Quantity or Quality? More Updates or Not so Many?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by arn, Feb 6, 2007.

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More or less updates?

  1. More, but including smaller stories

    21 vote(s)
    31.3%
  2. Less, but more significant stories

    46 vote(s)
    68.7%
  1. arn macrumors god

    arn

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    #1
    This is something I've been curious about, so I figured I'd ask. MacRumors tends to update somewhat selectively. We tend to range from 1-4 updates/day... and try to focus on the big things.

    Other sites/blogs tend to update fast/furious... on the other end of the extreme is 20+ updates a day... but the quality of them is a bit questionable, and it's easy to miss some updates unless you check very frequently.

    The problem with the many updates a day, is the big stuff tends to get pushed down quicker off the page.

    So, which do you prefer? I guess both in the context in MacRumors as well as other sites.
     
  2. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    As is seems to working peachy enough for me. I visit MR for the very reason that the stories are selectively chosen, so I don't waste my time reading dribble. That's what Digg is for... :p
     
  3. bigandy macrumors G3

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    I much prefer as it is. too much, as spicyapple points out, is just too much like Digg and, as you say, Arn, heading towards the more innacurate rumour sites.

    Keep it as it is, Arn. If it ain't broke, don't fix it ;)
     
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I'll agree with the previous posters...if it's on MR's homepage, I know it's important/significant. Plus, we have page 2 for all the lesser items. I vote for "keep it like it is."

    EDIT: There is NO "just leave it" option in the poll! Boo! :)
     
  5. SMM macrumors 65816

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    #5
    No complaints here - besides, one can always go to the forums for best of speculation and opinion (and trolling).
     
  6. MacNut macrumors Core

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    #6
    Less is more, I would rather get bigger in depth stories rather than a bunch of meaningless ones.

    There is a good chance that the smaller stories will find there way here anyways.
     
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I would say it depends on the story currently on the top of the front page.

    Sometimes I'll say to myself "Wow, it's been 3 days since a new story. It's about time we get something else up there... anything else."

    And other times I'll say, "Too bad, that really good, interesting story got bumped from the top after only two hours by a really boring story."

    An example of a really good story would be a new product release, invite, or apple announcement (like the "Thoughts on Music" by Steve Jobs). ...I would try and keep those up there as long as possible.

    Examples of less-important stories IMO would be those like "Wal-Mart Launches Movie Download Service." ...I would consider keeping stores like these (that don't partially involve Apple) on Page 2.


    But overall, you do a good balancing act - you really don't need to change much. :)
     
  8. MacNut macrumors Core

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    #8
    I would say the Walmart story greatly affects Apple.
     
  9. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    Slightly more often would be nice, but don't update like an Weblogs, Inc. site would. :)
     
  10. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    #10
    It may affect apple, but it's not directly related to Apple.
     
  11. solvs macrumors 603

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    #11
    Works fine as is. We have page 2 and MacBytes if we need more. And the spy thingy.
     
  12. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    #12
    Selectivity is one of the reasons why MR is so great. No need to change it.

    Though, there are some slow days that might benefit from less important news. ;)



    irmongoose
     
  13. arn thread starter macrumors god

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    #13
    don't worry about drastic changes... just curious.

    arn
     
  14. zephead macrumors 68000

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    I say keep it the way it is. No need to fix what ain't broke. ;)
     
  15. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    #15
    MR is great as it is! I read TUAW for all the other mac related news. But for some good rumor coverage I prefer MR.

    Don't change anything!
     
  16. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    #16
    Agree keep it the way it is.

    You seem to have an itchin to be fixin somethin' so here's a suggestion:

    - have a featured item, which stays at the top for a couple of days - newer but smaller items can go underneath.

    I was going to say "try not to go 3 days without a new story" but on reflection, I quite like that you occasionally go for days without a new item - teaches me not to be so obsessive about mac stuff and be more balanced :)

    I also like the calm front page - if having a featured story, please stick to the calm layout - please don't make it messy just to foreground the featured item.
     
  17. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    #17
    Frequent non-stories will just put readers off.
     
  18. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    #18
    I think you should put more stuff on Page 2, currently it's rarely used, for example the Walmart story could go on page 2.
     
  19. iRachel macrumors 6502a

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    I'd have to say I like it the way it is now, though I also think Eraserhead's idea about incorporating Page 2 more and using it for smaller stories and/or things only tangentially related to Apple could work, as well.
     
  20. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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  21. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    #21
    this i would agree with. or even give a MacBytes tab.
     
  22. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    #22
    I notice nothing seems to happen on the weekends. Something might be interesting then, but on the weekdays perfect. At slow news times I would like to see something updating the front page.
     
  23. SkyBell macrumors 604

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  24. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Maybe more weekend updates? I don't know if its because all the powers that be like weekends off, but surely the Rumor mills can't just stop at the weekend and I find it very rare there is anything new to read over the weekend.

    Other than that, id say its all good.
     
  25. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    #25
    More quality less quantity.

    It really seems like the past few months has brought nothing to the table really...
     

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