Welcome to the Alternative News sub-verse!
My goal in creating AltNews is to provide a home for high-quality, non-sensationalist, news related content that is ignored or not accurately covered by the mainstream media.
I am open to any suggestions you may have.
- Be nice! Blatant racism, personal attacks and general idiocy will not be tolerated.
- ALTNEWS IS NOT A HOME FOR IRRELEVANT, SENSATIONALIST GARBAGE. Content that is accurate to the best of your knowledge and important to a broader spectrum of people is strongly encouraged. Erroneous content will likely be removed and the poster warned.
- Posters should have an above average understanding of the subject matter and be prepared to back any claims that are challenged.
- Read the Voat EULA
- News items should typically be recent, but exceptions may be made for older content that is relevant to current events (for material of historic value, consider posting in /v/althistory). In such cases, please prefix the title with the original date of the article: (MON, YEAR) Article Title
- Non-news content, such as documentary videos, is permitted provided such content is relevant to the present day.
- Unless you have a specific reason not to, please link to the original source of the material.
- When posting links, please remove unnecessary parameters from the URL, such as Google tracking params (utm_) and redirects - to do this automatically, see the 'OPTIONAL READING' section below.
DOMAINS BANNED BY VOAT:
If you post a link to a Voat banned domain, you may receive a warning. To my knowledge this is not censorship on Voat's part, but rather a temporary (or permanent) banning of a domain for technical reasons, such as to prevent spam. The workaround is to simply submit the URL to an archive -- archive.is is preferred -- and then link to that URL.
OPTIONAL READING: software resources & tips for news readers, journalists and researchers (PizzaGate researchers may find this section useful)
- WEB BROWSER
i use Firefox for a few reasons, one being that i value my privacy, but primarily because of several browser extensions which i have come to depend on - truth be told, i'd love to try the Chromium browser -- not Google Chrome which is based on Chromium -- but i cannot currently duplicate the functionality with Chromium that i enjoy in Firefox
- NEWS READER (for reading xml feeds)
i watch approximately 150 news related sites almost every day and this would not be possible without a news feed reader - for Firefox, the best news reader i have found is NewsFox
besides being a very nice 3-pane reader with excellent sorting options, it also has the ability to create 'search' folders, so, for example, if you want to search all articles for PizzaGate related content, you can create a search folder named 'PizzaGate' and configure it like this - note that in the 'search text' field, you can add multiple terms separated with a pipe char ( | )
the options for sorting articles can be confusing - i like unread articles listed first, sorted by date - if you want this too, try this
- INFORMATION GATHERING
ScrapBook X for Firefox is an excellent tool for collecting, organizing and exporting content - it has many options for capturing web page content and is a great tool for researchers
- REVERSE IMAGE SEARCH
another Firefox extension which is very handy, and which PizzaGate researchers may find useful, is Image Search Options - this allows you to r-click on an image and perform a reverse image search - one of the default services is TinEye where you can sort the images it finds in several ways, including by size or date, the latter of which makes it possible to find the earliest instance of an image - not always accurate, but a very handy option when you're looking for forgeries, context, the original source, etc.
- CLEANING TRACKING AND REDIRECT PARAMS FROM URLs
many websites and search engines use tracking links for various purposes, some not so ethical IMO, and i personally think these garbage parameters should be stripped from links before they are posted here - the easiest way to do that for Firefox users is to use the Clean Links extension which will strip useless crap from links, like Googles tracking params (utm_) and needless redirects
- EXPOSING "SECRET" INFORMATION EMBEDDED IN IMAGES
another image extension for Firefox is FxIF which allows you view the metadata that is embedded in many jpg image files (the most popular for digi-cams) including camera make, model, exposure, etc., but also, when present, the GPS attained location of where the image was captured - needless to say, this information could be extremely valuable to PizzaGate researchers
- FINDING CACHED VERSIONS OF A PAGE
there are many services and methods to find a cached version of a page when you need to see what has been changed, or when the page is simply no longer available - one of the easiest ways for Firefox users to do this is with Resurrect Pages which will auto-provide a menu to pick a caching service when you get that "Server not found" message, as well as add a context menu so you can r-click on any page and look for cached versions
- ARCHIVING IMPORTANT CONTENT
!!! JACKPOT !!! - you hit the mother-load - you found the secret leaked document which firmly establishes that Hillary and Bill have little girls chained up in their basement! what do you do??? first and foremost, you archive the page - you can send it to the Internet Archive if you want, and i suggest you do, but DO NOT make the mistake of relying on their service for one simple reason: they follow the robots.txt standard, meaning that Hillary can buy the domain which hosts the page and add a robots.txt file containing a simple text string that the Internet Archive will abide by and * poof * your document is no longer available
therefore, in addition to the Internet Archive, you must also send it to an archive service that does not obey the robots.txt standard, such as archive.is (they have a bunch of TLD's apparently - .is is but one of them) - again, Firefox users can do this very easily with the Save URL to Wayback Machine extension which is easily accessed from the page r-click context menu - i would suggest setting the default service to 'archive.is' in the extension preferences
- SEARCHING WITHIN A DOMAIN
so you found a site that is interesting and you want to search it for a particular word or phrase but they don't provide a search mechanism - what do? well, you can use Google with a query like
some search terms site:example.com
another little trick to display all the images on a site is to use an image search engine, like Google or searx, with no search term, like