Too many CES articles


One thing I have always admired about this site is that you guys don’t provide fluff to inflate the number of articles you post. Some other sites upload up to 3 articles with a copy-paste of a Windows 10 Insider build announcement. That’s ridiculous and you rightfully call it out.

Well, I think there has to be a better way to present all the CES hardware articles you’re posting. Maybe a daily hardware announcement wrap-up article or live blog or something. They are all essentially related and not all do merit their own separate article, right?

Just my two cents. 🙂

Conversation 19 comments

  • skborders

    08 January, 2019 - 9:09 am

    <p>I agree. </p>

  • Paul Thurrott

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 9:46 am

    <p>I love what we're doing for CES. Mostly because it proves I don't need to be in Vegas to make it happen.</p>

    • robincapper

      08 January, 2019 - 6:25 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392791">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>Must hurt the daily step count though : )</p>

  • marbo100

    08 January, 2019 - 9:48 am

    <p>I just read the ones that interest me and skip over the ones that don't. The items that interest me, i want more details than a wrap up article will provide. So try to make do for a week and it will all be back to normal then.</p>

    • lwetzel

      Premium Member
      08 January, 2019 - 10:03 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392792">In reply to marbo100:</a></em></blockquote><p>This!!</p>

    • jchampeau

      Premium Member
      08 January, 2019 - 11:19 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392792">In reply to marbo100:</a></em></blockquote><p>Agreed. The CES coverage is excellent, and it's not like it's hard to skip over the articles (now or any other time) I don't want to read.</p>

    • simont

      Premium Member
      08 January, 2019 - 11:36 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392792">In reply to marbo100:</a></em></blockquote><p>This as well. Also, since they are not premium articles, I am happy with what is published so far.</p>

  • jwpear

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 10:15 am

    <p>It does add some noise. I read what's interesting and ignore the others. I don't think the articles that interest me are necessarily what interests everyone else, so I don't know that it is right to favor one type of reader over another. </p><p><br></p><p>My only complaint is that the volume of CES news reduces the discoverability of stories that interest me by pushing the non-CES articles down in the article feed and sometimes off the first page. I rarely go to the 2nd-nth because I feel a daily read is enough to catch most articles. This is a first world problem. I can deal with it.</p><p><br></p><p>Maybe a CES news feed would better organize this so that it doesn't pollute the main feed? But then again, that adds complexity to the navigation of the site and may reduce discoverability of CES stories. Is that really fair to those deeply interested in all CES news? It's hard to answer that question without data on article popularity.</p><p><br></p><p>Speaking of article popularity, I've often wondered if comment volume correlates well with article popularity. That's an interesting Ask Paul question.</p><p><br></p>

  • rob_segal

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 10:24 am

    <p>I like the CES coverage on this site. Only relevant technology is being covered. None of the CES nonsense. </p>

  • provision l-3

    08 January, 2019 - 10:40 am

    <p>I'm inclined to agree with you since the majority of the articles are just summarized product press releases. If they offered any sort of insight, analysis or commentary it would make more sense to not have them in a summary article. That said, it isn't like I have to click on. </p>

  • Paul Thurrott

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 10:45 am

    <p>I should defend this better.</p><p><br></p><p>Two things.</p><p><br></p><p>Ultimately, anyone's opinion on this is unimportant. Obviously, many like it and many do not. There's no consensus to be had. The only real "noise" is when the inevitable arguments start over who's right on this topic. You gotta love the Internet. </p><p><br></p><p>Second, the way we cover CES is entirely in keeping with the point of the site, which I see as two-fold: A focus on personal technology <em>but </em>with an emphasis on Windows and the PC that is entirely (for me) personal in nature. Our CES coverage isn't about "every stupid piece of shit gadget some child blogger saw at the show" but is instead more focused on the personal technology that matters … with an emphasis on the new PC announcements and the digital device/service stuff that really matters. All of which are timed to this show.</p><p><br></p><p>Put more simply, we can't escape <em>when</em> news happens. When it's slow, that's not our fault. When it's busy, ditto. Yes, we can argue or debate "how" we cover these announcements. But what I see is in keeping with the way we cover this kind of stuff. There's just more of it. Because CES is happening right now. And I am in no way interested in doing extra administrative work to make a CES feed or whatever just for the segment of the reader base that thinks this stuff is too much. That's not fair to us or our time.</p><p><br></p><p>Look, you can just skip the articles you don't want to read. And CES is finite. In fact, it's almost over.</p>

    • rob_segal

      Premium Member
      08 January, 2019 - 12:29 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392810">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Well, today is CES opening day. :)</p>

    • MutualCore

      09 January, 2019 - 8:45 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392810">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>Neowin has a CES strip on their home page…</p>

  • Daekar

    08 January, 2019 - 10:57 am

    <p>I haven't read many of them, but their presence doesn't hurt me – I just get to see a few more pretty product promo photos. I would actually say that my own intellectual and emotional response to the articles and their volume has provided me with a bit of information that I wouldn't have obtained another way – namely, that the quality level of hardware that Paul and Co. cover is available from more vendors and in more different configurations than you can shake a stick at, and I'm thankful that the options exist for consumers even though I actually have no personal interest in <em>any</em> of the PCs <em>anyone</em> has to sell at this precise moment.</p>

  • bharris

    08 January, 2019 - 11:09 am

    <p>Who cares? It takes a grand total of what, 20 seconds, to scan through the articles. If they were doing daily wrap-up's, someone else would be complaining about the staleness of the stories. </p>

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 11:19 am

    <p>I think it's fine. CES is a trade show that happens over several days. It wouldn't make sense to put everything into one huge omnibus article. It's breaking news, so the announcements are presented as they're made. I like getting to see the new stuff that I might buy for $150 in eight years' time and act like a curmudgeon about how they "don't make 'em like they used to!" :D</p>

  • ggolcher

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 2:13 pm

    <p>Thanks everybody for your responses and opinions</p>

  • navarac

    09 January, 2019 - 1:06 pm

    <p>At least CES articles are news and not fluff. Only thing I'd like top and centre is "US/North America only" when that is the case. I get interested in something and then at the end it's US only and as we all know, in some instances, that can mean "Elsewhere never" ! Gets a bit disheartening at times.</p>

  • ragingthunder

    09 January, 2019 - 7:36 pm

    <p>I guess the main issue is the fact that most of the CES articles are just copy-pasta press releases, without offering much in the way of thoughts or relevance.</p>

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