The Newswire and Fanwire will now be updated around the clock, have free RSS feeds available, and also allow fans to comment on stories.
Both features are 100% free for all Browns fans and will remain censorship-free. Unlike several corporate competitors who have started similar features, the OBR will not censor links to discourage competition. We will continue to link to every story we feel will be of interest to Browns fans, regardless of the source. We don't think that you are noobs who can be fooled, or who don't know how to surf the internet yourself.
You can help us maintain the Newswire and Fanwire as free features of the OBR by telling Browns fans who may have been sucked in by imitators about these pages, or by volunteering to help keep the wires up-to-date throughout the day. If you want to participate, feel free to contact us.
We also encourage fans to comment on the articles in the newswire as a way of providing feedback to the writers and editors of the sites which produce them. The OBR is read daily by nearly every Browns writer and on-air personality, as well as by the front-office staff of the Browns. This new feature can be a soapbox within earshot of shakers and movers in the Browns community, but only if fans want to use it.
There's also a handy list of links on the right-hand side of the newswire and
fanwire so that you can do your own self-serve surfing. Enjoy, and let us know
if you can suggest more links or other places to get Browns news.
Here's more about the new features:
By changing our technology to use blogging tools rather than a proprietary system, we've made it easy for OBR staff and fans to update the wires from any page where they land. Reducing the hassle involved allows us to update the wire whenever we see anything interesting.
Comments and Ratings
Browns fans can now rate and comment on newswire and fanwire articles simply by clicking the "Comments" link at the bottom of the thread. This is one of those things that requires a little time of turn into a cool interactive feature, so please participate so we can make this something that everyone in the community of fans can enjoy. We are looking at adding "Digg"-like features in the near future as well.
Comments can be left anonymously, but if you want to log in to the Muni Lot, simply make sure that you are logged in on the OBR site and CLICK HERE. When you click the button on the linked page, a "cookie" will be set up that logs you in automatically to the Muni Lot using the same User ID and password as you use on the OBR and our forums.
Like our website itself, the newswire and fanwire both have RSS feeds available so that you don't necessarily need to visit the OBR web page throughout the day to get new information. Because fans can see new stories without visiting the OBR itself, you'll often see OBR stories included in the newswire.
About the Newswire
Ever since this site showed up, calling itself "BrownsTNG", back in 1999, we've been linking Browns news stories we found around the internet, so that fans could get a heaping plate of new info every single day. Somewhere in the first year of the site, we turned that into something that we call the "Daily Newswire".
Other than a handful of (mostly) unavoidable situations, the newswire has been updated faithfully each day for the past seven years.
BBack when we started, the newswire was a hand-crafted page, maintained by volunteers like GregTNG, DK, and TheBrownsFan. Around 2003, we automated news-gathering by using a bunch of "robots" we built to monitor websites around the clock. In 2006, the newswire was moved to the Muni Lot area of the OBR.