What does CTEN stand for?

Cutting The Edge Network was a mouthful, so it was shortened to CTEN. Cutting The Edge refers to the latest in technology, and web services.

Why don't your sites contain privacy policies?

CTEN sites don't contain privacy policies because we don't feel they're necessary. We don't need to comfort our users, with a link at the bottom of every page. CTEN will never share any of our statistical information gathered through sites to other companies. All monitoring that's done through CTEN is to better help create, design, and add content that our users find interesting. A privacy policy will never change our stance on that.

Why don't you talk more with your community?

We've struggled with communicating with our visitors for a long time. When it comes to network problems, we've always felt that it's better to get the problems resolved, and get back to work, posting content that our visitors love. Instead of hashing over a problem, and what went wrong.

The new CTEN Blog is our continued effort to making our network wide announcements easier to find, and to understand.

Will retired sites ever return?

We are always looking for viable ways to recreate web services we've previously retired. Many of CTEN's retired sites have gone away because of problems that arose in maintaining them, their codebase, or simply from lack of popularity, and traffic.

CTEN is a small company, and has limited resources, so it's vital that we spend them on services we feel can grow, and be successful. If one of our services has been retired, it takes rigorous testing, and investigating before considering to bring it back. Each service we design requires effort into developing, innovating, and maintaining it.

Why do you favor some services?

It's a constant battle deciding where to put our efforts. Unfortunately this means that some services receive more attention from us than others, due to their popularity. We strive for the day when we will be large enough that this is no longer an issue.

How can I help CTEN grow?

Donations increase our ability to perform service updates, add new features, and launch new web services. However, a key ingredient in helping us, is to share our sites on social networks, and even word of mouth.

If you like our services, or see content you like on our sites, share it with your friends. Let them know about us, and help others find our services. Share where you played that cool flash game, or where you saw that funny picture. This can spike interest in our services, and helps us grow.

While the success of any of our services isn't measured by traffic, the more popular a site becomes, the easier it is to dedicate more time, and resources to make it bigger, and better.

Why aren't you on social networks?

We like to keep as much of our updates in house, than to use an external site or service. We would much rather build a new community service, and update our users through it. However, we understand that a vast amount of people use social networks.

We may at some point use social networks, but currently find the front pages of each of our services, and the new CTEN Blog more than enough to keep users informed about the ongoings of CTEN.

This allows us to get in direct contact with our visitors, to have more control over how our updates appear, and helps us avoid the need of using troublesome social APIs, which can abandon features at any time.

What are you working on next?

Unfortunately the internet is a place where people steal ideas all the time. To prevent others from taking our ideas, or trying to launch a less polished service, we've found that simply not discussing a service until launch is the best policy.

How do you decide what service to create next?

When we need a web service to accomplish something, if we don't already know of one, we ask ourselves if it's something that we can create ourselves. We put a rough idea through some customized tests to determine if the idea should be discarded, shelved for later, or if development can start on it.

While developing the site, we do all that we can to ensure that the service won't face retirement, and try to make the service profitable enough to support itself.