I rarely post about how I do my managing editor thing for The Daily WTF. I mean, I don't post much of anything EVER, but this is a pretty huge (to me).
For YEARS (even when I was a humble writer), I thought that our method of assigning articles was completely bass-ackwards. You see, after sifting through the submissions, and we really do read every email, they are categorized and filed away in "The Queue". CodeSOD...Feature...Error'ds...all sorted away until they get assigned.
This curating process works - and has worked for gosh darn 10 years - but it assumes that a) writers are single threaded and b) they WANT to be single threaded. Yes, I can (and sometimes do) assign more than one article at a time. HOWEVER, all of our writers are remote and they all have busy lives so piling up submissions won't work especially when I don't know if they're bored or swamped.
I thought that after running TDWTF for the past year and a half, the process has improved, but I've always felt it could be improved even more. ESPECIALLY since we have a group of stellar writers kicking ass every day and they deserve something smarter.
So, I had an idea to improve things that I finally pulled the trigger on. I'm not going to spill the beans on everything (mostly because I fear that I might jinx myself), but I feel that this could be a good step in improving how things work.