We are looking for contributors! If you are willing to share your knowledge of computer
viruses (or malicious programs in general) with other people to help them avoid typical
pitfalls or recover from virus infections, then here is the opportunity for you to do it!
You don't have to be a world-renowned virus expert - if you think you can provide valuable
information, then go ahead and submit your idea to us!
But before you do so, please take a moment to peruse the following guidelines. They are here to ensure that only quality information makes it onto the site and that you're not going to waste your time writing an article we might eventually deem inappropriate.
1. Who are we?
We are longtime contributors to the newsgroups alt.comp.virus and alt.comp.anti-virus,
a mixture of anti-virus amateurs and professionals with a keen
interest and much experience in the area of viruses and other malicious
code. Our goal is to contribute to the fight against malicious programs, primarily through user education. On this site we wish to provide information on prevention, detection and removal of computer viruses and similar pests. And you can help us!
2. What are we looking for?
We are looking for articles that provide down-to-earth information on how to prevent, detect and solve problems associated with malicious computer programs (viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, and so on) or the software designed to fight them (anti-virus, anti-Trojan, anti-spyware software and so on). The information should be straightforward, not too copious and easy to understand even for novices.
3. What do you get in return?
We are definitely not looking for highly technical information that would be of interest only to virus experts or programming gurus.
Well, nothing. We are sorry, but there is no reward associated with contributing to this site, with the possible exception of the feeling of satisfaction you may develop as a result of having done something useful. :-) This is a non-profit site and we are not making any money. We will of course mention you as the author of any article you submit, along with some additional information such as, for example, your email address, the address of your home page, or your job title if you wish and if deemed relevant.
4. How does it work?
- Only send us a short summary of what you have in mind, along with the planned structure of your article. We would also like to know whether you are a "simple" user, an employee of a company that's busy in the computer security business, or something else, so we know what kind of person we are dealing with. We are however (generally) not interested in your real name, your age, your nationality etc. so feel free to omit that information.
- A valid return email address where you can indeed be reached is required or your submission will not be considered.
- We will contact you to let you know whether or not we are interested in receiving the full article from you.
- Once you have sent the full article, we will review it and decide whether or not we publish it.
Please understand that we cannot guarantee that we will eventually publish your final article.
5. How should you write?
For the time being, please write in English only.
- Keep it simple and short. Don't write a novel.
- Please write in decent, standard English and do not use foul or vernacular language.
Keep in mind that your article, if we decide to publish it, will also be read by non-native speakers of English who may not be familiar with some locally used terms and expressions.
- Please send articles as plain text or as HTML without formatting information. We want to a have a consistent layout throughout the site. Headings, paragraphs and other structural elements of the text should however be easily recognizable so we can apply the appropriate layout information to each element.
Please note that we reserve the right to alter your text before publication in order to correct grammar or spelling errors.
6. What should you heed and avoid?
- We absolutely do not condone any form of plagiarism. If we have doubts, we will not publish your article, or withdraw it if it has already been published and not consider any further submissions from you.
This said, you should feel free to use someone else's thoughts to make your point as long as they are clearly marked as such, remain unaltered and the original source is accurately mentioned.
- Be neutral. It's okay to state that you like (or dislike) a particular product or feature and for what reason as long as you don't engage in shilling or disproportionate bashing. If you are somehow linked to the company whose product you are mentioning, or to a competitor, we'd like to know about it beforehand and not have to find it out by ourselves.
- You're solely responsible for providing updated versions of your article. If we think the information contained within an article has become outdated or erroneous, we might decide to simply withdraw it.
Still interested in contributing? Great!!! Follow this link to the content submission form.