Starting a thread 1) Provide a clear statement of purpose Just a "Wow. Look at this!" factor: 180,000+ people evacuated from below the tallest dam in the USA. 2) Link to a reputable news agency reporting the event Just about everyone is now talking about this. Even Al Jazeera! 3a) The event must be current... I first heard about this situation two days ago, so, I'm calling it "current". 3a) The event must be ... reasonably news worthy for a general population There are 7 billion people on the planet, so the plight of ≈200,000 people being stuck in traffic might not be news worthy of the general planetary population. 4) No opinion, op ed, humor or editorial stories General 1) Politeness and respect for others is essential 2) Show reasonable effort to provide sources for any factual claims 3) Clearly state an opinion as such and not asserted as fact Freakin' Kobyashy Maru, dude!