YTMND:The Front Page
Also known as the main site. Below are the default lists that appear on the front page:
- Shows the ten newest sites made.
Up and Coming
shows the recent sites that people have voted highly
A site must meet the following requirements before it is eligible for the Up and Coming:
The ten highest rated sites on Up and Coming appear on the front page.
This list updates every minute.
Top Viewed Today
shows the sites that received the most views in the day
A site must meet the following requirements before it is eligible for the Top Viewed Today:
- Rating over 2.5
The ten highest viewed sites on the Top Viewed list are included on the front page.
Site views for the day are reset and recalculated at 12:50 AM Eastern Standard Time.
YTMNDs BY FEATURED USERS
Featured users have a pink username color.
Officially max has not revealed the requirements for becoming a featured user, but suspected conditions include:
- User's average site rating over
- User has more than 5 sites
- Possibly having sites in moderator favorites or the hall of fame
The last ten sites made by Featured Users are shown on the YTMNDs by Featured Users list.
are old sites that are determined to be pretty good based on rating
The requirements for a site to appear on the Worthwhile YTMNDs section are currently unknown.
The following are suspected requirements:
Sponsorships this Week
shows YTMNDs that have supporters who donated money to YTMND. The option to sponsor a site is available in the profile section of each YTMND. Once the option is selected the donating user can choose how much money they intend to give and send it to Max via Paypal. After this transfer the site in question is automatically added to the Sponsored YTMNDs List. More than one person can sponsor a site and previous sponsors to a site can sponsor with more money at any time.
While the previous link directs to the full Sponsored List, the ten sites sponsored with the most money will show beneath the Recent News box.
Benefits Of Sponsoring
Sponsoring is beneficial to not only the owner of the sponsored site, but to YTMND as a whole. The frontpage gains thousands of hits per day, so a space even on a small area can mean that the site's popularity can increase dramatically, often even reaching the Top Viewed Today section. It has been proven several times that sponsoring can take sites from obscurity to having a massive fan base. A prime example of this is zazazazazaza, a bizarre site by MrApgar which obtained a huge following after being sponsored and started its own fad. Other little-known sites which gained popularity from this method include Money-Hat's Kikujiro site (the music of which was used for the No Class fad) and Razor_Gator.
Sponsoring sites is mainly beneficial to Max, who requires the money to purchase new servers for YTMND and pay for webhosting. As of 2nd June 2007, the overall money raised from site sponsoring is $32,066.35 - enough for Max to purchase a much-needed new content server along with other goals including continuously helping with hosting payments.
Disadvantages/Criticisms Of Sponsoring
While sponsoring was created to improve YTMND, its ability to give sites exposure has on occasion backfired. Many people make poorly-done YTMNDs and self-sponsor them to gain hits. This has led to some users downvoting purely for someone sponsoring their own work, whether it is of good quality or not. A similar fate befalls sites made by unpopular users that make the sponsored list: when AwesomeBob sponsored sites by inkdrinker and ilovepillsandkelsey the sites in question received even more downvotes than before. Finally, there is the case of objectionable content. On occasion, people have sponsored sites containing shock images such as TubGirl, harlequin fetuses and variations of Goatse in an attempt to disgust users who happen to view them before they are sent to YTMNSFW. Some people also believe that directly gaining money from YTMND puts it on a similar level to Ebaumsworld, a site which is known to profit from stolen content.
When the Total Needed is reached it is sometimes updated with the next target needed to buy essential upgrades for the site. Max has also hinted several times at the possibility of introducing paid-membership accounts that would allow certain benefits over free accounts, and that if this system is introduced any user who has donated over $15 will automatically receive an upgraded account.
Most Voted on this Week
shows sites that received the highest number of votes in the past seven days
Sites will show up on this section even if they are marked [NSFW] and the user hasn't set their options to show NSFW sites on the front page.
Most Voted is a unique front page list in this way.
The ten sites that received the most votes over the past week are shown on the front page.
Customizing Your Front Page
You can edit your YTMND template by setting which lists you would like to see, including all the lists from the browse section.
The number of sites shown on top viewed and the other lists can be modified for you using this feature.
A select number of popular templates are available or you can save your own for future use.