At some point we'll bring back another much-missed NewsForge feature: Links to stories published elsewhere will be right on the main page so you can click through directly to them.
Update: OSDN graphics artist Wes Moran put in a little voluntary overtime today. The "single click" NewsVac change is now in effect. Thanks, Wes.
We will probably also bring back the "time and date stamps" on NewsVac links, but this is still under discussion. As always, there will be space for comments on both NewsVacs and Reports, and, again as always, we welcome your comments. We do, however, ask that you refrain from using obscenities or attacking other readers in your comments, and we will remove posts that violate these two simple rules. (Please email email@example.com if you see an offending post; we catch most of them, but you may spot one we missed.)
There's no practical way we can customize comment displays for you or allow you to select only the topics you want to see without a User Account. Or to view NewsForge without images or make other changes to suit your personal taste, and -- Free bonus! -- have a credible identity when you post a comment. But if none of this attracts you, no problem. If you're satisfied with the NewsForge defaults and don't care if your comments carry as much weight as they should, there's no reason to create a login identity. (And yes, we agree that it would be nice to have a single login for most or all OSDN sites. Perhaps one day this will come, but it's not at the top of our programmers' priority lists right now.)
We're going to gradually automate NewsVac, based on RSS feeds. As mentioned, we'll still have human editors in the cycle so we avoid excess duplications -- and avoid those embarrassing "Apache helicopter" instead of "Apache Web server" mistakes you see on purely automated news aggregation services. And unlike the automated services, we welcome reader submissions. In fact, we give priority to your story suggestions. You can submit them under your name or anonymously, as you choose, and you don't need to log in to make a submission.
We are also (always) looking for fresh voices to write for us. We don't pay for opinions or corporate-generated material, but we pay between $100 and $400 for most other kinds of articles. Please see our Writers' Guidelines before you submit your work. Note that we don't require previous professional writing experience -- we're happy to work with people who have technical expertise to share but need help getting their thoughts into publishable form -- but to get our top rates you must be able to write at a professional level.
Yes, we listen
The last time we asked for comments about NewsForge we didn't have time to respond to every post, but we read all of them and we are obviously incorporating many of your ideas into our redesign plans. So please keep letting us know what you think. When we say, "We value your input," it's a true statement, not a meaningless tag line. And besides talking to us, please tell your friends we're here, and alert them whenever you see an especially worthy story on NewsForge.
We're trying to prove to our bosses that it's better business to design sites around what you want than around consultant reports or industry surveys, and the more you help us show that this is true, the more we'll be able to do for you in return.
- Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
NewsForge Editor in Chief