Originally Posted by garyinhere
I hear if ya post anything that conflicts with his news or debate his opinion that he will report all of your posts, after a lengthy back and forth, until people get infracted. This is the biggest reason why I avoid his news posts... That being said he is a decent guy and is new at the news so passion might be clouding judgement on his part.
If I remember right you only marked as an editorial after a lot of people bitched about it not being news.
Wrong and wrong, my friend.
And here's why.
1 You can be as conflicting as you like and disagree as much as you like. The people that may have got nailed are the ones who were just throwing cheap insults at me and were generally thread crapping with personal attacks towards me. Doing this is against the standard forum rules for anyone, hence the mods err, moderated. I've had people give me scathing replies, but with an attempt at constructive criticism and I'm fine with that. Heck, in some cases I've even thanked such posts!
2 No, I'll mark something as an editorial if it really is an editorial. I think there was one article where people convinced me that it should be marked that way, so I did. That's only taking on board what people are saying, not bowing to pressure. So, I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't aren't I?
For example, I posted Are The Days Of DRM Numbered?
the other day as an editorial straight off, because that's the kind of article I intended it to be. In the end, the line between an editorial and a standard news article is a blurred one, since an editorial is often based on news.
So, the long and the short of it is, you're very welcome to post as much as you like in my news threads and can feel free to "call me out" on anything you disagree with. I may well strongly disagree with you, but hey, discussing stuff is what we have a forum for! Avoiding cheap personal attacks and staying within the forum rules is the only requirement.
Originally Posted by DonInKansas
Maybe our ideas of editorials differ then; my idea of news isn't one sentence of news, two paragraphs (or what passes for paragraphs in your particular writing style.) I'm not saying you shouldn't voice an opinion; that's fine and dandy. It's just that your opinion shouldn't be the central focus of a news article unless you're trying out for a job at Fox News Channel. One man's opinion, I suppose.
The key thing to remember is that my news style is like Marmite: you either love it or hate it.
If I went all bland and boring(tm), trust me, I'd have fans of my current writing style calling me out on that too, lol.
And believe it or not, writing news without the commentary is actually easier and quicker, because you're just regurgitating something you've seen or read. My articles put food for thought in with the news I'm reporting and that takes a lot more time, effort and concentration.
Now, if I make a factual
error in the article, such as a wrong date or something, then I appreciate being advised of this, so I can fix it poste haste.