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8 Things You Should Know About Smashing Magazine

You probably expected a list, and in fact you’ll get one. Since there have been many misunderstandings going on about Smashing Magazine, we’d like to explain, why we do what we do and why we are doing it this way. Please spread the word if you’d like to support us, or don’t if you don’t want to support us.

Hm, what’s the problem? Link

Every now and again we get e-mails and comments, in which our readers accuse us of stealing information from Dr. Web Magazin1. Some users consider us being a spam machine and bury us on Digg2. Some bloggers write about us3, trying to prove that we use some unfair methods to generate traffic from Digg. OK, we’ve heard you.

So, what’s going on, guys? Link

Ok, let’s put it straight. Here are some facts you should know before writing/commenting/complaining about us. You can find more information in the About section4.

  • All articles on Smashing are created/written/compiled by us,
    Vitaly Friedman, Sven Lennartz or Christiane Rosenberger. In fact, it takes many hours of hard work to write the articles which are already published. All resources are hand-picked and selected manually. We want to achieve the highest quality content and present it to a broad audience.
  • We would never steal information.
    We respect the work of other people and if we use their information, we’ll definitely refer and link to them. The reason many of our articles are that useful is because we respect the work of web-developers and respect the person who has created it.
  • We would never spam.
    We don’ exploit Digg and thousands of other web-sites, using some spam-techniques in order to achieve the best positions in search engines, get to the front page or get mentioned in popular blogs. What we do is simply offering only useful content. Can we be blamed for thousands of people bookmarking and digging us, just because the information we present is indeed useful and is the quality content?
  • We respect you.
    Whatever you say, write or comment about us – OK, let’s talk. We can make mistakes and we can improve the quality of our posts if you tell us what has gone wrong. We are always looking for conversations with our users. Join in!
  • Sven Lennartz is the chief-editor of Dr. Web5.
    Dr. Web is the German-speaking online-magazine for designers and web-developers. Vitaly Friedman writes for Dr. Web., the project Sven started 9 years ago, focuses on German-speaking audience (you can find his name at the bottom of every DrWeb page). Smashing Magazine, however, has not only further resources to offer, but it focuses on English-speaking audience. And yes, we have rewritten some of our articles in English and published them on Smashing Magazine to reach a broader audience. Actually, they’ve been published in English, so that you can find the information and use it for your projects.
  • Our aim is to help web-developers get the information they are actually looking for.
    We want to make sure that the valuable information we have, collect, or stumble upon is available for people who might actually use it for their creative works. We put a lot of thinking in before posting every single article. We try to provide what we personally understand to be quality material. We present information which we ourselves would like to bookmark once it appears online. Ironically, if we are looking for something in the Web, we go to Smashing magazine ourselves, because it’s handy to keep all the useful stuff in one place.
  • You define what you read on Smashing Magazine.
    We appreciate your input and select the topics we write about according to the stats we get about your activity, the popularity of our articles and feedbacks we receive. We appreciate every constructive e-mail you send to us and try to answer e-mails immediately. Please let us know what is interesting for you, digging or not digging, bookmarking or not bookmarking us.
  • We are looking for co-authors and co-bloggers. If you can offer quality material in English, we are also willing to work with you, pay you and present your articles to a broad audience. Let’s talk!6

This is why we are doing this.

And this is why we are doing it this way.

Digg or Bury us as you wish, but please, be objective and appreciate at least the time we invest in collecting information we present. All right?

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  1. 1

    oooh. i like you :)

  2. 2

    I appreciate it very much that you are doing this: this is my favourite website, a smashing magazine!

    Thank you!

  3. 3

    Guys keep doing what you’re doing best and forget about ’em. Your stuff is so useful I personally bookmark pretty much every smashing article you publish.

    Rock on!

  4. 4

    people who digg n bury you are just jealous :P
    you do good jobs, don’t stop !!!

    i’m glad 2 have a site like this in my bookmarks :-D

    using it really often – some more color threads’d be fine

  5. 5

    Carlos Eduardo

    March 10, 2007 9:08 pm

    Yeah, I think you have to keep doing these posts that help us too much!

    I love this site and I think you’re not stealing anything.

    Thank you for this site :)

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    Aaron Berning

    March 10, 2007 9:11 pm

    I usually don’t comment. I will say however that I think you guys are doing a great job. I love that I can check one page/feed and know that I’ll get good content that will inspire me or expand my knowledge or help me in my day to day. Keep it up.

  7. 7

    Every success creates obviously jealousy.
    Keep the intelligent critics, and don’t listen to the others. Smashing magazine is a huge and useful service for us, webdeveloppers.

  8. 8

    keep up the good work…

  9. 9

    Do not change nothing. You are the best website / blog in my Bookmarks !

    Christophe, from Switzerland

  10. 10

    Keep up the good work! I really apreciate what you guys are doing here for the web design community. You can either read this blog.. or spend hours reading 20 more to get the same content. And you manage to keep it simple!

    Thank you! really, keep it up! Cheers from Argentina.

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    Fabien Mannessier

    March 10, 2007 11:18 pm

    Your post remembers me the young times of Ruby on Rails. Lots of envy of people who cannot afford they cannot imagine, develop the same.

    It also remembers me when I developed a succesful site back in 2000 and got that sort of comments. The bad conclusion I took and now regret to have taken is to abandon the project and dedicate myself to other ones. Do not commit the same error. That’s a fact of life: you get people who like very much your work and people who do not know anything else than critizice and do not produce anything useful. Listen to first group and ignore the last. That’s my advice.

    Of course, I belong to the first group. I really love your work. Any times I receive a post through RSS, the first thing I do is click and read all your articles long. Go on. You’ve got a mark you have success.

  12. 12

    Aw, forgettaboutit…

    You provide a great resource for web designers. In a clean, uncluttered form, too.

    Thank you!


  13. 13

    I also thought there was something strange going on, but just the other way round: I thought was “taking content” from smashing magazine.

    I think these misunderstandings were produced by you yourselves: because you did not inform about that at (you pretended that is just another goog website, but you did not made clear that it is your website!)

    and what is the effect? I just ignore now, because the content here is more actual and the layout is much more fluffy… where is really awful old layout….

    so Leute, jetzt hab ich’s Euch aber gegeben ;=)

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    First comment from me.

    It’s difficult to forget about ugly comments or criticism, but as you can see from the comments so far there are many more lovers than haters for this site.

    Keep doing what you do.

    David from Creative Design ::

  16. 16

    You are doing good jobs! I like this site and I’m reading your articles again n again. As well I’m announcing your many articles on my site.

    I’m repeat; don’t stop and don’t leave write.


  17. 17

    I LOVE your site, it’s def one of my new favorites, and that’s saying a lot as I’ve been bored with design blogs lately. Keep up the awesome work.

  18. 18

    You guys rawk! I visit almost daily in anticipation of new articles. Please keep up the great work.

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    I absolutely LOVE this site, I’ve referred this site to many friends and co-workers that do web design and graphics on the side, and they agree w/ me that your site is amazing and VERY informative…so for people to ‘bury’ you guys is a shame.

    I am also glad I stumbled onto this site (found via, and I even have it on my bookmarks toolbar!

    So keep up the good work!!

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    Nelson Martínez

    March 11, 2007 4:36 am

    Keep on rocking!!!!

    I think that there is a lot of content and pages on the web for everyone, so if those ppl dont like your work, what they have to do is.. press ALT+F4 on their browser and puf! is done!! no more smashing for u !!!

    Now seriously, This site is a great source of news and reference for a tons of users in the web, so feel proud of what u are doing and keep on!!!

    Nelson Martínez
    From Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


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