Cluster Monkey is a community web site. As such, we welcome contributions from all community members. Our goal is to provide well written and topical content that helps educate and assist the growing cluster computing community.

Editorial Process

Though our name may sound a bit whimsical, Cluster Monkey is a focused and serious website (well, for the most part anyway). To ensure quality content, the site will use an simple editorial process. The process will work as follows.

The Editor-in-chief (Head Monkey) will control the front page stories and publication dates of all content. In addition, the editor-in-chief will approve all submissions, and provide the final edit (if needed) of all submitted material.

In addition to the Editor-in-chief, there are Senior Editors, (Distinguished Monkeys). These are individuals who have published quality content on a consistent basis. These individual have also agreed to assist with some of the editorial management.

We want your input! Clusters are vast and ever changing endeavor. Your experience is valuable and may earn you some money (and possibly the coveted Distinguished Monkey status – see below) Keep in mind, all submissions will be screened for content, relevance, and balance.

We also accept cluster news and press releases. Please submit these directly to the Head Monkey. Simple HTML or ASCII text formated press releases will get published quickly.

The best way to get your article published is to send the Head Monkey a short abstract of your article (also mention your background). Please do not send entire articles and expect them to be published. It is best to develop the article with the guidance of the editors. And finally, be patient, we get busy at times.

Accepted articles must be in HTML and follow the guidelines as outlined here. Failure to follow these guidelines will delay your article from being published.

How to Become a Distinguished Monkey (Senior Editor)

By getting an article approved for publication on Cluster Monkey, you will achieve "Somewhat Distinguished Monkey" (Writer) status . If you have three articles published over the course of a year and agree to help with some of the editorial duties, you will achieve "Distinguished Monkey" status. Please note, if you have published articles about clusters in the past, you may be eligible for Distinguished Monkey status after one successful submission.

Payment for Your Content

Although we make no promises, we hope to compensate writers for their contributions to this site through site sponsorship (banner advertisement and such). The basic formula will be as follows. Each quarter we will add up the sponsorship amounts and deduct an operating fee for the site. The remainder will be distributed on a percentage basis. Each writers percentage will be determined by the percentage of words they contributed to the total word count for that period.

You can request a Memorandum of Understanding that describes this relationship in a bit more detail.

Finally, as this is a community site, our foremost goal is to support the community. We will endeavor to get sponsors, but make not promises that anyone will get paid for their contributions. Of course, Distinguished Monkey status is priceless.

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