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About Slashdot

What is this?

This is Slashdot, a website based on and running the Slashdot-Like Automated Story-Telling Homepage software. You're reading the FAQ.

Who does this?

Slashdot was created in 1997 by Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda. Today it's owned by Dice Holdings, Inc. Slashdot is run primarily by a handful of editors and coders: the code is wrangled and taunted by Kaushik Acharya, David Hand, Tim Vroom, Wes Tapp, Jenny Steele, and Chris Inman. The editors, as of February 2013, are Jeff "Soulskill" Boehm, Clinton "unknown lamer" Ebadi, Timothy Lord, Nick Kolakowski and Rob "Samzenpus" Rozeboom.

What does the name "Slashdot" mean?

"Slashdot" is an intentionally obnoxious URL. When Rob registered the domain http://slashdot.org, he wanted a URL that was confusing when read aloud. (Try it!)

Editorial—Story Submissions, etc.

How do I submit a story? What about corrections or updates?

To submit stories, corrections, or updates, please use the submissions form. Submit corrections or updates just as if you were submitting any other news item, by using the web submission form. Please include a link to the story you're updating or correcting, and explain what the trouble is.

How do I Ask Slashdot?

Use the same submissions form; just make clear that you're asking a question. (A good way is to title your submission starting with "Ask Slashdot.")

Why did you change my submission?

We often edit submissions for reasons of spelling, grammar, or clarity, or to format them for visual consistency. We're happy when a story submission comes in with no changes needed, but most stories get at least a tweak or two. Sometimes we'll shorten a submission to emphasize its key points or points, remove links not relevant or central to the story posted, swap anchor text to make links easier to read, or substitute a better link for one that may be broken, expired or paywalled (or not the best link for some other reason). When two submissions offer different sources, we may combine them into a single story. Sometimes, too, we may fold links to relevant previous Slashdot stories into the text, or add these links separately. Though we do so in good faith, we apologize in advance and strive to correct any errors that this tweaking introduces.

Could you explain why my submission was declined?

This is harder than it sounds. We try to select the most interesting, timely, and relevant submissions, but can only run a fraction of those submitted; there are probably as many reasons for stories to get declined as there are stories. Think positive: read our submissions guidelines for some hints about increasing the chances that we'll run yours.

Can I submit a story anonymously?

Yes. If you log in, though, the editors can follow up with questions if for some reason we'd otherwise like to run your story but some crucial word or link is missing.

Where do I submit press releases?

We'd rather you didn't submit press releases—at least not ones that sound like press releases! But if you're going to submit one, please use the submission form.

Can I email a story submission?

In short, No. If you email one of the editors directly, the others won't see your submission. (And your mail might hit someone who's on vacation, sleeping, or has a downed network connection.) Assume that any emailed story submission is likely to go unread; please use the submission form instead.

I submitted a similar submission before the one you actually ran!

Sometimes we post a later submission rather than an earlier one. There are a variety of factors: the personality of the post, the quality of the submission, or even the quantity of stories already posted when your submission entered the queue—and sometimes, we just mess up.

I want to write a book review. What should I do?

Be sure to read our book review guidelines so you know what we're looking for. When you're ready to submit it, you can do so on our submissions page.

Slashdot Interviews

How many questions can I ask?

Ask as many questions as you'd like! Just don't ask unrelated questions in the same comment; instead, ask separately, so they can be moderated separately. (More chances to win!)

I asked nearly the same question as one you selected to pass on; why?

Often several readers ask similar questions. If yours is the one Slashdot editors believe represents that "group" of questions best, it's the one that gets picked. We tend to pick questions that have meaningful subject lines, and we prefer questions that are short and pithy to long, wandering ones.

Hey, that eleventh question wasn't even highly moderated!

It's a human factor. Moderation helps us decide which questions to send along, but often there are interesting ones which haven't been modded up as much.

Tags

What are tags?

