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What submissions do/don't perform well

13d ago ... I've always battled to figure out what type of content best fits TechSpy. The policy across NewsBoiler is that admins and mods should try their best not to step in and filter topics based on personal preferences, but here are some topics you should generally avoid. - Science - Unless it's directly related to tech, generally science topics may not do well because you know, it's not tech. Ther...

July Contest Winners

13d ago ... Oh my gawd, you guise must be so angry right now that this contest came in so late. Between TechSpy server woes and my Internet being buggy, I've finally been able to do this. I am glad most of you still tried your best even with our very shaky July month and being unable to properly submit or manage. Hat tips to that. --TOP CONTRIBUTOR CONTEST-- 1) Stringerbell- 27670 points 2)...

August Contest Details

22d ago ... Hey guys, as we go into a new month, let me give you a quick update on what’s going on. TechSpy and other NewsBoiler sites (mainly N4G) have been hit hard by two problems. First, we’ve migrated to the Microsoft cloud which means more efficient use of resources with flexibility for expansion and what not. However the move hasn’t gone so smoothly and things broke in the transition process, result...

July Contest Details

54d ago ... Hey guys and gals, here's the inside scoop for what's going down for the July contest. First off all, apologies for the late start as there have been so many issues with our move to the cloud. Our techs are working round the clock to restore service. This contest balances both managing and submissions activity, so if you aren't the greatest contributor, at least you can approve or deny and s...

June Contest Winners [Updated]

58d ago ... Congrats to everyone who worked hard for the month of June! Here are the winners. Please note due to a system error, I wasn't able to get the correct figures last night. The new winners have been listed. Without further ado... --TOP CONTRIBUTOR CONTEST (w/MINIMUM 2000 MANAGING SCORE)-- 1st) Stringerbell [43010 points] - $125 2nd) micx [36950 points] - $90 3rd) ZoyosJD [21650 point...

Plagiarism. It's a problem.

79d ago ... Hey guys and gals, it's time for another blog post. It's arguable that NewsBoiler has a somewhat odd method of dealing with sourcing as it is true that the little guys should get a shot. I do believe this should be resolved in the very near future but I can't discuss any more about that. The main issue I'd like to bring up is plagiarism. Defined as "the practice of taking someone else's wor...

May Contest Winners

89d ago ... Here it is, In all it's timely glory. The Winners of the (Late Announced) May Contest. These were the Users with the Top 5 overall score for the entire month. Great Job guys and be sure to Check out the June contest details to grab even more Summer prizes. ---TOP 5 OVERALL SCORE CONTEST--- 1st) $125 - Stringerbell [45990] 2nd) $75 - micx [35950] 3rd) $60 - ZoyosJD [16120] 4th) $50 -...

June Contest Details

89d ago ... Here for June it is back to the basics with Submissions, Managing and Commenting. The very heart that drives the site. Top prize for this month is $125. So redline that C-Rank and sift through pending with a fine tooth comb to grab some prizes this month. If churning the gears of the site isn't your thing get in and comment on the latest breaking news as well to grab some cash this month. Good...

April Contest Winners

100d ago ... Here are the Winners for the April Contest. --TOP CONTRIBUTOR CONTEST (w/MINIMUM 2000 MANAGING SCORE)-- 1. $125 Stringerbell 2. $90 dota2champion 3. $75 ZoyosJD General Lottery Winner: $10 Gift Card - Stringerbell --STORY COMMENT CONTEST-- 1. Sahil 2. ZoyosJD Congrats to all the winners, Please check out the May Contest to grab more prizes this month. http://techspy.com/...

May Contest Details

108d ago ... Since there is being late...and then there is this. Which is like showing up to a party after everyone is passed out...Gonna reward the users who keep on keeping on without me bribing them. Top 5 Overall score nabs prizes this month. So if you are close, pick it up and grab some cash. ---TOP 5 OVERALL SCORE CONTEST--- 1st) $125 2nd) $75 3rd) $60 4th) $50 5th) $40 _____________...

We must approve, we must report

142d ago ... Hey guys! Huge shout outs first of all to our newer contributors who have been submitting excellent content around the clock and taking the time to also manage the pending section. Great work so far! Now here's the problem. The pending section requires managing, but not everyone who submits lends a hand in approving or reporting :( We all know that many of you promote your website via T...

March Contest Winners

145d ago ... Here are the Winners of the March Contest. Great job last month. -----COMMENT LOTTERY----- 1.) Stringerbell 2.) bahadur Prize: 2 winners, a $50 Amazon Gift Card each -----TOP OVERALL SCORE----- 1). $75: Stringerbell - 35580 2). $45: ZoyosJD - 20860 3). $30: KnowTechie - 15140 -----HOTTEST STORY/MOST COMMENTED ON STORY----- Hottest Story: Minimoth http://techspy.com/...

April Contest Details

148d ago ... Gonna put it back to the grind this month and reward the heavy hitters here at TechSpy, and give some of the new power users a chance to flex their inflated C-ranks this month. Good luck to all. --TOP CONTRIBUTOR CONTEST (w/MINIMUM 2000 MANAGING SCORE)-- Submit news and get a top 3 News ranking in April and you can win up to $125. The News Bonus score will be subtracted from the news sco...
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Letter from Cat

149d ago ... Dear members of N4G, 11x2, AnimeShinbun, FilmWatch and Techspy; I have decided that my time with HAVAmedia has come to an end, and so April will be my last month with all of you. Christopher will be assuming many of my old duties. This is not a decision made in haste, but one that I think is best for HAVA, my family, and me. Simply, I'm needed elsewhere. :) All the best, Cat

FYI, No April's Fools Articles

150d ago ... The title says it all. No round ups, no pranks, nothing. Let's keep the discussions on a serious note.
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Hot Topic

169d ago ... This is a re-post from a blog I wrote for 11x2, but I think you may find it useful! -Cat ___________________ I struggled with this. What would be the most truly cringe-worthy title for this blog? I hope you're satisfied. There have been a few earnest inquiries about submissions and their heat lately, so I wanted to cover a few things. First, how does the heat algorithm work: a. uniq...

March Contest Details

171d ago ... Here are the details of the March contest here at TechSpy. -----COMMENT LOTTERY----- Each comment you make on TechSpy during March = 1 entry. Comment 25 times? 25 entries. 100? 100 entries. DQ if you pick up a restriction during the contest period, and comments with negative labels (Trolling, Off Topic, etc.) don't count. Prize: 2 winners, a $50 Amazon Gift Card each -----TOP...

February Contest Winners

171d ago ... Here are the Winners from last months contest... Top 5 overall score. 1st) $125 - ajax17 2nd) $75 - Stringerbell 3rd) $60 - KnowTechie 4th) $50 - mpctips 5th) $40 - Minimoth Congratulations, and be sure to check out the March Contest for a chance to grab more loot... http://techspy.com/user/blogpost/syko/532167

Malware Problems

193d ago ... Hi all, just an update on the malware situation. Our site's admin has removed all links to sites hosting malware, but unfortunately it means we have to wait up to 48 hours to get our names cleared by Google. In the mean time, it is once again safe to click outbound links from our site. On a side note, if you run your own site, now is a good time to review all 3rd party scripts to ensure the...

February Contest Details

200d ago ... Rewarding the hard working members this month that turn in the most amount of work and end up with the highest monthly total score. We will keep it simple and go Top 5 overall score. 1st) $125 2nd) $75 3rd) $60 4th) $50 5th) $40 __________________________ Some Terms and Conditions: 1. Competition is open to all TechSpy users, except for employees of HAVAmedia and immediate...
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