Group Highlight: Woo-hoo (and farewell)! Rescued tales now reside on the entrance web page

For 15 years, the Rescue Rangers behind Group Highlight have learn each Group story looking for glorious work that didn’t seize the eye it deserved. We’ve continued to do our work even after adjustments to the Entrance Web page eradicated the part devoted to rescued tales; in collaboration with Employees, I created this weekly roundup to advertise our advised studying.

Now, due to robust advocacy and technical wizardry, Group Highlight has returned to the Entrance Web page. As peregrine kate noticed, “The Rangers have been an essential a part of the Group for a really very long time, and it’s terrific to have this key part again on the Entrance Web page. Woo hoo throughout!”

Our devoted part options the 4 most up-to-date rescued tales; a hyperlink within the “hamburger” menu on the high left of each web page additionally takes you to our rescue record. Moreover, clicking on “Group Teams” in that hamburger menu whereas on the Entrance Web page will do a lot of the scrolling for you.

A screenshot of the Community Spotlight section of the front page showing four stories with lead images and headlines in a row across the page.
The “hamburger” menu is within the high left (three parallel strains). To seek out the Group Highlight part with 4 rescued tales, scroll down the web page, or click on on ‘Group Teams’ within the menu to leap to that space.

Rescue Rangers bathe 1,000,000 thanks upon the technical group who made this occur: peregrine kate, iterology, QAMichelle, elfling, and others. We lavish 1,000,000 extra upon Managing Editor of Group Content material Jessica Sutherland and Senior Editor Emily Epstein White who helped make this weekly roundup a actuality. Sutherland additionally, as elfling reported, “tirelessly and successfully advocated to get Group Highlight again in, properly, the highlight. In a time and area the place everybody may be very busy, and there are numerous competing priorities, it wouldn’t have occurred with out it being a private precedence for her and her affected person and constant voice maintaining it high of thoughts.”

A man cycles past a sign with the lettering 'Thank You' in Esch, near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on July 22, 2021, days after heavy rain and floods caused major damage in the Ahr region. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Thanks to everybody who made this occur!

Figuring out our work is appreciated by each the Every day Kos Employees and Group has saved us going because the first Rescue Rangers volunteered in 2006. Fourteen folks type the present group: ybruti (the one founding member nonetheless concerned), watercarrier4diogenes, Susan Grigsby, OceanDiver, mommyof3, Lorikeet, jlms_qkw, ItsJessMe, grog, Flowergirl77, DrLori, dopper0189, brillig, and Bésame. A founding member emeritus, Unitary Moonbat, commented within the first roundup, “A Ranger’s eye has fallen on each single Group-written diary posted on Every day Kos since late summer time 2006. The Rangers are an all-volunteer, self-organized group that has by no means taken a time off at the same time as different web sites, personalities, and applied sciences got here, lived out a whole on-line lifecycle, and went.”

Along with being well-written and never getting the eye deserved, we now have a couple of secret metrics guiding our choices, however the primary standards are these fundamental to any good writing, as outlined within the first edition.

  • Authentic work. We examine for plagiarism, though you might quote sources so long as you correctly cite them and meet Truthful Use requirements. Authentic additionally refers back to the thesis, the concepts you write about, your perspective. Why did you write this?

  • Info used within the story have to be cited. Inform us your sources by including hyperlinks, aside from well-known widespread information.

  • Effectively-written textual content that carries out the thesis. The fundamental standards of construction (story and paragraph) and grammar apply. Some tales might lack the spine of a thesis (fiction, private expertise) however they need to have a function. Why write about this explicit occasion or concept?

Sutherland’s Every day Kos purpose additionally consists of selling Group writers. In response to requests, she organized a Community Writing Workshop earlier this 12 months, and the writing pointers she offered had been reiterated in “Making the political personal is more effective than you may think.” Another roundup edition shared Managing Editor of Trending Information Jen Hayden’s tips about headline composition. We’ve additionally offered further tips on writing and using images, and DrLori’s advice on unleashing your inner writer.

Previously 63 editions, collected on this list, OceanDiver, DrLori, grog, Flowergirl77, and I explored the Group’s zeitgeist and key moments in Every day Kos historical past alongside the week’s rescued tales. Two weeks in the past, Flowergirl77 talked about taking the plunge to publish that first story. DrLori’s editions usually examined our numerous pursuits, that includes Group Teams, from the 13-year history of Black Kos and the Community Quilt Project, to the “Pootie People.” I mentioned matters of concern to the Group and featured retrospectives of previous favorites, like Animal Nuz, Mr. Bus, hate-mail-palooza, and the pie fight origin story.

Now that we once more have everlasting Entrance Web page actual property, we now not want a weekly roundup to carry you rescued tales. On the finish of the day, our work isn’t about us, the Rangers, it’s about Group writers; we’re gratified when writers think about being rescued to be an accolade.

