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Tue May 14, 2024, 03:36 AM May 14

Editorials & Other Articles needs to be a main forum! [View all]

Last edited Wed May 15, 2024, 06:15 PM - Edit history (1)

(JMO of course)

Here is my supporting evidence:

I examined the Greatest Page this evening, clicked on every GD link, and classified it as either "EOA" (Editorials & Other Articles) or "Non-EOA". In order for a post to be classified as "EOA", it needed to follow the standard format of up to 4 paragraphs quoted, followed by a non-twitter link (with or without additional commentary by the poster).

I counted 57 "EOA" posts in GD, and 81 "Non-EOA" posts - all from the Greatest Page.

This means approximately 40% or more of Greatest Page posts from GD could be more appropriately posted in EOA.

(During this same time period, only 7 EOA posts made the Greatest Page, including one that was a cross-post from a different forum - not GD).

First, what's the big deal?

Well, just for myself, I would like to be able to streamline my browsing and focus on the things I want to read most since I don't have time to read everything. It's a selfish concern, but one I suspect might be shared by many other DUers. It would greatly simplify and amplify my enjoyment of DU, and again, I suspect it would do so for others as well.

Second, why is this not already happening?

(a) Recs: I noticed one poster who was cross-posting in EOA; the posts in EOA received significantly fewer recs. It's my opinion that if DU were to make EOA a main forum, there would be higher readership and increased recs.

(b) Ease of posting: It only takes one click to get to GD, and so DUers are just naturally more likely to post there. Again, making EOA a main forum (preferably between LBN and GD on the left side of the screen) would make it quicker and easier to navigate there.

(c) Habit: People are just used to it. But habits can be changed if there's a good enough reason for it. An announcement could be made about the new forum; some of the more prolific DU posters could be personally asked to begin posting their articles and editorials in EOA.

Yes, I know I'm a fairly new DUer but I really would love to know what everyone else thinks about this idea.

Thanks in advance!

Edit: Due to some pushback, I'm removing the idea of altering the GD Statement of Purpose to discourage the posting of editorials and other articles in GD.

36 votes, 1 pass | Time left: Unlimited
Yes! Make Editorials & Other Articles a main forum.
32 (89%)
No! Three main forums are enough.
3 (8%)
Undecided / other
1 (3%)
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kick for more voting. BlueWaveNeverEnd May 14 #1
This forum is so useful, and flexible, allowing space for LBN articles which are slightly over the 12 hour deadline, Judi Lynn May 14 #2
I also use it fairly frequently for artiles recently over the 12 hr limit on LBN . I would favor it being in Main forums riversedge May 14 #13
Rec'd with thanks, BWdem4life. babylonsister May 14 #3
Same here! ShazzieB May 14 #5
I like the idea. Pototan May 14 #4
K & R. nt sl8 May 14 #6
Super idea ... jgo May 14 #7
Wonderful idea, and so glad you put this together for it to be considered. Passages May 14 #8
Fantastic idea! intheflow May 14 #9
This sounds like a good idea. Uncle Joe May 14 #10
Wholly agreed. For me it is the ease of searching. Before I post a story I check whether it has question everything May 14 #11
Definitely support this Kennah May 14 #12
Good suggestion, I hope it comes through. TC. appalachiablue May 14 #14
This message was self-deleted by its author red dog 1 May 14 #15
I like the idea of this being a main forum. lees1975 May 14 #16
Kick dalton99a May 14 #17
I prefer to post in GD and don't want to be discouraged from posting there and highplainsdem May 15 #18
It's a conundrum BWdem4life May 15 #19
Trashing GD would be a really horrible idea for any DUer. It's the main forum here for a reason. It IS DU. highplainsdem May 15 #22
No one wants to "discourage" anyone from posting on GD. Only to include EOA in the Main question everything May 15 #20
You must have missed this in the OP: highplainsdem May 15 #21
Editorials and Other Articles was a main forum for more than a few years. Yonnie3 May 15 #23
It is done! Thank you EarlG and everyone who asked for it! And thank you BWdem4life for pushing it question everything May 21 #24
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