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 soylentnews.org. 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 ...
If the "All Authors" list in /search.pl listed the most frequent submitters it might encourage more frequent submission. It would definitely be a bit more useful.
That only works if you value quantity over quality. Sure, I could troll RSS feeds all day and submit story after story but 99% of them wouldn't be worth the bits used to transmit them.
As I mentioned in another post, I was mistaken: we actually can't search by submitter at all. What we can do is search for story submissions that have been accepted by the editors (termed "authors" on that page). Rejected submissions, unless I'm again mistaken, are not shown in the search results. I wasn't suggesting that rejected submissions should be searchable.
In a recent thread, [soylentnews.org] editors seemed to be asking for a greater quantity of story submissions of the sort that would get approved.