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adesh saxena

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Indian Medical Association


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What should be a featured conversation on TED?How and who should decide?Wikipedia chooses its featured articles with established criterias.

What is a featured conversation on TED? Who decides it?How it is decided?Wikipedia chooses it featured articles with a well established criteria, as follows..

My suggestion are
1.Any conversation accepted or refused should be provided with a reason, it will help people to write good conversations
2. conversation should be included in featured list after one week of being accepted and published under newly created heading "conversation under evaluation."
3. Set well defined crietria for evaluation
4. A group of TED administrators, speakers and featured candidates will evaluate the article.

Featured articles in Wikipedia

Featured articles are considered to be the best articles Wikipedia has to offer, as determined by Wikipedia's editors. They are used by editors as examples for writing other articles. Before being listed here, articles are reviewed as featured article candidates for accuracy, neutrality, completeness, and style according to our featured article criteria.
A featured article exemplifies our very best work and is distinguished by professional standards of writing, presentation, and sourcing. In addition to meeting the policies regarding content for all Wikipedia articles, it has the following attributes.
It is—
well-written: its prose is engaging, even brilliant, and of a professional standard;
comprehensive: it neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context;
well-researched: it is a thorough and representative survey of the relevant literature. Claims are verifiable against high-quality reliable sources and are supported by inline citations where appropriate;
neutral: it presents views fairly and without bias; and
stable: it is not subject to ongoing edit wars and its content does not change significantly from day to day, except in response to the featured article process.
It follows the style guidelines, including the provision of—
a lead: a concise lead section that summarizes the topic and prepares the reader


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    Jun 3 2013: adesh, where are these featured articles, or is this a new feature you're proposing?
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      Jun 3 2013: Hi Greg

      TED publishes conversations under following headings

      Featured .... Recently added ... Most active ... Ending soon ... Ended

      My focus is on featured conversations
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        Jun 3 2013: Oh, yeah, you're talking about conversations, not articles, right? I believe you should re-write your explanation above, adesh, it made me think there were printed articles on TED.

        I don't know, have you ever asked TED how they choose the featured conversations, you can write to them and ask questions like that, and they usually write back. I imagine it's random, a computer just does it, but I'm not sure. Personally I ignore it, I just go to the three categories, ideas, questions, and debates, and read the new ones at the top and see if they intrigue me. I believe I'll write to TED and ask your question and get back to you with the answer. Or you do it. I believe the email address is conversations@ted.com.

        You can always ask them also why they reject a conversation. When they reject mine they send a form rejection, a standard form, but I usually write back and ask them to give me better reasons, and in that case a live person always writes me back and tells me their thinking, it's usually Morton Bast. The email address is the same. Usually after I hear their reasons I still disagree, but ultimately they win because it's their website.
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          Jun 3 2013: Thanks Greg

          I have re- written the explanation

          I raised the same question at conversation@ted.com with no reply. pl do write to TED and ask for us.

          I believe TED needs more transparency and established criteria for featured conversations . Criterias should be laid down and published for every one to see, like they do with featured articles on Wikipedia.
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        Jun 3 2013: Thank you, Mr. S. Yes, I believe the address is conversations with an "s" at the end, your email may not go through. Yes, I did write, and I got a reply from Morton Bast, he said I am wrong about the random computer, that in fact the featured conversations are editorially chosen. If you want to know how they choose them, you or I should write him and ask. I'd sort of guess that it depends on the mood of the person choosing them that day, some days they may be looking for intelligent ones, some days funny ones, some days they'll choose one that hasn't gotten many posts, some days they'll choose a popular one, maybe one that has to do with events in the news. You know, adesh, like that. To me, I usually don't care because I check TED every day, I'm more interested in the new ones at the top of each category. I guess they could publish how they choose, like I say I believe we can make a pretty good guess, I expect Morton chooses them, and he's a nice, intelligent, pleasant man.

        I'm glad you asked this question, I learned something, and it's good to think about how the site you're talking on works.
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          Jun 3 2013: I thought it was an algorithm! Because I noticed that my conversation was moving up and down according to the participation. Perhaps they manually choose article and let algorithms sort them. Didn't know that, interesting...

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