Here are some things that a good Everything Editor
Not constantly. Not 50
writeups a day. But contribution
to the database
Everyone else gets to vote -- editors should make their voice
s heard this way, too.
3. Help out the newbies.
This place is weird
if you've just discover
ed it. An editor
should be able to answer most question
s and provide helpful
pointers to smooth
4. Ching! cool writeups.
Well, almost everyone gets to do this anyway, and editors should keep an eye out for notable
5. Pick some Cool Nodes for the Page of Cool.
Only editors can designate Cool Nodes, which are the creme de la creme
. Editors can pick as many Cool Nodes as they want -- 20 a day, one a week, all that matters is that they be, in the editor's opinion
, even cooler than the typical Ching!ed writeup.
6. Encourage good work.
If an editor (or anyone else, for that matter) finds a writeup they particularly like that has already been Ching!
ed, they should feel free to /msg
the noder and tell 'em they did a good job
. Everyone enjoys an occasional pat on the back
7. Serve as an inspiration.
The job title
itself puts ya above the rabble
: you're an Editor
, possessed of superior writing skill
s, a cool, level
head, and a desire to see Everything prosper
. People expect to see good stuff
in an editor's writeup, and it's not nice to disappoint
s too often. That doesn't mean that all the editor's writeups should be lengthy
, and non-controversial
-- Everything is supposed to be fun
for everyone, and there's nothing wrong
with an editor tossing off a few one-liner
s and rant
s when the need arises.
8. Weed out the bad writeups.
Sometimes, this is as easy as sending a /msg
to a noder pointing out a misspelling
or requesting a fix
. But sometimes, it requires kill
ing a writeup
. There's a lot of crap and NFN
out there that cries out for a strong
editor to nuke it 'til it glows
. You should feel no guilt
about this -- you wouldn't have been given the power
doubted your ability
to execute good judgment
. If you have doubt
s about whether a writeup should be nuke
d, ask the advice
of a fellow editor
or ask one of the Gods
if they can correct
Now here are some things that are not
part of the Everything Editor
A. You don't have to kill a writeup just because someone else doesn't like it.
Use your best judgment
-- if it's completely useless
, feel free to give it a toss
, but don't yank
a node just because one person complain
s. Some folks'll bitch about every little thing.
B. Don't let a non-editor tell you how to do your job.
Feel free to accept advice
s, but you
were chosen as the editor
, not that Level 4 busybody
who keeps pester
ing you about what to Cool
and what to nuke
C. Don't stifle your opinion.
There are noders
out there who will complain if an editor expresses an opinion
contrary to their own. "You're setting a bad example
!" they will whine
. "Why did they ever make you
an editor?" they will pout
. Listen to this carefully: Fuck 'em.
They're trying to control
you and get you to quit
noding your opinions. Editors are not selected on the basis of their political beliefs
. You're just as permitted to express your opinion
s as anyone else on Everything. Don't back off from controversy
if it's what you enjoy
D. Don't try to be perfect.
You aren't, and you can't be. You'll make noding
and editing mistake
s, whether that means accidentally Cooling a node
ally nuking a writeup
(if you do, hit the "Back" button, cut-and-paste
the original writeup, and e-mail the noder or bones
, if you can't find their address
, explaining the accident
and offering the cut-and-paste
of the original writeup
), or getting into drunken argument
s with other noders. It's no big thang
. Someday, you'll look back at it and laugh
E. Don't expect Everything to behave. Horrible
nodes will get voted into the stratosphere
writeups will get no votes
at all. Talented writers will get bored and move on. Potty-mouthed junior high kids
will stay around for months
. Even as an editor
, you will be largely unable
to affect the future evolution of Everything
. Don't get discouraged
. You may not be able to mold
Everything exactly the way you want to, but you can make some difference
, and what you're doing is important
. Someday, that junior high kid is gonna write a novel
, and he'll credit Everything
, along with your patience
, with helping him develop his chops