After reading through the list of News Submissions today i am rather disappointed at the quality. Over and over contributers are told the guidelines
of submssions and yet there are still good stories that will not get voted up due to the standard of the submission.
The problem with a bad submission is that fact that once you have placed a story in submission that is it. That submission is the story and no-one
else can write an article on that story. So if you have written a poor submission no one else has the chance to write a good one to be voted on. These
stories stay in archives for years and are referenced at will by thousands of people searching the web. It takes away the quality and respectability
of ATSNN. It makes ATSNN look bad. Please read the article source you are submitting on and then write at least two or three sentences, sometimes more
to sum up the gist of exactly what is in the source article in your own words.
Instead of replying in the various threads on ATSNN with points of order I have decided to place it all here for people to see in the one place.
This is a good story that could have been made into a good submission that would have been voted up but........
The intro was started off with a question that should have been saved to the bottom opinion section. The next line of the intro was also an opinion
and then there was nothing else stated. Not good.
Yahoo news, while a respectable source has one major problem. They only archive their stories for a month or so, so anyone reading that submission six
months from now will not be able to access the source as it will no longer exist. It is better to search for a more accessable source.
Good submission. this is how it should be done. A nice three line intro that sums up with non bias the gist of the source article.
Once again not enough in the intro. It is one sentence only. Excellent story and if written properly would have been upgraded long ago
The intro doesn't really give details and although it may scrape through on two to three senstence rule. How are they threatening us police? What
methods? What is the gang called? What is the response? More is needed.
Great story and not that badly written. Could have more details in the intro and also big point. The bomber was in Tal Afar not baghdad.
Once again the story is not explained much and is short on details the two sentences don't quite cut the mustard. Nothing was said of where he was
caught and what happened and what was his readings.
Short on intro, no info and no comment at all. Not good
Once again and opinion for an intro. If you feel the need to state your case without the proper intro standards, don't post it on atsnn, post it on
the relevant forum.
If you are not sure on how to write your submission u2u a mod or an expert. If you submit news and are not sure if it is "right" quality wise once
again U2u a mod or an expert who is online when you submit and ask for their opinion.
Sometimes and mostly people dont like clicking links to go offsite to read. They really need to get the gist of the story on the submssion.
Some of these submissions are very haphazardly written. No care has been taken. Ok I know you get good points for submissions and news but they have
to be earned by submitting good quality standards.
This is a NEWS feed. Not just people on this site are going to read these articles. ATSNN ranks well on google and will be referenced by different
people everywhere. They will not be inclined to keep using ATSNN as a source if articles are poorly written without details. MOre care is required on
ATSNN than the rest of the forum.
So if you are not sure why you haven't received your 250 points for an upgrade these points may have something to do with it. Come on contributers
ATSNN needs you but it needs you to be the best and submit the best of quality.
These stories are all newsworthy but need a bit of improvement. Once you have the idea it gets easier.
[edit on 13-10-2005 by Mayet]