WPscoop or “WordPress Scoop” to give it’s full working title is a social news, bookmarking and networking website dedicated to the WordPress CMS blogging web application. Built using the Drigg for Drupal system WPscoop which launched around a month ago is the latest project to have chosen the Drigg system.
WPscoop allows anyone to submit wordpress related content to it’s system, whether that content is on either an A-list or personal blog it’s welcomed at WPscoop. It’s worth noting only English language based content is permitted on the site
WPscoop has all the feature you would expect from a Social News website with members submitting content which other WPscoop members then vote upon, the most voted content in turn gets promoted to the main page after what looks to be at the moment six votes. Six votes doesn’t sound like a lot but we have to remember that WPscoop is still a very new site and as yet doesn’t have the user power for a larger published vote count.
Voting on WPscoop is an up or down affair, a really nice touch is the fact you can view Who Voted and which way they voted. This is a great addition if you want to see who liked and disliked your submitted article, an option wich most other sites don’t offer.
In addition to voting up or down members can also report any submitted article or video for an infraction ie, spam, not suitable. Reported content is then made unreachable and removed from public view being held for WPscoop Staff approval after an undisclosed number of reports. If a reported story is found to be spam WPscoop say they will delete the article completely, ban the submitted domain, member and members IP, so quite severe and a good reason not to spam. As WPscoop say themselves “Spammers Will Gain No Benefit Or Links From WPscoop”. On the other hand if the report is perceived as unwarranted your article will be placed live again on the site, sounds like a fair deal to us.
A particular features we liked at WPscoop is Member Affinity Matches where members with similar interests are matched with each other in relation to the stories they like, vote or comment upon. Members can also add friends to their profiles and private message each other for some communication along with saving articles to there profile for easier future retrieval.
All of WPscoop’s individual categories have RSS feeds which means keeping up to date on a specific subject category is a breeze. If you want to only subscribe to the Themes category for example you can find the rss feeds in the right hand sidebar categories menu.
For easy submission of articles and content WPscoop has a Browser Widget for IE, FireFox, Opera and Safari, along with a FireFox Plugin and a WordPress Plugin all of which are available from the WPscoop Tools Section
Future features include the plan for more social network related features along with wordpress groups which users can create and administer themselves.
We really liked WPscoop and with so many wordpress blogs around it’s another good niche source of traffic and information for WordPress fans. With very little WordPress related content ever reaching the front page of sites like Digg WPscoop could turn out to be one of the very few niche social news sites that actually finds some success.