Hi there my fellow N4G users. How are you all doing today? I hope you're all well. I'm writing this blog as a comment about the blogs being submitted to this site and how some people really need to re-evaluate their roles as members who can approve or report user blogs on this site. Now, some will see this as speaking directly to them because I've disagreed with their reports, and that's fine if they want to feel that way as it's part of the reason I'm writing this blog. Nevertheless, I'm going to outline some things that I think people should ease up on, or are flat out wrong about, when it comes to reporting blogs as well as moments when people should scrutinize the content a bit more.
Grammar/Punctuation/Sentence Structure: This is almost always listed under "Other" as a report when it should be listed under "Low Quality." Regardless, we have to remember that these are blogs. They aren't professional editorials, reviews, or articles. No member of this site is being paid to write user blogs (unless they win the monthly contest, and even then it's not the same) so we have to remember that. We also have to remember that there are a large number of users whose native language is NOT English, so holding their blog hostage with a report on their grammar, or sentence structure, is just wrong and really looks like an abuse of power. Granted, blatant errors such as uNnEcEsSaRy capitalization and obvious spelling errors should be pointed out, but only in the interest of understanding the content, not because you want to get your inner English teacher out and find improper use of a semicolon to be irritating. These are blogs. User blogs. Treat them as such and don't expect Pulitzer prize material or Graduate School level dissertations.
Interest or lack thereof: A blog should be reported for legitimate reasons. Reasons such as being too short for a blog post, spam, writing a blog that is a copy/paste of an article, and complete illegibility. Reporting a blog because you don't find it interesting is not a legitimate reason. Just because YOU don't find it interesting or worthy of approval, doesn't mean that the community feels that way. These are blogs. They are completely opinion based and not meant to be taken with the same seriousness as genuine, fact based articles. No one is forcing you to read or approve a blog, but you shouldn't punish the writer just because you don't think it should be approved. Now, if the blog is a blatant troll blog, or an attack blog, then you definitely have the right to say that it's not worthy of approval, but we have to remember what blogs are all about and cut the writer some slack every now and then.
Now, so I don't appear to be picking on any individuals who think that that's what this blog is about (it isn't), allow me to explain what we shouldn't be doing in blogs.
I recently saw a blog where the author decided a line-break after the end of every sentence was necessary as it makes the blog easier to read. I'm sorry, but it actually makes your blog look amateurish. This site is for people 13 years of age and older, not little children who need big letters and lots of spaces in between to read what you're writing. Just because I don't think that people should be too demanding about perfect grammar/sentence structure, doesn't mean we don't bear some responsibility in trying to appear that we know how to write well.
Spam and copy pastas should be completely avoided as well. This is a gaming site, so we don't care that you have third world escorts waiting for us and we don't need to see your failed article submission trying to circumvent the system by using the user blog section.
Blogs that are blatantly trying to anger people, or deliberately attacking them, will always be failed on site by mods. The community will almost always report the blogs, but they don't even have to as the mods will insta-fail them on site and you'd have no one to blame but yourself if that happens.
To summarize and finalize this blog remember this. User blogs are opinions that everyone is entitled to have. Just like you wouldn't be too happy with someone telling you that you expressed your opinion incorrectly, so to do others dislike that attitude towards them as well.