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Summary guidelines

These guidelines for writing summaries have to be followed strictly by all volunteers and moderators. When rejecting a submission, a moderator includes a comment with the reason for the rejection and which guideline was not followed.

We always try to improve how we work together at Newsvoice, you can propose changes to the guidelines here.

  1. Highlight essentials and check facts. Scan the articles you are summarizing carefully. Highlight the points you think are essential for the readers. Make sure that the facts are correct.
  2. Summary should be longer than title. The summary has to provide more information and be substantially longer than the headline.
  3. Use correct spelling and grammar. Make sure that the spelling and grammar is correct.
  4. Avoid bias. Keep your summary short, sharp and unbiased. Your summary should emphasize objectivity. Try to think of the "4 Ws": who, what, when and where.
  5. Use simple language. Use language that is understandable for the whole community. Keep it simple, spell out acronyms and avoid or - if not possible - explain jargon. Newsvoice aims to be accessible to everyone. Some acronyms might be allowed if they are widely known (eg. WHO, UN).
  6. Refer to original study. When summarizing an article based on a study, always refer to the original study.
  7. Don't include opinion. Don't include your own opinion or analysis of the original article.
  8. Avoid quotations. Avoid using direct quotations if unnecessary.
  9. Avoid repetitions. Avoid repetitions in the summary.
  10. Do not copy-paste. Rephrase instead of copy-pasting. If you have difficulties using your own words, try to write short phrases instead of long, complex sentences.
  11. Avoid question and exclamation marks. Avoid question or exclamation marks unless absolutely necessary, for example if they are part of a quote.
  12. Be gentle with punctuation. Be gentle with punctuation marks. For example, don't use a semicolon (also known as ";") if you can say the same thing using a comma, dash, period or - even better - nothing at all.
  13. Don't capitalize every word. Only use capital letters in the title to start off a sentence or when writing names.
  14. Avoid describing type of media. Avoid describing the type of media in the title. For instance, do not refer to live coverage or videos.
  15. Keep impersonal. Keep your summary impersonal. Don't write in first or second person.

Rules for news sources

We want to keep an open discussion around news and exclude as few sources and perspectives as possible. However, we will not accept links to articles or pages in the following categories:

  • Not news. Sources that are not news sites. For instance, we will not link to Wikipedia or blogs.
  • Paywalled. Sources that are behind a paywall, or cannot be accessed by anyone who follows the link.
  • Opinion based articles. Articles that are just an analysis or based solely on something a person says.
  • Off topic or old. Sources that are off topic or not directly related to the main story, or sources that are older than a couple of days.
  • Fake news. Sources that entirely fabricate information, disseminate deceptive content, or grossly distort actual news reports.
  • Satire. Sources that use humor, irony, exaggeration, ridicule, and false information to comment on current events.
  • Junk science. Sources that promote pseudoscience, metaphysics, naturalistic fallacies, and other scientifically dubious claims.
  • Hate News. Sources that actively promote racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination.
  • Clickbait. Sources that provide generally credible content, but use exaggerated, misleading, or questionable headlines, social media descriptions, and/or images.

We are gathering site classifications from the OpenSources project, but are constantly expanding our database of news sites.

Commenting rules

We are committed to keeping the discussion around the news stories as open as possible, and will never remove content based on political views or bias. We are, however, also committed to keeping the quality of the discussion at a high level. Therefore comments will be removed in the following cases:

  • Off topic. Comments that are not commenting on the news story that they are associated with.
  • Spam. Comments that are spam or advertising products or services.
  • Sexually explicit material. Comments that use sexually explicit language or linking to pornographic material.
  • Hate speech and graphic violence. Comments that contains hate speech or link to graphic violent material.
  • Bullying or harassment. Comments that are meant to bully or harass other readers or people outside the site.
  • Impersonation. Comments posted by users that pretend to be someone else.

Block and ban

If a user keeps posting either links or comments that break our rules they can either receive a warning, get their account temporarily suspended, or in serious cases get their account permanently blocked.

Bots and click farms

We are keeping a zero tolerance policy towards bots and click farms. If an account is found to be run by a bot or a click farm it will be immediately closed, without warning.

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