Newslines Updates

Newslines Updates35 posts

Occasional updates about Newslines, including latest technical and behind-the-scenes information and contest announcements and results. For deep thoughts about Newslines and its place in the world, please check our blog.

19 Apr, 2014
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Added Help Chat

chatAdded Zopim chat system to help users with any issues they may have. Feel free to contact us!

21 Apr, 2014
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Added Edit and Post buttons

Edit-Add-ButtonsAdded new buttons to let users edit and add posts directly from a newsline, and from inside the newsline post.

29 Apr, 2014
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Experimental feature: Sidenotes

An experimental feature called Sidenotes has been added. Readers can leave notes on any text by selecting it and adding a comment. The feature did not work well and was removed.

30 Apr, 2014
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Post approval system

A new post approval system has been created. Users can create and edit posts, but cannot publish posts without an administrator’s approval.

  • Create your post referring to the Style Guide and the Help system
  • Submit your post for review
  • If there are issues with the post the Administrator will write a note for you
  • Make the changes and resubmit
  • If the post matches Newslines style then it will be approved, otherwise you will be asked to make changes and resubmit.

If you have any problems please contact us by chat, email, or open a ticket in the help center.

20 May, 2014
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Moved Hosts

We have moved hosts. If you see this message, congratulations, you are on the new site.

15 Jan, 2015
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$1-per-post program finishes at 26,000 posts

Announcement

The $1-per-post program finishes. Since May, 2014, Newslines writers added over 26,000 posts and received over $26,000 in rewards. The first part of Newslines’ revenue-share system — a system that allows qualified writers to become editors and to be paid for their edits — has been completed. The second stage of the system — which calculates the revenue share amounts for each post – is currently being programmed and is due for official release by the end of January.

12 Feb, 2015
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Revenue-share system launches

Newslines launches its revenue-share system. The system splits 50% of ad revenues on user-generated pages with the writers, editors who contributed to the site, and to those who invite other users to patrticipate. Writers receive 50-70% of revenues, editors receive 25-30% and networkers receive around 5%. It is the world’s first system to allow for payments for editing other contributors’ posts. Mark:

We hate that the people behind many large sites, and their investors, get rich off of the free work of their contributors. It’s not just that we think people should be paid for their work, we feel strongly that contributors who help build a business should get a share in the growth of the business too. We see our contributors as investors in growth. Just like an investor who has the potential to have a high return as a company grows, if you put an equivalent amount of work into building your portfolio of content, you can share in the rewards.

4 Mar, 2015
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Event-type filters

filter-iconWe have improved our event-type filters. You can filter events by clicking the filter icon in the orange header bar and selecting which events, or combination of events, you would like to see. The results will be displayed with their own URL, so you can share them across social media. For example, you can see all of Taylor Swift’s interviews here, her performances here, and her magazine covers here. You can also filter events by clicking on the green event-type tag on each post.

21 Apr, 2015
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Newslines Post Contest – $100 in prizes

Announcement

We are happy to announce the first Newslines posting competition! All you have to do is to add as many posts as you can in a one-week period to win $100 in prizes.

  • Starting this Wednesday…
  • For one week…
  • The person who adds the most approved posts wins $50
  • Second place gets $20
  • Third place gets $10
  • Anyone who adds more that five posts enters a drawing to win $20

The competition runs from 12:00 am Wednesday 22 April, through to 11:59 pm Tuesday 28 April. Prizes will be paid in PayPal.

22 Apr, 2015
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Post Contest: Day 1 Results

We had a good first day of competition with Mudit Chauhan in the lead with 10 posts, closely followed by Malea Ann. We have over 30 posts in all. Some new entrants are coming in today already and heating up the competition for the next few days. Get started now — the contest is still wide open!

I am keeping the results in this spreadsheet — if you think there’s mistake let me know.

23 Apr, 2015
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Post Contest: Day 2 Results

An even better Day 2 with Mudit Chauhan still holding the lead, with 26 posts, closely followed by Merceadez, who worked hard today to get to 21 posts. 61 posts were added today — thank you! The quality of posing is excellent — so many perfect or close to perfect posts. There’s still plenty of time to add posts, so get started if you haven’t already. You can check the results in this spreadsheet — if you think there’s mistake let me know.

25 Apr, 2015
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Post Contest: Day 4 Results

Saturday started slow, but a lot of posts came in in the evening. Alyssa is in the lead with 40 posts, Mudit Chauhan is now second with 37 posts, and Merceadez is third with 30 posts.  You can check the results in this spreadsheet. Only a few days left, so if you post consistently from now you can still win!

