Welcome to Hoxly News! On this page you will find some general guidelines for posting stories, facts, and comments.
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:
Here are some examples of bad and opinionated news stories:
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.
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.
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: