Devtome needs good writers!

To start, read Before You Apply for a Devtome Writer Account to see what we're looking for, how to make a good application, and whether writing for devtome will work for you. If you still think that you want to write for devtome, join using the most excellent How to Get Setup Earning Devcoins by Writing.

Warning

There's a scam book saying that you'll get 500$/hour writing for devtome. That's a lie, and obviously no one will pay everyone who signs up 500$/hour. By his own admission the scammer has ripped of over 300 writers, if you bought this book reverse the charges on paypal or your credit card immediately. The information on earn devcoins is available below, and it's free. Also anyone writing ad copy will be deleted and get nothing, any admin can delete a writer and there is no appeal process.

Quality

Admins check writers when they first write. Different admins check articles at random. Raters, drawn from admins and open source developers, rate writers that are given to them at random, the rating is 60% of the earnings multiplier. If plagiarism is found, or another big problem, the writer is dropped from devtome and does not get paid at all. The trial never ends.

Requirements

There are no notability requirements for the wiki, only the usual no plagiarism, erotica, libel, subcontracting, shilling, ad copy, malware, vandalism, hatchet jobs, rants, scammy stuff, drivel, or multiple accounts. Articles are checked by article admins, if a writer fails to meet all the requirements by a bit they'll be given a chance of improving their articles, if they blatantly fail they'll be dropped from devtome.

Writers should write what they know best. Non fiction articles must have proper punctuation, spelling and grammar. In fiction, the spelling, grammar and punctuation of quotes should be what the characters would use. For poems, the style is up to the writer. In all the cases, the writer must proof read their work. Political correctness is destructive of the soul and not required or wanted on devtome. There is no need for a neutral point of view, if there are two articles on the same topic, a disambiguation or category page is made.

All contributions to devtome are considered to be released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (wikipedia license). You can port your articles to devtome, for example articles from your own website or blog, you just have to show that you have the rights to your contribution. If you base your article on an open source article, you must make significant improvements and add an attribution section.

Devtome pays writers directly, so they can write about what they want, when they want, from anywhere in the world. Devtome will not pay corporations or middlemen to hire writers to churn out content.

Income

Writers approved by a Sign Up Admin can write on devtome, if their articles are good then an Earnings Admin will contact them so they could be paid. Finally an Article Admin will recheck all the articles just before the payments are calculated, dropping any writer who plagiarises or is not good enough.

Writers who are approved by all the above admins get earnings per word, a share of the advertising income, and the option of marketing income. The income is sent to their devcoin address on their invoice. Also if a writer works well with others, they can become a devcoin administrator and get an extra share for administrative work. Now any good writer can make coins, whatever they like writing about, wherever in the world they are.

Writers get more money in devcoins for writing what they wish then they can get anywhere else. The income is ongoing, there is no worry about layoffs or contracts running out. In time, as devtome gets bigger the devcoin value should rise.

Generation Share

(For the most recent rounds, you can find the going rate at dvccountdown)

In round 34 there were 1,119 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 1,119 = 160,858 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 19$.

In round 33 there were 1,938 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 1,938 = 92,879 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 20$.

In round 32 there were 1,587 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 1,587 = 113,422 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 68$.

In round 31 there were 1,243 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 1,243 = 144,811 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 61$.

In round 30 there were 816 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 816 = 220,588 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 220$.

In round 29 there were 369 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 369 = 487,805 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 76$.

In round 28 there were 612 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 646 = 294,118 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 15$.

In round 27 there were 646 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 646 = 278,638 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 13$.

In round 26 there were 857 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 857 = 210,035 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 11$.

In round 25 there were 669 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 669 = 269,058 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 22$.

In round 24 there were 1,277 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 1,277 = 140,955 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 13$.

In round 23 there were 501 receiver lines, so the average number of devcoins per share is 180,000,000 dvc / 501 = 359,281 dvc, at the prices of the time that was 76$.

In round 22, there were 125 shares, so a generation share was 180,000,000 dvc / 125 = 1.44 million devcoins. The value at vircurex was 1.48 mcbtc/dvc, which worked out to 2.13 btc. At the mtgox price of 93$, that worked out to 198$.

While the number of shares varies a lot, their dollar value stays in a narrower range because if the value goes high, many new writers will join, diluting the share in the next round. If the value goes down, some authors won't bother writing, reducing the number of shares next round. Devcoin shares have varied between 11$ and 500$. The value of the share can not be guaranteed, but for the next few months it looks like it will be over 10$.

Earnings per Word

Original work gets an average of a generation share per 1,000 words. The original work can be from your website, it can not be based off another article. In other words, you must be the only writer of the entire article.

