Thursday, April 24, 2008

Plans for one year blogoversary

In less than 2 months (June 21) is 20sb's one year blogoversary!

I know that's still quite a ways away... but if we wanted to do something SUPER awesome for it, we'd want to have enough time to plan, am I right?

Who has any good celebration ideas?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New members by approval only!

Due to the super feedback on the last post, I've changed our network settings so that new members have to be approved to join.

I outlined the reasons in the previous post, but mainly: no more spammers!

Let's see how big of a job this is. If it gets overwhelming, it looks like I have PLENTY of helpful hands to share the duty. (You guys are all the best!) Read rest of these entry>>>

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sketchy new members?

What should our new member policy be?

Current state: anybody can join as long as they have a blog and are between 20-29

Problems with current state: If nobody is checking up on new profiles, people can just enter any url (, for example, has been used) and be accepted. This is a problem because we've had people join purely to abuse other members (our omnipotent pal Anonymous knows no ends!), and because we've had marketers join our group to try to learn more about this ever savvy 20-something age group (flattering and yet annoying)

Option 1: Stick with current state, rely on members to report abuse to me so I can ban stupid people from the network.

Option 2: All new members must be approved. Anybody can apply for membership, but they might have to wait a couple of hours or even a few days for admin to approve them. Reliable, but more work for admin

Option 3: You cannot join without an invite. It would make 20sb pretty exclusive (obvious pros and cons to that), and keep out abusers. Though about 99% of our members join from referrals, most referrals are from blog badges, not invites. We'd grow a lot slower, and potentially lose out on some new members who don't have an in.

I'm leaning towards option 2. What do you guys think? Read rest of these entry>>>

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Featured Blogger: Deutlich

The current featured blogger is Deutlich from Speak On It!

Deut·lich [doyt·lich] striking and well-marked; easy to see, hear or understand; stated full and clearly. I'm German & black American (being bi-lingual and having dual citizenship is the shit). I curse. A lot. A LOT. I dislike almost anything that is "stereotypically female" in large part due to a traditionalist mother that let my brother get away with everything. Fuck the system, bring on some anarchy. . . or something. I do love shopping, shoes and dresses though. I also love contradicting myself. Obviously.

Previous Winners
Distracted Spunk
The Lisa Show
Princess Pointful
Michelle & The City
Bespectacled Brunette
Miss A
James The Ink
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Sunday, April 6, 2008

New Carnival Editor!

Stephanie from A[tipp]ical Thoughts has been selected as the editor for the 20sb carnival!

Remember, the deadline for the next edition is April 30th, and the theme is tests!

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