All right, at 03:31PM (GMT+1:00), Slashdot author michael posts a story submitted by securitas about the Beagle 2 landing. This one
Beagle 2 Probe Lands; No Signal Received Yet
writes "The BBC reports that Europe's Beagle 2 Mars lander has failed to broadcast its landing confirmation signal. While project leaders are trying to put a brave face on it, the failure is seen as a major setback. The Beagle is out of broadcast range but another contact attempt will be made later today, when they hope a signal will be detected. Another failed Mars mission will solidify Mars' reputation as a spacecraft graveyard. More at icWales and News24."
I submitted my story
at 10:21AM, 5 hours and 10 minutes earlier. Within that timeframe these two
articles were posted, in my humble opinion, less news-worthy than the Beagle 2 posts. Now, comparing my submitted story to securitas', we see one very big difference: he supplies links to seven different articles, relating to the Mars mission. I only posted one link, to the CNN article. Why? Because I wanted to bring the news quick, since I found it very important and news-worthy. Of course I can imagine a post as securitas' is more usefull than mine, however, completely rejecting mine is a bit overdone, I think. Why not put my link to the CNN article in it?
Well, don't get me wrong: I don't really care about being rejected on this particular story. I only started this journal so that other users could read the stories I submitted, since if I don't log them, they get lost in Slashcode. Therefore, another idea for Slashcode: create a 'backpage', where all the submitted stories (but still a little interesting, the submitted stories filled with troll-crap should go directly to
/dev/null) are stored, so that users who finished reading the frontpage and found nothing interesting for them, could read the backpage, containing other news articles. More is better right?
Of course I understand being rejected on this post, but I also really understand why it frustrates other Slashdot readers when their submitted story get rejected (without any reason supplied!) and see a similair story accepted a couple hours, days or maybe even weeks later. Slashcoders: create a backpage, where all readers who do take the time to supply Slashdot with articles can get the credit they deserve. Without Slashdot submitters, there wouldn't be much Slashdot, would there?