Kat Walsh wrote:
The showcase pieces, the ones that do get past the
ever-increasing hurdles, are great -- and I'm glad we have a process
for identifying them and bringing them into wider public view, both
because the creators deserve the recognition and because the public
ought to see it. But tracking the number doesn't give veyr much
information except as a comment on the process itself.
Yes, in a way it's sad we have so much attention on gatekeeping and
absolute standards (well, as has been said, high and upwardly mobile
standards), and so little recognition on great added-value edits, the
ones which take an article into a different class of usefulness. As far
as I know the transition from B class to A class is still considered to
be the most transforming, from the reader's point of view.