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Fact vs Fantasy and the endless struggle of the rumor mill

0. phoneArena 08 Oct 2013, 14:42 posted on

Fair warning dear reader, because I am about to give you something of an inside look at the world of tech news. You may not think that is something that requires a warning, but it does because an inside look at the world of tech news is, ultimately, an inside look at you, the reader. I know that some of you do get uncomfortable when asked to do a bit of self-reflection, rather than being allowed to remain in the echo chamber that only tells you what you think you already know...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 14:56 10

1. jellmoo (Posts: 655; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I don't know how much of an issue this has been for the staff here at PA, but rumours and interesting commentary (to which I include articles like this one) are why I visit, and what I consider the strengths of the site. Rumours are called rumours for a reason, and I do agree that they need to be taken with a grain of salt.

I would honestly like to see some sort of commentary in regards to the decisions made in device reviews and camera comparisons, as those are the areas that I feel are woefully inadequate on PA.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 14:58 6

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2664; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Thanks for the comment! I'll definitely pass along your concerns.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:06 1

3. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Those are aome of the coolest concept phones ever. Looks like the LG one is some sort of a boomerang. A killer one at that...............and it has GPS. It better come back to me after I throw it now.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:08 1

4. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


I loved this post. I've never had an issue with what gets posted in this site, but it's almost expected now to go through the comments and see "Enough with the *insert company or device* posts, why aren't there more about *insert company or device*? This really puts it into perspective, whatever gets the most clicks, gets the most attention later on.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:23

5. shahrooz (Posts: 118; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


I'm not turning off my add blocker but "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" option is always enabled. Good ads make it through ad-blocker

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:37 7

6. Dr.Phil (Posts: 897; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Posting rumors or inside information is not the culprit here. I think the true culprit is when you are allowing "anonymous tips" to be plastered on the site when there is no indication that they are truthful in nature. Sometimes I feel like you are doing it just so you can use the "Exclusive" tag on the post.

All I am asking is that you check your sources and that you use common sense when posting news or information. If you are unsure, then make sure it is known to the reader that it is simply a rumor and you have no way of knowing whether it is true or not. However, if you don't start checking your sources or using common knowledge you're going to turn into the Star magazine, or whatever those fake newspapers you see when you're checking out from a grocery store, of phone sites. Learn to be critical and have an actual opinion. Also, again going back to a previous comment under a review, I would like to see more critical reviews of devices. I want you all to be the ones to raise the bar so that way devices like the S4 and iPhone 5S are at 8/10 instead of 9.5/10. It then communicates to the manufacturers that they have to strive harder to achieve greatness.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 18:27

10. papss (unregistered)


Great read Michael! I have always tried to respect the writers but recently I feel there's been a complete lack of consistency in review scores, professionalism in some of the writing (I'm looking at you Ray) and overall quality that I've come to expect from my time on this site.
With that being said I feel you do a great job at keeping this place troll free (no pun intended :) and keeping up with the news on all three OS's.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 04:27

11. techguyone (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 May 2013)


At the risk of upsetting PA staff, you could do worse than look at how GSMArena do their reviews of devices, they are much more in depth than PA (typically 12 pages vs 4) this is an area which desperately needs looking at, as is the seemingly endless 'comparisons' of completely different spectrum phones which bear no relevance to anything bar the fact that they have telephony functions. Compare like for like by all means, that would be welcomed, not phones at different ends of the spectrum.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 12:20

12. PhoneCritic (Posts: 355; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I for one would like to see the Rumor tag return. But, I agree with what others are saying here. The reviews are lacking consistency and are overly skewed by comments such as " company (A) has made this material kool again" comments such as these really should not be included in a review when ( and this is the reason) it has always been seen as a negative for any other company that utilize the same material. In fact when the cost of a device is a con for one manufacture but not for another ( who's device maybe more expensive) it is breeding inconsistency and bias in said review.

Anyway I always liked your reporting and find you to be one of the few here that tries to take a real un-bias approach. Please pass on our suggestions to the managing staff.

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