Submitting Post Ideas Or News To Techdirt

from the just-a-reminder dept

Over the years we've certainly grown a lot, and so, we have lots of new readers and we get a ton of stories submitted -- which is great -- but I wanted to run a quick post reminding people that the best way to submit a story is to use the story submission page. This makes it easy to track, manage and format story submissions. It is, by far, the best way to submit a story. Also, when submitting a story, please make sure to include a title (preferably a descriptive one). It also helps to give a brief description of the story and why you think it's interesting -- or, if you're ambitious, feel free to write a thorough analysis yourself. Submissions with no title, or just links often get ignored in the pile. If something is particularly urgent, alerting us via a message directed at our Twitter account can work as well, but there's a lot of noise there, and sometimes stories get lost, so use the submission page as well. We're thrilled that so many people want to help out and participate in the community here, so thanks to our fans for all those great story submissions. These days, we get probably three times as many good story submissions as we can write up, so we apologize if we don't cover everything sent in, but the quality of story submissions has grown quite a bit in the last few years, and it helps keep this site dynamic and interesting -- so thanks to everyone for pitching in.


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    aguywhoneedstenbucks (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 2:31pm

    Can I just leave a message on your answering machine at home? All this analysis typing is going to give me carpal tunnel.

     

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    Derek Bredensteiner (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 2:49pm

    A thought

    There may be some that find a lot of value in seeing your uncensored story submissions. Of course there's some value in keeping that information to yourself, and there's probably several serious problems with just throwing up a feed of it. It may encourage a heck of a lot of spam/abuse, and discourage those who enjoy the current anonymity of the submission process (perhaps the biggest reason not to do this).

    But, I just thought I'd point out that at least one person is interested anyways, and I'm a bit curious if any others are.

     

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      Michael Ho (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 3:36pm

      Re: A thought

      yes, I think the possibility of a spam flood is enough to prevent us from trying this out in the near future... It's a nice idea, but spammers are the reason why "we can't have nice things".

       

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        BullJustin (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 3:44pm

        Re: Re: A thought

        You could open this up to us insiders. You know we aren't going to spam and it's an additional RtB

         

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          Michael Ho (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 4:09pm

          Re: Re: Re: A thought

          hmm. so insiders get their own unmoderated (or insider-moderated) submissions feed? that might work....

           

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            BearGriz72 (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 9:29pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: A thought

            I like that idea it would also allow us to not duplicate submissions, we could just comment on the existing one with additional information if we have it. Or even just a note that we are interested. That might help stem the inbox flood a little.

             

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              Michael Ho (profile), Dec 15th, 2009 @ 12:26am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: A thought

              I think the "dupe prevention" algorithm has yet to be perfected, but there might be some way to make it less annoying....

               

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                Hephaestus (profile), Dec 15th, 2009 @ 6:14am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: A thought

                If you have the the following displayed for each submitted story ...

                Your Title
                Original Tile
                Source URL's (split into Tech dirt and external)
                first 200-500 characters of the story submitted

                Then insiders/submitters would be your dupe prevention. As they could see what was there already. It wouldnt be perfect but it would cut down on the dupes.

                 

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              BullJustin (profile), Dec 17th, 2009 @ 4:06pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: A thought

              Nice, we could crowd-source a post or two!

               

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    johnjac (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 2:57pm

    It is always exciting for me

    It is always exciting for me when one of my submissions makes it on TechDirt. It is the 21st century of "Hey Mom, I'm on TV!"

     

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    Brad Hubbard (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 3:14pm

    New topics?

    Should we post everything there to the "Techdirt" topic, or try to sandwich it into one of the other topics in the drop-down?

     

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      Michael Ho (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 3:48pm

      Re: New topics?

      Brad,

      If you see a topic that's appropriate -- choose it from the drop-down selection... if not... well.. we'll choose one of them for you. :P

      Any suggestions for new topics?

      Thanks!

      mikeho

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2009 @ 5:35pm

    Kids, don't do what Mike says.

    Yes, submissions should have very descriptive titles.

    A few good examples of titles are:
    "Chinese food again? So when will Techdirt be investigated for animal abuse?" and "Don't Jump! Why is Dennis Yang on the Bay Bridge eating a hoagie?" or "Shocking! When did Tiger Woods takes golf lessons from a real Scottsman named Mike Masnick?" and "Exclusive! PR Person finds way to navigate treacherous website. Successfully submits a story"

    Okay, maybe not the last one. But, I could go on. The point is that this way, your stories have a much higher probability of being read.

     

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      Dark Helmet (profile), Dec 14th, 2009 @ 5:46pm

      Re: Kids, don't do what Mike says.

      "Chinese food again? So when will Techdirt be investigated for animal abuse?" and "Don't Jump! Why is Dennis Yang on the Bay Bridge eating a hoagie?" or "Shocking! When did Tiger Woods takes golf lessons from a real Scottsman named Mike Masnick?" and "Exclusive! PR Person finds way to navigate treacherous website. Successfully submits a story"

      I actually really enjoyed those!

      I'd like to add: "Heh, and other ways to express wry humor..."

       

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      Rose M. Welch, Dec 15th, 2009 @ 1:27am

      Re: Kids, don't do what Mike says.

      I'd say that the submissions have a good chance of being read in the first place. After that, the content has to matter and not be overdone and probably a few other hoops that I don't know about before they write it up. :)

       

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Dec 15th, 2009 @ 1:28am

    And now I'm sad because I just realized I wasn't signed in...

     

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      Killer_Tofu (profile), Dec 15th, 2009 @ 6:33am

      Re:

      Use the claim other posts feature under My Account.
      Although I think that is based on if you typed in your email, not really based on just your name.
      I suppose it depends on what you had entered when you submitted the others.

       

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        Rose M. Welch (profile), Dec 15th, 2009 @ 6:54am

        Re: Re:

        You have to have typed in your e-mail address, which I have always been too lazy to do... :)

        Luckily for me, there are very few Rose M. Welch's on the Internet.

         

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