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Just like guides, Blogs need to have requirements

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I LIKE THE FILTER IDEA :).
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If we filtered out short blogs it would probably be only on the main site-wide listing. Like we only list blogs with a minimum length in the main listing, and you can click a link to show the short ones, but if you click through to someone's personal blog there is no such restriction.

People should feel free to post "twitter" like blog articles if they really want, but if it starts flooding the main listing then... Not so great.

Is that what you guys are sorta getting at?
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Matt wrote:

If we filtered out short blogs it would probably be only on the main site-wide listing. Like we only list blogs with a minimum length in the main listing, and you can click a link to show the short ones, but if you click through to someone's personal blog there is no such restriction.

People should feel free to post "twitter" like blog articles if they really want, but if it starts flooding the main listing then... Not so great.

Is that what you guys are sorta getting at?


I was talking about something entirely different :/ I'm thinking that we should have two separate parts for the blogs. One part is named "Featured Blogs" and the other "Generic Blogs". Also, there should be scout points. The same as in the guides, where after accumulating enough points you are featured/approved (can't remember which one).

So when everyone posts their blog, it appears in the Generic part. People then view it etc. but once it gets enough scout points, it is transferred to the Featured part. These blogs will generally consist of such things as "majjamoras weekly news week" or Berzerk's "Top Facts" or my "Baron: In more ways then one". So not only blogs that have meaning, but blogs that provide some knowledge or help to the community. We could even end up having Featured Bloggers.

Those are just some of my thoughts on how to improve the blogs, because at the moment they have become a wave of rubbish nonsense and all the intellectual and helpful posts are pushed down and forgotten about. This way, we can separate the two so the people who just want to use the blogs like "twitter" can do so and the others who actually want to help and give to the community are given space to do so.
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Scout points is taking it a step too far imo, but perhaps being able to up-vote good and insightful blog posts would be a good idea.
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Scrax wrote:

Scout points is taking it a step too far imo, but perhaps being able to up-vote good and insightful blog posts would be a good idea.


I don't believe it is. Ever since all the mobafire community has been emailed about the new blog feature, there has been an overflow of blogs. If it continues to increase at this exponential rate, blogs will become as important to manage as guides. Therefore we should have a system like guides to enable the more useful blogs to be seen, so the scout points.
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But that forces the community to rely on the scouts to read all guides AND all blogs. If the entire community had the ability to up-vote a good blog post, that would give quicker and better exposure for these blog posts. Scouts can't spend all their time reading for stuff that should be featured one way or the other.
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There's not enough traffic in the blog section to run it with something like scout points or votes. We actually had a "featured blogger" function built in when we launched it, but no one really came forward for such a role so it hasn't really been used. Instead we've just left it basically open.

We could go back to the featured blogger idea and expand on it but how do we choose featured bloggers and how does someone get noticed if they're not featured.

Basically a lot of solutions depend on the blog system having a solid amount of through-traffic and right now there just isn't enough interest. Something simple like weeding out the twitter-y posts would help reduce clutter though.
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Matt wrote:

There's not enough traffic in the blog section to run it with something like scout points or votes. We actually had a "featured blogger" function built in when we launched it, but no one really came forward for such a role so it hasn't really been used. Instead we've just left it basically open.

We could go back to the featured blogger idea and expand on it but how do we choose featured bloggers and how does someone get noticed if they're not featured.

Basically a lot of solutions depend on the blog system having a solid amount of through-traffic and right now there just isn't enough interest. Something simple like weeding out the twitter-y posts would help reduce clutter though.


But its reaching the point of high traffic, that's why theirs so many twitter posts. Besides, we can't just deny them posting because they didn't write an intelligent enough blog.

If they're not featured, have what scrax suggested. After enough upvotes they are put on the featured part. Yet I do not believe it should be bloggers that are featured, instead it should be blogs. This is because I could write some massive strategy on something or other for one post, but just write hi on another.

Even if you don't do this, something must be done. It's reaching the point of total saturation.
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