Quality of Sexls?

ArcaneBlast ArcaneBlast
Reading through the articles, I've noticed a lot of them don't go in depth with their topics and barely elaborate on their topic. As a college student, most of these would easily fail even the shortest paper due to the fact they don't elaborate or barely explain with detail.

Does anyone else notice this trend or am I looking at the wrong ones? (The ones on the front page)
01/01/2013
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Apirka Apirka
I think there is a word limit on some articles, but other than that, well, Eden does offer 1,000 points for articles so I guess the quality or length isn't something that can really be controlled with so many submitting articles to get those points.
01/01/2013
MrWill MrWill
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Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
Reading through the articles, I've noticed a lot of them don't go in depth with their topics and barely elaborate on their topic. As a college student, most of these would easily fail even the shortest paper due to the fact they don't ... More
It's true, but think about it this way: Do you think the masses want to read a thesis or dissertation on different types of play, or get a quick intro?


I like enough to get me introduced to something, and then form my own opinions.

I do try, however to put more information into my articles!
01/01/2013
ArcaneBlast ArcaneBlast
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Originally posted by MrWill
It's true, but think about it this way: Do you think the masses want to read a thesis or dissertation on different types of play, or get a quick intro?


I like enough to get me introduced to something, and then form my own ... More
Here's the thing, a quick intro should say enough to let us form an educated opinion, but from what I've seen a lot don't.
No one's asking for a thesis or a magnum opus, but some of the popular articles I've seen honestly says nothing useful.
01/01/2013
MrWill MrWill
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Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
Here's the thing, a quick intro should say enough to let us form an educated opinion, but from what I've seen a lot don't.
No one's asking for a thesis or a magnum opus, but some of the popular articles I've seen honestly says nothing useful.
I definitely see your point. There isn't necessarily a quality control (as in the quality of the article as a whole) brigade.. so unless it is explicitly against the terms of service or completely unrelated then I think it gets published.
01/01/2013
Ayumi Ayumi
I totally agree with your point. Some of the articles may be the ones that are required to be shorter, but my own articles tend to be on the longer side. I prefer a well-rounded approach to a topic and people can sift for what they want. More where people can pick what is useful can be better than less where there is nothing useful to be ascertained. On the other hand some people write very clear and detailed succinct articles so it is a double-edged sword.
01/01/2013
ArcaneBlast ArcaneBlast
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Originally posted by Ayumi
I totally agree with your point. Some of the articles may be the ones that are required to be shorter, but my own articles tend to be on the longer side. I prefer a well-rounded approach to a topic and people can sift for what they want. More where ... More
I do believe short articles can be detailed and cover a lot, the problem is why aren't those the one on the front page then?
01/01/2013
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
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Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
I do believe short articles can be detailed and cover a lot, the problem is why aren't those the one on the front page then?
It's true that some of our articles are a little amateurish. And while I know that, just as with every other area of the site, we do have a few folks just writing for points, the fact remains that a lot of our writers are amateurs.

Honestly, I think that's awesome. It gives a voice to folks who otherwise wouldn't be heard.

All of the articles make the front page in the Recent Articles section in the middle of the page. We're working on a site redesign, so hopefully, that part will be more intuitive very soon.

"Featured Articles" are normally things the editors feel the reader should see, be it an event announcement, good info, or whatever. Sometimes, though, we place really popular articles that aren't popular enough for "What's Hot" there, as well.

As for the articles that make the "What's Hot" section, that is controlled entirely by you, our readers. We tally up pageviews, social media interaction and comments, and the ones with the highest scores are placed in that section. Want to see more informational articles make that section? Make sure they get the recognition they deserve by reading, sharing and commenting on them.

All that said, please do feel free to comment. If you think an article could use a follow up with more info, tell the author that.

The whole point of SexIs Social is for us to work together as a community to create the most diverse sex positive magazine around by giving the reader an inside view on how differently we define ourselves sexually. And part of that is helping each other get better at expressing ourselves. The editors are doing the best they can, but there are between 5 and 10 contributors to every editor, right now, so they can definitely use your help.

