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What is the purpose of this board?
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:10:31 PM »
Here, all members can nominate any post or thread (called article below) for inclusion in "Elected articles", the sister board of this board. If you want to make a nomination, think about presenting the article beforehand. Remember that people interested in other areas of numismatics must understand why the article is nominated. Explain your motivation as well as you can. Make sure you include a link to the article you nominate. Follow discussions of articles you nominate seriously, answer questions or ask the author for answers. Do not nominate more articles than you can handle. Below are some further pointers.

This board is the place to discuss nominated threads/posts, its qualities and deficiencies. Remember to stay polite and constructive and never make personal attacks. The original author may make changes to the article; in fact, this is encouraged if it makes the article better.

We have an annual poll on the same board, ending on 31st December midnight, where every member has five votes (you may change your vote during the year.) To be included in the Best of WoC, you need 0.5% of the votes of the membership.

Once a year, elected articles are included in the Best of WoC board by the moderator of that board. He/she makes a copy of the original and edits it where necessary with approval of the original author, whose name remains with the article.

How to write and evaluate articles; what to avoid.
The single most important thing to avoid is plagiarism. Don't copy other people's research. Quotes are fine, but where the quote is part of your reasoning, make an attribution. Similarly, attribute illustrations and make sure you have permission to use them wherever necessary (err on the side of caution.) Clear plagiarism disqualifies the article.

Avoid free-flow and lateral thinking. It's fine for the rest of the site, but stay focussed on reaching your conclusion when you are writing an article.

When you are voting, vote for QUALITY. Do not vote for or against an article because of the nationality, race, religion or gender of the author, the subject of the article, spelling and grammatical errors (they'll disappear in the editing process,) the name recognition of or your friendship with the author, the many footnotes or references, the number of page views or the many pictures. In particular, do not vote for an article because you have been lobbied or because your friends vote for it. QUALITY is the only benchmark

How to evaluate articles; what is important.
QUALITY is hard to measure. Here are some guidelines. They are not hard and fixed rules but they are hopefully inspiring for authors and voters alike.
  • Structure. An introduction (what is this about?) and a conclusion (here is what we can learn) and a middle part that rests on logical steps leading to the conclusion
  • Readability. Technical terms and non-English phrases are explained or a link to an explanation is provided. Again, err on the side of caution. Illustrations always help, but they should not dominate.
  • Originality. How important is the subject matter? Is there original research involved or is the approach creative or different? Is there an eye-opener in the conclusions?
Furthermore,
  • Footnotes and references are fine, but certainly not compulsory.
  • Articles should be written by one person or a team. They should not be such items as an index, a discussion or an identification thread. They should be about or related to numismatics or coin collecting in the widest sense of the word. They should have been originally posted in the year that will be voted on (exceptions permitted; the moderator of the board "Elected articles" decides)
  • There is no minimum size for an article. Making positive use of fonts, headers, lists, links and other features of the software is encouraged. Using different posts as chapters or sections is fine.
  • Remember that the "Best of WoC" will be the visiting card of us all, including you and act accordingly.
None of these pointers disqualify. However, if you already have readability and originality, how difficult is it to add a clear structure?

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.