When I first became a Moderator on N4G and went to work in Pending I followed a "First takes precedence" policy, approving the first accurately submitted news story on a topic. Some time ago when I was still a News Admin Dusty told me that this approach wasn't necessarily consistent with how they intended the Guidelines to be read, and that the original intention was for submissions in Pending to be considered equally and approved based on their relative quality. So I was wrong, and we switched. It was a big adjustment, took a little time to catch on, but it's a policy our regulars are familiar with - for better or worse.
Well, we've given it its fair shake. There is no perfect system, but we think this particular policy works less perfectly in practice than the "first" policy did. The competition on N4G coupled with sheer volume makes it impractical, unmanageable, and more susceptible to exploit than "first". So, we're switching again. From this point forward preference will be given to those submissions hitting pending first.
A couple points:
- All N4G Guidelines (like Sourcing and Editing) still apply. For example, if a submission is "first" but with the wrong source, it shouldn't be approved. http://n4g.com/site/newsgui...
- How to tell order of submission: the 6 digit number in the submission URL
- Do not create a placeholder submission. This means that if you create a submission on N4G before the NPD releases, or one that links to a blank page that "will be updated" it's a no go. C'mon, members always notice this stuff, you won't get away with it so spare yourself the misery - and the restriction.
- This does mean that if there are two submissions in Pending submitted correctly and yours is the later one it should be reported and failed as Duplicate. There is a duplicate title checker that pops up when a title is entered, pay attention to this to see if the same story has already been submitted.
- Submissions can be edited, moved or deleted without notice at the discretion of staff - so make sure that submission is a good one, because it can be replaced by a better source!
In conclusion, here's a video of Anaconda rasslin':