Tags are text labels you can add to a story that help categorize stories by content or category. Clicking the tag icon will open a text field for tagging. Type in a tag, then press the space bar. Repeat for all tags you'd like to add to the story.

Note: Adding the same tag more than once does not increase its weight; once is enough. You might, though, tag a story about Western Digital hard drives "wd," "westerndigital," and "storage," or a story about an MIT programming contest "programming," "competition," and "mit." Tags help sort stories, and help you search for related ones. More tags help!

Are tags private? Who can see them?

Everyone can see them! Tags are public and flexible (rather than private and permanent). So one day, we might consolidate and change all "canine" tags to "dog," say, or define new system tags and usurp more namespace. (Don't say we didn't warn you!) Because tags on Slashdot are public, and are used to inform the moderation system, tag abuse can hurt your karma. Please tag in good faith.

What syntax do tags require?

  • Tags should be all-lowercase; leave out punctuation and spaces—a space is used to enter multiple tags. So use "bigbrother," not "big brother."
  • Numbers can appear but can't be first. Smoosh them together: "usb3," not "usb 3."
  • For the opposite of a tag, prefix it with "!," e.g. "!funny" means "not funny."
  • Keep your tags brief (64 characters max).

What tags are defined?

Certain tags trigger alerts to the editors, which means there are a few cases where we poach the namespace a bit. Just a few, for now:

Dupe
Use "dupe" when a Slashdot story is an actual duplicate of a previous story, offering no new information. This alerts the editors, but is generally only useful when the story is in The Mysterious Future.
Typo
Use "typo" when a story writeup has spelling or grammatical errors, or bad HTML (like a malformed link).

How can I see what others are tagging?

You can see some of the most popular tags at slashdot.org/tags. (You can see your own tags by visiting slashdot.org/my/tags.)

How can I see stories that have been tagged with "gadget"? Or "stevejobs"?

For any tag, you can see the stories it's been applied to by going to slashdot.org/tag/$tag (replace "$tag" with the term you're curious about). It's fun just to poke around!

Accounts

Why should I log in?

Logging in lets you save preferences, and gives you access to features that anonymous readers don't have, including a journal, the Friends & Foes system, and comment moderation. Logged-in users' comments start at score 1 rather than 0, too. (Bonus: you get to choose the coolest name you can think of! Well, the coolest name yet unregistered.)

Can I change my nickname?

Sorry, but No. It's just too prone to abuse.

How do I change my password or email address?

Log in, then use the form on your User Info page.

How can I delete my account?

You can't. But don't sweat it; the unused accounts don't hurt anything.

I forgot / can't get my password!

Hit "Log In" anyhow, then click "Forgot your password?" Still have trouble? Email passwords@slashdot.org for help.

I'm having trouble logging in.

Make sure you have cookies turned on, and that your computer's date and time are correct. If you've turned cookies on, and still have trouble, email passwords@slashdot.org for help. (You don't actually have to use cookies: You can still post—anonymously, or by entering your password for each comment—but you won't be able to use all of the site's advanced features.)

What are login sessions?

A login session is a glorified cookie; to provide some added security, you can determine the duration and location for your session. The duration options should be self-explanatory: "Lasts Forever," or "Closes With Browser." The former is good if you're the only person using your computer. If you're slightly paranoid, or often log in from remote terminals, choose "Closes With Browser" instead.

The second decision is your location. The first choice is "Never Moves," appropriate it you have a static IP and you never log out of Slashdot or share your computer. "Moves within Subnet" is useful if you have a desktop and never log out, but your ISP sometimes changes your IP. "Follows me Everywhere" is the right choice for machines that move from network to network. This option is the least secure, but oh-so-convenient, and it's also the default.

What are slashboxes?

Slashboxes are configurable mini-feeds that appear on the right-hand side of the page. If you're logged in, they're configurable: you can select which Slashboxes (from dozens of choices) show up on your page—everything from single-source news feeds to webcomics to recent tags, etc.

Moderation and Metamoderation

I just got moderator access. What do I do?

