- Why did my quote get killed?
The main reason a quote gets rejected is because it does not meet our (admittedly high) standards. We strive to maintain a high level of humor and quality. Unfortunately, this means that a lot of submissions are rejected.
- My quote got a high score while in the submission queue, but you still rejected it. Why?
The submission queue serves as an aid for moderators by providing a gauge of public opinion, as well as sending the worst quotes to the back of the line. However, the final decision is still up to the moderators.
- What is required to get my quote approved?
There are no official rules, but the following helps:
- Accessible. (Not an inside joke.)
- Well formatted. Timestamps removed unless necessary. No ANSI codes. No weird brackets that your client adds.
- New material. Not a rehash of an old joke or an already existing quote on the site.
- Short and sweet.
Again, these are not rules that are set in stone, and we promise that we don't always follow them. We do read your e-mail, and we do consider your comments and suggestions. If you don't agree with a moderator's decision, let us know.
- What is your relation to bash.org?
Just like bash.org, this site is a fork of the original QDB that resided at GeekIssues.org.
QDB.us and bash.org are not affiliated and do not share the same database.
- How did QDB come about?
Here is the basic timeline:
~1997: I begin collecting IRC quotes into a text file called quotes.txt. This is the seed that eventually grows into QDB.
1999: The quotes are published as quotes.html.
2000: A site that allows reader submissions is put together. QDB is born at digdug.cx/quotes, later mirrored at geekissues.org/quotes. A moderation system is added to filter boring quotes and spam.
2000-2002: The site grows in popularity. Additional moderators are recruited.
2002: The site moves to bash.org
2003: While bash.org remains operational, QDB is forked and established at qdb.us. The code is rewritten, but the pre-fork quotes are retained.
2004: The moderation queue is opened for public view.
2005: Quote #50000 is submitted and approved.
2007: The 100,000th submission is not noteworthy and is rejected only a week later.
2008: The 200,000th submission happens during the Great Spam Flood, and is now lost in history.
2009: Self-referencing 300,000th submission is added.
Thanks for reading!
- Can you send me the scripts?
The site source is currently not available. A public release is planned, but your patience is required until it happens.
- What do the red asterisks mean?
Quotes that are marked with a red asterisk are ones that have not yet been approved by QDB moderators.
- What happens to my e-mail address?
Your e-mail address is stored while your submission is pending. It is removed from the database immediately after we send you a notification e-mail.
We do log an MD5 hash of your e-mail address, so it is possible to check whether we have ever e-mailed you. However, it is virtually impossible to retrieve your e-mail address without knowing it in advance.
Your e-mail address will never be shared with any third parties, nor will you receive any additional e-mail from us, unless otherwise noted.
- Are you logging who submitted what quote?
The submitting IP address is stored in the database until the quote has been decided upon, and is removed immediately afterwards. IP addresses are stored to help with spam cleanup, and are never displayed publicly.
- What do all the numbers and colors mean?
The first number in the parentheses is the quote's score. The second number the number of times the quote has been voted on—in other words, the maximum possible score the quote could have attained. The colors are just color-coding to highlight quotes that have especially high or low scores.
- How is the karma value calculated?
Karma is the average of the scores of all the approved quotes.
- I have another question...
Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.