I'd like us to require some sort of byline for the new articles. As it stands, it is very hard to tell at a glance if the author speaks with any authority.
As an example, consider the Social Media Handbook Policy - it seems like a great article, but it is dispensing legal advice, and I have no indication whether the author is actually a lawyer:
- The article contains no mention of the author's profession or employer.
- The author only recently joined GameDev, and has no posts.
- The author's profile contains no indication of their profession or employer, and uses a generic gmail address.
Now, in this particular case, you can punch the author's name into google, and discover she is an attorney at the NLRB, with a solid history of video game-related research.
But this won't work for lesser-known individuals, or those with more common names, and I shouldn't have to google to find this out, when it could be called out in the article itself...