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Blogs: Your Opinions, Please

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Allow us to pick your brains for a moment.

Allow us to pick your brains for a moment.

We (the news team) have been tossing around the idea of blogs for months now. After humming and hawing over it we (well, some of us more than others) decided the readers should at least get to weigh in on the matter.

For us, the community aspect of Tom’s is extremely important, particularly away from the forums. We love to hear your thoughts on the day to day events in the tech world and recently we’ve been trying to bring you guys closer to the news.

You may have noticed our efforts as of late: Tuan’s Question of the Day posts, which always get a massive response, Marcus’ active participation in the discussions and Jane’s “every article has to end with a question” style are just a few of our endeavors. Depending on the writer and the topic, our posts can be fairly opinionated, mostly because we like to encourage good vibes and friendly debates. What we want to know is if you’d like to see us take this further.

We were thinking something along the lines of weekly columns for each editor, published on different days (it’s early, so details are more vague than the predictions of a fraudulent clairvoyant). However, this isn’t something we want to pursue unless there’s a genuine interest. We’ll be lurking in the comments section to answer your questions over the coming days but it’s pretty straight forward. We want to hear what you think: Blogs, yay or nay?

Just to be clear, if you do want blogs, it'll be an addition to our news--nothing will be taken away.

Let us know and it shall be done (or not, obviously).

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    radnor , April 8, 2009 4:30 PM
    Tom is degenarating. As usual, if you want to sell more you will have to diversify. First "Why i sent 3k on a freaking mac.", now blogs.
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    hobbitcy , April 8, 2009 4:35 PM
    i wouldnt mind reading your blogs
    would be a nice side line to the normal info
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    dedhorse , April 8, 2009 4:37 PM
    Well, most of your recent "news" items have been nothing more than blog entries anyway, so what can it hurt? Really, what's the difference?

    For me, news is a non-biased reporting of fact. The writer at least making an effort to track down original sources and getting confirmation, denial, or even a no comment from all parties involved.

    Most of what I've read in the "news" section of this site as been what the writer has read on some other site, which usually refers to what they read on yet another site. And then the writer making some smart alek response to the story.

    Honestly though, semantics aside (and needless whining aside), if what you purpose means bringing more interesting tech news from around the world to the site, then I'm for it.
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    JMcEntegart , April 8, 2009 4:37 PM
    RadnorTom is degenarating. As usual, if you want to sell more you will have to diversify. First "Why i sent 3k on a freaking mac.", now blogs.


    The idea of blogs is to diversify.
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    JMcEntegart , April 8, 2009 4:41 PM
    dedhorseWell, most of your recent "news" items have been nothing more than blog entries anyway, so what can it hurt? Really, what's the difference?For me, news is a non-biased reporting of fact. The writer at least making an effort to track down original sources and getting confirmation, denial, or even a no comment from all parties involved.Most of what I've read in the "news" section of this site as been what the writer has read on some other site, which usually refers to what they read on yet another site. And then the writer making some smart alek response to the story.Honestly though, semantics aside (and needless whining aside), if what you purpose means bringing more interesting tech news from around the world to the site, then I'm for it.


    The blogs would likely be opinion-based columns on topics that aren't necessarily news but rather topics of interest. This would hopefully take the "blogginess" away from the news and keep it to the weekly columns for each reader.
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    AngryClown , April 8, 2009 4:43 PM
    I'd read them. Give the authors a chance to share their personal opinions without starting WW3.
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    JMcEntegart , April 8, 2009 4:49 PM
    *editor rather. Pardon my hasty commenting.
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    chaosgs , April 8, 2009 4:49 PM
    AngryClownI'd read them. Give the authors a chance to share their personal opinions without starting WW3.


    Pfft what are you kidding me? Someone always has to bitch about something, just look at the top poster hes already started bitching.
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    Humans think , April 8, 2009 4:56 PM
    Weekly columns for editors would be great. It would be nice to know what got you really excited during the last week, a new technology you started using or a new program/service that really drove your attention. Some more sophisticated authors could make Dvorak-like statements or speculations about the computer markets so firing up a debate.

    IMO as far as the blog style is concerned I think that news-serving is a service you provide and should be objective. News should not be confused with subjective opinions. First give the facts and then state your opinion. Jane's posts for example sure motivate people to respond to news and makes news more digestible for wider audiences but only cover one side of the coin and I often feel compelled to respond playing the role of the devil's advocate.

    One other thing is that often in the comments section I see few statements that really enlighten me, Prodigit80's comments for example and a handfull of others. I am an active member of many blogs but I come here and at xbit labs to see the news and the reason is I am fed up with fanboy comments and useless comments that are only posted to give the false impression of a community. Most comments are anticipated depending on the subject, Mac fanboys, PC fanboys, Linux fanboys, pirate comments, antipirate comments, republican comments, democratic comments, communist comments, american comments, european comments and the list can go on for ever... Moreover I come hear to read the opinions of the gurus, people I acknowledge as better at technology than myself.

