Sphinn Submissions on Holiday for New Year’s Weekend

Heads up, Sphinn users: Our Submit News form will be on holiday this weekend in honor of New Year’s 2010. The site itself will be up and you’ll be able to read, vote, and comment on existing stories — but you won’t be able to submit new stories for a few days. We expect the “Submit News” form to be down from around 5:00 pm PT on December 31st through about 9:00 am PT on Monday, January 4th.

Why?, I hear you wondering. It’s pretty simple: Over the Christmas weekend, we found that just about the only things being submitted to Sphinn were spam. Since we’re expecting the New Year’s weekend to be similar, we’ve decided to just turn the submission form off for a few days.

While I have your attention, here are a couple other things I can share about what’s coming in the days, weeks, and months ahead:

  • In response to some questions from users, we’re working on rewriting the Sphinn Guidelines to make them more clear. Look for that in the near future.
  • We’re planning some new things that will promote popular stories on Sphinn even before they’ve reached the home page.
  • We’re planning some minor changes to site navigation scheme, again with the goal of promoting the quality content you’ve submitted even before it goes hot on the home page.
  • I plan to use the blog more in 2010 to communicate with Sphinn users, so feel free to bookmark the blog and/or add it to your RSS reader. I hope to write about some of the fun (and not-so-fun) aspects of managing a diverse online community like we have, maybe share some advice on how to get more out of Sphinn, and perhaps open up the floor for users to suggest great stories that deserve to be on the home page even though they didn’t get enough votes.

That’s all for now. On behalf of the Sphinn moderators and admin team, thanks for your participation in 2009 and we’re looking forward to seeing you around more in 2010. Happy New Year!

- Matt

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