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On Slow News Days...

Post less, only what's important
71% (162 votes)
Try to keep up the usual volume of links
29% (66 votes)
Total votes: 228

Quality over quantity.

I voted the first option. Anything that interests you personally is also likely to interest your readers. This will also make important articles more visible.

Slow news

Not much news since a week before Christmas. The H is no longer publishing, a lot of coverage shifted to Android, and sites focused on FOSS and GNU/Linux are a niche. Phoronix keeps posting some opinion pieces and even gives a platform to disruptors, so one can't keep up a pace of about 20 articles per day without repetition or gossip.

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