Paulex recalls, “The primary time it occurred, I used to be a comparatively new member and I did not even know what the Group Highlight was. After which the put up went ‘Rescued to Really useful.’ I used to be amazed, I believe that was my first beneficial diary, and it inspired me a lot. However the ‘rescued’ tag is the one that may be a badge of honor.”

seven Rescued tales from 1 PM, Nov. 26 to 1 PM, Dec 3, 2021

Group Highlight’s mission is to make sure that the best stories from the Every day Kos Group obtain the eye they deserve. We encourage members who write glorious tales with unique views to maintain writing by selling their work.

Reminder: The numbers in parentheses after every writer’s identify point out the 12 months they joined Every day Kos, what number of tales they’ve revealed, and what number of we’ve rescued.

When a professional chef makes Thanksgiving dinner: A story with pies by Babushka (2021-19-3)

Taking a few days out of the common routine, babushka provides her kitchen over to knowledgeable chef—her grandson—for the Thanksgiving meal. What ensues is a dance of competence with sharp knives. “It was straightforward to chuckle at his snark in regards to the bottle of (pinot) noir in my wine assortment. ‘That’s what I take advantage of to cook dinner with,’ he mentioned. The following day, he made a provide run to come back again with moscato for our glasses.”

Climate Brief: Cow farts & climate change by Boatsie (2006-805-?)

On condition that 40% of the world’s methane emissions come from 1.4 billion cattle, the human inhabitants accountable for the planet’s overheating would possibly need to take a look at methods of decreasing our dependence on beef. Boatsie makes the case for 1) much less meat consumption (good), 2) vegetarianism (higher), and three) veganism (better of all, not solely health-wise but in addition by way of local weather footprint). “A serious IPPC report on land use and local weather change suggests we may improve the variety of folks we are able to feed utilizing much less land if meat wasn’t such a significant supply of diet.”

The climate crisis is about saving the human race, not ‘saving the planet’ by Tanglebox (2018-2-2)

Indisputably, the ecological injury from local weather change is devastating—in human time. Tanglebox factors out it’s comparatively short-lived in geologic time, nevertheless, and “​​it’s this disparity that is still on the supply of the branding downside with the local weather disaster.” Altering the message to saving people from the “financial and human prices of sea stage rise, tremendous droughts, more and more damaging wildfires, and excessive climate occasions” would possibly pierce the right-wing denial and “get up some who might in any other case enjoyment of ‘proudly owning the libs.’”

The next target(s) after abortion rights by Sebastian Trump (2005-11-1) Rescued to Really useful

The writer, whose profile web page notes that the “​​unlucky (person) identify selection predates and is totally unrelated to the forty fifth President,” affords the alarming but logical evaluation that eliminating abortion rights is merely the 1st step for the “alliance between Republican huge enterprise and the social conservatives.” Sebastian goes on to explain the steps concerned in attaining “the top purpose: to maintain ladies pregnant, and/or pressured to be hooked up to some man by marriage, or pressured right into a ‘maternal’ position in opposition to their will.” As soon as that is achieved, they may proceed recreating “a world that was allotted with as a result of, frankly, it was nightmarish and horrible for everybody.” 

The Hanukkah-insurrection connection by Stephen Dreyfus (2017-169-2+)

That “non secular freedom is value preventing for” is “a message that each one Individuals, no matter faith, may also embrace,” asserts Stephen Dreyfus. It is also the true message of Hanukkah; this 12 months’s is the primary because the revolt. “Simply as there are Republican revisionists who intentionally distort and deny what actually occurred on Jan. 6, some historians imagine the story of Hanukkah was additionally distorted for political functions. But though these two occasions are fairly totally different, there are some related parallels value noting.” Dreyfus provides a historic overview of Hanukkah and the way it compares to the revolt, noting that “some historians make the case that the battle 2200 years in the past was as a lot as a civil revolt as a overseas assault … the battle was between totally different factions of Jews who violently disagreed over the position of faith.”

I remember the Before Times by joniworx (2014-1-1) Rescued to Really useful

Joniworx, in her first story for Every day Kos, describes her mom’s unlawful abortion and different private reflections on the pre-Roe v. Wade period to body her manifesto. “I might be damned if I’ll die having misplaced Roe and never preventing again. [The case] was my introduction to politics; sexual and home violence has been my mainstay in all of my years of activism and ministry, and I’ll go down ensuring that girls’s our bodies are below ladies’s management.” 

Have you ever noticed how staunchly lesbians support abortion rights? by ultrageek (2003-520-?) Rescued to Really useful

Abortion rights are a perennial subject of concern, as a subset of Individuals repeatedly try to undermine Roe v. Wade. Ultrageek explains why lesbians additionally defend this proper: “It isn’t JUST that we are able to get pregnant too. Though there’s that. It isn’t JUST that rape impacts our group too. Though there’s that. It’s that particular person liberties develop and shrink collectively.” As a result of as soon as one constitutional proper is denied, what proper could possibly be subsequent?