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By Nirkon ยท 9 replies
Aug 1, 2008
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  1. I just had this great idea!

    It would be really great if users could post their own tech news items in a "User Articles" section (which will be linked to on the main page, like on the bar that have "home, reviews, guides" etc...)

    Of course, I'd also be more than happy to moderate the section :) as I visit TechSpot at least twice daily.

    I think that user content is what keeps a website alive and more successful, also there's nothing faster than an eager techie with an important tech discovery :)

    What do you guys think?
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

  3. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 202

    but that's in the forum, im talking about actual articles in the main website.
    exactly like techspot's editors' articles only by users.
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I suppose you're talking about something similar to DIGG. I doubt that would happen at least not in the close future as tech sites try to keep a minimum level of quality which is something that would be hard to reach if any user is free to submit articles.

    Julio will probably drop by in the thread & give his opinion.
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,582   +962

    I had been waiting for the thread to develop further before dropping in, but I think I need clarification on something first... When you say user articles, are we talking about news articles like the ones in the frontpage, or are we talking about reviews/guides?
  6. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 202

    Yup, I mean tech news articles like the regular ones, also because its user-created it'll probably have some tech-news gossip :)

    Thats why it would be in the 'USER articles' section, and not in the main one (it shouldn't mix with Techspot's articles), user articles will probably be more open to speculations, so when you enter the user articles section take some things with a pinch of salt, although better user articles will contain source links!

    It could probably contain things like reviews of products as well if anyone actually takes the time to test it.
  7. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    You can also post articles in the Reviews by Members for Members section of the forums. I know it's not the frontpage, but it's a starting point. Maybe if people get good enough at it, then Julio can decide if it's worth opening it up to everyone.
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    Nice job reading the first reply poert. :D
  9. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    The News & Interesting Links is a different forum. I was talking about the reviews forum.

    They are 2 completely different things. Depending on what type of article they want to write.
  10. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,582   +962

    At some point I have looked into the possibility of accepting user submitted news (for posting a la slashdot/digg) and user submitted reviews.

    The problem is I don't think the level of participation is enough to develop too much into the idea. Like poert points out, we have two specialized forums for both and they barely receive enough attention within the community.

    Besides, with all its flaws and bias, Digg is likely the preferred place to submit your news. While opening up an user reviews section, from what I've seen still requires lots of moderation and collaboration from the staff if we wanted to keep things tidy and in good shape.

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