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posted by NCommander on Wednesday August 17 2016, @11:23AM   Printer-friendly
from the hrm dept.

So, during the last site update article, a discussion came up talking about how those who work and write for this site should get paid for said work. I've always wanted to get us to the point where we could cut a check to the contributors of SoylentNews, but as it stands, subscriptions more or less let us keep the lights on and that's about it.

As I was writing and responding to one specific thread, part of me started to wonder if there would be enough interest to try and crowdfund articles on specific topics. In general, meta articles in which we talk deploying HSTS or our use of Hesiod tend to generate a lot of interest. So, I wanted to try and see if there was an opportunity to both generate interesting content, and help get some funds back to those who donate their time to keep the lights on.

One idea that immediately comes to mind that I could write is deploying DNSSEC in the real world, and an active example of how it can help mitigate hijack attacks against misconfigured domains. Alternatively, on a retro-computing angle, I could cook something in 16-bit real mode assembly that can load an article from I could also do a series on doing (mostly) bare metal work; i.e., loading an article from PXE boot or UEFI.

However, before I get in too deep into building this idea, I want to see how the community feels about it. My initial thought is that the funds raised for a given article would dictate how long it would be, and the revenue would be split between the author, and the staff, with the staff section being divided at the end of the year as even as possible. The program would be open to any SN contributor. If the community is both interested and willing, I'll organize a staff meeting and we'll do a trial run to see if the idea is viable. If it flies, then we'll build out the system to be a semi-regular feature of the site

As always, leave your comments below, and we'll all be reading ...

~ NCommander

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  • (Score: 2) by SecurityGuy on Wednesday August 17 2016, @01:48PM

    by SecurityGuy (1453) on Wednesday August 17 2016, @01:48PM (#389103)

    I get calls from vendors (like many of you, I'm sure) who want to send me a white paper if I'll do some trivial little survey. I always refuse because it's never been the case that I learned anything in a white paper that isn't readily available on the internet anyway, and very rarely is there even anything in it I don't already know, unless it's just not relevant to me. For the same reason, I'm pretty unlikely to contribute money to getting articles published. On most topics, there's probably an article already, or a mailing list with archives, or Safari, etc.

    There's also the time lag. Usually, when I want to know something on a technical topic, I want to know right now. If you had an archive of high-quality articles where I could pay a small amount to get access to one immediately, that might be of interest. If it's a chip-in-some-money-and-wait-a-while model, by time the article is published I'll already have found out what I needed to know.

    I'm not trying to discourage, just give you the feedback you asked for. The bottom line for me is that for this to be something I'd use, you have to be better in some way than the resources I already have.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 17 2016, @01:57PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 17 2016, @01:57PM (#389106)

    Yeah, but the white paper they want to send you is probably on "Problems you never knew you had which are solved instantly by the superior architecture of new Force FX Professional Edition".

  • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Wednesday August 17 2016, @04:20PM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <> on Wednesday August 17 2016, @04:20PM (#389164) Homepage Journal

    I've found a lot of those whitepapers to not only be dry as hell, but useless unless you are intimately familiar with the subject in which case they remain useless.

    Still always moving