‘News Product’ Archive

News product redesigned

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve completed the rollout of our radically redesigned News product. After several revisions over the past few years, we think we’ve finally reached our goal of making FF the best news resource for Forex traders!

Here’s how it works:

  • The News page is now based on our new Flexbox technology, which allows you to customize content and layout throughout the page (click the block titles for options).
  • Any member can submit any story, from any website, via the submission box in the top left of the News page. The submissions go into a back-end queue.
  • Forex Factory’s news editors, a team of experienced traders and analysts, decide which submissions become public. Therefore, all news posted to Forex Factory now goes through a quality assurance process managed internally. News editors also submit stories the same way members do.
  • The news editors’ mission is to deliver the most timely, useful, and entertaining news from around the web. They are Forex Factory employees who operate upon a strict set of guidelines to ensure the news mix is consistent and stays true to the mission.
  • A new sorting option, ‘Hottest,’ is now one of the primary methods for displaying news. The Hottest algorithm considers how FF users interact with stories to determine which are the best of the moment. The algorithm’s calculation is confidential, making it harder to manipulate.
  • FF’s familiar impact icons are used to rate breaking news (i.e., new information) that is moving the market. Yellow () means the information has little impact, orange () means the information is moving the market, and red () indicates the information is having a big impact on the market.

Please comment or contact us to share your thoughts. We love to hear your feedback!

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing

News content by FNN

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

A big change is being made to the News section today! All stories will now be provided by members of the Factory News Network (FNN), a team of familiar faces we’ve organized to bring you the most timely, insightful, and interesting Forex news in the world. :)

FNN members will provide a blend of stories from around the web and personally authored stories – all catered to Forex traders. The founding members of FNN include:

caseystubbs | Representing Winners Edge Trading

James Chen | Representing FX Solutions

ForexDatasource | ForexDatasource.com

Learning Markets | Learning Markets

Mohammed Isah | Representing FXTechstrategy

TheLFB.com | TheLFB

Trout | Representing Trading University

Yohay | Representing Forex Crunch

The introduction of FNN marks the end of Forex Factory’s wide-open story submission format. After a long wrestle with the model we don’t feel it can produce the level of quality and value that we expect from our products. As a coordinated team of analysts and traders, FNN has the skills to deliver the consistent and reliable news that’s been lacking in the open format.

As always, we welcome your feedback!

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing

Vote history launched

Friday, May 1st, 2009

As promised in a blog post last week, we’ve launched a new feature that allows you to see any member’s News voting history. Just click the vote count link on their profile.

We designed this feature so you can follow the stories that a respected trader found useful, but we’re sure you’ll find your own ways to use it!

Let us know if you have any feedback!

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing

Response to voter fraud allegations

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

With all the commotion over on today’s very popular story, where the mysterious simonwilson5 accuses some FF news contributors of cheating the News voting system, the FF team feels some explanation is due.


Forex Factory doesn’t have the same ‘multiple personality’ problem you’re used to seeing on other sites; at least not to the same extent. We’ve always taken this problem very seriously, and about a year ago we developed a sophisticated system called 1P1U (stands for one-person-one-username) that identifies and blocks multiple username activity by looking at more than just IP addresses. If you’ve ever tried to post/vote with a second username you’ve most likely had a run-in with 1P1U. The system is far from perfect but overall it does a great job, especially when it comes to stopping unethical behavior, and we are constantly improving it.

The bottom line is you can be assured that FF news providers are not ‘cheating’ the vote by having one person vote with multiple usernames.

Vote manipulation

We are well aware that the vote is being manipulated by many news providers. And we’ve spent countless hours analyzing and investigating this. The primary way it’s being done is by providers telling their friends/fans/visitors/students/employees to vote on the stories they’ve posted on Forex Factory. We estimate that 95% of the unrealistic vote counts are a result of this method.

Is it cheating? We don’t think so. Most of our commercial news providers want as much traffic to their website as possible, so we think it’s perfectly natural that they will ‘play the game’ to get more exposure for their news submissions. We take most of the blame for having a system that can be manipulated so easily that it creates a game-like environment.

Work in progress

Please know that we’re not at all happy with manipulation controlling which stories are the most visible. We realize that’s the current situation and it’s been bugging our team for a long time!

If we knew a way to eliminate vote manipulation, without tight restrictions on voting, believe me it would be done by now. After a lot of meeting and discussions and trying new things out, we think the best solution is to increase community participation in the News section so that manipulation has little effect. The transparent voting initiative is part of our plan to increase participation, and there’s a lot more on the way.

The goal

Our plan is to tweak the News systems until we achieve our goal of having the most useful stories be the most visible. To us it’s all about getting the relevant news right in front of you and getting the junk out of sight. Sure we have a long way to go, but with some layout re-designs, vote formula changes, transparent voting, and policy shifts, we definitely think we can get there!

Want to help? Vote regularly!!! A powerful community vote mutes manipulation and brings the best stories to the top! Submitting good stories you find around the Internet is also very helpful.

I hope this clarifies a few things! And rest assured we are reading your feedback everywhere it’s posted!

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing

News votes now public

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Have you ever wondered who voted on a particular News story? Wonder no more – today we released a feature that names every Useful and Fade vote! You can see the list of voters by clicking on the vote statistics, as shown below.

This feature is part of the transparent voting initiative I told you about in a blog post earlier this month. We have several related features rolling out soon, one of which is a ‘vote history’ that will show you a list of stories a member voted on. You’ll be able to see which of today’s stories your friend found Useful, for instance.

I also mentioned in my previous post that you can strip your voting history by using a temporary link on your member profile page. If you aren’t comfortable having your votes made public please strip your votes soon because that link will be disappearing in a few days. After it’s gone the only way to undo votes will be one-by-one.

We hope this added transparency improves your news reading experience! If you have any feedback let me know! Oh, and thanks for all the comments we’ve been getting on the blog! All of your feedback is discussed by our team and many ideas have already made it to our production list! :)

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing

News votes are going public

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Hey news fans, the News section will be under construction for the next couple weeks while we implement several new enhancements. Upgrades started yesterday when we launched a news subscription system that enables you to subscribe to news comments the same way you can with thread replies. Like threads, you’ll be auto-subscribed to stories you’ve commented in, or you can manually subscribe by clicking on the “Subscribe to Comments” link. You’ll get email updates according to your preferences.

The most dramatic change coming is that all news votes will be made public, allowing you, for instance, to see what your friends are voting on. We’re excited to make this change because transparent voting opens the door to bundles of cool features (many of which we’re working on!).

Realizing that you might have expected your past votes to remain anonymous, and that many members don’t want their past votes made public, we’ve built a temporary feature into every user profile. Look for a link next to your vote count that says “strip all votes.”

If you do not want your past votes to be made public, use this feature to erase your voting record.

Remember, your feedback guides our future development! Let us know what you think!

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing