Welcome to Readers' Picks. You're all used to Editor's Pick; this one is selected by your peers instead of by an editor. Rating is supposed to accomplish that but rating has become, for many, a support mechanism rather than an honest critique. This blog offers the additional advantage over both EP's and Ratings in that the rationale for selection will be included.
For this blog to be useful, we'd like to suggest criteria, both for recommending posts and for commenting on those recommendations.
For recommending posts:
· Choose posts based on quality of writing, interest of content,
or particularly illuminating POV. We are more concerned about
whether the blogger is good than whether the blogger is right.
· Explain/justify your choice
· Please avoid:
o Choosing a post based strictly on friendship
o Choosing a post just because you agree with its content
o Bringing a post to our attention for the sole purpose
of condemning it. This isn’t Readers’ Pans.
o Choosing a post where most of what’s in the post does not consist
of the blogger’s own work.
For commenting on recommendations:
o Please limit comments to reasons for supporting or opposing the
recognition of a post. Comments about specific content belong in the
Comments of the post itself.
o Particularly if you oppose recognition, please write about the post itself
and write as little as possible about the blogger. Please avoid being
insulting – rudeness can get a comment deleted following a PM warning.
How this blog works: Those of us who are administering the site will check on comments and at least one of us will check on recommended posts, then comment on them. If the rationale for inclusion is present in the initial comment and the recommendation does not meet with an unusual amount of opposition, a link to the recommended post will be included in the next post on this blog. At this point, it is our plan to post once or twice a week.
We hope this blog proves useful in terms of providing recognition to those you think deserve it and introducing you to bloggers you may not be aware of whose work is admired by your peers. Thank you for visiting.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
FOMENT THE INSURRECTION!!!