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OK, thanks for the clarification of the position and how the system works.
The intermediary is still involved, but it is mostly indirect:...
Fair enough. :)
Also note what I said earlier in parentheses: people shouldn't attempt to have their own news items posted about their own projects. It's in the staff's best interest to cut down on postings that may be rejected because of this rule by pointing this out: it saves us time.
I don't think that "The news page having a lot of news will make another thread less important" is really a strong argument. I mean - so what?
Chain Mail said:
To make wads & mods rather useless other than to compare memento mori with requiem or something like that, I guss. "Hey, lets all post every upload and update to our projects as news so it shows up on the front page".
Also, to answer the other point - let's face it, there is already a top story on the front page. If something that is deemed to be really important comes along, it gets the lead story position - thereby making it stand out from the crowd if people were really worried about big stories getting lost.
Personally, I wouldn't really mind a lot of projects getting reported on the front page - even if many of them were small. I get a newspaper every day and read news websites daily too. Both are full of news items - some big some small - and they change on a daily basis. That's why I come back on a daily basis - they have dynamic, interesting, ever changing front pages. Why should a large number of items on the Doomworld front page be a problem? To me it would be the sign of an active and healthy community.
In recent months the front page has been a stagnant, useless place which would quite often not change from day to day - or even for more extended periods. News items could hang around for weeks and many of them really were no-news items that were far less important (IMO) than even a single level release. I think a frequently updated front page of even small bits of news - provided they were actually news - would be great.
I also don't think such a system would make /newstuff chronicles obsolete. Why should it? /newstuff would serve as the "official" review thread and the summing up of the week's releases. So what if people already know about them? Hell, I not only know about movies before I read reviews of them, I've quite often seen them. I still like to read the review and compare my opinions to that of the reviewer. And let's not forget, some people - for whatever reason - do not upload to /newstuff.
However, if a line is to be drawn, then we need to know where. Which is why I asked earlier what the criteria are for a "bigger" project. Let's not forget that "bigger" projects don't exactly come along that often. Personally, I'd say a 3 level quality map set by Tormentor, with additional textures and other resources is certainly big enough (and it would seem that it is). Do we only want to have reports on "bigger" projects and then have a stagnant news page again or do we want a lively front page keeping up to date with what is actually going on in the community? Surely a "buzzy" front page with lots of items would have a much better "feel good factor" than the stale front page of recent moths which, I believe, has been a great contributor to the growing "Oh gno teh community is dying" attitude of late.
I also believe that the opportunity for smaller, but still worthwhile, news items to get a bit of front page time would contribute a valuable bit of community spirit. Even if your project is only featured for a few days, it's pretty cool to have your project on the front page of the community's leading website for a while. It's a chance to get your 15 minutes of fame. :) Also, it's a a chance for the little guy who isn't making a huge project - who may never be involved in a huge project -, but is still putting his heart and soul in to his work, to get a bit of high profile recognition that he may deserve but, otherwise, not get.