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What is Orderly.News?

Orderly.News is a news aggregatorway designed to view news stories and articles from a wide variety of sources with differing viewpoints and opinions.

In recent years platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have moved towards algorithmic content models in which they supply you with news stories and headlines that they have tailored to suit your personal viewpoints.

There is nothing wrong with this. It has allowed many people including some of us who work on this project to find interesting content that we might not have seen otherwise. There is a definate time and place for these types of content distribuation models in the online world.

However we felt there are other times in which it would be nice to see news on the days events in an untailored fashion. With the most recently reported story at the top of the feed, and the oldest reported story last. No filtering of sources to cater to your own view point, and better ability to understand events as they happen in the order they happen.

We hope in some ways this helps to combat the dreaded fake news we've all heard so much about in the last year or so. We only get stories from reputable journalist and organizations. These organizations might have different opinions on any given topic but you can be assured they are reputable, honest, and do not knowingly publish falsehoods.

In short Orderly.News exist in order to allow you to get news as it happens, from many different viewpoints, and then allows you to make a decision based on the knowledge you've gained.

How often do you update the news feed?

Each source is crawled rougly every 15 minutes.

News feeds are primarily crawled using RSS feeds from sources themselves. We then temporarily cache the data from that feed in order to improve performance and loading times so that you can get to what you're looking for faster.

Feeds are crawled asynchronously so some might take slightly longer to be updated.

What benefits do I get by signing up for Orderly.News?

• Customize your own personal news feed.

Registering for or logging into Orderly.News gives you a number of benefits.

The biggest benefit of signing up for Orderly.News is that it will allow you to customize the Your Stories tab.

The Your Stories tab allows you to tailor a personalized news feed consisting only of the latest stories, and articles from your favorite sources as they publish news content. The underlying idea is the same as stated above in that stories are delievered to you in the order they occur. However we want people to be able to tailor their news reading expereince somewhat. We know you might not be interested in sports news so why should you have to read past it in your news feed?

Signing in and building a custom feed of our stories from sources that interest you will hopefully cut down on some of the clutter you see in the All Stories tab.

A view of the Manage Followed Sources tab.

Customizing you feed is easy. Simple navigate to the Manage Followed Sources tab and press button on any news source you find interesting. Stories from all your followed news providers will then appear in the Your Stories tab.

• Give mod points to stories to allow people to know they are interesting, relevant, or funny.

Mod points are our form of a karma system. Many websites employ karma systems around the internet. Some notable example are Slashdot, Stack Overflow, and reddit.

Mod Points on the Popular Stories page.

Mod Points on the All Stories page.

You may have noticed these little buttons and icons hanging around reading interesting, relevant, or funny, these are mod points.

You can click on these buttons for any post and it will add a mod point to that news story. Everyone else browsing Orderly.News will then see mod points given to that story.

Only users who are logged into Orderly.News can give a story mod points.

What do mod points effect?

Mod points don't really effect anything. News stories will still be listed in the feed in the order they are published.

Mod points basically act as a community marker to signify to others that an article is worth their time in one way or another.

Articles and stories that are given mod points are forever archived in the Popular Stories tab. The popular stories tab functions like all other listings on the site in that articles are listed based on date and time published. However the popular stories tab does seek to be somewhat of a distillation of the most interesting stories.

Mod Points are split into the following 3 categories:

  • Interesting - Stories modded interesting can be anything you find interesting. An interesting sports statistic, a new scientifics discovery, or an album review for your favorite artist.
  • Relevant - Stories with relevant mods should be things relating to topical current events in the world today.
  • Funny - This mod point is reserved for stories that are funny, fun, or bring a smile to your face. A lot of the news in the world today is overwhelmingly negative. This is to highlight stories that make people feel good.

As you can see mod points are a somewhat loose system. We have outlines for how you should use them but at the end of the day the community can award them wherever they see fit.

In order to stop spamming and encourage actual reading of articles it user are limited to 8 mod points per hour. You will recieve a cooldown for one hour once this limit is reached.

Why do I have to sign in with Google or Facebook?

Our goal is to keep Orderly.News a safe, secure, and spam free community. Google and Facebook provide robust tools which assist with these goals.

Google and Facebook's authentication services provide a safe and secure way to us to log you into Orderly.News and confirm that you are a real legitimate user.

We take as little information in about you as possible. If you'd like to know more about the information we do collect please read our terms of service.

What should my username be?

In order to comment on Orderly.News you must have a username set. We require that you set a user name in order to prevent any of your personal information from being exposed.

If you would like your username to simply be your real name we're not going to stop you. However just be fully aware that everyone on the internet can see your username.

Your username must be at least 2 characters and no more than 35. It can be letters, numbers, and dashes. All other characters will be rejected. You can update your username once per day.

You can manage your username from your dashboard.

Can I put links or stylize my comments at all?

Orderly.News supports bb code customizations to comments and self post.

You can use:

  • [b]This text will be bold.[/b]
  • [i]This text will be italic.[/i]
  • [u]This text will underline.[/u]
  • [s]This text will strikethrough.[/s]
  • [url=YourURLHere]Your Link Text here.[/url]
  • [img=YouRImageURL][/img]
  • [img=YouRImageURL][/img]
  • [ul]{items}[/ul] or [ol]{items}[/ol]
  • [li]Your list item text here.[/li]

What is the Off Topic section for?

The Off Topic postings page is designed to allow users to discuss, post and share content that is not currently in the news feed or would not be regarded as news.

