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    So frustrating clicking on a Yahoo News article that looks like it may be of interest, only to find out it is a story in a totally different country that I couldn't care less about. Yahoo News can implement some very simple rules about the information required in your news story titles that could easily fix this problem:

    e.g., a news story about a major move in the "dollar". So I click on it, only to find that it's about the Australian dollar. I couldn't care less about the Australian dollar. Solution: Implement a simple fix that standardizes your news story titles to always indicate which currency you're talking about: e.g., "Canadian dollar" or "CAD dollar" or "USD dollar" or "Australian dollar," etc.

    e.g., a news story about a major drop in the average price of real estate. So I click on it, only to find that it's about the real estate market in Spain. I couldn't care less about the price of real estate in Spain. Solution: Implement a simple fix that standardizes on always indicating which country you're talking about: e.g., "Canadian real estate" or "Ontario real estate" or "California real estate" etc.

    e.g., a news story about a major happening that occurred in a particular city (e.g., a riot, or a murder, or a new law or whatever). So I click on it, only to find that it's about a home invasion that occurred in Canton, Ohio. Nothing personal about the fine people in Ohio, but a story about a home invastion in a totally different country is not something I would click on. Solution: Implement a simple fix that standardizes on always indicating which city and country you're talking about: e.g., "in Toronto, Canada" or "in Canton, Ohio, USA" or "Sydney, Australia" etc.

    You are reaching a global market but you are not acting like it. In fact, why not go a step further and allow people to filter their news based on the fact that they only want to see news from their country or city, or they don't want to see any news stories about murders, etc. Google is already doing this with some of their news offerings. But why isn't Yahoo stepping up to the plate to fix this problem???

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    AvatarTom Vassos commented · Just Now · Edit… · Delete…

    Here's the perfect example of this problem... with this article:
    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/covid-19-recovery-plan-means-220721713.html
    ...which is entitled:
    What the COVID-19 recovery plan means for masks, ATVs, universities and playgrounds
    .... is of great interest to me on many levels. But it's not until getting half way through the article that it even mentions that this article only applies to New Brunswich. WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME.
    ....IF INSTEAD YOU HAD MADE THIS THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE:
    "What the COVID-19 recovery plan IN NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA means for masks, ATVs, universities and playgrounds
    ... I NEVER WOULD HAVE CLICKED ON IT.
    YAHOOOOOOO WAKE UP.... SET STANDARDS FOR THE TITLES OF ALL OF YOUR ARTICLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Here's the perfect example of this problem... with this article:
    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/covid-19-recovery-plan-means-220721713.html
    ...which is entitled:
    What the COVID-19 recovery plan means for masks, ATVs, universities and playgrounds
    .... is of great interest to me on many levels. But it's not until getting half way through the article that it even mentions that this article only applies to New Brunswich. WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME.
    ....IF INSTEAD YOU HAD MADE THIS THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE:
    "What the COVID-19 recovery plan IN NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA means for masks, ATVs, universities and playgrounds
    ... I NEVER WOULD HAVE CLICKED ON IT.
    YAHOOOOOOO WAKE UP.... SET STANDARDS FOR THE TITLES OF ALL OF YOUR ARTICLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tom Vassos commented  · 

    So frustrating clicking on a Yahoo News article that looks like it may be of interest, only to find out it is a story in a totally different country that I couldn't care less about. Yahoo News can implement some very simple rules about the information required in your news story titles that could easily fix this problem:

    1. e.g., a news story about a major move in the "dollar". So I click on it, only to find that it's about the Australian dollar. I couldn't care less about the Australian dollar. Solution: Implement a simple fix that standardizes your news story titles to always indicate which currency you're talking about: e.g., "Canadian dollar" or "CAD dollar" or "USD dollar" or "Australian dollar," etc.

    2. e.g., a news story about a major drop in the average price of real estate. So I click on it, only to find that it's about the real estate market in Spain. I couldn't care less about the price of real estate in Spain. Solution: Implement a simple fix that standardizes on always indicating which country you're talking about: e.g., "Canadian real estate" or "Ontario real estate" or "California real estate" etc.

    3. e.g., a news story about a major happening that occurred in a particular city (e.g., a riot, or a murder, or a new law or whatever). So I click on it, only to find that it's about a home invasion that occurred in Canton, Ohio. Nothing personal about the fine people in Ohio, but a story about a home invastion in a totally different country is not something I would click on. Solution: Implement a simple fix that standardizes on always indicating which city and country you're talking about: e.g., "in Toronto, Canada" or "in Canton, Ohio, USA" or "Sydney, Australia" etc.

    You are reaching a global market but you are not acting like it. In fact, why not go a step further and allow people to filter their news based on the fact that they only want to see news from their country or city, or they don't want to see any news stories about murders, etc. Google is already doing this with some of their news offerings. But why isn't Yahoo stepping up to the plate to fix this problem???

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