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Making writing sites better – sometimes dogs bark becuase they are bored. Sometimes it is because they are wrong.

I don’t mean to offend but, the twins used to do that when they were young. Or start with a disingenuous comment, “I thought about this comment for a while because I know sincerity isn’t welcome here.” I want to point out that there are two sides to every story, and that half the story was shared, and I will end there. I replied, but I suspect that the reply isn’t coming. I am moving on anyway.

Lots of good responses to the survey yesterday and one comment, in particular, caught my eye. There was a fascinating comment, and I want to expand on that conversation. The concept is simple; the site would hire professional editors or site authors to serve as an editorial board for the site. It is an exciting idea, and I want to get the communities thinking on the topic in the comments. My original plan was a group of authors who work to help the site create guidelines. The change is that the site could hire these people to do this. I wonder, based on the current revenue model, that the site would do that. But that isn’t fair of me. So I don’t know if the site would or wouldn’t hire people in that role. I am sharing that in a new poll today, this focused on this particular point.

I can see both sides of this issue, so as I said – what do you think?

I will rework the poll overall and share that in a couple of days. I am going to do the new system (this one is most important to me) when I republish the post.

There are many great ideas in the community; of the last poll, most of those ideas didn’t come from me. I share the views of the city, and if they make sense to other people, we push them on to the admin team. If I were going to share my ideas, I would share my original post. The goal is to create enough friction that people will comment on and consider.

So please comment on the idea shared today or comment on a new idea you’ve had!

This work is Copyright DocAndersen. Any resemblance to people real or fictional in this piece is accidental (unless explicitly mentioned by name.)

  • Question of

    do you consider telling half a story dishonest?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Do you ever wonder why barking dogs aren’t barking dogs?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Do you consider why dogs bark?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does a barking dog scare you?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Hello, Doc! This is my first comment after a month or so. Thanks to the FB group, I got interested in this post.

    Anyways, for your first question. I believe telling half the story is like lying by omission… or I think in journalism, the article is deemed false by omission.

    That’s what most news outlets are doing here in the Philippines anyway.

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  2. Hmmmm juicy discussion 😉. So, is half a story a lie? Just like many other things in life, such statement is subjective not relative. Depends on context of usage. For example, if you say: “I am Doc Andersen, a poet and a writer.” The statement is true but it did not mention that you were also a former teacher and a tech expert 😁

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  3. I think based on the site’s revenue they should hire authors to do the editorial work. It would work good resending posts to drafts to be worked on by the author unless they can make some minor edits instead of reverting the submission back to the author.
    And, barking dogs don’t scare me. The ones that scare me are the daring ones which when you pretend you want to pick up a stone and throw at them, they run away.

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  4. It is good to stir the pot, but who are the ones putting the real veggies into it, as that will be what makes the soup taste better for all of us.

    We can offer the Admin our carrots to add to the mix, but they must be prepared to add them to the mix, otherwise, the soup will not taste any better for its writers.

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  5. I don’t know what to say ….. I don’t think there is any more help for this site ….. because there is almost no more ….. you, Vidocka and Carol … but there is nothing wrong with the others
     

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    • I see well slightly differently. I stood up for you both times you posted barking dog posts and actually answered your title and article with a legitimate dog response.

      The admins didn’t like them much did they?

      Let’s be fair here – you were one of the people I was begging to stop using the edit button the way you were. I published 5 articles in that time period and you picked the last one saying I was wrong.

      It wasn’t just me that was nervous about the edit button. Honestly please either apologize or stop stop viewing and commenting on my posts.

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