Moderate! Read comments (preferably at a low threshold) and when you see comments that are very insightful, or perhaps just plain off topic, select the appropriate option from the drop down list. When you're done, hit the 'Moderate' button. That's it! Moderation is like jury duty: You never know when you'll be selected, and when you get it, you only do it for a little bit.

How should I spend my moderation points?

Concentrate more on promoting than on demoting. Try to be impartial about this; simply disagreeing with a comment is not a valid reason to mark it down. The goal here is to share ideas, to sift through the haystack and find needles, and to keep spammers and griefers in check.

I found a comment that was unfairly moderated!

For every moderator out there pushing an agenda, there are usually several good ones making sure that everyone is getting a fair say. To counter unfair moderation, though, we've come up with a system of meta-moderation (moderating the moderation).

What do the choices in the moderation drop-down boxes mean?

Normal
The default setting attached to every comment when you have moderation privileges.
Offtopic
A comment which has nothing to do with the story it's linked to (song lyrics, obscene ascii art, etc).
Flamebait
Comments whose sole purpose is to insult and enrage.
Troll
A Troll is similar to Flamebait, but slightly more refined. This is a prank comment intended to provoke indignant (or just confused) responses.
Redundant
Redundant posts add no new information; they take up space with information either in the original post, the attached links, or lots of previous comments.
Insightful
An Insightful comment makes you think, or puts a new spin on a given story. Examples: an analogy you hadn't thought of, or a telling counterexample.
Interesting
If you believe a comment to be Interesting (and on-topic), it is.
Informative
Informative comments add new information to explain the circumstances hinted at by a particular story, fill in "The Other Side" of an argument, etc.
Funny
Choose "Funny" if you think the comment is actually funny, not just because it seems intended to be.
Overrated
Sometimes comments are disproportionately up-moderated—this probably means several moderators saw it at nearly the same time, and their cumulative scores exaggerated its merit. (Example: A knock-knock joke at +5, Funny.) Such a comment is Overrated.
Underrated
Likewise, some comments get smashed lower than they might deserve. Choosing "Underrated" means you think it should be read by more people.

What is metamoderation?

Metamoderation is a second layer of moderation. It seeks to increase fairness by letting logged-in users "rate the rating" of randomly selected comment posts.

What do "M1" and "M2" mean?

M1 and M2 are Slashdot shorthand for "moderation" and "metamoderation," respectively. We also use these with suffixes For example, if you see the term "M2ed," it means "metamoderated." Likewise, the term "M1er" means "Moderator."

Who can metamoderate?

In order to metamoderate, your account must be among the oldest 92.5% accounts on the system.

Why am I asked to metamoderate the same comment more than once?

Remember, M2 rates the moderations, not the comments. If the same comment was moderated more than once, it may appear several times to a meta-moderator, too.

How should I M2 if the moderator called it "Insightful" and I think it should be "Informative"?

Don't sweat the small stuff—both have a +1 effect on the comment. Rate the moderation "Fair" and move on.

Karma, Thresholds, Abuse, etc.

What are thresholds?

Your "threshold" is the minimum score of the comments displayed to you. Comments are scored from -1 to 5, and you can set your threshold to any score within that range. If you set your threshold to 2, only comments rated 2 or above would be displayed. Setting your threshold at -1 will display all comments. 0 is almost all comments. 1 filters out most Anonymous Cowards, and so on. Higher threshold settings reduce the number of comments you see, but (in theory, anyway) increase the quality of the posts you see.

How do I change thresholds?

A widget attached to each story's comments contains two sliders; these allow you to control the score threshold at which comments are displayed. You can drag and drop them and adjust your preferences to find the balance of score and comment text you want.

Someone is posting under a false or misleading identity!

We've tried to make this difficult (for example, the system won't let you create an account named 'CmdrTaco' because one already exists) but that doesn't prevent ninnies from doing what ninnies do. Read cautiously.

Why did that comment disappear?

