neolander on Thu 27th Jan 2011 06:36 in reply to "about the news.."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Uh oh... Splashtop you say ? Was it this month ? In that case I might be the culprit there.

When I began my work as an editor, I had to discover at some point that if you do something in a wrong way, the backend will swallow the article without any hope of recovery. I trashed a few articles before understanding this. And if I remember well, there was something about Splashtop in the heap.

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RE[2]: about the news..
by Sabon on Thu 27th Jan 2011 18:48 in reply to "RE: about the news.."
Sabon Member since:
2005-07-06

"When I began my work as an editor, I had to discover at some point that if you do something in a wrong way, the backend will swallow the article without any hope of recovery. I trashed a few articles before understanding this. And if I remember well, there was something about Splashtop in the heap."

I learned a long time ago not to trust web pages when entering text that is going to take more than a minute or two. I use a text editor, create it in that, then copy and paste into the website.

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