Just please remember, when commenting, to be constructively critical. In other words, don't just say "This article needs help." Explain what the author could do to improve, or ask questions that you didn't see answered within the text.

Thanks, y'all, for your concern! Your overwhelming support and love for this project is monumental in our continued success.
01/02/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
Reading through the articles, I've noticed a lot of them don't go in depth with their topics and barely elaborate on their topic. As a college student, most of these would easily fail even the shortest paper due to the fact they don't ... More
Honestly, SexIs reads a lot like someone's personal blog in most articles. Or they're all over the place or totally filled with errors. Yes, these things have been noticed by others. I know my articles are not the best, but I give my all. I've had to work hard to "get it right", so I'm very grateful for editors like Kindred & Katelyn who have given me a lot of help with my articles and made sure they didn't get published looking like crap. Lol. I am used to having an editor in my writing work (away from EF), so I kind of need an objective editor to be honest and really dig deep, so of course I'm so appreciative to Kindred & Katelyn for what they help me with. I know I've been a pain to deal with and they never give up on me.

Now, that's the really good thing about SexIs (the editors who I have personally worked with and know how hard and great of a job they do, but they are not the only editors, so of course things slip through)

While some of the SexIs articles simply aren't in my interest, some of them, I wonder how they ever got published. I don't mean to be rude. I know a lot of my writings are just as rough sometimes, but I won't send in something I think is error filled or reads like my personal blog.

I have noticed a nice change within the last 4 months though, which is why I even bothered reading SexIs again. Before that, it only read like people's personal blogs, which is not what I am looking for when I go on SexIs. Of course I do enjoy personal stories the most, but I'm talking about the articles that read more like someone's venting (something that's normally done on a personal blog, not an online magazine).

I also agree with some of them not going into depth. Or even worse, the many that are nothing more than sex tips you see on the Cosmo site. I've seen TONS of articles that are nothing more than the list of sex ideas straight from another website, nothing at all unique added in the mix. That bores me and gets old quicker than if someone did write an article on nothing but their work week and kids.

I hope my articles do not come off as vague. I try to go in-depth as best as I can, but without dragging the article out to book-length, which I'm very guilty of! Lol. I usually take at least something away from those informative articles though, so I do love that type! As long as they are original and unique, that is.

No, you're not the only one who's noticed. Am I the only who's noticed the things I mentioned?
01/02/2013
Experiment Experiment
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Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
I do believe short articles can be detailed and cover a lot, the problem is why aren't those the one on the front page then?
The front page is dictated by what Sexis readers read and share. It's kind of the argument about why tv is so bad now ow why music sucks. Society bemoans it, but they themselves choose it. The articles you dislike are the ones others love.
01/16/2013
js250 js250
I do notice a few articles that are a bit off, but due to the fact that it is a magazine that is written by primarily non-professional writers about a personal and often not discussed topic--there are many wonderful ones as well. I appreciate the variation and experiences of others and look forward to reading and writing more articles!!
01/17/2013
anonymous1298304 anonymous1298304
ty for bringing this up! Though there are some absolutely wonderful articles on Sexis, overall the quality has gone down since moving contributor articles from edencafe over to Sexis. Before that Sexis was not open to everyone to write for. I am so frustrated with some of the articles that were obviously just written in a rush without much thought or research. it's obvious it was done merely for the points. It's obvious. The wordcount minimum needs to be raised. and should not be a "we take anything" type of thing. The editing even needs improvement. I suggest articles from there all the time to people, but now I'm finding I have to read through at least 5 articles to find even one that i would suggest.

It's not a matter of not liking a particular writing style or thinking the writer lacks ability, it's imo definitely people taking advantage of the points.
01/17/2013
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
Thanks for all your comments. As you can see from my earlier post on this thread, this thread right here, and other threads I've posted marked with the #SexIsSocial tag, we are addressing your concerns.
01/18/2013
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