The Slashdot editors are also readers; we have unlimited mod points, and have no problem using them to highlight good comments, or to moderate down abusive comments of which we become aware. (Hey, get your own sandbox! And get off my lawn!) Abusive comments make it less pleasant for people to read the site. Not to mention, we'd like people to be able to read Slashdot behind ham-handed filtering systems that would block the entire site. If you're posting in good faith, this will probably never affect you. (And if you want to read all the comments, set your threshold to -1.)

How do I report abuse?

Below and to the right of each comment is a small "Anti" symbol; click on this, and (optionally) explain why you consider the comment abusive. (Slashdot discussions are and should be robust; only cry "Abuse!" for comments that are utterly without redeeming value -- spam, racist ranting, etc. For everything else, use the other moderation options.) Reported comments will be reviewed and moderated by the editors, if appropriate.

"You can't post to this page"—Why not?

This probably means you're reading from behind a web proxy that allows connections from any host. This functionality has been abused. Comments can't be posted from this address until the proxy is better secured. Please notify your Proxy Admin.

Do you ban people from Slashdot?

Occasionally we ban IPs from which we see abuse, or disallow accounts from specific actions (such as posting or submitting stories) in response to spam, persistent flamebait, etc. If this happens unfairly to you, please read How do I get an IP Unbanned. These bans are relatively rare, but necessary when specific users or IPs disrupt service for others.

Why is my IP banned?

If your IP is banned, it's probably because one of these is true:

  • Your IP has been used to perform a denial of service attack (or the accidental equivalent) against Slashdot.
  • Your IP was used to post comments that break Slashdot's rendering.
  • You're using a proxy server used by someone who did one of those things.

How do I get an IP unbanned?

Email banned@slashdot.org. Be sure to specify the IP itself, your user ID, and any other pertinent information. (If you're connecting through a proxy server, you might need to have the admin contact us instead.)

What is karma?

Your karma is a reference that primarily represents how your comments have been moderated. Karma is used to determine who moderates and who doesn't. You can improve your karma by posting intelligent, funny, informative or comments generally impressive to your fellow readers.

Karma is structured on the following scale "Terrible, Bad, Neutral, Positive, Good, and Excellent." If a comment you post is moderated up, your karma will rise. Conversely, bad karma usually indicates a user account used to spam or otherwise hurt the discussion.

Factors besides moderation also affect karma. Having a story submission accepted raises your karma. Also, metamoderation can cause your karma to change. This encourages good moderators, and ideally removes moderator access from bad ones. Don't worry too much about it; it's just an integer in a database.

Are there anti-troll filters?

A handful of filters have been put into place to try to make sure that people don't abuse the system. For instance, the same person can't post more than once every 120 seconds. Also, if a single user is moderated down several times in a short span, a temporary ban will be imposed on that user ... a cooling off period, if you will.

If you believe you've been unfairly banned, let us know, so we can fix it.

A comment I posted shows a different score on my user page than in the comments page. Why?

Your user page displays the comment's "Natural" score. That reflects things like moderations up or down, default posting bonus, and so forth. When you see the same comment in a discussion, though, its score reflects bonuses or penalties associated with your own user preferences. (You can choose to tailor the comments you read, for instance, by bumping up comments that others have rated "Insightful," or bumping down anonymous ones.)

The Firehose

What is the Firehose?

The Firehose is powerful viewing tool for Slashdot content, from comments and journal entries to RSS feeds and story submissions. You can filter and interact with the Firehose in a number of ways. The plus/minus box on the left side of each Firehose entry lets you vote on that item. A context menu will appear when you click on the plus or minus, giving you the option of adding certain tags. You can also expand the submission if you'd like to add other tags, such as "northdakota" or "spaceflight." Voting and tagging are helpful; they inform other Firehose users, and help the editors decide which ones make it to the front page.

How can I filter the Firehose?

