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News website are polluting designer news

almost 5 years ago from

Anyone else is noticing that "some" tech news websites are submitting their articles in here? It's kind of ruining the experience in here, if I want to read your fuc*ing article I would go to your website.

I think they should be banned.

42 comments

  • Taylor Van OrdenTaylor Van Orden, almost 5 years ago

    Posts bitching about news websites polluting designer news are polluting designer news.

    You want different content? Then vote and post that content.

    61 points
    • Mahdi Farra, almost 5 years ago

      I do vote, but I don't think that's enough. But I don't think I'm the only one who sees this as a problem, There 7 votes on this post, so probably others are having the same issue as me.

      9 points
  • Kelly SuttonKelly Sutton, almost 5 years ago

    Hi Mahdi,

    Thanks for your concerns. We're looking into this, but don't see any evidence of foul play at the moment.

    For us, it's important to keep the enforceability of our rules simple and clear-cut. "No news sites" will be difficult to enforce, since then it's up to us to declare what is and is not a news site

    In this specific case, we'll let the community decide via voting. We'll keep an eye on this, though.

    16 points
  • Sam GarsonSam Garson, almost 5 years ago

    I'd say if it's relevant/deserves discussion, who are we to ban. Just because you've already heard it, doesn't mean everyone has; just because you check that website already, doesn't mean everybody does..

    (I for one probably don't, DN is one of the few sites I check on a regular basis.)

    If it's not relevant, that's another story.

    9 points
    • Mahdi Farra, almost 5 years ago

      It's not that I have heard it or read the article, it's that they're posting irrelevant stuff in here, and also sometimes stuff that's clearly an ad!

      0 points
  • Nick HileyNick Hiley, almost 5 years ago

    This is a link aggregation site. Many of the posts are links to news articles and it's good content.

    I sometimes rely on Designer News to discover news from all the tech blogs

    7 points
    • Mahdi Farra, almost 5 years ago

      The most reasonable reply I've read so far. I totally agree with you.

      0 points
      • Raphael LoderRaphael Loder, over 4 years ago

        This answer totally contradicts your opening statement:

        It's kind of ruining the experience in here, if I want to read your fuc*ing article I would go to your website.

        3 points
        • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, over 4 years ago

          I'd say someone can change their perspective with good discussion. Perhaps that is the case here?

          I actually do feel that the quality of articles has diminished in recent days, and whether that just means a lull in good content, or an increase in poor content I don't know.

          1 point
        • Mahdi Farra, over 4 years ago

          Because Nic had a good point :) And he convinced me with what he said.

          0 points
  • Delete My AccountDelete My Account, over 4 years ago

    Says guy who posted Responsive Ass ;)

    7 points
  • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, almost 5 years ago

    I think the problem has more to do with the algorithm that powers DN. Take your post for instance, it has two upvotes in 28 minutes and showed up in the third position. It should be more difficult than that to be the third link. Any spammy news site can conjure up two upvotes.

    HN and Reddit get spammy bullshit posts all day long, but they don't see the first page. Maybe it's a volume issue as well, but I think the math plays a big role.

    7 points
    • Mahdi Farra, almost 5 years ago

      I kind of disagree with you, I like the algorithm in here because everyone gets a chance to be in the first page.

      0 points
      • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, almost 5 years ago

        Well I kind of disagree with you. If "everyone" includes every link submitted, DN becomes a firehose, not a community-curated list. I'm not saying it needs to be impossible to get on the first page, but making it a little more difficult might keep the spammy stuff out.

        4 points
        • Mahdi Farra, almost 5 years ago

          Maybe a good solution would be having a vote down option, this way the community could push stuff down if they don't like it...

          but ummm no, I still think everyone should get a fair chance, and if she/he didn't get any votes then the post goes far far far away haha

          0 points
          • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

            I don't think down voting is a good option for this community.

            People will tend to down vote items they disagree with rather than down vote posts that don't prompt discussion or are spam.

            Perhaps, a better option would allow users to flag a post that might not be right for the community. If a post receives a certain number of flags, it send a moderator a notification. It would then be up to the moderator to decide if the post was appropriate.

            4 points
            • Mahdi Farra, almost 5 years ago

              Ah true! Actually that's a cool idea! We're missing a report feature in here!

              0 points
            • Eli SchiffEli Schiff, over 4 years ago

              The solution is to have a "controversial" page. That would promote posts that people disagree with, as opposed to those that should be flagged for being inappropriate.

              0 points
          • Artiom DashinskyArtiom Dashinsky, over 4 years ago

            BTW - As long as I know, there are users (with Karma that is above specific count, I think around 1000) that has an ability to downvote.

            0 points
    • Clark WimberlyClark Wimberly, almost 5 years ago

      Bingo. Anyone can frontpage at will. Needing 2 votes ain't much of a hurdle.

      1 point
  • Dylan BaskindDylan Baskind, over 4 years ago

    I think its the curse + boon of Designer News success --- the larger and more successful the community as a galvanising point for designers globally, the more attractive it is for business-folks trying to reach designers as potential customers or traffic.

    While I can understand the OP's concern - I have to agree that if the community is functioning well, articles of merit will be surfaced by up-voting and comments. Articles lacking merit will be squished into the wasteland of the Not-Front-Page.

    I actually think DN is doing extraordinarily well in terms of its size & traffic versus commercial-infiltration. While there is an element of the market bazaar "Go to my site! Click my link for Nth Prototyping Tool!" - its the community participation and discussion that is highlighting the valuable or interesting links.

    3 points
  • Patrick RogersPatrick Rogers, over 4 years ago

    My first at work LOL with Designer News. Well played. Well played indeed.

    2 points
  • Robbert EsserRobbert Esser, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    Yep, I noticed it too. Very annoying.

    1 point
  • Robert BulloughRobert Bullough, over 4 years ago

    Just use http://thenews.im

    0 points
  • Shawn BorskyShawn Borsky, over 4 years ago

    Honestly, I don't know all of the articles I would want to go read or where to find them which is part of why I come to DN everyday. If tech blogs want to submit articles, as long as they are design related, its cool. If you don't like it, don't vote it up?

    0 points