I've been getting a lot of messages and reading a bunch of posts about the lack of news on the NS home page and just wanted to shed some light on the situation.
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I see the benefits of the vote system and I actually like it, but why do we have to choose between that and the old format. Can't NS feature a hybrid home page with "What's Hot" content and then one column (or row) on the home page that lists out your "official" NS content? It could feature news from your journalists, press releases, upcoming calendar events, etc... Almost like a NS ticker.
Including a separate column that ensures a journalist's content will appear there coupled with financial incentive would likely boost user content. Shoot, I bet you wouldnt even have to pay ppl to provide it if they had a guarentee it would be up for a brief moment on the home page. Also, ski companies might take time to generate specific NS content if they knew it woud be there too.
I see your point, but I think the new format also favors those same brofest bros. My guess is that over time you will see an increase in content that is meant to catch users' eyes for a quick upvote and less in-depth and well thought out content.
Creating that window of opportunity for the "small guys" to provide content from their local neck of the woods that may get featured on the official home page ticker was huge. It also said something about the old format of NS when you saw an official article on the home page about a melted out hill in Kentucky that featured a muddy rail jam. It said loud and clear that everyone doing anything related to freeskiing was awesome and we are proud of them. I know you likely still feel that way, but the new format doesnt necessarily say that anymore.