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Round 5 Q&A

Written by Tyme White on September 25, 2006

With Round 5 coming up a lot of questions are being asked. What type of sites are you looking for? What do you look for in a site? My site was rejected last time, how can I get in this time? This is the time to ask those questions, and I’ll do my best to address them. Every day I’m going to give a tip on what I look for. Let’s do this…

Tyme, what type of sites are you looking for?

Guess what? I do not have a set type in my mind. Of course I am looking to fill in smaller communities but 9rules has always been open to accepting blogs on diverse topics. Of course except the you-know-what-niche adult sites.

Are you rejecting sites in niches where the community is large?

No. I take into consideration the community a blog will fit into but I do not mentally dismiss a site because we have a large community.

What do you look for in a site?

You’ll see in the upcoming entries.

I write anonymously. Can I be in 9rules?

Short answer: yes. We realize there are many reasons as to why a blogger might need to right anonymously. That does not make you any less accountable for what you say, especially as the anonymous blogger becomes popular the more curious the audience becomes about the identity of the blogger.

My site is not written in English. Can I join 9rules?

Currently, sites must be in English. If you have an English site that compliments your other site, submit the English site.

I live in (insert place here) and I cannot submit my site that day!

Round 5 opens Oct 25th 12am EST and closes 11:59 PM EST. Middle of the night for us, bright and early in the morning for others. If it’s morning for you, submit your site – you have all day. If you’re sleeping at midnight, when you wake up submit your site. You have all day.

Most people have the time but forget the day. Mark your calendars!

I have a podcast/videocast. Can I join 9rules?

Yes! Bring it on! If you can dance, oh my goodness…matter of fact, if you have a dance video put a link to it in the comments box when you submit your site. I want to see it.

Have more questions? You know what to do.

9rules Round 5: October 25th

Written by Scrivs on September 21, 2006

Submission Round 4 for the 9rules Network was dubbed the “700 Club” because we received 700 submissions from sites that wanted to join the Network. This wentabove and beyond our expectations and with that we are proud to announce that we will be opening Round 5 on October 25.

This will be the final submission round for 2006 so if you want to get into the Network make sure you don’t miss out because you only have 24 hours to submit your site on that day. On October 25 starting at 12:00am Eastern Time (what some of you might consider October 24 midnight) the submission page will open and you can submit as many sites as you are a part of. If you are not sure your site fits in one of 25+ communities don’t hesitate to send it our way as we are always looking to branch out into new subjects.

Until then, look for more 9rules Tools and improved 9rules Notes functionality along with one or two more new sections on 9rules. Also, join in on the Guess the Round 5 Number Game to win some kind of prize (no idea what it will be yet) in our Notes section and earn major bragging rights for King/Queen guesser of 9rules. And just as we did for Round 4, we will be publishing a series of entries on what we look for and what we stay away from when looking at a site.

9rules Search Firefox Plugin

Written by Scrivs on September 20, 2006

Yesterday we launched 9rules Search and not too far after that 9rules Member Cavemonkey (Ronald Heft Jr) created a Firefox search plugin. Now you can get the kickass 9rules Search results immediately from anywhere on the web through your browser.

You can never be too proud of members taking the initiative to make the 9rules experience that much better. Many thanks go out to you Cavemonkey for taking that extra step with us.

Download it now to get 9rules Search goodness in Firefox.

Introducing 9rules Search: Member Content Plus A Whole Lot More

Written by Mike Rundle on September 19, 2006

(Quick query links: iPod Shuffle, President Bush, Paris Hilton, Ferrari)

Since November 2005 we’ve been storing our member’s content in our database because we knew at some point we’d have a pretty good amount of data to work with through search and other means. The first year or so of 9rules existence was about grouping great content together, and if I had to categorize the next year I’d say our goal is to now distribute this content in interesting and meaningful ways and 9rules Search is the start of this next big push. We have over 31,000 articles to work with (growing hourly), along with thousands of Notes entries, and we’re focused on bringing that content to users in ways that make the most sense to them. If I had to define Web 2.0 using the most simplest terms, I’d say that it’s just about giving people interactive and personalized access to the content they value.

9rules Search took about 3 full days of work spread out over 3 weeks, and the entire application is only a few hundred lines of PHP thanks to the wonders of open APIs and RSS. Here are some features:

  • Sorts 9rules matches by Title and Content, with each group sorted by freshness. We perform a literal query match on your search term so “prototype” is better than “prototype javascript library” and “iTV” is better than “Apple iTV coming in Spring hopefully”.
  • Additional matches are displayed in a panel that can be slid up or down depending on if you’re interested in digging deeper through the results.
  • Communities are integrated: go directly to the Community associated with that particular entry if you want to read more on that topic.
  • If there aren’t many 9rules matches then we pull in results from Technorati. (Technorati API is really slow so it might take a little bit of time to load, soon we’ll load them via Ajax like the other results so it doesn’t hog the page load.)
  • Flickr images are displayed in the sidebar as a 4×4 grid collage, each image is clickable and can be seen full-size.
  • YouTube videos are displayed under Flickr with title, length, username and rating information alongside a thumbnail.
  • Flickr and YouTube results are pulled in via Ajax so they don’t disrupt the page load time, note the cool spinner!

I’d like to go into the technical aspects of Search, but not right now… we’re still tweaking and fixing stuff 🙂 Obviously some oddities might still be in there so please let us know if you find anything! Enjoy!

Digg it up!

Binary Joy

Written by Tyme White on September 19, 2006

Binary Joy is a website dedicated to video games, but not just any
games. Good games. One of the requirements for writers is that the person enjoyed playing the game, meaning there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy it too. If you don’t agree, comments are open so join the conversation.

Welcome Binary Joy.