I periodically come and go from this site and recently found the new myTake feature and was happy to see that something was in place from the former "Articles" feature. A year ago I had originally wanted to create articles for the site under the discretion of those who review GaG content, but learned that it was a feature they had done away with and had no intention of bringing back.
Now we have myTake, which is basically the same thing as submitting an article, which is great! I have no qualms with the content of anyone's myTakes, but I am a bit surprised that they aren't polished up a bit, fit for being published as something taken up a notch compared to regular topics.
By this I don't just mean spelling and grammatical errors. Some myTakes are awful for this and some errors I can understand will fly under the radar. But also the wording of certain sentences that can be viewed as (verging on) hate speech while the rest of a myTake is meant to be opinionated. Are these sorts of things not screened and/or returned to the owner with suggestions on how to edit their piece?
Also, since myTakes are not topics whereby a MHOs can be awarded, is there some sort of incentive for those who respond who acquire more upvotes? From what I have observed, myTake is an easy way to write something thought-provoking, or to spout off something that angers the writer with no consequence from GaG should the myTake be viewed as offensive, and no system of "xper reward" to the readers. But please correct me if I'm wrong!
These myTakes are a representation of the site, and I'm wondering if these are things that may be considered in the future.
Most Helpful Girl
The myTake feature is a bit complicated to understand for someone new. Basically, anyone can write a myTake, they can be written about anything the user wants to write about. However, they are subject to the same standards that any other post is subject to on the site. Which means, they are moderated. Any myTakes that break the posting guidelines are removed by a moderator or an admin.
Promoted myTakes have a pink or blue lightbulb beside them and can be found on the promoted page. These are myTakes that the admins have reviewed and decided to promote, thereby allowing the myTake to have more views and typically more people will comment on it. From the FAQ, "Promoted myTakes are featured myTakes that we found to be really inspiring or helpful, full of information that we want more G@Gers to learn from!" So, the admins are the ones who choose which myTakes to promote based on their own criteria.
Personally, I don't think all of the promoted myTakes are "inspiring, helpful, or full of information." But, it is what it is I suppose, it's up to the admins' discretion as to what myTakes they want to promote. Promoted myTakes also earns the user who wrote it 100 xper points.
There are also points given to users who post on promoted myTakes.
Again, from the FAQ:
- Share your Opinion on a myTake +1
- Share your Opinion on a Featured myTake +1
- Share your Opinion on a Promoted myTake within 15 minutes +2
- Promoted myTake gets more than 10 Followers +5
- Your Opinion is the first Opinion from your gender on a Promoted myTake +2
I hope this helped answer your questions, if not, feel free to comment and I can elaborate more :)0
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