28 Apr, 2015
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Contest note

The contest will close tonight, Tuesday 28 at 11:59 Eastern Time. I will accept any post that is submitted before the cut off time. However, if the post needs to be sent back to the author it won’t count for the contest total.

  • Submitted and approved before 11:59 pm => counted
  • Submitted before 11:59 pm and approved after 11:59 pm=> counted
  • Submitted before 11:59 pm  and not approved => not counted
  • Submitted after 11:59 pm => not counted
29 Apr, 2015
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Winners

Thank you for participating in the first Newslines Post Contest. The winners are:

  • Mudit Chauhan with 123 posts ($50)
  • Alyssa follows up with 114 posts ($20)
  • Merceadez close behind with 113 posts. ($10)
  • Merceadez also won the random drawing from seven writers who added over five post  ($20)

There were a total of 421 posts from 19 participants altogether. Results are in this spreadsheet. We will be running another competition soon. If you have any ideas for future contests, please let us know!

19 May, 2015
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2016 Presidential Candidates contest

Following on from the great success of the last contest, we are starting more regular contests. This weeks challenge: Add as many posts as you can about the 2016 Presidential candidates

  • The person who adds the most approved posts wins $50
  • Posts must be about current Presidential candidates (list here)
  • Any kind of post is acceptable (Births, marriages, interviews, speeches, TV appearances etc)
  • You do not have to add posts on a single candidate. For example, you can add 10 on Hillary Clinton, and 5 on Rand Paul.
  • Second place gets $20
  • Third place gets $10
  • Anyone who adds more that five posts enters a drawing to win $20 (the drawing excludes those who have already won).

The competition runs from 12:00 am Wednesday 20 May, through 11:59 pm Tuesday 26 May. Prizes will be paid in PayPal. I will be keeping tabs on this spreadsheet, just like last time. It’s manual process so please alert me if the count is incorrect.

25 May, 2015
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The 2016 Candidates: Two days left

As of Sunday midnight, we have had a total of 79 posts about the 2016 Presidential Candidates, in addition to other posts on the system. Sara Feldman is in the lead, with 29 posts, followed by Natalie Frank with 25 posts, and Mudit Chauhan with 24 posts. There is still time to get started — all people who add over five posts will be entered into a drawing for $20.

I am keeping the results in this spreadsheet — if you think there’s mistake let me know.

26 May, 2015
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Final Day: All tied up!

Going into the final day, three Authors are tied with 31 posts each: Sara Feldman,  Natalie Frank and Mudit Chauhan. All posts must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday night. Add a minimum of five posts today to be entered into the drawing for $20. Good luck to everyone!
27 May, 2015
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2016 Candidates Contest winners

Thank you for participating in the 2016 Candidates Contest. There were 154 posts in total. The winners are:
  • Sara Feldman with 55 posts ($50)
  • Mudit Chauhan with 54 posts ($20)
  • Natalie Frank follows up with 44 posts ($10)
  • We didn’t have any other writers adding more than five posts so we will keep the $20 for the next time
  • Final counts are here
  • Payments will be made today!

We will be running another competition soon. If you have any ideas for future contests, please let us know!

7 Jun, 2015
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Earnings and invite system fixes

We have been having some issues with our earnings tracking system and our invite system, We hope to fix these this week. Your earnings are being recorded correctly, but they are not displaying correctly on the earnings page, and some invites are not being recorded correctly. I apologize for the confusion, and will send an update when the system is fixed.

8 Jun, 2015
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The Circle of Life contest

circle_of_life_simbaThis week’s challenge…add as many Birth and Death posts as you can!

Starting this Wednesday, for one week…The person who adds the most approved posts wins $50, second place $20, third place $10

There will be TWO drawings for anyone who adds more that five posts to win $20 each (the drawing excludes those who have won the main prizes).

  • You must add an even number of Births and Death post each day. If the number at the end of each day is uneven you will be credited with the lower post count of the two types. For example, If you add 15 Births and 15 Deaths you will be credited for 15 posts. If you add 15 Deaths and 10 Births you will only be credited for 10 posts.
  • Births must include: Date and place of birth, parents names and occupations, sibling info, their first school, a quote, and a picture of the person as a child.
  • Quotes must always be included, either by the subject about their childhood or family, or by a family member about them.
  • Deaths should include the date and place of death, and the cause and or circumstances if available. If they have last words feel free to add those. Do not add images to death posts unless they are of the dead body!
  • You can add births and deaths from any time period

The competition runs from 12:00 am Wednesday 10 June, through 11:59 pm Tuesday 16 June. Prizes will be paid in PayPal.

