Is it news? Please read:Definition:
According to Princeton's Wordnet, news
is defined as "information about recent and important events".Things that might (and almost always do) fall into this category are
- An announcement about a new game
- Intel's/AMD's latest roadmap/platform announcement
- A new record overclock
- A Tweet/Facebook post from a company/retail executive with a significant announcement (please ensure these posts are public as some members may not possess accounts/sufficient permissions for the respective sites)
These are all things that either were not heard of before, elaborate on or confirm things we thought might happen, or are otherwise important for an overclocker/enthusiast to know.Things that might not be (and often are not) considered news:
- Anything that is not from a reputable source (reputable sources being any of the plethora of News/Review sites out there, a company rep, official email, etc.)
- Retailer sourcing, particularly product or category pages.
- Anything relating to your personal hardware. This includes, but is not limited to, unsubstantiated rumors, your personal experience with something, information from a source that cannot be confirmed, etc.
- Opinion articles/editorials; there is rarely any newsworthy content within such articles, and as such will not be considered news and at the acting moderator's discretion, the associated thread(s) may be moved, closed, or deleted.
- Video Game Reviews; the reasoning behind this is that such review articles are almost entirely opinion (see above). Articles that use a video game as a pure performance evaluation are permitted, however.
A good question to ask yourself is "If somebody else told me this and then told me the source, could I reasonably believe it?" If the answer is no, this is probably because your source is not trustworthy enough for the type of material they are reporting. For further elaboration on what we do not permit, see the Acceptable Content section below.Formatting:
Please use the following process when submitting overclocking news to Overclock.net:
- Use a VERY descriptive title, same as the article's if possible. If the title is literally too long to fit in the proper field of the thread when posting it, then you are free to truncate it to something as close as possible to the original. We simply ask that you do not make up your own title if it can be helped as this is often done to add a side to the story that only the posting member intended, not the article's author (else the source site's editorial staff would have done that for you).
- Quote the essential paragraph of the story BUT NOT the entire article unless the source permits you to do so (this is for legal reasons, lawsuits HAVE been filed about such things before, though not on/against overclock.net; a full article quote may make it appear as though we're trying to take credit for the article in some way). If the story is only a single paragraph or shorter in length then we may permit that entire paragraph, however if more than 3 sentences exist in said paragraph then we ask that only the essential portion be used.
- Link back to the full story, either using the bare link (superfluous URL text preferably removed in this case) or a hotlink.
- There is no need to add "Read this" or any other relatively useless commentary, or especially provocative or profane commentary; such commentary is subject to removal by the moderation staff at any time.
- Cite a source in the title, preferably abbreviated, and within brackets.
- Using slang to describe the post or "Source" link is not permitted ("sauce" being the most prominent).
Here is an example of a format to follow (using a VERY fake story):
Title: [SPOTIWTSCBF] AMD Buys Intel
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Obviously the "Title", "Summary" and "Source" parts do not need to be included. They are simply used in this example to breakout the different elements.Reposts:
While we're sure everyone who posts news will always use the Search function to check if the item they are posting has been posted before, some will still slip through the cracks due to titles being taken from articles as opposed to their actual content, or similar. If a repost is made, please report the post, including a link to the original thread. A single post in the thread can be made commenting that it is a repost, and including a link, but nothing more than this is required - this should be one post per thread, not per source
. Anyone seen to be making inappropriate comments about reposts or being rude to posters will result in users being warned or given an infraction (based on previous warning/infraction history). Do not insult people who follow this sticky - they are just following the rules as we request and making our (the News Staff) jobs easier. If you have the same story with a different post, it is not worthy of a new thread
. Post your source and quote in the existing thread - one thread per story, not per source.Acceptable Content:
We do ask that whatever posted is done so in the appropriate forum; please take into consideration the name of the sub-forum and the parent category when posting news and ask yourself if it really fits into what the name of the section and parent category entail (of note is Technology and Science News, which has had some problems with unfitting articles posted there since its inception). While some stories may constitute technical newsworthiness, Overclock.net's news sections may not end up being the appropriate venue to discuss them. These include and may not be limited to:
Specific forms of Wikileaks news, though as of this writing Wikileaks has not gotten the media's attention much if at all compared to a couple years ago. Discussion of net neutrality, the role of online media in the press, distributed DNS and content distribution and broad internet media policy are all acceptable - specific politics of diplomatic cables, charges brought against Julian Assange, etc., however, are not. There are many venues on the web for that kind of political discussion, and we ask that it not mix in with our technology and performance discussions here. Along those same lines, we have:
Political news. This is where the line blurs far too easily, as much technology and/or gaming news will involve politics, as well. As such, the following basis applies:
- If an article's content weighs toward or even promotes the political side of the story, then it will be over the line of politics and the thread will be closed. If the content weighs toward/promotes the technology side, then the associated thread will remain open unless the general membership pulls the discussion off back toward the political side. Even die-hard technology enthusiasts such as ourselves may find the political side of a story more worthy of discussion even if it's not the actual point of the article, and any discussion mirroring this perspective will be closed.
News involving the death, injury, or arrest/"swatting" of one or more persons, especially involving possibly escalated disputes over gaming, software, and/or hardware. While these articles may make headlines at other sites, we ask that they stay on other sites, or at least in our Off Topic section. Such articles are very emotionally provocative and most of the time will not actually fit the fundamental purposes behind our respective news sections or even the parent category. That is to say, such news is regarding the death/injury/arrest of the subject(s), and there is often not any actual news in such articles regarding the games, software, and/or hardware involved. As such, we typically cannot classify these articles as newsworthy content in this area and any associated threads may be moved or closed at the discretion of the moderation staff.Misc.April Fool's jokes:
This is pretty obvious. Any such threads will either be moved to Jokes/Off Topic or closed/deleted without further warning at any time.Incorrect section posting:
If a member mistakenly posts in any news section with a question or issue with their hardware/software, DO NOT POST unless you intend to help them, just report it and a news moderator or senior moderator will handle it. Slandering the user for not posting in the right place is highly unprofessional and unhelpful and may earn you a warning or infraction, depending on your history. Just because the user made an honest mistake does not grant you permission to insult them, be rude, or generally drag the thread off topic.