I've been hesitant to add this because I totally respect some of the members who write these things and a few of the topics are interesting enough but I believe posts on a message board are and should be identified as nothing more than posts on a message board.
Elevating something to "Article" status adds credibility that has not been professionally vetted and the ones I have opened have been fairly light based on, if nothing else, the limited amount of space available. They seem to vary between an interesting commentary with a few relevant references and total self-serving grandstanding many of the latter which if I were a moderator I'd be tempted to censor rather than post with a fancy banner dignifying it as an "Article".
My ideal solution, so I don't get again bashed for just venting, is to select actual peer reviewed articles that are within the public realm and post a link to them in an effort to engage us in scholarly conversation. None of these topics are reinventing the wheel so why not utilize the actual comprehensive data that exists as a starting point?
There have been quite a few well-written, thought-out and scholarly articles. Beth's articles are of a high quality/caliber and always well-presented. And the one about blood transfusions comes to mind as very informative and well-written. So I am not going to bash in general. But a lot of late have been "vent" or "drama" posts and quite frankly, I think, unworthy of article designation. Some are a bit poorly-written, rife with poor grammar and misspelled words, which, to me, should not occur in any serious article.
I think maybe, it's time for allnurses.com to review how articles are presented, and perhaps, designate true articles as such, and create a separate "opinion" or "editorial" section for other such material. I still read those items, as many do, but I think that would make a difference in how such material is approached by the reader. Also, for first-time readers, especially on far-reaching venues like Facebook, this might elevate allnurses.com out there, particularly to those considering membership and/or forming their opinions about this site.
Editorial/opinion pieces definitely have their place here, and I admit, I thoroughly enjoy reading them; I don't necessarily appreciate having them presented in the same manner as a serious or scholarly article is. One is great for entertainment value or to stimulate debate, the other stimulates my thinking or teaches me something new.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Feb 22