Pitch Us Your MakeUseOf Story Ideas! [We Ask You]

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MakeUseOf is many things to many people, as we previously discovered when we asked you all to tell us how you would describe MakeUseOf to a friend. We are, at the core, a group of writers passionate about technology, and in particular technology that you can make use of, even if only for entertainment purposes.

We publish dozens of stories each week, some of which are extremely well received, others which disappear off the radar with barely a glance. Which is where you come in. Who better to suggest ideas for what we, the MakeUseOf collective, should be writing about than you, the MakeUseOf readership.

This is your chance to veer the MakeUseOf content in the direction that interests you. And you could even win a T-shirt for taking part.

This Week’s Question…

We want you to Pitch Us Your MakeUseOf Story Ideas! If you’re interested in doing so then you need to read the following very carefully. Only comments which follow the format outlined below will be considered.

Your comment should comprise 1) a title, and by that we mean a proper headline that could be used in its entirety. Be sure to look over recent MakeUseOf articles to see the kind of titles that make the cut. And 2) a description of what the the article should be about. Please be as detailed as you can be, avoiding vague notions whenever possible.

The only rules regarding content are that your idea should be related to technology in some way and be original. The range of tech-related material we cover on MakeUseOf is quite wide, so just ensure it fits into one of the many topics listed here. Being original means finding something that we haven’t covered previously, with a simple search of the site all that’s needed.

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As long as it adheres to these rules you’re free to suggest any story that comes to mind. Perhaps it’s a subject you’ve long wondered why we haven’t covered. Or perhaps one that you would be extremely interested in reading for a particular reason. If you can add context to your submission then that’s great, but doing so isn’t a prerequisite for entry.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail the We Ask You Results. Two readers will be chosen as having the best ideas for MakeUseOf articles, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt chosen from those available through MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (16)
  • Mark Sofman

    You should show readers who upgraded to OSX Mavericks on their Macs how to replace and return their ebooks and pdf files, automatically migrated to iBooks on Mavericks start up, into iTunes so they can edit metadata, manage their collection(s) and readily sync with their iOS devices.

  • Eugene M.

    “Who they are and how they got there.”
    I feel like most of the people who go to this site are the kind of people who are looking to advance themselves and progress further and further, one way or another. Whether someone just follows your articles on Android to learn how to master their cell phone, or studies computer science at a university and just goes to your site for tech news, they both wouldn’t mind reading about how some other people got to their next level in life. Example: start with yourselves (the writers of this site). Tell us how you got to where you are, if you’re happy doing what you do, and what your plans are for the future. Then move on to other people. And they don’t have to be Bill Gates or Steve Jobs – just someone who works in the technology world and has gone from nothing to something, and by something I mean, for example, a 25 year old graphics design major who just got his masters, and started doing a lot of free work for local paper when some CEO was in town, saw his work, and hired him for what turned out to be his dream job making over $200,000 a year. Something like that. Or some entrepreneur kid who didn’t do well at school, dropped out of college, but knew how to code really well for many years, and got a patent on his new app that he wrote and now makes millions. I’d love to read stories like that, they give a lot of motivation to us, people of the tech world (or to anyone else for that matter), and make us not forget that good things do happen if you work hard – just gotta keep believing!

  • Eugene M.

    Technological “Mythbusters”

    Have an article dedicated to talking about whether a certain technology from some movie or some video game exists in real life, and what it’s best uses would be.

  • Jesse S

    Title: Need help managing your bandwidth plan, we’ve got you covered….

    Description: If your using a 3G, 4G, or Satellite Service for your broadband needs you’ve probably had problems managing bandwidth allotment on occasion. There are several good pieces of software for managing a limited bandwidth plan. One of the most wide spread pieces of software is the “SoftPerfect: Bandwidth Manager”. Which can range from a free license to $150 a computer. There are a number of great features that you can take advantage of. Though pairing it with the router and service of your choice can prove to be a bit more technical. Especially when your trying to get a couple of dozen MAC Addresses past your wireless routers NAT to manage each device individually. To that end, we’ll look at typical setup used to divide a 15 Gig “Exede” Plan between 11 devices, 4 users and 1 guest account through an “Amped Wireless” Router.

  • Eugene M.

    Weapons & Gadgets

    With the growing interest for weapons, you guys should have an article dedicated to new technologies in the war world (guns, tactical attachments, gadgets, etc.). Weapons in shooting games and weapons in real life are awfully similar to each other these days, so whether you own a gun (which sounds like a lot of people do in this country), or just want to know if the night vision motion detection thermal 200x zoom rifle scope exists in real life, and if yes, how much it costs, then this article would be for you!

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