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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 DeathMonkey on Wednesday August 17 2016, @04:54PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday August 17 2016, @04:54PM (#389185) Journal

    Hell, I'd submit articles for free. It just seems like the front-page isn't really a great fit for long-form submissions, though.
    Before we figure out paying authors maybe we should focus on providing a home for long-form writing.
    If there was a separate articles page that allowed text, images and some simple formatting people could submit longer articles in there. Then, they could post summaries to the front page.
    Articles could be fiction, product/movie/game reviews, interesting project builds, first-hand news, all sorts of stuff. I'd post in there...

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday August 17 2016, @05:37PM

    by takyon (881) <> on Wednesday August 17 2016, @05:37PM (#389205) Journal

    SoylentNews works just fine for long-form writing:

    4/20: Half-Baked Headline []

    You only submit as a single text blob, but editors can put text in the "extended copy".

    So all you have to do is write your long submission like:

    Introduction/hook paragraph(s).

    [EXTENDED COPY] (just like it looks, it acts as a note to the editors)

    The rest of your text.

    Here's a random submission I made where I put [EXTENDED COPY] in there myself: []

    [SIG] 10/28/2017: Soylent Upgrade v14 []