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By Monkey1
November 6 2017

  Once again the hamster in the wheel that keeps this site alive has been told to stop running. This happens a few times every year, and when it does, I am asked “What’s happened to the message board?” It really is remarkably simple, so if you are all sitting comfortably, we will begin.  

The Sportnetwork sites, covering all sorts from rugby to cricket, football to motor-racing, all depend on advertising to exist. Without advertising, there is no money to pay for the servers, the software, the photographs that we have access to, and the occasional fines for breach of copyright when people post up photographs that they are not entitled to use. It is a simple fact of life, that without money, the sites would disappear, and unless some benefactor is around to foot the bills, that means advertising.

 

To prove to prospective advertisers that their promotions will get seen by real people, Sportnetwork have a policy that every site must have a story, that is a proper story like this one, posted up on the site itself rather than on the message board, or after a period of about two weeks, the lights go out. It doesn’t matter how busy the message board might be, if there is no story published then off it goes. It is evidence from Sportnetwork to the advertisers that somebody is willing to put in some effort to keep the site active.

 

For some of the bigger clubs this is not a problem, in fact some of them go to great lengths to make sure that their site never suffers the indignity of needing updating. If you ever saw a dreadful programme about a decade ago called Lost, you will know how this works. If nobody pressed the button every 108 minutes they knew something dreadful would happen, and nobody wanted to find out how dreadful that thing was. That is fine if you have about twenty retired people with nothing better to do than monitor the clock and make sure a story gets posted up.

 

We don’t have that army of people with too much time to spare, we have two very busy people who have things to do, and Leipy with a new baby in his life which means he probably doesn’t know what day of the week it is. We mustn’t forget Falconsfan07 who spoilt us with his match previews, but he is off doing good deeds in a part of the world that really does need brave people like him to do good deeds, so for the moment he is excused duty. Our attitude is therefore a bit more laid back, we wait for the hamster to stop, then bung up a story to get it back in the wheel.

 

So that is what it is all about. It isn’t the end of the world when it goes off, nobody dies, and it is always put back on again within a few hours. At this point it is traditional to ask people to contribute stories, but if you think about it, anybody with the time, ability and desire to offer up stories for the rest of us to enjoy is probably already a volunteer. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if anybody fancies a go at anything from a match report to humour, or even the downright daft, feel free to make yourselves known. Meanwhile, this story will keep the site happy for just over two weeks, so off we go again.

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This site is awaiting update…..
FalconsRugby.org.uk (IP Logged)
06/11/2017 21:55
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Re: This site is awaiting update…..
aidanb (IP Logged)
07/11/2017 11:08
I will work on a new report to post on the 19th and keep the hamster fed

anyone wants to do a report they can always send it to me and i will post it for them

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
Kath... (IP Logged)
08/11/2017 09:37
And when there is only one of you to do it ..... it is harder still. Got the tshirt

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
falconbear (IP Logged)
10/11/2017 12:08
Does the story need to have a minimum word count?

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
10/11/2017 20:09
I have no idea what the minimum size is these days, but I think you would struggle to write anything that is too short.

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
aidanb (IP Logged)
11/11/2017 07:17
It has two parts
The lead paragraph has a maximum of 400 words

The rest is not stated.


Neither section shows a minimum word count.

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
markismith50 (IP Logged)
11/11/2017 07:25
When I worked at the papers the rule was minimim of 200 words for web stories. Anything less and google classified it as advertising rather than editorial, and the algorithms that serve the ads on to the page wouldn’t kick in.

Whether that’s the same here, I don’t know.

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
aidanb (IP Logged)
11/11/2017 20:57
Quote:
markismith50
When I worked at the papers the rule was minimim of 200 words for web stories. Anything less and google classified it as advertising rather than editorial, and the algorithms that serve the ads on to the page wouldn’t kick in.
Whether that’s the same here, I don’t know.

200 words

That doesn’t get me past the ipa being very nice today.

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
trummy200 (IP Logged)
11/11/2017 21:31
like that aid

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
markismith50 (IP Logged)
11/11/2017 22:38
Minimum, not maximum Aidan!

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
aidanb (IP Logged)
21/11/2017 13:45
next update is due 4th December

 
Re: This site is awaiting update…..
dick g (IP Logged)
21/11/2017 14:10
Quote:
aidanb
Quote:
markismith50
When I worked at the papers the rule was minimim of 200 words for web stories. Anything less and google classified it as advertising rather than editorial, and the algorithms that serve the ads on to the page wouldn’t kick in.
Whether that’s the same here, I don’t know.

200 words

That doesn’t get me past the ipa being very nice today.

Does anybody share my loathing for algorithms and long first the time when such things were handled by people?

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