February Site Update: War, Purges, and Awards

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Comment was crude and did not cite sources. I give it a 1 of 10.
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Still waiting for the smartphone version and a RSS feed for each game. Also more original things like the Serenity series please.
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congrats on taking a dump on riverini, very happy 4 u
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You mean the Serenity series, right?
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You have 42 hired writes on your site, Mittens? That's pretty awesome! You've got an enterprise going on here and I thought this was merely a part-time endeavour. Apparently it's alot bigger than that! Oh, and I really enjoy reading about the happenings going on in our favorite internet-spaceship adventure. Im talking about EVE Online of course. Thumbs up from this reader!
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Zero points on this one from here :|
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Raiden, I think the android app "Aura" can provide you with feed from the site :).
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^.^, glad you like the series, because there's a couple more coming up in the next few weeks. Got a nullsec grunt interview and hopefully a WH guy too.
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hope you didn't fire Jonny Pew I like his work.
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The comment might be worth a single fuck but the best I can give is zero.
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The professionalism and dedication of the staff are amazing. It's a real joy to write here.
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The list of people fired is not being made public (I think), but you can click on the link to the staff at the bottom and see who still works here. Jonny Pew is still here and I expect his videos will continue to be featured on here for a long time.
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As someone who doesn't play eve, the Serenity series is some of the most interesting eve writing so far.
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"commonly mistaken for a 'blog'."To be fair, your article quality is very mixed. Still, it seems like you're accomplishing what you set out to do, so for that, congrats.
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We need something that works for non android smartphones please.
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stoked for forums!
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Yeah, edit done, thanks. Chinese names are too complicated, even when they are not in Chinese :P
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I have no need to see the RSS feed on my phone, I want to read the articles on my phone without becoming blind ;)When the new CREST API will be used I may have some utilities for the app however ;)
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RSS Feeds per game are due out soon. The smartphone version will require some time yet, but is on our development list.
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Oh thank the lord.
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As a well known howler monkey grammatically I say THHHHHHHHHHHHHHHBT
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Would you consider a staff writer from World of Warcraft? Consider it as missionary work. While feeding readers from Warcraft interesting posts about their chosen game they could be preached to about the virtues of EvE. You might even convert a few. Dumb targets make the best targets after all.
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@The Mittani: You pay people to write?
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Mitt will you marry me?
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Love the serenity, moar please
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i'd totally apply but i have crippling problems with actually writing things but apparently when i do it's actually half-decent
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I was going to delete this message, but I was blinded by the badassery and now I cannot see the keyboard or mouse :(
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Still no news on the fall of 995-3G, Solars staging system, was it due to lack of writers?
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All writers receive a regular ISK wage.
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he's already got a wife, and to quote her "I'd straight up cut a bitch" so, yeah, take your chances if you want to...
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IB4 ISD mittens stylz
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Ah, and the wife has two different style black belts, and knows back woods trails into the 'here be dragons' areas of the world. She has literally walked out of the woods with, count 'em, over 12 brown bears on the trail.
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It was stated in the main article that they have a distinct lack of Solar-conflict writers.If you know about what happened, and can write better than the average drunk ferret, I'd suggest making a submission.
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Anyone else notice the irony of an article lamenting the writing quality of others containing so many grammatical errors of its own?

You can't make a website without breaking a few eggs and mixing some metaphors. Or purging writers. Or something!

We've made it to February, and god damn January was a wild month for TMC. On January 12th I was blown away because we'd broken 100k unique users a month, which is a pretty big milestone for a site that is commonly mistaken for a 'blog'. As of today, barely two weeks later, we're at 250k uniques/month. This is a combination of Asakai, Space War almost breaking out, and TMC becoming one of the primary sources for news about MWO in the media space. In celebration, I promptly fired eight nonperforming staff, bringing us down to a lean, mean 42. 

Hiring Season: The Quest for Literacy

LoL: League of Legends is the most popular game in the world. Surely, somewhere I can find a good, reliable LoL writer... right? Our LoL desk has the highest attrition rate. We have a small core of competent writers and experts - who are mostly too busy to write more than twice a month.  It seems like I can't go a month without firing someone who nominally claims to be literate and had one of their friends write/edit their application writing sample for them, who then turns out to be a howler monkey. We need good LoL writers. Please no more howler monkeys.  

PS2: PS2 owns; we need a couple of more staff writers. Focus here is on practical guides - how to fit your Magrider properly, the best weapons to use on your Medic, that sort of thing.  

DUST: Finding Dust writers makes finding LoL writers look like a cakewalk. DUST is out, and people are allegedly playing it. We currently have One Guy on the DUST beat, and that's not enough. No spergs, please.

EVE: We could use more writers from the galactic East: the CFC/HBC can't move without us having three stories about it, and we have a pair of staff from N3 but the Solar conflict is going basically uncovered. In general our EVE staff is our strongest, so droolers need not apply.  

WoT/MWO: These desks are solid and backed by ace writers. You are welcome to apply for a spot on them anyway, but you'd better know your shit. 

How to Apply: Email staff@themittani.com. Submit a bio blurb telling us who you are and why should we listen to you about vidya games, and include a writing sample of ~800-1200 words on the game you are applying for. If your writing sample is horrible or you managed to screw up the basics of emailing us, do not expect a courtesy reply. You must be willing to use jabber if you wish to be on staff, and must be able to produce at least two pieces a month - though we prefer four. Compensation is 125m isk per published piece, plus a 1b prize for the most popular author that month.  

If you contacted us mid-month about hiring we're going to process your application with this February crowd, you are on the hiring spreadsheet and have not been forgotten. Unless your application was awful. 

Upcoming Features

Because the site seems to be getting alarmingly popular, we're getting ready for a development death march. On the agenda are some backend Drupal tweaks no one will ever notice, bolting a forum onto the site so you can tear each other to shreds outside of the Disqus comment section, and some contests. 

Officially Official: Games Journalism Award Nomination

Despite this site existing because I think most games journalism veers between 'utter shit' and 'a complete goddamned joke', we've been nominated for the Games Journalism Prize, which is apparently a pretty serious thing and worth a fair amount of money, created by various games media luminaries who apparently share my opinions of the profession as a whole. The irony meter is off the charts, but we feel weirdly honored anyway.  

Submissions

We have recently changed our policy on user submissions. When TMC launched, we did not post anything that was not written by a staff writer, because some of our competitors seemed to print literally anything that anyone sent in. We have now created a 'Submissions' account and will occasionally print something that a one-off writer has sent in, but we warn you that 90% of all submissions are complete garbage and so far we've only printed one, from a guy who is probably going to be staff anyway. 

So: if you think you've written something that is literate, topical, and not garbage, you're welcome to submit it to either staff@themittani.com or the Contact Us form in the footer. Gods help us. 

 

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