Introducing Tom's Hardware Community Heralds

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wow, if only i would work up the motivation to start a national news paper or magazine where the readers did most of the work for me, and advertisers just paid me to run ads next to their blogs.....oh wait some one already did that with youtube and reddit.

now if only there was a way to fire all those pesky employees asking for handouts....hmmm internships and profit sharing of .01%
 

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I've been a member for what...5 years now, and reside in eastern Canada and wish that Tom's could find a way for us Canadians to be able to enter in the prize draws at some point. If they(Tom's) really wanted to include us, they would find a way. Just sayin...
 


Write your representatives and ask them to change the laws about contests.
 

jpishgar

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now if only there was a way to fire all those pesky employees asking for handouts....hmmm internships and profit sharing of .01%
A couple of items: this program is not an effort to crowdsource our reporters. We're not interested in doing that. This is a program initiated from the Community Team to capture discussion on news items that may otherwise fall through the cracks, or go a while before our own Editorial team covers them in-depth. Naturally, we want to afford our users the opportunity to discuss news as it breaks here in our forums.

As for volunteers, we currently have a magnificent group of volunteer Moderators who help keep the forums safe and clean for users. They do this of their own accord with graciously donated time and effort to help a community they love. They are given a broad latitude to conduct themselves, and are held to standards they themselves help set. The Heralds is a similar program, but geared more towards the users already engaging in discussion on the latest news items they scrounge up and bring forward - only this will help organize and direct the effort. It's a great ground-level volunteer opportunity to garner some experience in the field, make some connections, and be recognized for their contribution to the community.

As for interns - yeah, we aren't that kind of company. We have precious few interns at Purch. We're not a content factory that exists to exploit human capital, and people development is one of the big components to our success so far. Case in point, on the Community Team, I've had one intern in recent memory, and within 3 months of proving himself, Kevin (user: Titillating) was moved up to full-time Assistant Community Manager. And I know my colleagues on other teams take the same approach.

5 years now, and reside in eastern Canada and wish that Tom's could find a way for us Canadians to be able to enter in the prize draws at some point.
We're working on it. It's really, really complicated, and we don't want to get our butts sued right off because we were careless.

-JP
 
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