Collated work, which is largely based on another open source article, is also counted, although with a weighting of currently 0.3. The collated work can not be simply a copy of another article, it must have improvements and the type of improvements must be listed in the invoice.

The earnings are calculated according to the votes from devtome raters, popularity of the writer's articles according to google analytics, and for adding category links. The earnings multiplier is weighted for the rating 60% for rating, 30% for popularity and 10% for category links. The earnings multipler is multiplied by a goal seeked revenue neutralizing multiplier, then bounded from 0.5 to 1.5, and multiplied by the words to obtain the number of generation shares. To summarize, a poorly rated unpopular writer will get 0.5 generation shares per thousand words, an average writer will get around a share per thousand words, and a highly rated popular writer will get 1.5 shares per thousand words.

The earnings for each round can be seen at the devcoin countdown clock.

Words counted are limited to 50,000 per round, if you put more than that into devtome, the remainder will overflow into the next round. For example, if you add 70,000 words, 50,000 words will be counted that round, and 20,000 words will be counted in the next round. You can find an explanation of how devtome earnings are paid out here.

Earnings per Image

Each image adds 10 words to the weighted word count. Because of a bug, images have to be part of a link to be displayed, the link can be to anything. An image link looks like:

[[link to anywhere|{{image file name}}]]

[[https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=34586.msg2084348#msg2084348|{{devcoin_button_fheenix.jpg}}]]

Many images can be seen in the devcoin gallery.

Advertising Income

The advertising net income will be converted to devcoins through an exchange. The devcoins will then be handed out to the writers in proportion to their popularity.

Marketing Income

Everyone earnings devcoins for writing, or getting generation devcoins for any other reason, can earn devcoins by marketing.

Contribution Etiquette

If a writer, Alice, contributes to Bob's article, then Bob should give Alice her share of the earnings by multiplying the number of words times the devcoins in a generation share, divided by a thousand. For example, if Alice contributes 195 words, and the last generation share was 4,000,000 devcoins, then Bob should send Alice 195 * 4,000,000 devcoins / 1,000 = 780,000 devcoins.

Administrative Work

If you write a lot and are helpful and polite, you'll be offered an administrator position, and get one to eight generation shares for administrative work.

Payment

The tomecount script is run every round plus one thousand blocks and the payment goes out on the next round. For example, the script is run at the tenth round plus a thousand blocks, so at block 41,000 the payment is determined based on the number of words written and the payment is sent out during the eleventh round, between the blocks 44,000 and 47,999. Then the script will be run again at block 45,000 and the payment sent out in the twelfth round, and so on. Ways to see the block number are described at the devcoin block explorer page.

Style

Category

At the bottom of your article, please add a category link, for example the raw link:

[[Category:Health]]

which ends up looking like:

Health

Eventually the wiki will generate category pages using those links, so people can see all the articles on a topic. You can make up your own category, there is a full list of categories, and below are some popular categories:

Cancer | Commerce | Computing | Cryptocurrency | Fiction | Games | Geology | Health | How_To

Footnote

To make a footnote, enclose it in double brackets. For example:

This sentence has a footnote at the end.((Footnote test.))

which ends up looking like:

This sentence has a footnote at the end.1)

Namespace

Articles should be in the root namespace, articles which are not in the root namespace do not get counted. In other words, the article link should be my_article, rather than for example wiki:my_article, never put a colon in the title. If you want to make a group of articles, do not put them in their own namespace, just add a category for that group at the bottom.

Paragraph

Paragraphs shouldn't be longer than 250 words. Any longer paragraphs should be split up.

Paragraphs should not be indented, because that takes extra time, might mess up the formatting, and looks bad.

Poetry

Poetry lines should be surrounded with the “pre” tags, so that the lines stay separate. For example:

<pre>
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
</pre>

which ends up looking like:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer

Quote

Quotes should be surrounded with the “html” tags, so that the text wrap around. For example:

<html>
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
</html>

which ends up looking like:

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

Size

If you are writing on an eclectic or little known topic, you can write an article of whatever size you want. If you are writing about a common topic, you should write a large, comprehensive article.

Title

If the title is a common word, the title should have the author in brackets afterwards. For example the title:

Haircut

should be:

Haircut (Ring Lardner)

Words in the title should be separated by an underscore.

This_is_a_properly_formatted_title
Thisisanimproperlyformattedtitle

Finance

The idea behind devtome is that the generation shares pay people to write for the wiki, the advertising revenue from the wiki purchases devcoins on an exchange which causes the value of devcoin to rise, which means more money for writers, and so on. Because advertising rates are low, it will take at least several months for the advertising revenue to be significant, but you have to start somewhere.

Commerce

1) Footnote test.

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