Originally Posted by melgross
No. That's been stated elsewhere. AI doesn't make things up. Sometimes the writers give their opinions on how they feel about something, but no deliberate falsehoods.
to understand the confusion though, right?
I would suggest a majority of readers view the news feed on AI as news, not a collection of opinion pieces. It's no surprise either as the articles are purposefully written as news. I searched through the last couple of days of articles and didn't come across the words "I" or "my" as in "my opinion" or "I think" or "it is my belief".
If AI is truly is a collection of opinion pieces then how, as a reader, am I suppose to tell the difference between the opinion and the fact if it is all written as fact?
Let's assume for a moment that AI is a collection of opinion pieces.
The article states "Microsoft is reportedly also withholding any payments to its app developers through February 2011"
Where was it reported
that Microsoft are withholding payments? Did the writer simply forget to quote this?
The developer, Justin James, blogged that "there will be no payouts from App Hub until February 2011"
. He didn't report that Microsoft were "withholding payments", he just stated the fact that payments wouldn't be received from Microsoft until February 2011. As it turns out Microsoft stated prior to WP7 release that app payments wouldn't be available until February 2011
There are a couple of possible scenarios I can see. One is that Microsoft could have the entire system up and running, have received all payments from customers and be ready to send them out to developers but decided in October to hold onto them for whatever reason. The second is that Microsoft simply didn't have the payment and reporting capabilities ready for release, they realized this in October and set the release date for this functionality at February 2011.
Personally I think it is more likely they simply didn't have the system ready by launch. I think we can assume the writer believes there is something more nefarious behind the delay.
So why say it was reported
that Microsoft are withholding payments? If nothing is made up then was it the writers opinion that there would be a report somewhere that stated the same opinion as the writer?
Again, you have
to understand the confusion in this.
The title of the article states "Windows Phone 7 developers fear platform flop"
yet the writer makes no attempt to justify the title.
Two developer blogs are quoted. Justin James blogged about his disappointing experience publishing an application through Microsoft's App Hub. He concludes that Microsoft need to fix up the App Hub before it can be seen by developers as a source of revenue.
Nowhere does he state he fears the platform will flop.
The other developer, Nicholas Yu, has since posted a scathing response
to the "journalists" (his emphasis, not mine) that misrepresented his original post. Again, nowhere did he state that he fears the platform will flop.
So we have to assume the title is the writers opinion as well. Unfortunately this time the opinion is not backed by any solid facts, and if an opinion is not based on any actual facts then how far is this away from simply being "made up"?
At this point I have to ask, why bother writing these stories at all? If opinion is getting mingled with news, and those opinions may be constructed from thin air giving them no more authority than any other comments on these forums.
Like I said, you have
to understand the confusion in this. Where do we stand as readers in what we should believe and what we shouldn't?
It's not like I don't think opinion has a place on the site.
Firstly my preference would be to see a complete separation of the Apple insider
news feed (which I love) with other tech news (which I generally find unhelpful at best). However I understand this site is funded by clicks, so that may not be practical.
What I do believe you should have is news articles followed by an opinion piece. The news article should come first and be based on actual facts instead of opinions.
You then have another section under the article with a title like "John's take on this..." where the writer would state their own opinion on the news story, hopefully based on some solid tech background.