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A reader sent in this set of comments on what he looks for in articles. Every writer and editor on te site should consider them carefully.


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I saw your message calling for comments on the site, but couldn't find it again when I logged in.

Tonight I'd like to comment on content quality.

When I read articles, I ask myself these questions:

1. Does the writer have something new to say?
2. Is his assertion well grounded in fact.
3. Are his interpretations of the fact reasonable and logical.
4. What is his point of view (and possible biax.)
5. Does this article open or close dialog.

Several things cause me to skip over articles:
1. Characterizations that are unsupported or inflammatory.
2. Rants (Heated expressions of opinion that involve name-calling, characterization, and no analytical support.
3. Disorganized ramblings where the point is not clear.

Other things make me pay attention:
1. Direct quotes.
2. Attribution of sources of facts.
3. Reasoned analysis.
4. Attempts to present two sides of an issue and analyze them.
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Now I realize that not all of us are writers or investigative reporters. However, as editors I think that you should vet the stuff you feature. That way you will begin to develop a public identity and personality as a news and opinion source. As it is now, there is little distinction for placing material on your site. It appears along with the ravings, rants, and biased opinions that add more heat than light to discussions.
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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...there is little distinction for placing materia... by Sandy Sand on Wednesday, Oct 29, 2008 at 10:28:21 AM
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