MakeUseOf means a lot to us – and, it seems, to you too. We all love what we do, which is creating articles for you all to make use of in some way. But it can be tough finding subjects that will really resonate with the readership in a big way.
So, for last week’s We Ask You, we handed the baton of responsibility over to you, asking you all to conjure up the titles and descriptions of stories you would like to see on MakeUseOf. As always, you didn’t let us down, and those who took part may spot their submissions on the site in the weeks and months to come.
We asked you to Pitch Us Your MakeUseOf Story Ideas! A good number of you responded, and your suggestions could help shape future content here on MakeUseOf. What’s clear is that everybody has different, and distinct, ideas of what sort of article they’d like to read on the site.
We would like to thank all of the readers who took the time to send in such excellent and detailed story ideas. You’ve shown us once again what a wonderful community of readers we have on the site. We may yet see idea submissions by readers become a regular thing on MakeUseOf — stay tuned!
We had great input from everybody who took part in this week’s discussion. As this one was a little different than the usual We Ask You, we chose two people to win Comment Of The Week. Both win a T-shirt as well as our respect and gratitude…
Winning Story Ideas
The first winner is Db for ‘Best Laptops at the Following Price Points: $400, $500, $600, $700, $800 +‘, which was pitched as, “We present our knowledge & research regarding the best laptops money can buy at the following price points. This will include refurbished units.”
This is a great title, because reliable buying advice is something we all need, and it’s getting more difficult to find online. Segmenting by budget would also allow us to explain what you get for your extra $100 or $200 over the base model, and thus help readers decide what their budget should be (perhaps they don’t need an expensive laptop after all?).
The second winner is Csaba for ‘Apps and tools for activists‘, which was pitched as, “Social activism is getting popular all across the web. Organizing and following up civil movements have created a wide range of apps and tools, that can be useful for many readers. However, many tools of MakeUseOf’s featured apps are really effective for social/civic organizers.”
We might not take it up as a weekly series, but the idea itself is compelling. Many people know that “technology gives us all a voice,” but how, exactly? And what are some of the best examples of this voice being used? This is a great topic because it goes beyond “tech is cool” to “tech can really change lives and societies.”
We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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