    You might think I am not very fond of free speech rights but this would be wrong, I guess that people (not excluding myself) lost their ability to discern when they really have sth to say that can add sth to what it is already known, and just want to be selfish and state their opinions...

    The thumbs up and thumbs down on comments was a good move if people used them. I would also suggest putting sth like a poll with agree and disagree in subjective editor's opinions.

    Sorry for the length of my comment and thanks opportunity you gave us to talk about recent site changes.
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    chaosgs , April 8, 2009 4:57 PM
    I guess blogs would be ok, would give me more reason to search through toms for info. This is my only tech site so maybe ill be able to get more out of it.

    But, please don't pick my brain, that's just plain rude (and a bit graphic).
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    chaosgs , April 8, 2009 4:59 PM
    Oh and please limit the size of these responses, there's not a chance in hell im reading the one above me its far to long and unsightly. No offense to that poster of course but when there is a post that long i feel like i have to ignore it.
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    Humans think , April 8, 2009 5:01 PM
    And something I forgot. Some NEWS posts are really like commercials, please stop quoting press releases of products with corporal subjective comments without any footage, testing whatsoever. Corporations have sites, we come here to read posts of journalists and testers.

    Thank you
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    lukeiamyourfather , April 8, 2009 5:18 PM
    I'd read them, I already keep an eye on ZDNet and other blogs. Tom's has changed a lot over the years (reading for about 9 years now). To be honest I miss the HPC facility tours, factory tours, hacks and home brewed projects, etc. Blogs would introduce a new home for those kinds of articles.

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    tuannguyen , April 8, 2009 5:29 PM
    dedhorseWell, most of your recent "news" items have been nothing more than blog entries anyway, so what can it hurt? Really, what's the difference?For me, news is a non-biased reporting of fact. The writer at least making an effort to track down original sources and getting confirmation, denial, or even a no comment from all parties involved.Most of what I've read in the "news" section of this site as been what the writer has read on some other site, which usually refers to what they read on yet another site. And then the writer making some smart alek response to the story.Honestly though, semantics aside (and needless whining aside), if what you purpose means bringing more interesting tech news from around the world to the site, then I'm for it.


    Hi dedhorse -

    News aggregation is a service. It's better to be able to get your news from few sources, rather than spending hours scouring across many websites. It's a service we can say we provide to avoid people having to spend time looking all over--that's what we do. Our job is two fold: bring the news to you so you don't have to go to it, and also provide you with exclusive stories as it arrives to us.

    We report. To who else but you guys.

    While you may have read something that we posted elsewhere, it doesn't mean the next person has, and in that case, we may have saved them time.

    We're trying to improve our service, not diminish it. Often times, it requires trying new things, and new things don't always bode well with some. But that's what you call growing pains.

    / Tuan
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    adamovera , April 8, 2009 5:30 PM
    If it will add content, stop opinions from creeping into the news (except oddball news), and not diminish from the current amount of coverage, than it's a fantastic idea. Besides, if it's only one article per week, per staff editor, than it's not really a blog, it's an op/ed. Treat it as such, put it in a new op/ed section along with QOTD. "Blog" has come to mean "the daily ramblings of every highly opinionated, yet unqualified Tom, Dick, and Harry". Don't call it a blog, or refer to it as blogging. I would love to see this happen, just keep it out of the news section and keep it to staff editors (or maybe occasional big names in the industry), and keep it to once a week.
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    onerec , April 8, 2009 5:31 PM
    its great! lets give it a try. blogs are very useful for sharing informations and experiences.
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    biscuits_are_yummy , April 8, 2009 5:55 PM
    Sounds interesting. I say go for it. =)
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    aalkema , April 8, 2009 6:29 PM
    I think this is a great idea! Toms is my source of tech news, and a blog would be another great addition to the page.

    With regard to the question at the end of the post, I like it. I mostly read comments, rather than join in myself and it's interesting seeing what everyone thinks about the topic. I hate it when I see people bitching about the fact that there's a question every time there's a question! If you don't like it... just don't respond!
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    Nguy , April 8, 2009 6:33 PM
    It really depends on what these blogs will be used for. If they will be used to showcase Editor experiences, choices, digital lifestyle, opinions on controversial topics, etc, then I believe it would be an asset to the content of the site. Blogs, like anything else, adds content to the site and this will certainly be original content (appeasing the critics of rehashed news). Although, this might be an additional strain on the editors of the site to create even more content on a weekly basis. Just don't let it hinder the quality of the "bread and butter" content, such as reviews and news.
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