1.a. Second Human Rule

The second human rule was invented by HackerNoon’s CEO and is part of the foundation on which HackerNoon was built.

It is the idea that:

“Before publishing something online, a second human should consume the content, confirm it's something that should be distributed, and if possible, improve the content quickly before publishing.”

At HackerNoon every article goes through a second human (who didn’t write it) before publication. The only exception to this rule is those who publish under our verified writer accounts.

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1.a.i. Verified Writers

Table of Contents:

📗1. Editing Protocol Overview 👫1.a. Second Human Rule1.a.i. Verified Writers⏱️1.b. Time to Review
2. Standards of Quality🆕2.a. Originality Score2.b. 6 Ws Score🤨2.c. Objectivity in ranked listicles🔢2.d. Unranked listicles🤛2.e. Actionable advice
3. Red Flags3. Red Flags📺3.a. Subject Matter😵‍💫3.a.i. Subject matter saturation🤬3.b. Plagiarism🧐3.c. Sources and Citations💔3.d. Formatting is bad or broken😵3.e. Grammar level: gibberish🩳3.f. Story is Too Short

🔗 4. Backlink Rules & Guidelines

4.a. Backlink Limits👍4.b. Banklink quality and diversityℹ️4.b.i. Diversity of sources🥂4.b.ii. Internal linking🔄4.b.iii. Changing links📫4.c. Reposting and Canonical Linking🏬4.c.i. Canonical links to company domain📝4.c.ii. Canonical links to blog networks or social networks