Ethos (magazine)

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Issue Eight of Ethos Magazine is available

Ethos Magazine is an online magazine published independently by members of the boylove community.

History

Formed by Kermie in 2016, Ethos released issue one on September 15, 2016, and proceeded to release every three months up until early 2018 where problems with the Ethos host and unrelated staff issues caused issue 7 to be released two months late. The name of Ethos was chosen primarily because of its dictionary definition[Citation needed]: "The fundamental character or spirit of a culture".[1] The self-defined goal of Ethos is to "portray what is true about the orientation of Boylove" as part of "an effort to make society aware of the facts about REAL Boylovers".[2]

On October 6, 2016, Kermie passed away and ownership of Ethos was transferred to Dragonlover. The magazine continued to release going forward, despite the loss of its founder. An entry in Ethos 2 was dedicated to remembering Kermie.[3][4][5] Following several months more of releases, Ethos ownership changed further when Dragonlover elected to place Zoomzoom4 as owner while he stepped back from the Ethos scene.

At the beginning of February, 2018, the Ethos graphics manager decided to leave Ethos and the wider boylove community. Shortly later, Enchanted Island communicated to Ethos that they were going to close and that Ethos should backup all of the website data. Within 24 hours of Enchanted Island going down on March 3, 2018, Ethos was back online. Unfortunately, Enchanted Island was one of three boards to go down within the first three months of 2018, and to remember all three Ethos published a piece at the beginning of Issue 7.[6] Due to the issues which had impacted the community following the closure of three boards, in addition to the departure of the Ethos graphics manager and subsequent hiring of a new one, Ethos 7 was released May 27, 2018.

Ethos 8 released on August 27, 2018, and is notable primarily because it has been identified as the largest issue that Ethos has produced. Most issues of Ethos are within 20 to 30 pages, while issue 8 came to 44.[7]

Website

Initially, Ethos did not have a website for issues 1 and 2. A website was produced prior to issue 3 being released at the domain ethosmagazine.net, with several overhauls and redesigns before a design was agreed on. Due to technical issues and downtime on July 19, 2017, the website moved from this domain to ethosonline.net, with the ethosmagazine.net domain continuing to be disused. It took three days for the move to be completed, with the site fully operational again by July 22, 2017.

Unfortunately, the downtime caused some BBN stories to be lost despite backups being able to restore most of them.

Blue Boy News

Starting February 19, 2017, and extending until April 2018, the Ethos website hosted a section titled "Blue Boy News" dedicated to boy-related news. This was maintained by news correspondents up until around Christmas 2017. Due to continued disuse and lack of maintenance by the news correspondents, the feature was removed from the site.

The logo used for BBN advertised new stories every Saturday.

Release schedule

Since Ethos started, it was noted to have released on the 15th of every third month (March, June, September, December). When Ethos had to migrate host, a decision was made to amend the publication schedule to every fourth month (April, August, December).[Citation needed][8] The May 2018 and August 2018 issues are the only two to have not been released on the 15th of release month.

The next release of Ethos is scheduled to release in December 2018.

Volunteer driven

In the opening of issue 1, Dragonlover writes that "We are not professional writers",[2] and Ethos has been known to periodically advertise for content submissions from the wider community. The ads are usually images accompanied with text. On the Ethos website is additionally a page informing users of the types of content accepted and a non-exhaustive list of what will be rejected.[9]

Previous issues

Ethos 1 cover September 2016
- Issue 1
Ethos 2 cover December 2016
- Issue 2
Ethos 3 cover March 2017
- Issue 3
Ethos 4 cover June 2017
- Issue 4
Ethos 5 cover September 2017
- Issue 5
Ethos 6 cover December 2017
- Issue 6
Ethos 7 cover May 2018
- Issue 7
Ethos 8 cover August 2018
- Issue 8

Contact and submissions

If you wish to contribute to Ethos Magazine, please use their submission form. If you wish to contact Ethos for any other reason, you can use their contact form.

Ethos Magazine is volunteer-driven and everyone is in invited and offered the opportunity to submit their work for publication, as Ethos does not maintain it's own staff of professional writers.

References

  1. Dictionary definition of Ethos
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ethos Magazine, issue 1 page 3 Retrieved October 5, 2018
  3. Ethos Magazine, issue 2 cover Retrieved October 5, 2018
  4. Ethos Magazine, issue 2 page 15 Retrieved October 5, 2018
  5. Ethos Magazine, issue 2 page 16 Retrieved October 5, 2018
  6. Ethos Magazine, issue 7 page 4 Retrieved October 5, 2018
  7. Issues > Ethos Retriever October 5, 2018
  8. About us > Ethos Retriever October 5, 2018
  9. Content wanted > Ethos Retriever October 5, 2018


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