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Identity theft

Written by Colin Devroe on August 31, 2005

Erik Sagen, author of Kartooner.com, wrote up a post trying to help all of us protect ourselves from emails which try to rob us of our identities by posing as legitimate correspondence from our banks. Now that’s a sentence that requires a sip of water to finish.

This article is near and dear to my heart simply because I’ve written similar articles as well. Erik’s Email Identity Theft goes hand in hand with Inventive spam, Identity theft via spam and Account suspended – multiple password failures.

Based on the sheer number of these emails which plague each and every one of us, I’m led to think that somehow somewhere these messages are successful. Have you read about or had any experience with people succumbing to these scams? And, have you read any articles similar to these that would be important for people to read to help protect themselves?

Marketing the mundane

Written by Colin Devroe on August 30, 2005

James Archer of Strange Brand wrote about Marketing the mundane back in April. Yes, back in April, but these tips still are very valuable.

If you are developing a product or service, you might think that what your working on is the most exciting thing you’ve ever seen. That does not mean that the public will. Marketing something that does not immediately create a buzz just by mentioning the name can be difficult – following Archer’s advice and looking at a few examples can really help you to give your product or service a good public face.

Garrett Dimon

Written by Scrivs on August 30, 2005

Garrett Dimon already has two sites in the network so we figured we would make it a trifecta and add his “personal” site into the mix.

Garrett simply tells it like it is and shares his experiences with us in a way that helps you relate to his vision. Instead of being caught up in the hype he is able to take a couple steps back and analyze both sides of every argument. This in turn always makes for a good read.

Hard to welcome someone who is already in the network, but we can do it anyways. RSS Feed.

Weblogs, Inc. Contract Made Public…Might As Well Make the 9rules One Public As Well

Written by Scrivs on August 26, 2005

Something like this (Blogebrity opinion and Metafilter opinion) was bound to happen sooner or later and I can only suspect all the blog network’s contracts will be online shortly. This one seems to be getting people up in a tizzy due to the “low” pay per post. I am not aware of how much authors make for articles in trade magazines and publications so I won’t offer my thoughts on all of this as they would be worthless.

What I can do however is post the new Member’s Agreement right now. All current members will receive this Monday while the newly appointed members have already received this. It’s a crazy contract that I figured would best be served using human readable language and keeping the lawyer away from it. This is the 9rules Network:


9rules Network Member’s Agreement

The undersigned (“Member”), by accepting this Agreement to 9rules, Inc., a Florida corporation (“9rules”), acknowledges that they wish to become a Member and agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Member understands that 9rules has sole discretion over whether to accept or reject Member’s acceptance into the network, and that this agreement will not be binding unless Member has been notified of such acceptance.


1. Our Promise

We promise to provide you with the help to make your site successful and to make it easier to accomplish the goals you have set forth for both you and your site. We also promise that your site will be given equal weight on our homepage regardless of traffic or design.

2. Your Promise

You promise to maintain the standards you have set for your site and will strive to continuously improve the quality of the content to allow for a better experience for you, your audience and the network. You also promise to display the 9rules button on the pages of your site to effectively show your support for the network you are a part of.

If you wish to leave the network, you promise to provide us with 30 days notice via mail or e-mail.

3. Voiding Agreement

If either of the parties fails to meet the promises set above, they have the right to void this agreement effective immediately.


And the new Spanish Network will have the same agreement (in Spanish obviously). We have developed such a strong community and trust amongst our members that really this is the only type of agreement that we feel is needed. If a company wishes to sponsor a member site and they agree to have that company sponsor their site, then another agreement will be put into place for that site. But this is the main agreement for all members.

With all of that out of the way do you think Accidental Hedonist would make a good addition to the network? I think so.

456 Berea Street

Written by Scrivs on August 26, 2005

To be honest I wasn’t too sure if today was going to get any better with already having announced four great sites, but it looks like we have one more to push out the door. In the web design community you have people who simply link out to others and you have Roger Johansson who links and explains and analyzes and discusses everything involving the web community.

Roger not only brings a great resource to the Network, but also a strong community where you get insightful commentary and an intellectual discussion every single visit. A great Friday indeed. Enjoy your weekend.

Welcome Roger. RSS Feed.