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SoylentNews - Why Subscribe?

How can I support SoylentNews?

You could consider buying a subscription. We also receive a percentage of our swag sales.

Why should I subscribe?

Besides the warm fuzzy feeling that you helped us out, here's the rundown of subscription features:

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  • Early access to new features
  • Exemption from ads if we ever run any
  • Full comment histories
  • Access to database-intensive operations
  • No rate limiting or spam filtering

Can I subscribe without an SoylentNews account?

Unfortunately Anonymous Cowards can not buy a subscription for themselves, but you can, as an AC, gift a subscription to a user. The default is set up to NCommander's spare account, but you can change this to any user you wish (other than the AC account).

So you are just in it for the money?

Nope. This is a open-source, volunteer-run project for public benefit. We don't seek profits or power, so supporting us just helps pay the bills. We aren't bound by fiduciary responsibility to shareholders, we are instead bound to uphold the benefit of the public in growing and fostering this community of news and discussion. And we look to the community for suggestions on how to improve and further this project.

Where does the money go?

A snapshot of our finances can be found on the Finances page on the wiki.

What if I'm not interested in spending my hard-earned yen/pesos/bitcoins?

No problem. We will never charge for access to the core-functionality of the site.

Is there anything else I can do to help?

SoylentNews is run by (and for) the community. The simplest way to contribute is by submitting quality stories and leaving interesting comments. Check out the Get Involved section on the wiki for more information.

I have a question that is not answered in this FAQ. What should I do?

Join us on IRC (webchat) or email your questions to We will get you an answer, and if it's a question we've seen before, we'll consider adding it to the FAQ.