You can enter filter terms in the text field at the top of the firehose page. Sort for any particular type of entry by entering its type into the field and hitting enter. For example, entering "journal" there would sort for journal entries. You can also sort for story, comment, feed, bookmark, and submission. Putting a "-" in front of a type will exclude that type. For example: "-feed" would exclude all RSS feeds. You can also sort for things like "linux," "openbsd," or "riaa" to see stories with those tags or comments and submissions that mention them.

What do the colors mean?

The colors serve as a rough quality rating for entries in the firehose. You can sort for colors by using the color-picker next to the filter field. Red is the most popular, black is the least popular, and story submissions enter the firehose at blue. Your nods and nixes affect this, so the more often you vote, the more useful color sorting becomes. The lower your color threshold, the more content you'll see.

The Friends and Foes System

How do I add users to my friends / foes list (or remove them)?

Search for the user. Click. Add the user as your friend or foe.

You'll find those symbols on users' comments as well, and elsewhere on the site. Basically, anywhere you see the following symbol you can decide to add a user as friend or foe.

To remove a friend or foe, click on their friend/foe symbol and change them back to Neutral.

Where can I see my friends / foes?

Can I see other people's friends and foes?

Sure. It's similar to checking your own friends or foes list (http://slashdot.org/my/friends); simply replace /my/friends with /~username/friends. Follow the same pattern for checking other users' foes list.

What are fans / freaks?

When you select someone as a friend, it makes you that user's fan. To see people who have chosen you as a friend (your fans): http://slashdot.org/my/fans. To see other users' fans, replace /my/fans with /~username/fans.

"Freaks" are people who name you as a foe: http://slashdot.org/my/freaks.

What are comment modifiers, and how do they work?

Comment modifiers (see http://slashdot.org/my/comments) let you filter comments in a story. There are many comment modifier options. For instance, you can attach a comment modifier to a friend, foe, fan, freak, friend of friend, or foe of friend.

The reason this is cool: let's say you want to be able to read all your friends comments, but many of their comments lie at the threshold of 1, and you read at a threshold of 2. If you go to your comment preferences, you can make all of your friends' comments appear at a score of 5.

Journals

Where is my journal?

Your journal can be found at http://slashdot.org/my/journal.

What can I use my journal for? Can Slashdot censor my journal?

Use it for whatever you'd like! we don't care (much). We reserve the right to moderate down abusive journal entries (including spam), just as with comments.

Who can read my journal? Can I read anyone else's journal?

Anyone can read your journal. (And you can read anyone else's journal, too.)

Can I ban people from reading my journal?

Nope—Sorry.

Tech

What kind of logging does Slashdot do?

We log the usual stuff (IP, page, time, user, page views, moderation, and comment posting, mainly), and a few other bits, too. The data is used mostly to make moderation possible.

Why do I see 'loading from fsdn.com' when I'm reading Slashdot?

That's our image server; if you block it, you'll miss all the graphic violence.

I use NoScript; what should I know?

Whitelisting slashdot.org is necessary for the fancier parts of the site to function. You'll need to whitelist fsdn.com too; that's our CDN, and if you block it, many things may break.

Mobile Site

How do I access the mobile site?

The mobile site can be accessed at http://m.slashdot.org/ from your mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Note that if you attempt to access this from your desktop, you will not be able to click on items. For proper Android support, all actions must be registered as touch events, which aren't in desktop browsers.

What devices are supported?

The Slashdot mobile website uses the latest technologies to deliver a clean mobile experience. Due to the wide variety of mobile devices, we cannot support every combination. Therefore, below is a list of recommended configurations.

We recommend:

  1. An iOS device running iOS 5 or newer.
  2. An Android device running Android 4.0 or newer.

Note:

  • We strongly recommend the latest Chrome browser, not the browser that came packaged with your phone.
  • JavaScript must be enabled.

We support:

  1. All iOS devices running iOS 5 or newer.
  2. All Android devices running Android 2.3 or newer.

I'm having a problem with your mobile site; what should I do?

If you're having trouble viewing our mobile site, please view the Supported area above and ensure that your device meets these requirements. Also, ensure that JavaScript is enabled.

