Official Rules for Writing for

Old 2 Comments on Official Rules for Writing for 45 is a site devoted to allowing Geeks to write about the Technology and Business issues that they find important.  The guiding principal is that the site should be used as a way for Geeks to demonstrate their knowledge to others so that they can advance in their careers. So if a new Geek is trying to get a job and does not have much to flesh out their resume with they can claim their experience writing for the site.  Additionally by writing about the topics they are knowledgeable in they can be found by others in their niche that may have job and professional opportunities to offer.

It should be understood that this is a site for Geeks to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities.  Our staff focuses on finding opportunities and resources for our writers, not on spell checking posts and critiquing grammatical errors.  Posts should be of a quality that the writer feels fairly represents them as professionals.  We have few requirements or rules for posts so that writers can experiment and see what works and what does not.

With that said we do have a few rules:

  • All work submitted has to be your own original work.
    • Copy /Pasting of things such as Press Releases or other author’s work is a banable offense that we take seriously.
  • Where Quotations from other Author’s works is used they should represent not more than One Third of the post.
    • Please remember that this site exists to prove YOUR knowledge, capabilities.  Copy/ Pasting others work doesn’t demonstrate what you can do.
  • Posts should have a Minimum of 250 Words.
    • Posts need to convey complete ideas. When a reader is finished they should feel as if they read a complete work.
  • For FCC Compliance if you are being paid, or have received ANY compensation to write a post, you need to mention that within the post. (“ paid me to take a look and review their website”, or “XYZ company gave me this ______ to test and write a review about”)
  • No Shortened URL’s
    • Shortened URL’s are a security nightmare for a site like this.  We do not have the ability to police them properly and so to maintain the security of the site for the readers ban them out right.
  • No Functional Code in Posts to include Advertising Blocks, iFrames and such.
    • We do not allow any scripts to run on the site.  This is for both security and stability concerns. 
  • No Links to Pirated Content
    • If you want to fight the RIAA and such have fun.  We have no interest in getting into the copyright battles going on. 
  • No Featured Images
    • Sadly Featured Images cause havoc with the theme.  Please feel free to add images to your post, but do not set any as the Featured Image.
  • No Religious Propaganda of Any Sort (Quotes from Scripture, “What Would ____ Blank Do?”, etc.)
    • has a global, incredibly diverse, user base. This site is simply not the place for these conversations.  We want folks of all faiths and beliefs to feel comfortable learning from this site.

Question Posts:

Beyond standard blog posts that most people write we also encourage “Question” posts.  If you have a complicated question such as determining the best virtualization system for your environment and you are willing to write your full post describing your circumstances to elicit recommendations and advice from the community please simply write your question as a post, and then preface the title with “QUESTION:”.  Such as “QUESTION: Which Virtualization System Should I Use in an 8 Person Company?”

Publishing Posts:

If you wish to write for simply email with your Email Address, First Name and Last Name.  We will then manually create an account for you and you will receive a Welcome email when this is done. (Please note it can take 24 hours or more to have an account activated)

Once you have an account you can submit posts either through the WordPress interface or by using Windows Live Writer.  We have a relatively standard WordPress site so if you are used to the platform it works like all other WordPress sites.

We do display Author Bio boxes under all posts that the Author writes.  In the Profile section they can add all of their information.  We would highly recommend you fill out the information as completely as possible so that people that find your work interesting can follow up with you.

When you are a new writer you cannot publish without moderation.  Once you have published your post it goes into Pending Status, and then a GeekBrainDump moderator will verify it follows our requirements and then publish it.  Once we feel comfortable that the writer knows the rules we will promote them to “Tier 3” which allows them to publish posts with no moderation.

Deleting and Editing Published Posts:

Our system does not allow writers to edit or delete their posts once they have been published.  This has been implemented so that if an author’s account is hacked the hacker cannot cause too much damage.  If you want to edit your post simply email and we will set your post back to Draft status so that you can edit it.

If you want a post deleted simply email to request a specific post to be deleted.  Please keep in mind that deleting one or two posts now and then is fully reasonable and we will do this as time permits, BUT mass deleting of posts not something we will likely do.  Again there is to much possibility that a hacker may try to Social Engineer to get us to do this.  Deleting a large number of posts simply presents too many risks.  Please make sure you feel comfortable with what you are writing before you publish it.


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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  1. Katy Pillman August 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I believe you updated this post, there-for thanks for the update! I will obey these, thanks again for the amazing site! 😀

  2. Ebey Pradeep August 22, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Hey how about using religious content for explaining technology content …no propaganda of sort , just makes the complicated topics quite simple to explain..sort of like

    Stock market financial bubble compared to parable of the sower in Bible

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