No more half arsed one paragraph excuses for an articles.
Remember folks if you ain't providing content then it ain't gunna create
much discussion or thought. And realy, if it ain't gunna do that then
what's the point in it. As far as keeping up with the newest glitzy useless
website or technology there's plenty of other places that will do that far
better than here
'Cos kuro5hin is unique and that uniquness is a damn good thing. But
that uniqueness imposes certain limitations. One of the
most obvious ones that still manages to get ignored
is that it takes time for an article to get through
moderation. Now what does this mean?...
This means that by the time it gets to the front page
that groundbreaking news you spent three seconds writing a couple of
sentences for and submitting is now old hat...
Think about it for a second... by the time the news reaches the front page
everyone and their kid brother already know about it. That means you're
much better writing of an in-depth analysis of whatever it is that you
want to talk about.
For example for a software release try it out first before writing an
article about it... then you can give it a proper review instead of
telling us "foo version 8 has been released by foobar.com" that way
we are getting information that none of the other newsites -- fixated
upon getting the scoop before everyone else -- ever bothers giving.
The softwares usage, performance and general feel. And if you're realy
lucky you might find some issues about the software that realy does
make the article a scoop.
Similarly for current affairs or morality issues... don't just give us a
paragraph pointing at an article ala' thatothersite. Give us content,
give us your opinion... Give us something we can mull over and think and
talk about. (And no rehashing the opinion that 50 million /.ers
regurgitate everytime the topic comes up doesn't count.)
And all of you webmasters out there looking for free promotion. Don't
just copy your press release. Make it interesting for us
the population of k5. We have no obligation to post your article but if
you make it interesting and discussion worthy we might be bothered voting
it onto the webpage...
While I'm ranting on about this there's a couple of things that have been
Why can't people rewrite articles? I've seen plenty of articles that had
potential but were lacking in content or style, and despite the constructive
critisism stating that the article had been voted down but that it would be
voted up if these were fixed a corrected article never appears in the queue.
For Editorial comments comment early comment often. Writing an article here
is a co-operative effort and it's in everyones best interests to make the
article as close to perfect as is humanely possible. So everyone do your
damnedest to put your editorial two cents in. And authors read your
editorial comments. Perhaps you'll learn something.
And last but not least read through the old articles there's some true gems
in there. Just like any other online forum k5 has it's own individual
feel. Respect that because otherwise it's gone and then a large part
of it's charm is gone.
In conclusion I would like to remind people that both
and slashnets #kuro5hin are a good place to get some feedback
on your article before you submit it to the moderation queue. :)
ps. remember the FAQ