So I decided to take a break from writing on my own website in search of some news, I did so by visiting N4G: one of the most colourful websites for news variety; however, as I write this a satirical article sits at the top of N4G as the site's hottest article, this is wrong in so many ways. Firstly, the site is called "News 4 Gamers", not "Satire For Gamers" and secondly, it's the most half-assed, piss-poor to get hits. Not only does this prove that complete crap can be published and gain the clown money for doing so, but it also devalues the value of this website's content and to be quite honest, it needs to stop.
I write this as a call to arms aimed at both the community and moderators. Stop this nonsense. The real problem emerges when this tripe gets mixed in with "real" news. It ruins the content of the website. Furthermore, it damages the face of this website in the eyes of newcomers. Imagine being a first-time visitor and seeing "Xbox One To Feature Go-Faster Stripes" as the 'hottest' article on the website. There are so many things wrong with this.
To counter this I suggest the following be done:
- Disallow any satirical pieces from being submitted: add it to the rules.
- Add a separate section for these articles to stop them being posted in the same area as "real" articles/news stories.
I know these measures are small, but the impact of such actions could help this site regain its focus on "News 4 Gamers" and not silly, hit-focused, low-quality 5-minute write-ups that somebody did when they were bored and had low ad-earnings from that month.
So, who is to blame? The community or the guidelines one must abide by to use this website? Well, it's a mixture of both. The community take a piece of the cake by allowing this rubbish to be approved whereas the guidelines for usage aren't strict enough in allowing these pieces to get passed approval. Although the website's submission rules are very strict, this is a hole as anybody can easily write some rubbish using emotive language and a touchy subject that will provoke even the lightest users to give the article a click. And no, it isn't funny. I usually read them thinking "oh, this is brilliant" to realize the content is 100% fake.
Sure, one every now and then is alright, but recently we've seen a flood of these articles and they really have lost their charm. So, as said before, to both the community and moderators, report and satirical piece for being "fake" to stop this nonsense reaching the heights of this website reserved for "real" news. This will only work if everybody abides by it.
A similar problem is the outburst of advertisement comments we've seen lately. Has the registration process changed, because I could've sworn that I haven't seen so many in such a short period of time previously. This is a developing problem, too. N4G has become a target for spam-bots which advertise low-rate websites. Tackle this by changing the registration process, stop satirical pieces and this website will return to what it was a few months ago: a website for gaming news and reviews, not a hit-based crapshack.
Please just stop this nonsense, post any thoughts you may have below. Do you agree?