If you are still having trouble with our mobile site, please email feedback@slashdot.org with:

  • The device you are using
  • The OS version
  • The browser name and version
  • The problem you are experiencing

What powers the mobile site?

We're using a delightful potpourri of Backbone, Zepto, Underscore, Hamstache, Jasmine, and Sass. Apache & mod_perl serve up the framework.

Feeds

Where can I get Slashdot's main feed?

The syndication feed for the Slashdot front page is available in RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, and Atom 1.0 formats. Please don't request feeds more than once every 30 minutes.

What other feeds are available?

On most pages, if there is feed content available, it will be noted in the <HEAD> of the page.

Wherever you see rss below, you can also substitute with atom to get an Atom 1.0 feed, such as content_type=atom and journal/atom, or append atom to the end of the rss.slashdot.org URLs, like slashdotGamesatom (although some feeds, like Zoo and some search results, need some more work for Atom).

Where you see $username below, substitute the URI-encoded username of the user in question (such as Clifton+Wood).

Where you see $logtoken, you must include a token so the server knows you're you, in lieu of a cookie, as most newsreaders can't handle cookies well (you can find it in the <HEAD> of the page, if you're a logged in, and a subscriber). NOTE: your logtoken is subject to change when you log out or change your login preferences. See the Accounts FAQ for more information.

How do I set up a custom feed?

Use the filter field to sort for whatever type of content you like. On the section menu, you'll see an "untitled" section, which you can use to save those settings. Once that's done, hitting the edit button again will bring up an RSS icon, which you can use to subscribe to the custom feed.

My RSS headline reader says I was banned!

Our policy is to allow one request every 30 minutes. We'll allow a few more before you'll get banned, and we are more flexible still with proxy servers. You should still be able to access the rest of the site, just not the .rss, .rdf, and .xml pages.

If you're still banned after 72 hours, please email banned@slashdot.org for help. Include the approximate time of the ban, the srcid hex string from the ban message, and what you think your IP number is. If you're connecting through a proxy server (or think you might be), please mention that, too; you might need the proxy server's admin to contact us.

Subscriptions

Why subscribe to Slashdot? Can't I read for free?

You can absolutely read for free. Subscribing is strictly optional. Right now, subscriptions serve one major purpose: getting rid of ads on the page. (There are a few other plums, too, see "Are there other advantages to being a subscriber?" below.)

Where / How can I purchase a subscription to slashdot?

Log in and go to the subscriptions page. (No account yet? No problem—simply create one!) Click on the Paypal or credit-card link, and follow the instructions.

Can I purchase a subscription for someone else? Can I do so anonymously?

Yes, Slashdot has added a gift subscription option to allow you to do just that. When you go to purchase a subscription choose the "Buy Gift Subscription for UID" option and then enter the appropriate UID (username) for the reader you'd like to bless. A textfield will pop up, letting you say who the gift is from, or a short message. The message will default to containing your Slashdot username, but you can give anonymously, too; just enter "Your Secret Friend" or something similar there.

How much does a subscription cost?

Slashdot offers 1000 ad free pages for $5. You have some flexibility as to where you want to spend your ad free pages. You can decide to use them on comments, articles, or the homepage.

Paypal? Why Paypal?

It's a simple solution, and a lot of Slashdot users already have Paypal accounts. If you prefer to use a credit card, go right ahead.

I have an idea for a feature for subscription users.

Great! Please send it to us at feedback@slashdot.org; engineering time is limited, and there are always more features that might be nice than we'll ever be able to implement, but we greatly appreciate suggestions.

How do I see how many pages I've used up on my subscription?

While logged in, visit the subscription page. You'll be able to see your own subscription stats there (how many ad-free pages purchased, and how many used).

I'm helping Slashdot by posting comments. Why are you charging people who help you?

