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Q: What is Provo Pulse?

A: A hub of discussion for the BYU / Provo student community.


Q: How does this site work?

A: The articles come from You. If you've got something interesting to share, share it. If it's half-way decent, we'll post it to the front page for everyone to see. We post articles about almost anything, so if you've got something decent, go for it.

Story comments. Besides just reading our articles, you can read what other people have to say about them and add your own comments by clicking on the comments link under a story.

Events calendar. Take a look at the calendar to see what's going on around town. If you've got something you want to publicize, post it directly to the calendar for everyone to see.


Q: What are your article submission guidelines?

  • Spell and punctuate correctly
  • Try to provide links to whatever you're talking about including any news sources you quote.
  • Don't quote entire stories from other news sources. It's against the law for us to print copyrighted stories in their entirety. You can quote portions of stories to go along with your own commentary because this is protected by fair use laws.
  • No anti-Mormon submissions.


Q: So what should my article submission look like?

Here's an example:

Title:

    "I'm Lance! Let's go out!"

Body:

    from the only-in-utah-valley dept.
    Here's the story: Lance Archibald is a 31-year-old ex-BYU basketball player returned missionary with a Harvard MBA ... and he's not married. So naturally, his co-workers at Lindon-based LogoWorks decided to put up a billboard along I-15 with a picture of Lance holding a sign that says, "I'm Lance. Let's go out!" The billboard advertises www.DateLance.com, where interested girls can go to submit their applications.

    And it's drawing some attention. Both The Washington Post and CNN have picked up the story along with tons of smaller news outlets.

    Funniest of all, Lance knew nothing about this until his co-workers drove him past the billboard on a supposed lunch-run.

    People like to talk about doing something extreme like this ... it's hilarious that someone actually did.


Q: How long has Provo Pulse been around?

A: Since May of 2004.


Q: Why didn't you post my submission?

A: Probably because it was either (1) boring, (2) anti-Mormon, (3) poorly written, (4) plagiarized, (5) overly offensive, or (6) untrue.

Yeah, but you posted this article, and it was pretty [fill in the blank], why won't you post mine?

Because we're not perfect. Sometimes we let stuff slip through that we probably shouldn't. Sorry about that.


Q: You should publish more articles about X. Why don't you?

A: Usually because nobody submitted one. Submit one and we'll see what we can do.


Q: How can I contact Provopulse.com?

A: Send email to help@provopulse.com.


Q: Why did you create this site?

A: To connect Provo students and make it easy for us to share ideas, opinions, and information.


Q: Where did you get the idea for this website?

A: It was primarily inspired by Slashdot, a site which pioneered reader-generated content.