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Kuro5hin (K5) (pronounced "corrosion") is a discussion website running on the Scoop collaborative system and notable for being almost entirely community driven. Its motto is "Technology and Culture, from the Trenches."


[edit] Overview

All content is generated by and selected by the users with the exception of site news, which is written by the editors (chiefly Rusty Foster, the site's founder). Registered users can submit stories to the Submissions Queue. In the queue, users vote +1 FP (front page), +1, -1 or 0 (for an abstention). If the story reaches a predetermined threshold score (also taking into account other factors such as number of comments and their ratings), it is posted either to the front page or to the relevant section, depending on the proportion of +1FP votes. If it fails to make the threshold, it is dropped.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

One feature of the story queue is Edit Mode, which means that a story is protected from voting for a period of time, during which the author can make changes. Comments can be made on the story during this time, and to aid the author, they are distinguished as being Editorial or Topical comments.

A further section known as the Diaries allows unmoderated posting by any user. They are essentially weblogs, though their aggregation of posts by many users gives a more collective atmosphere[citation needed]. Some diaries are written by trolls[citation needed], a practice which has caused many diary-writers ("diarists") to leave Kuro5hin[citation needed].

[edit] History

Rusty Foster named Kuro5hin - which is, as noted, pronounced corrosion - as a pun on his first name. The number 5 was inspired by a character called Da5id in Neal Stephenson's 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash. Dylan Griffiths (Inoshiro) was second-in-command as site administrator for some time, but more recently has been largely absent from the community[citation needed]. Additionally, there are a number of other people with powers of story editing (although not comment editing) and site administration[citations needed].

The community also holds a wiki for Kuro5hin related material called "Ko4ting" (pronounced "coating" or "cavorting"). It houses information about the community, including a Greatest Stories Hall of Fame, Welcome/Introduction Guide, History of Kuro5hin, and a story directory.

In June 2002 Rusty suggested that he might be forced to sell or shut down Kuro5hin due to lack of funds, and he solicited donations to support the site.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> In response, readers gave more than $37,000 in donations and other support in less than a week.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Shortly thereafter Rusty announced plans to create a non-profit organization known as the Collaborative Media Foundation (CMF) to manage K5.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Since then, some users have been critical of a perceived lack of active management and functional improvements to the site. As of 2006, the CMF is not legally incorporated.

The style and content of what is in part a magazine site has ebbed and flowed over time, such as an increase in Culture and politics articles. In early 2003 a fiction section was added.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

In the second half of 2003 a large portion of the diarists abandoned Kuro5hin and started posting diaries on Hulver's site (commonly referred to as "HuSi"). Around the same time complaints about trolls increased.

On March 25, 2004, Rusty closed off new user accounts because of posting of an image he and others found offensive, which photoshopped his wife's face onto a pornographic image. He later announced he was going to implement new user sponsorship<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>. Many users believed that it would be the beginning of the end of Kuro5hin <ref>Template:Cite web</ref> <ref>Template:Cite web</ref> and some believed the whole scheme wouldn't work at all. <ref>Template:Cite web</ref> On July 13, Rusty reopened new user accounts and informed the community that he was abandoning the idea of user sponsorship.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

On July 23, 2004, Rusty announced that he was going to alter the way editors modify peoples' diaries to make it more visible to the K5 community.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> This was done in response to the way that an unknown editor modified circletimessquare's diary.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> There was confusion over whether the diary was a troll, and a subsequent diary by curien underscored this further.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> <ref>Template:Cite web</ref> As of June 22, 2005, almost one year later, these changes to editor powers have still not been implemented.

On July 04, 2005, a minor scandal erupted over the publication of a front page article titled "Fuck Natalee Holloway" that was perceived to be ridiculing alleged rape and murder victim Natalee Holloway, with new users signing up to denounce the author and Kuro5hin administrators.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

On June 14, 2006, a cross-site scripting vulnerability was used to compromise cookies belonging to administrators. This access was then used to embed an Iframe redirect to Last Measure into every page on the site. The site existed in this state for about 15 minutes before being taken down entirely. After approximately 2 hours of downtime, the site was restored to its normal state.

[edit] Etiquette

New users to Kuro5hin often find there are several unwritten rules they are expected to follow. Many existing users say that new users should post some diaries and comments to the site before submitting a story. Users who have no comments and no diaries and who submit a story are often called nullos, originally given after an article posted by McBain in 2003.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Kuro5hin site administration has on one occasion revealed the full name of a particularly malicious user, and is known to publish complaints and comments emailed by readers, usually to publicly ridicule them but occasionally to share some particuraly insightful comment. <ref>Template:Cite web</ref> <ref>Template:Cite web</ref> <ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

[edit] See also

  • Advogato
  • Slashdot, often referred in Kuro5hin as "the other site". Many users valued the community-based management of the front page in Kuro5hin over the Slashdot system of professional editors.
  • Digg
  • reddit

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