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Blue's News FAQ
October 16, 2001
by Stephen "Blue" Heaslip

Updated: November 23, 2009.

What are the ground rules for forum posts?
The idea behind the news forum is to provide a place to discuss gaming news. There are very few hard and fast rules. Here they are:

  1. Disagree all you want but attacks of a personal nature will not be tolerated.
  2. Ethnic slurs and homophobic language will not be tolerated.
  3. Do not post spam, links to warez sites, or instructions on how to obtain pirated software.
  4. Abusing the forums in any manner that could be construed as 'griefing' will not be tolerated.

Thanks Bronco. [Back]

Are your headlines available for inclusion on other websites?
We are pleased to say the answer is yes, the headlines can be found here in RSS 1.0 format. [Back]

Where can I find that Doom to Quake TC?
The Your Path of Destruction Doom TC homepage is on Moxill Interactive QuakeTC Headquarters. This question arises from a British gaming mag that included a link to here in a story about the TC, but forgot to include the TC's URL, so people look for it here. [Back]

What do you use to edit your site?
Since February 1999 Blue's News has been database driven. We use a proprietary content management system we call Blammo to edit the site. [Back]

Hey, can I ask you an HTML question?
Nope, sorry. This is a game-related site, there are plenty of great HTML resources out there designed to help with this. A good starting point is Webmonkey which is as good a resource for those just learning HTML as it is for professionals. [Back]

Okay, can I ask you a game-related question?
You can ask, but in most cases I won't respond. The reason I don't just say not to bother is that sometimes questions will reveal an area needing further coverage, so actually that can be helpful. As for general questions, the answer is probably available elsewhere. Please find some other way to get it answered. Posting it on the appropriate message board greatly increases your chances of getting a reply. [Back]

I want to make a news site. Where do you get your news?
The short answer is, you should make a website about something you know. If you are not already tapped into some source(s) of interesting information not readily available, you probably should make something other than a news site. [Back]

What's Blue's News best viewed with?
Eyes and brain are required, but no browser in particular. Blue's News is Lynx compatible, is viewable with browsers that don't support frames, and works fine in resolutions as low as 800x600. The site contains no ActiveX, is decaffeinated of Java (although it does use JavaScript for some nonessential features). We also have a version for Mobile phones and a version for PDAs. [Back]

What did you use to make those cool graphics on your site?
Nothing: I am not the artist. You would have to ask the creators that question (see the credits page). [Back]

Who does those cool logos?
Walter |2| Costinak. [Back]

I love that logo, but the old one was cool too. Could you please...?
...yeah sure, here's a link to the old one, a link to the even older one (both by Walter |2| Costinak), and here's a link to the old flaming Q (by Sujoy Roy). You can also check our Old Logos Archive for the full, annotated collection. [Back]

Why didn't you answer my email(s)?
The volume of my mail is really high. If I spend any amount of time responding to each message, I simply will not have enough time to maintain this site. I'm not happy about not answering mail, but it's more or less how it has to be. Also, if I don't post something, and you think I'm blowing it, don't be afraid to remind me...with my high volume of mail, I am prone to mailbox glitches, mail client crashes, and simple human error resulting in lost or misplaced messages.

200 emails at one minute each to read and respond (which is a low time estimate) is over three hours a day. 300 emails (which happens) at one minute per is five hours a day. Two minutes to respond to each of 300 emails is 10 hours a day. This is not a rudeness problem; it's a math problem. [Back]

Why didn't you print that thing I sent you?
Most common reasons stories don't get printed:

  • The story was not of the type that usually appears. Clan news, new site opening announcements, requests for links to homepages, reports about mods that haven't yet been released, mod reviews, most editorials and opinion pieces, and other assorted stories that would fill entire news pages of their own, aren't generally posted.
  • The story has already appeared (we receive dozens of emails a day pointing to news we've already posted). Run a search for a word that must've appeared in the story, you may find it might already be on the site.
  • We also refrain from printing stories about cheats, hacks, cracks, and proxy bots that help players cheat in Internet play unless it is already extreme public knowledge, or the post will help combat the cheating. I love gaming, and in my opinion those things are detrimental to everyone's enjoyment. [Back]

How can I get a link or a mention?
Be significant and/or newsworthy in some area. The sites I end up linking are the ones that are sources for news stories, or that fill unique niches. [Back]

Where does the nickname Blue come from?
In the first two Wing Commander games, the main character didn't have a name (his name was whatever you typed in), and the developers at Origin called him bluehair for his Superman-Blue hair. I took the nickname BlueHair as an homage to that, which eventually became blue (lowercase "b"), which became Blue when I became weary of half the people who used it capitalizing the "B." Sorry you asked? [Back]

What do you do for a living? How does that work?
You're looking at it, I'm not sure if that makes me a journalist, or a professional webmaster, but it does make me one of the luckiest guys in the world. I have to thank all of you for the support that's made this possible. How that works is advertising (period). The only income for this site is from ad banners aside from what little we take in from selling t-shirts. [Back]

Who's da man?
You da man. [Back]

 



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