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9rules: Vol. 3, Edition 1

Written by Scrivs on April 30, 2008

In February I announced that the old 9rules was coming back. That was a lie. The old 9rules was never coming back, just some of the philosophy behind it. We are constantly trying to improve and move forward and saying the old version of anything is coming back seemed like a step backwards for us. So today we are happy to show you what we like to refer to as the 3rd Volume of 9rules, a new beginning with some old time goodness mixed in.

Members, Members, Members

There is really only one thing you need to keep in mind with Volume 3 and that is it features nothing but 9rules Member content. Every piece of content that you come across in every community is from one of our Members. The goal of 9rules is to present some of the best content from around the independent web to people who enjoy that kind of thing.


With so much wonderful content appearing before your screen we understand that not everything might pique your interests so we have allowed a bit of customization with regards to what content you see. With your my.9rules or Chawlk account you can now select your favorite communities and Members and your homepage will display content only from those communities while your favorites page displays just the content from your favorite members. We hope that this allows you to experience 9rules the way you want to experience it.

Round 6

Obviously 9rules wouldn’t be anything without our Members and we are always on the look out for more wonderful sites to share with the world. On May 7th we will be holding Round 6 for submissions into 9rules and we hope that you take the time to apply if you feel you have something to offer our audience. The round is only 24 hours and make sure to keep an eye on the blog for updates on when and where to submit your site.

New Members

We have never been ones to judge our members on the size of their readership because quality of content has no regards for how many people are reading it. With this in mind I thought it would be nice to extend an invitation to a couple of sites that I respected and who’s content I have been following for a while to see if they would want to join 9rules. Here are some of the new members, you might have heard of a couple if not all of them. We welcome them all.

We have more coming up, but these made it in time for our launch.


We started to build Chawlk immediately when we realized the changes we were going to make with 9rules. It incorporates all of the my.9r functionality that so many people have enjoyed and repackages it into a shiny new box. However, we aren’t done with it yet. Our goal was never to break out into just two sites because that doesn’t solve all the problems that we have encountered so keep an eye out as we have more surprises coming in the next 2-4 weeks. For now though don’t hesitate to join in on the great discussions that can be found at Chawlk AlphaBetaGammaZeta.


9rules launched 3 years ago this week. We have had many ups and downs and have made more connections with wonderful people than we could ever imagine. We would not be here without the help of many people and for that we wish to thank them.

  • To every member that has passed through us (not in a bowel movement kind of way) we thank you. It doesn’t matter if you are still with us because each of you have given us an experience that we have learned from and we can only hope for many more experiences from you in the future. You guys always have our backs and know how to pick us up when things aren’t looking too great. We would have no problem crashing at your place when our landlords kick us out for not making huge barrels of money off of you.
  • Our audience. I have no clue what to refer to you people, but you are more than fans. It is amazing the interest you show in 9rules and when we start to think that nobody cares about us, you come along and ask when the new stuff is going to hit. You say crazy shit like “GIVE ME A PREVIEW OR I WILL JUMP OFF MY BOTTOM STEP” and we love you for it. Thank you.
  • To the haters. As much as we love our Members and Audience I have to give out a thanks to all the haters, doubters and people who just for some reason or another wish for our downfall. You probably provide us with the most inspiration to push on and try new things. Without you telling us that we matter to nobody, that we should give up or that our glory days have passed us by we wouldn’t do things the way with do with such a killer attitude. Bless you.

We hope you enjoy Volume 3.

  1. J Phillips Says:

    I love the new design. Very clean and well organized….well done people. Congrats.

  2. Chad Says:

    100% improvement guys! I love it. Kudos to you Mike on the great design – yet again :-)

  3. Devin Says:

    Looks nice–I look forward to poking around some cool sites again.

  4. Lindsey Says:

    Congratulations on the new design guys! Reminds me of the old school 9rules!

  5. David Says:

    Awesome work guys. Comments still need some CSS, and I love the 404 error page! Some CSS issues in Camino (but who pays attention to that browser, right?) Smart move by 9rules. Keep up the great work, and don’t forget to feature yourselves more, oh mighty rulers. :)

  6. Tyme White Says:

    Thanks everyone. We’re still doing some tweaking. Thanks for the heads up on Camino David.

  7. Jason Says:

    Old meets new, baby! Love the freshness and simplicity. You rocked it. (Oh, and no problems with Camino here.)

  8. Ollie Says:

    Well done guys. New look 9rules rocks!

  9. Josh Says:

    This totally made my day. I’m super excited about it and it looks amazing. :)

  10. Ryan Says:

    Fan-freakin-tastic! Now *this* is the 9rules I know and love. Great job Mike, Scrivs and my boo Tyme. :)

  11. Kyle Meyer Says:

    Great stuff guys. I love the new design, love the return to old form in a sense. I’m very excited to see 9rules blossom further.

  12. Mattie Says:

    Hey guys –

    Everything looks great. Keep up the great work.


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  14. Scrivs Says:

    Thanks everyone.

  15. Darice de Cuba Says:

    Well done guys, brought back memories of the first 9rules version. It has been three years
    already…Looking forward to the thrill of writing a post and seeing it on the frontpage of 9rules!

  16. Chris Tingom Says:

    Looks really great guys! It’s awesome.

  17. Brendan Says:

    Simple, tidy and resists the current trend of cramming every possible design element and ‘gadget’ into the layout.

    my.9r is finally much easier to navigate and ‘understand’ from a UI standpoint. Well done. Here’s hoping the next rounds and treatment of folks matches the new look.

