Despite what is said in the forums, we do listen, we do take feedback seriously but sometimes it's not logical to react on all
Before I go into the new style, the ultra-conservatives who demand no flavor in life, will not like the style. Sorry, but unfortunately, you are among the minority and we have been tracking posts to either prove, or disprove this type of writing.
We are going to stop boring news regurgitation and unnecessary fluff in the articles. We used to require 200-250 words per article that could cause filler to be used. We are relaxing the word count restriction but this does not mean posts will always be shorter. Simply, if there is not enough news, think picture leaks, then the post will be shorter with the facts.
Apple rumors, we heard you, we feel you, and they will be cut back to a degree. We are well aware of the many iPhone 5, 4S rumor posts and they will be cut back, just a bit. Don't be surprised to see them on the front page, but we will limit the quantity.
Gaming news will also take a slight cut. Now, gaming reviews will still be in place and major announcement. But modest updates like DLC, or publisher X is developing title Y in 4 years will no longer be prevalent. Honestly, gaming news has never done exceptionally well. Certain users love it, but on a whole, the articles average far less than even a mundane company X is suing company Y post.
Speaking of reviews, how do you all like them? If you haven’t noticed, we have ramped up the reviews on Neowin. We now are posting cell phone reviews very frequently and gaming / other hardware reviews more frequently than we had in the past.
So what is the new style? It will be something like this:
For the TLDR crowd, approximately the first two sentences will contain the meat of the news. This should hopefully get the point across of the article, contain the source and give you most of what you need to understand the reasoning for the post.
Gone is the mundane and boring, expect new flavor in the form of lighthearted commentary. We will attempt to keep most of the opinion out of the news but the doesn't mean we cant have fun with the news and crack a few jokes or reach beyond are usual regurgitate the facts.
Some examples of this writing style can be seen here. Example 1. Example 2.
The examples are representative of the new style, but note they were created while we were still hashing out the details of the new format.
In general, expect a bit more color to our posts, more to the point introductions, and less regurgitation.
We hope that you do appreciate that turning of this ship is the result of your feedback. We can't address everything all the time because one person’s opinion may not reflect what we see on the backend. We are not attempting to hit whore but at the same time, if one person hates post X but post X generates the best discussion, then we have to take in the macro over the micro.
The new style is already bleeding into our front page but will start being more prevalent on Monday. We are open to feedback and expect some backlash. But know that we do listen, we do consider and like this post proves, when the voices are consistent and prevalent, we will implement based on your feedback.
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