When you subscribe, the default setting is for posting comments (as well as reading just comments) to not count as part of your subscription. You can change this if you want, but we recognize that most frequent readers, including our prolific comment posters, will prefer to see ads on those pages and keep them cost-free.

It looks like my payment didn't go through—Why?

In rare cases, a server glitch may prevent Slashdot from knowing about your payment for a little while. If your subscription page doesn't seem to know that you're a subscriber yet, please allow at least twenty minutes for our servers to retry their connections. If there's still a problem, please email subscriptions@slashdot.org.

I paid for a subscription and ads are still popping up!

Keep calm! Here are a few reasons you might see ads:

  • You may not be logged in
  • You may have exceeded the number of ads you've set to suppress daily. See How can I control how many ads I suppress daily?
  • Check the subscriptions page and make sure that you have "No Ads" turned on where you don't want ads to show up.
  • Slashdot pages that are static, like this FAQ, always serve ads.
  • We could be experiencing technical difficulties and we've turned on a static front page.

If you are a subscriber and saw an ad, it will not count against your subscription. If you are sure that pages on which you are seeing ads are incrementing your "used up" count on subscribe.pl, that's a serious bug—please let us know, by emailing feedback@slashdot.org, with as much pertinent information as possible (such as your user name, and details of what you've observed).

In general, what pages count towards my subscription base?

There are currently three types of pages that Slashdot generates for subscribers.

Static
The FAQ, about, Hall of Fame, and so on. These pages are plain old text. There is no smarts in them to decide if you get an ad or not. This is for performance reasons. It just doesn't make sense to run scripts on those pages. So you'll see banner ads on them, but they won't affect your subscription.
The Main Pages
The homepage, articles, and comments. These pages are configured in your subscription settings. You can choose which page types to see ads on. By default, a subscriber has ads suppressed on the index and article pages, but comments are left with ads on. This is because it's really easy to casually load dozens of comments pages.
The lesser pages:
There are a variety of other pages on Slashdot that are dynamic, but are less loaded than The Main Pages. For example: Users (for example editing your preferences), Submissions (submitting a story), Journals (I think you can figure that out yourself), and Subscriptions (Well, Duh!). If you are a subscriber, and are set to suppress ads on one of the Main Pages, then we suppress ads on these pages without decrementing your page bank. In other words, buy the ads on the homepage or articles, and you get Journals, Submissions, Users, and so forth for free.

How can I control how many ads I suppress daily?

Edit your subscription preferences. Currently, subscribers default ad suppression is 10 ads per day. You can increase or decrease your ad suppression to fit your needs. Just remember, the higher your ad suppression, the faster you'll go through your subscription.

To suppress all ads, set your limit to 0 (non-intuitive, we know—think of it as selecting "false") and remember to make sure that you have "No Ads" selected for all three options.

Are there other advantages to being a subscriber?

There are a few "plums" for subscribers, yes. Please be warned that this list is subject to change as necessary:

  • You can see each story 10-20 minutes before it goes "live." (Assuming we posted it that far in advance, which usually we do.) Look for the red titlebar and a timestamp from "The Mysterious Future." More information is available in this story.
  • You can get a message sent to you when people change their relationship to you (friend or foe). Go to your message prefs page and edit the "Relationship Change" setting. Don't worry, you'll get at most one message per day, summarizing that day's changes.
  • When writing a journal entry, your choices for comments are not just "Comments Disabled" and "Comments Enabled." You can also limit commenting to just your friends; just your friends and their friends; to exclude just your foes; or to exclude your foes and your friends' foes.
  • You get a "More Comments" link on your user page and on other users' pages. Going through comment history might be a bit DB-intensive but we trust subscribers not to abuse the privilege. (But just to be clear—robots will be banned, regardless of whether they subscribe or not!)
  • You can add up to 400 friends and foes, instead of being limited to 200.
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Miscellaneous

What is that funny right-facing angle bracket next to the comment I'm reading?

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Most of the trolls and useless stuff comes from "Anonymous Coward" posters. Why not eliminate anonymous posting?

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