  18. karmatosed Says:

    Woot to the new site and a warm welcome to the new members. I’ve had my head down working all week and just had to surface to check the new site out and love what I’m seeing.

  19. Christian Watson Says:

    Good job to all — I’m enjoying the simplified approach already.

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  21. Ronald Heft Says:

    Great release! I love the new accepted websites.

  22. Edrei Says:

    Hello new 9rules!
    How I’m awed by you so.
    Let’s look forward to some great times ahead.
    Because how can we not give that a go?

  23. Lelia Katherine Thomas Says:

    This is definitely my most favorite design that 9rules has had. It’s so clean and simple. I really love the AJAXy goodness on the community button up top. Brilliant addition.

  24. Lelia Katherine Thomas Says:

    One thing, though…I do think there should be a “view all members” link in the communities dropdown. I only discovered that on the homepage, and it’s quite the handy set of pages if you’re interested in just visiting sites in any community.

  25. Esther Says:

    I love the new site design! It’s so fresh and so clean clean…

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  27. Mike Rundle Says:

    Hey Lelia, you mean have a link to the community members page for a community, right next to its link in the dropdown?

  28. Lelia Katherine Thomas Says:

    I mean, when the dropdown opens up to show the communities, I think it’d be good to have another link included (maybe with a different color/chunk of a background) that said “View all member sites.” Presently, it looks like you can only view all members if you click the link that says that on the homepage. I don’t know–to me it seems like when giving people a choice of all sorts of communities, they should also be given an obvious choice to just see all the members, from any page, not just the homepage.

    That’s really a nitpicky thing, though. I adore this design!

  29. Eli James Says:

    *gushes and salivates over shiny parallax scrolling header effect*

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  31. Tyme White Says:

    @Lelia – actually there is sidebar content missing on some pages (not sure why) but random member content will be on those pages and a link to viewing member content would be there. I prefer this better because the link to members is visible whether the person clicks on the browse button or not. Yesterday was “code is going to be overwritten” day. *shrugs

    Thanks for the comments everyone. Eli – got an email coming your way. Watch out for it. :)

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    Its great to see you ‘back’. Wishing you great success with your new ‘start’.

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  36. The Captive Lion Says:

    Great work all around. This header is great. Design and functionality. I admire your fortitude, determination, and skill at achieving your goals.


    At some point I’d like to see the front page use the thumbnails of the sites again as a visual identifier in the “Fresh From Our Member Blogs” section.

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  38. Chanpory Says:

    I’m super excited to be part of the 9rules family. I first applied to be a member in 9rules Round 5. That was in 2006, so patience does pay off! Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.

  39. Bryan Says:


    I think the header is pretty cool. I am on Windows XP Pro, and the font on the homepage looks horrible…probably because its defaulting to Tahoma since I don’t have Helvetica.

    I feel like design wise, this version takes a huge leap backwards. I loved what Mike did withe last few versions, but this one isn’t screaming out to me to love it.

    The font thing is just killing me :) maybe the answer is I have to go buy a mac.

    I think the site is good, just a step back in my opinion…though I think the philosophy going back more toward the roots behind 9rules is great. Maybe my site will get back in when submission time comes.

  40. Bryan Says:

    This post is now an old posting (April) but did my comment get removed that I posted I think on Monday? I didn’t think it was a negative comment, just being honest from my personal perspective.


  41. Tyme White Says:

    @Bryan – I found it in Akismet and posted it. Sorry about that. :)

  42. Mike Rundle Says:

    Hey Bryan thanks for the tip about Windows and not having Helvetica, I’ll make the second font choice Arial just to cover my bases.

  43. Tim Norton Says:

    The new 9 rules looks stunning.. and love the community dropdown selector, awesome stuff.

  44. Andrew Cornett Says:

    Love the new design, what a fresh breath. Now that Plesk favicon has got to go!

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  46. David Airey Says:

    I hope v3 works out excellently for you. I’m loving the lighter appearance (always prefer light over dark).

    Best of luck.

  47. Max Elliot Anderson Says:

    Hi all,

    I’m new here. I write action-adventures & mysteries especially for tween boys. My blog, Books for Boys, consistently ranks in the top 10 on Google.


  48. live7n Says:

    9rules was coming back is a funny jokes but new looks is looking great

  49. Nanang Says:

    very nice :)

  50. carmen Says:

    i´m still asking myself: what-the hell!- are your 9 rules?

  51. Jayce Says:

    Looking forward to join. :)

  52. Leon Says:

    I’m loving the new design. Very easy on the eyes. Hope to find more cool resources.

  53. Johannes Says:

    You have to change the footer copyright date to 2009, happy new year! // J

  54. sunanfulus Says:

    First time visit.. I am writing about mankind… About all of us who come from the same root.. but now all of us are separated.. By boundaries.. By natures.. By skins.. By religions.. By gods.. If i have a power.. i wish to speak to all mankind to bring all of us together again, respect each other, love each other.. because we are families.. from the same root..

  55. Mike Says:

    I love the layout. I just joined. Thanks!

  56. Dustin Says:

    I just joined and I’m loving it!

  57. Adam Says:

    I heard about 9rules from a friend and wanted to check it out. I read about submitting a site on may 7, when is the next time to submit a site and how do i do it?

  58. Mike Says:

    Design is still relevant:)

  59. Shalin Jain Says:

    It’s really great to see 9rules back again. Looking forward to it…


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