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The Public Access Weekly: What's this?

Amber Bouman
03.18.16
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Y'all. This week was SXSW and GDC and we are tired. So let's dive right on in so I can go back to trying to take a nap on my keyboard.

Last week, I gave a shout out to the three Public Access authors who have had their stories republished on the Engadget home page -- which is something we started doing recently both because we want to highlight particularly engaging articles from Public Access and because we want people to know about Public Access itself.

However, given some of the comments on those stories, it would seem that many readers are unfamiliar with our Public Access page so consider this your introduction:


Hi.

This is our Public Access community page. You may have noticed it in our top navigation bar, or in the drop down Sections menu.

So.. what actually IS this?
Public Access is a page for articles written by Engadget readers, users and commenters. Anyone can sign up to become a contributor, and Public Access contributors can write stories on any number of technology or computer-related topics including gaming, entertainment, streaming, apps, fitness devices, PC building and maintenance and more. Public Access is for you to share your thoughts, opinions, experiences, advice and feelings on technology: How it affects your day-to-day life, how it helps you accomplish things (or drives you crazy), or what you're most excited about.

How is this different than the Engadget home page?
Well, for starters, contributors to Public Access are not professional journalists or writers (for the most part); they are not Engadget employees and are not paid for their articles. They're just enthusiasts, like you, who wanted to share their thoughts and stories. You can tell when you're reading a Public Access story because every Public Access article will have a header that looks like this:


Hm. Okay. What if I want to sign up?
That'd be swell! You can register for an account here, but please fill out the entire form correctly (and sincerely) lest you be accidentally marked as a spambot.

Still have questions, comments, or concerns about what Public Access is or does or who it's for or how to use it? You can leave your thoughts in the comments here, email us or reach out to us on Twitter (it helps if you include the #PublicAccess hashtag).

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