Feel free to share, cool, funny, or interesting photos, videos, or any other content you want the world to see. You can also make self post which link to no content and allow you to just type out how you feel, or what you think about a topic.

When commenting you should follow the rules outlined in our terms of service.

How do categories work?

Our news categories system is pretty straight forward. Feeds are placed into categories based on the typical topics they report on.

This means a site that often reports on technology such as Ars Technica will have its stories show up in the technology category. But it won't show up somewhere like the sports category along side news services like ESPN.

A news service can exist in multiple categories and when you're browsing a category you will see all news services within it located in the sidebar.

Sidebar showing news sources for the US Politics category.

Sometimes these sources shared across categories will cause some odd or seemingly missmatched stories. We're working on improving and filtering out these stories as times goes along. Sometimes the simple solution is to just remove a source from a category. As a result categories and their content will often be subject to change.

Where does the news on Orderly.News come from?

We currently run Orderly.News on an approved services basis. Keeping the number of feeds we crawl limited helps us find and workout various kinks and bugs in the system.

Below you'll find a list of all the feeds we currently crawl and support here on Orderly.News. You can see the latest news from all services by visiting our /all feed. You can also choose which services you see news from by managing your subscriptions and then viewing them at /news.

Finally, you can view news by category. To see all currently active categories visit the Categories tab.

  • /Film
  • ABC News - Top Stories
  • AOL News
  • Ars Technica
  • BBC News
  • Boing Boing
  • BOOOOOOOM - NOTE:Some sources are more specialty things that aren't so much about news but cool ways to browse design, or artistic trends. All a result they are excluded from our all stories portion of the site but you're still more than welcome to subscribe to them.
  • Business Insider
  • CBS News - Politics - NOTE:There is an issue with CBS News top stories as of late where the same story is duplicated many, many times over. Until we are able to resolve this it will be excluded from the global feed. - As a result this feed is excluded from /news/all.
  • CBS News - Top Stories - NOTE:There is an issue with CBS News top stories as of late where the same story is duplicated many, many times over. Until we are able to resolve this it will be excluded from the global feed.
  • CBS News - US News - NOTE:This news source is often times reposting stories from many years ago recently for some reason. For that reason it has been excluded from the global feed.
  • CBS News - World News - NOTE:There is an issue with CBS News top stories as of late where the same story is duplicated many, many times over. Until we are able to resolve this it will be excluded from the global feed. - As a result this feed is excluded from /news/all.
  • Christian Science Monitor - All Stories
  • Cinemablend
  • CNBC - US News
  • CNN - US
  • Colossal
  • Daily Mail
  • Deadline
  • engadget
  • ESPN - Top News
  • Eurogamer
  • Film Comment
  • FilmSchoolRejects
  • Fox News - National
  • Fox News - Politics
  • Fox News - Top Stories
  • FOX Sports - All Headlines
  • Gematsu
  • Gizmodo
  • HuffPost - World News
  • hyperallergic
  • IGN - News - NOTE:IGN does not parse times articles were posted with their rss feed causing all their articles to be at the top of every result listing.
  • Kotaku
  • LA Times - All News - NOTE:As of late this source has been having issues in how story times are reported to their feeds which results in everyone of their stories appearing to be the most recent even when they are not. This may be temporary and will. Hopefully soon be fixed.
  • MMA Fighting - NOTE:MMA Fighting routes all of it's RSS feeds through the feddburner domain. It is excluded from all for this reason but can still be subscribed to for your personal news feed.
  • Mother Jones
  • MSNBC - Latest News
  • National Review
  • Nature
  • NPR News
  • PC Gamer
  • Petri
  • Pitchfork - NOTE:Pitchfork is, allegedly out of business according to Cande-Nast. However they do keep posting articles.
  • Political - Main Wire
  • Polygon
  • Popula
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Science
  • Rock Paper Shotgun
  • Rolling Stone
  • SBNation
  • Scientific American
  • Search Engine Journal - NOTE:RSS feed it routed through feedpress.
  • Search Engine Land
  • Search Engine Roundtable
  • Search Engine Watch
  • Sherdog - MMA News
  • siteInspire
  • Slashdot
  • SlashGear
  • Stereogum
  • TechCrunch
  • Techmeme
  • TED Talks - Latest
  • The Athletic
  • The Atlantic - Best Of
  • The Daily Beast
  • The Daily Dot
  • The Economist - Economics
  • The Guardian - US
  • The Hill
  • The Motley Fool
  • The New Republic
  • The New York Times
  • The New York Times - US Politics
  • The New Yorker
  • The Ringer
  • The Seattle Times - National
  • The Seattle Times - World News
  • The Telegraph
  • The Wall Street Journal - World News
  • The Washington Post - National
  • The Washington Post - World News
  • The Week
  • U.S. News
  • USA TODAY - Top Stories
  • Vanity Fair
  • VentureBeat
  • VICE
  • Vox
  • Yoast - SEO Blog

Have a feed you'd like to see that we currently don't support?

Send us an email with a link to your suggestion at suggestions[at]orderly.news

What does NOTE mean next to a source?

Some sources incorrectly report data or report data in ways that is hard to manipulate and parse. As a result these sources are excluded from appearing on the home page of the site, in category feeds, and in the all atories feed. However we realize that some people might want to still recieve news from these services. They can be followed to and added to your personal feed.

The note field simply exist as a way to give a breif rationale for why a source/service is excluded from various feeds.