Hoxly News Posting Guidelines

Welcome to Hoxly News! On this page you will find some general guidelines for posting stories, facts, and comments.

Stories

Suitability

Stories that are submitted to the site should relate to some concrete event or change that has occurred recently in the world. You should avoid posting opinion pieces at all costs as they tend to be heavily biased and overly speculative. In general stories that are only being reported on by a single website or author do not belong on Hoxly News. It is also a good idea to do a search before posting a news story to make sure it has not already been submitted by someone else.

Here are some examples of good and factual news stories:

  • Facebook to launch it's own cryptocurrency
  • Google is killing YouTube’s “Hangouts on Air” this year
  • FedEx sues the Department of Commerce after incident involving misrouted Huawei packages

Here are some examples of bad and opinionated news stories:

  • The Biggest Threat to America Is Us
  • Avengers: Endgame fans coming to terms with Avatar remaining the top-grossing movie
  • Endless AI-generated spam risks clogging up Google’s search results

Titles

Often the headlines on news articles are less than ideal or include clickbait. It is recommended that you formulate your own headline that you feel best summarizes the story as concisely as possible. The best titles for Hoxly News stories are those that plainly state what has occurred and only include enough facts to give readers a cursory understanding of the situation.

It should go without saying but titles should absolutely not be written in such a way that they encourage "clicks" (in other words avoid clickbait), they should be written in neutral tone to convey as much information as possible in as few words as possible.

Avoid over-stuffing your title with too many facts. Facts in the title cannot be updated, voted upon, or easily sourced. For example, in a scenario where a terrorist attack has occurred in New York City the title "Terrorist attack in New York City" would be sufficient. Facts like the death toll, political responses, attackers identities, etc. should remain in the facts section, not the title.

Additionally, generally speaking sentence case is preferred over title case.

Facts

Facts are fairly self-explanatory. They are short sentences or blurbs that consist of no more than 260 characters. Each sentence should contain only verifiable statements and link to a source where readers can verify the evidence. They should stay clear of opinions that cannot be proved or disproved.

Comments

The comments section is where you should direct your opinions about any particular news story. It's a great place to discuss any experiences you have that may be relevant or start tangential conversations (not directly related to the news story but along the same line).

That said, it's no secret that online discussions can sometimes get heated. Try to follow these guidelines:

  • Be kind. Don't be snarky. Comments should get more thoughtful and substantive, not less, as a topic gets more divisive.
  • When disagreeing, please reply to the argument instead of calling names. "That is idiotic; 1 + 1 is 2, not 3" can be shortened to "1 + 1 is 2, not 3."
  • Please respond to the strongest plausible interpretation of what someone says, not a weaker one that's easier to criticize. Assume good faith.
  • Eschew flamebait. Don't introduce flamewar topics unless you have something genuinely new to say. Avoid unrelated controversies and generic tangents.
  • Please don't post shallow dismissals, especially of other people's work. A good critical comment teaches us something.