I will be keeping tabs on this spreadsheet, just like last time. I will be tracking birth and death posts manually so please alert me if I get the count wrong!

18 Jun, 2015
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Circle of Life contest results

Thank you for participating in the Circle of Life Contest There were 138 posts in total, covering all kinds of people. This time we had a draw for first place.
  • Mudit Chauhan with 23 Birth & Death posts ($35)
  • Patrick Griffiths with 23 Birth & Death posts ($35)
  • Natalie Frank follows up with 21 posts ($10)
  • We didn’t have any other writers adding more than five posts so we will keep the $20 for the next time
  • Final counts are here
  • Payments will be made tommorrow (Friday)!

We will be running another competition soon. If you have any ideas for future contests, please let us know!

20 Jul, 2015
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Maximum Post Overdrive contest

giphyThis week’s contest…Add as many posts as you can in one week. We have improved the distribution of prize and will have SIX winners.

Starting this Wednesday. For one week…The person who adds the most approved posts wins $40. Second place gets $20. There will be FOUR runners up, each will receive $10. Posts must include a QUOTE to qualify. You can add posts from any time period

The competition runs from 12:00 am Wednesday 22 July through 11:59 pm Tuesday 28 July. Prizes will be paid in PayPal.

I will be tracking the posts manually on this spreadsheet so please alert me if I get the count wrong. For updates, please subscribe to the Newslines Updates newsline (click the yellow star in the top image).

22 Jul, 2015
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Contest results: Day 1

Today we received 31 posts from 11 authors. Natalie Frank and Alderan8 are in the lead with six posts each. There is still plenty of time to get started. Results are here.

23 Jul, 2015
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Contest results: Day 2

As of day two of the contest we have had a total of 82 posts (50 posts today from 11 authors). Zander Collison is in the lead with 13 posts, followed by Natalie Frank with 15 posts. Full results are here.

24 Jul, 2015
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Contest results: Day 3

As of Day Three of the contest we have had a total of 124 posts (42 posts today from 13 authors). David Buskirk is in the lead with 28 posts, followed by Zander Collison with 15 posts. Full results are here.

25 Jul, 2015
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Contest results: Day 4

Today was a big day! I approved 85 posts in all, bringing the total conest posts to 210 so far. Well done everyone! We are getting a good mix of posts, from today’s news, to people building up their favorite celebrities and topics. Remember that every post you make contributes to your long-term earnings. Leading the race is Zander Colison with 30 posts. David Buskirk is second with 28 posts. There’s still a few days left so anything can happen. Full results are here.

26 Jul, 2015
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Contest results: Day 5

Today we received 57 posts in total, a great effort from all writers. David Buskirk takes over first place with 34 posts, with Zander Collison in second place with 31 posts. Results are here. You still have all of Monday and up to 11;59pm on Tuesday to add posts. Please also be sure that your posts are not stuck in the INVALID queue. See this help topic for details.

27 Jul, 2015
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Contest results: Day 6

Heading into the final day of the contest we received 53 posts, with a shout out to Lynn Shrameck, who added an amazing 17 posts today! David Buskirk is still in the lead with 38 posts, followed by a three-way tie with Zander Collison, Lynn, and Justin with 33 point each. There are quite a few contestants in the high 20s so the contest is wide open! Results are here.

Posts will be accepted right up to 11:59pm Tuesday. Please remember that only approved posts will be counted, so try to make your last posts as good as they can be so they don’t get rejected.

After the count closes you will have a chance to contact me to make any adjustments to your score, before the winners are announced on Wednesday afternoon. Good luck!

29 Jul, 2015
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Contest Winners

Congratulations to our six (actually seven) contest winners! The contest was a big success with over 460 posts added by 20 participants. On the final day alone 140 posts were added!

Justin wins $40 with a total of 72 posts. Runner up Zander Collison wins $20 with 60 posts. Davis Buskirk, Lynn Schramek, Crisu28 and Gina win $10 each. We are also awarding an extra $10 prize to Natalie Frank as she had some trouble submitting posts at the last minute.  Final results are in this spreadsheet. Payments will be made in PayPal later this evening. Our next contest will be in two weeks. Thank you to everyone who participated!

On a personal note, it was great to see the quality of posts improving as the contest progressed, and to see the many different type of topics people are working on. People added posts about Syria, Sandra Bland, Sojourner Truth, Israel, Scott Walker, League of Legends, Donald Trump, Kobe Bryant and many, many more topics. Remember, all posts stay in the system and will continue to increase in value as the site gets more popular.

I will be working to improve the posting speed over the next few weeks and will be starting some discussions about the site in the forum. I’d love it if you could join in.

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