The New Improved FAQ
Hello and welcome to thisaintnews, known colloquially round these parts as TAN. If you're new here you probably have some questions; here are some (we assume) are asked with greatest frequency:
1. WTF IS THIS SHIT?
This Ain't News is a social news site that caters specifically for the pirate demographic. The full spectrum of political opinion is represented, from far left, to far right to far meh, all united by shared disdain for intellectual property rights. The site was created by n0body (AKA mrbig) as a refuge for ex-users of the now defunct shoutwire.com, after it became clogged up with fail. A more concise history of all this can be found somewhere (I think bulshoy wrote it all down once).
For those of you completely new to the concept of a social news site, this is basically a place for people to share and discuss links to news items, places of interest from around the internet and to indiscriminately troll the fuck out of each other for lulz.
2. HOW DOES IT WORK?
Before you can submit anything/leave comments, you must first register here. It cost nothing to join but donations to the upkeep of the site are appreciated. Once logged in you're free to begin contributing as you see fit. Submit a link, a funny picture or video. Write your own content in the blog section, share your thoughts in a forum post, start a poll or just stir up some shit in a comment thread.
Users can rate each others contributions via the IS NEWS/AINT NEWS (TIN/TAN) buttons. Submissions deemed polular are promoted to the front page under a system that no one quite understands. Something to do with maths...
3. BLOGS/FORUMS: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Blogs are expected to adhere to certain standards. Submissions to the blog section must be:
1. Original (NO copypasta shit!)
2. At least 200 words
Anything that fails to meet these criteria should be posted in Forums. Submissions to the blog section deemed to be unfit will be moved to the forum section by the admins.
4. HOW DO I EMBED VIDEOS?
To embed a video in a comment, just copy the url into the comment. For example:
check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMhks1TSFog
the url will be replaced by a video upon viewing. You can also use timecodes for youtube videos.
supported sites are
5. WHAT ARE THE RULES?
Please see here
6. HOW DO I CHAT?
Please keep IRC stuff off the main site, this means no IRC blogs etc.
Don't spam IRC, keep it civil(ish)
To connect to IRC using mirc please install this and connect to server: irc.mibbit.com, port: +6697
To connect with chatzilla, please issue the command /sslserver irc.mibbit.com:6697, or click here
The room we use is #thisaintnews join with the command /join #thisaintnews
7. ADVANCED SEARCH
- you can do a more advanced search using the following fields
- you can also use the keywords AND OR and quotes(") to group details
- type:link description:"Michael Jackson has died"
- type:picture nsfw:y
- for more info see here
8. I WANT TO LEAVE
If you want to leave and require your account to be deleted, ask an admin and they can delete your account (or undelete it for you later), however we will not remove your content, as it will affect other people. If you want to individually delete all your comments, please feel free to do so, but we will not remove them for you