Buzz fans are getting an early Christmas present. For Buzz beraters, it might a lump of coal.
As of today, you are once again welcome to submit opinions of 30 words or less to email@example.com -- as long as you play by the ground rules.
Why did the Buzz take a hiatus? It had nothing to do with silencing opinions. The Opinion pages thrive on, well, opinions. The more voices the better. We ended the Buzz because compiling and editing it seven days a week was overwhelming a one-person department. For the most part, we loved the Buzz. We were simply running out of time to make it happen.
We think, however, that with some new guidelines -- and your cooperation -- we can make it work.
Here are the rules:
1. There should be no expectation that your Buzz will be used. We know that’s an odd thing to say when we are inviting submissions. As much as we enjoyed back-and-forth with Buzzards over why their item didn’t run, it just takes too much time to try to explain our decisions. Unfortunately, for this to work, it needs to be a one-way street -- submit it and forget it.
2. Buzzes should be your THOUGHTS about a topic, not a recitation of facts. We want to hear what you think, not what you know. Try not to include any assertion we would need to fact-check. We hope that makes sense.
3. Other than public figures, don’t name or target a local person or business. You can criticize and complain about the news and opinion content in the StarNews, but we won’t run customer service complaints.
4. The Buzz might not run every day. We will see how it goes.
5. Buzzes will be anonymous.
6. Please do not submit a Buzz as an attachment. In the body of the mail, put a maximum of 30 words in one continuous line of text. Please, no paragraph returns, extra punctuation, all-cap words, images, emojis, etc.
7. Do not include your name, address or any other words in your email -- include only the 30 or fewer words you are submitting. Anything else in the emails makes them more difficult to compile.
8. We apologize for the picky rules, but we think they will make the Buzz revival work.
-- Scott Nunn, Opinion Editor