Every now and then I like to remind y'all about the Unix and Linux consultants list we maintain here. It's absolutely free to list yourself here if you are offering any Unixish services, including building websites on Unix/Linux/Mac OSX, programming in any of those, offering consulting, etc. Just send me the information requested at Find a Consultant and I will add your listing.
Now here's the part I'm having trouble with. Listings need to be updated to have value. You may move, change your phone number, take a job, go over to the Dark Side.. I don't want out of date listings and if you think about it, neither do you.
But it's easy to forget this stuff. I make a definite point of NOT bugging the people who sign up on this list. I don't contact you trying to sell you something else, and so far at least the only way I remind people that they should look at their listings now and then is through posts like this and occasional (very occasional) posts in the newsgroups.
Well, I'm going to have to break my iron-clad no contact rule, because there is just too much old stuff here that never has been updated and it's going to have to GO. So, if you are listed there, and haven't updated, at least send me an email saying everything is fine as it is and you want it left there. Over the rest of this year I am going to make an effort to contact the people who haven't done that and then, well, then they are gone if they don't respond.
I'm also thinking of adding some sort of premium listing for a small fee.. maybe something like $48 a year. One of the services of that upgrade would be to notify you when your listing is getting old, and maybe some bolding or highlighting and perhaps some exposure on other pages too.. I haven't thought that through yet (which is why you won't see it on the page), but it's on my short list. But then I get into my "no contact" rules, so how am I going to let you know if I do this.. you'll just have to check the page now and then, won't you? (insert evil laugh here)
Update: I am now offering a premium listing and it is one heck
of a deal. Your listing gets bolded and brought to the top of the list
AND you get a random text ad at the top of those listings AND you get
a random text ad in the sidebar at all articles.. and for only $48
a year, it's unbelievably cheap. THIS IS ONLY FOR UNIX, LINUX and
MAC OS X FOLKS!
I'm discontinuing this premium program as of 2009. All paid ads will run for at least one year from time of payment but will be phased out after that.
Or do the free listing if you can't imagine how thousands of views of your text ad every week could be worth $48 a year.. look to the left: one of those could be your ad..
So: for now, you should definitely let me know if you want your listing kept. If you don't, well, eventually I am going to contact you one last time to ask that question again, but why not take care of it now? Updated listings sort to the top when people search for consultants, so you really don't want to neglect this.
Take away points: free, no spamming, no bugging you. Best deal in the known universe.
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