News from Palestine and Israel for July 14th / 15th (self.worldnews)
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This topical news sticky is part 2 of an experiment** /r/worldnews is going to run today.
Yesterday we ran an experiment of using a sticky in contest mode. The feedback within that thread was pretty evenly divided between people who liked it, and people who didn't. The feedback we've gotten via modmail was majority positive.
There are two significant complaints that shared by people on both sides. You did not like contest mode, because you want to be able to sort by new and you felt there was not as much discussion.
So now we are going for a another trial period of one day to see if a regular thread listed as a sticky is a workable approach.
For those who missed the previous sticky, here are some issues we've been experiencing that led to this decision:
We've recently been overwhelmed with submissions about Palestine and Israel. Hence, it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep /r/worldnews a place for news from around the world. Our subscribers have made it clear they are annoyed by how one topic dominates the sub, especially in the new queue.
Users have also been complaining en masse that some content related to this topic may have been attacked by downvote brigades and effectively been silenced this way. Moderators have no tools to determine if this is actually the case or not but at our request the reddit administrators have investigated and told us they see no evidence of vote manipulation. This has not alleviated many users' concerns.
Due to the sheer number of submissions, discussions of the current events are being spread out across several threads with the same arguments playing out across all of them.
Special rules apply for top-level comments in this sticky today:
All top-level comments must consist of an article link only. Be sure to use reddit formatting to turn text into a link to your article - do not just post the URL link. Those will be removed.
The articles should be relevant to the topic and follow the regular submission rules. Articles should be news, not opinion or analysis and should be current.
Memes or just images will be removed as usual.
The link title may be customized, but should describe/quote the article and may not exceed 300 characters.
If you edit your top level comment after any votes or replies, it will be subject to removal.
If you encounter duplicate submissions, please send us both permalinks in the body of a mod mail. We will then remove the duplicate.
If you submit a story about Israel or Palestine as a regular submission like you used to, it will automatically be removed, a flair "use sticky" will be attached and you'll be redirected to this thread in a comment reply.
All current /r/worldnews comment rules will still apply here.
119 comments submitted at 03:35:34 on Jul 15, 2014 by WorldNewsMods