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QOTD: Do You Want Reader Submitted Content?

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The latest graphics cards, CPUs, motherboards, overclocking tricks, storage devices--we try our best to have these covered in a consistent and reliable manner.

However, there's a lot of gear and software out there that goes uncovered. Things like system utilities, tweaking techniques, and a whole world of hardware like sound cards and gaming devices. Many of you have a lot of the devices that don't get coverage on Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide. Then there's news. News happens all the time, all around the world. Maybe you live in Japan, or the UK, or Taiwan and you're privy to unique information that you think people should hear about.

The question of the day is: Do you want a user submitted content section?

If you had the ability to write, and post stuff to the site, would you want to contribute what you know? A lot times, things we discover come out of troubleshooting a problem, or trying to get a particular device to work in a neat way.

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    Anonymous , April 18, 2009 12:55 AM
    it would need its own section on the website, with some moderation
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    echdskech , April 18, 2009 1:07 AM
    I like the idea, but there should be some way to make sure the good ones are not drowned in crap.
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    Eggrenade , April 18, 2009 2:31 AM
    As long as the reader submitted content doesn't replace any real articles and there are moderators and editors to check profanity and grammar. Also, all fanboyism and unsupported opinions should be banned. But that aside, I would like some mouse and keyboard reviews.
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    LATTEH , April 18, 2009 12:49 AM
    Sure why not it will be cool to see what people want to say! :D 
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    Anonymous , April 18, 2009 12:55 AM
    it would need its own section on the website, with some moderation
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    lapalm , April 18, 2009 12:59 AM
    Agree with Geibys, as long as it's clear it's user content.
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    echdskech , April 18, 2009 1:07 AM
    I like the idea, but there should be some way to make sure the good ones are not drowned in crap.
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    spanner_razor , April 18, 2009 1:12 AM
    I'd say it's a good idea, especially for entry level hardware that never gets reviewed - sometimes you can get pretty good kit from less well known makers but it's always a complete gamble as sites never ask for the lower end stuff to review. This way would be perfect to get the scoop.
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    touchdowntexas13 , April 18, 2009 2:23 AM
    This may conflict with the whole idea, but maybe you could only allow people with so many posts to be allowed to write their own content. This might help distinguish some of the good from the crap. btw, i have only just started posting on this site so i would not be falling into the category of those being able to post :( 
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    crystalized , April 18, 2009 2:25 AM
    A big yes! Plus, the better written reviews/news by members would also feature on the main page.
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    matchboxmatt , April 18, 2009 2:26 AM
    No. That's what forums are for.
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    Eggrenade , April 18, 2009 2:31 AM
    As long as the reader submitted content doesn't replace any real articles and there are moderators and editors to check profanity and grammar. Also, all fanboyism and unsupported opinions should be banned. But that aside, I would like some mouse and keyboard reviews.
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    groundhogdog , April 18, 2009 2:34 AM
    No. User content will dilute the integrity of THG. Please use forums for user content.
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    cadder , April 18, 2009 3:00 AM
    Sounds good to me, but the site admins should enforce a certain level of quality.
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    paranoidmage , April 18, 2009 3:18 AM
    No, this is a horrible idea. I like Tom's because it is credible and it includes insider information that readers wouldn't have. It would also lower the quality of articles and fill the site with many garbage articles. I think this may be good if a few articles are written every so often by experts, I don't want to hear what the regular person has to say.

    This is just not the right site for that type of article, you might as well make this a blog site if you do that. It would destroy the site.

    And as said in previous comments, the forums are a great place for this sort of thing.
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    randomizer , April 18, 2009 3:37 AM
    Keep it to the forums, or if you are going to have user submitted content, then as previously suggested it should be in its own section CEALRY stating that it is USER submitted content.
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    ph3412b07 , April 18, 2009 3:54 AM
    No, leave it to the forums.
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    paranoidmage , April 18, 2009 3:59 AM
    You could make a forum section for user submitted articles.
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    dokk2 , April 18, 2009 4:00 AM
    Certainly,a user FORUM devoted to user reviews/input,especially of not so high co$t equipment,as everyone is aware it is difficult if not impossible to find good reviews/user experiences of not so co$tly equipment,in situ reviews of this would be of great benefit as there are a lot of folk who can not afford the latest and greatest,after all there are some who are deliberately a little "behind the curve" as it were,you do not always need the late$t and great$t hardware,who knows we might find it very entertaing and maybe enlightening..
    Say what you will but to me user input is always the best of any endeavor..:) 

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    cal8949 , April 18, 2009 4:16 AM
    i think every thing will have to be looked at to try to stop fanboyism and false info

    maybe it can be like digg you vote for an article and it will hit the main page
    you can flag an article for false info, fanboy content or profanity.

    but keep it on a page separated from anything else and have sections for hardware reviews, game reviews, software reviews, trouble shooting and tweaking

    i think it would be hard organizing all the info and separating it apart from the bad info

    i say try it, it could be big if done right
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    CamHart , April 18, 2009 4:46 AM
    make a seperate area for it, and maybe make sure its not just stupid stuff or spam and I'd love to read it.
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    zedx , April 18, 2009 4:51 AM
    Yes we have the forums for that. So even if somebody writes something idiotic we need not take it as written by someone from Tom's if it's written in the forums. Please it's a useless idea...
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