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Some iOS users will see a News tab we’re testing and we want your feedback!

Post by RakeshJ » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:18 pm

People have come to news since the site first launched back in 2005. In the decade-plus since then, you've demonstrated the power communities can have with News — analyzing articles, providing exposure to multiple perspectives, and having millions of discussions that bring context and insight to the conversation. You've shown us that news is an important part of how you use Reddit, but it's gotten harder to only get the news and related discussion, especially if you're subscribed to lots of non-news or browse r/popular and r/all. Today, we’re taking a first step towards launching a dedicated News tab by testing an alpha version with some of our iOS app users.

Before I get into the specifics, we’re launching this as an alpha product only on iOS in order to get critical early feedback from before rolling out to more users and platforms. This is a starting point that will help us learn how we can improve going forward. If you’re lucky enough to have the News tab, expect to see a lot of improvements in the coming weeks and months.

So what’s the News tab and how does it work?
The News tab is the easiest place to find news shared by communities across Reddit. When you open your iOS app, you'll find it to the left of "Home" and "Popular." In the tab, you'll see content pulled from a group of that frequently share and engage with the news (more on that later). This content is then divided into a handful of common news topics, with options to customize your News tab by selecting the topics that interest you most. Here's a link to a GIF of the News tab.

Which are included in the News tab?
In order to build the tab, we first had to find which were engaging with news the most. To do this, we looked at the most-clicked posts by domain, limited the list of domains to media and publishers and ended up with a list of ~1000 domains. This list helped us to identify communities that met a minimum threshold of engagement with posts from the domain list. (Note: We only used this domain list to help us identify our initial group of, not as a filter for content featured in the News tab.)After this quantitative approach, we applied a few additional qualitative rules for sourcing the communities including:

The community must have a strong record of upholding Reddit content policies and be in accordance with our guidelines for healthy communities

The community must have active moderation

The community must require that the post title accurately reflects the article title

We then mapped this initial list of communities to topics, such as sports, entertainment and tech. From there, we added a filter on post types to ensure only link posts are included across most News tab topics, though we do allow video posts on certain topics, such as sports.

We want your feedback.
Last week, we messaged the mods of the all the communities included in our initial alpha and we’ve already gotten a lot of valuable feedback. We’ll continue to update these mods and seek their feedback as we roll this out to more users. As more mods and users test this out, we expect to evolve how the product works as well as our criteria for and content types included. As we go forward, we’ll continue being transparent with users and mods about changes to both the product and our criteria.

In the meantime, I’ll be sticking around to answer your questions.People have come to Reddit for news since the site first launched back in 2005. In the decade-plus since then, you've demonstrated the power communities can have with News — analyzing articles, providing exposure to multiple perspectives, and having millions of discussions that bring context and insight to the conversation. You've shown us that news is an important part of how you use Reddit, but it's gotten harder to only get the news and related discussion, especially if you're subscribed to lots of non-news or browse r/popular and r/all. Today, we’re taking a first step towards launching a dedicated News tab by testing an alpha version with some of our iOS app users.

Before I get into the specifics, we’re launching this as an alpha product only on iOS in order to get critical early feedback from before rolling out to more users and platforms. This is a starting point that will help us learn how we can improve going forward. If you’re lucky enough to have the News tab, expect to see a lot of improvements in the coming weeks and months.

So what’s the News tab and how does it work?
The News tab is the easiest place to find news shared by communities across Reddit. When you open your iOS app, you'll find it to the left of "Home" and "Popular." In the tab, you'll see content pulled from a group of that frequently share and engage with the news (more on that later). This content is then divided into a handful of common news topics, with options to customize your News tab by selecting the topics that interest you most. Here's a link to a GIF of the News tab.

Which are included in the News tab?
In order to build the tab, we first had to find which were engaging with news the most. To do this, we looked at the most-clicked posts by domain, limited the list of domains to media and publishers and ended up with a list of ~1000 domains. This list helped us to identify communities that met a minimum threshold of engagement with posts from the domain list. (Note: We only used this domain list to help us identify our initial group of , not as a filter for content featured in the News tab.)After this quantitative approach, we applied a few additional qualitative rules for sourcing the communities including:

The community must have a strong record of upholding Reddit content policies and be in accordance with our guidelines for healthy communities

The community must have active moderation

The community must require that the post title accurately reflects the article title

We then mapped this initial list of communities to topics, such as sports, entertainment and tech. From there, we added a filter on post types to ensure only link posts are included across most News tab topics, though we do allow video posts on certain topics, such as sports.

We want your feedback.
Last week, we messaged the mods of the all the communities included in our initial alpha and we’ve already gotten a lot of valuable feedback. We’ll continue to update these mods and seek their feedback as we roll this out to more users. As more mods and users test this out, we expect to evolve how the product works as well as our criteria for and content types included. As we go forward, we’ll continue being transparent with users and mods about changes to both the product and our criteria.

In the meantime, I’ll be sticking around to answer your questions.People have come to Reddit for news since the site first launched back in 2005. In the decade-plus since then, you've demonstrated the power communities can have with News — analyzing articles, providing exposure to multiple perspectives, and having millions of discussions that bring context and insight to the conversation. You've shown us that news is an important part of how you use Reddit, but it's gotten harder to only get the news and related discussion, especially if you're subscribed to lots of non-news or browse r/popular and r/all. Today, we’re taking a first step towards launching a dedicated News tab by testing an alpha version with some of our iOS app users.

Before I get into the specifics, we’re launching this as an alpha product only on iOS in order to get critical early feedback from before rolling out to more users and platforms. This is a starting point that will help us learn how we can improve going forward. If you’re lucky enough to have the News tab, expect to see a lot of improvements in the coming weeks and months.

So what’s the News tab and how does it work?
The News tab is the easiest place to find news shared by communities across Reddit. When you open your iOS app, you'll find it to the left of "Home" and "Popular." In the tab, you'll see content pulled from a group of that frequently share and engage with the news (more on that later). This content is then divided into a handful of common news topics, with options to customize your News tab by selecting the topics that interest you most. Here's a link to a GIF of the News tab.

Which are included in the News tab?
In order to build the tab, we first had to find which were engaging with news the most. To do this, we looked at the most-clicked posts by domain, limited the list of domains to media and publishers and ended up with a list of ~1000 domains. This list helped us to identify communities that met a minimum threshold of engagement with posts from the domain list. (Note: We only used this domain list to help us identify our initial group of not as a filter for content featured in the News tab.)After this quantitative approach, we applied a few additional qualitative rules for sourcing the communities including:

The community must have a strong record of upholding Reddit content policies and be in accordance with our guidelines for healthy communities

The community must have active moderation

The community must require that the post title accurately reflects the article title

We then mapped this initial list of communities to topics, such as sports, entertainment and tech. From there, we added a filter on post types to ensure only link posts are included across most News tab topics, though we do allow video posts on certain topics, such as sports.

We want your feedback.
Last week, we messaged the mods of the all the communities included in our initial alpha and we’ve already gotten a lot of valuable feedback. We’ll continue to update these mods and seek their feedback as we roll this out to more users. As more mods and users test this out, we expect to evolve how the product works as well as our criteria for and content types included. As we go forward, we’ll continue being transparent with users and mods about changes to both the product and our criteria.

In the meantime, I’ll be sticking around to answer your questions.
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