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1. What is the idea?
It's simple: to try and make $1m (US) by selling 10,000 cells of the first crossword puzzle of domain names for $100 each cell.
You can buy as many cells as you like, as long as there are some available. When you buy some cells, you can then display there the letter of your choice, from (a) to (z), plus symbols (.) and (-). You also can set the 'alt' text that is shown when somebody put the mouse over your cell. The 'alt' text in your cell is an advertisment, not a link. If you want a real link to your website from here, there has to be a valid url that can be read in the crossword puzzle, composed in horizontal, vertical or diagonal. However, no obscene or offensive expressions are allowed.
The idea is to keep the letters you buy displayed on the homepage permanently, forever. I guarantee to keep it online for at least 5 years, but hopefully It will be online as long as human beings exist. In the long run, I believe the cells will offer good value.
2. Give me a sample
3. Wich will be the link of the cells?
If there is a valid url (like "mydomain.com") that can be read in the crossword puzzle, composed in horizontal, vertical or diagonal (in any direction), ther will be a link to this url. The same cell may be part of more than one valid domain names. In this cases, the cell will link only to one of these domain names, the one choosed by the owner of the cell.
The only way to get a link from one of your cells is to set the symbol, and build a domain name with this symbol. For instance, if you buy a single cell and tell me to keep it as "reserved" (waiting to set the character inside), or if you buy a single cell, and set the symbol, for example, the letter 'k', but your cell is alone in the map of cells, and therefore it isn't a part of a domain name, in both cases you can have an 'alt' text, but not a link form your cell. But there is an exception, that allows to complete the puzzle: When I have sold each cell of the puzzle or when It comes the date 19th August 2013, I will allow to each owner of a cell with a symbol and without a link, to set the link from his cell. When all the cells had a symbol, then the crossword puzzle will be complete.
4. Can I change the letter of my cell?
No, you can only set the letter of a cell once. But you can buy some cells and wait untill you're sure which letters do yo want.
5. Can I buy a cell without set any letter?
Yes, you can buy a cell, set the 'alt' text to whatever you want, and set the letter in the future. In this case, the cell will be shown like this:
6. Which are the possible states of a cell?
7. Can I sell the cells that I buy?
I guess you can! Read more in thge next question.
8. How do you associate a cell with it's owner?
A cell is associated with it's owner by the email of the owner of the cell. if you want to buy your cell or just if you want to change the email associated with the cell, just request it by email. I will send you back a unique password, and yo have to reply me with this password to ensure your identity.
9. Who are you?
Nobody, just another guy trying to get an unreal job!
10. Are you genuine/is this a joke?
I am completely genuine and although this site might be funny in various ways, it is not a joke! I really am selling cells for $100 each.
11. How did you come up with the idea?
I was trying to do something like the million dollar homepage, buy with new ideas, and I think about something to play, like a puzzle or scrabble.
12. What will you do with the money?
I hesitate that first of all I must to cancel my debts. I live in Spain, so the prize of a flat is double. Double than what? Oh! Double of every figure you're thinking about. But my goal is to promote creative projects, related to share knowldege and creativity. Something like scipool.com, the english version of redcientifica.com.
13. Why should I buy your cells?
Because you can get a link to your site on the homepage of a site that could potentially be seen by millions of people over the coming years. The site will be online for at least 5 years, that's guaranteed, but the idea is to keep it online forever. So you really could get increased the number of your visitors and sales.
14. How long will the site be online?
The site will be online for 5 years guaranteed (at least until 19th August 2013), however the aim is to keep the site online forever (or as long as humanly possible). Hopefully It will be online as long as human beings exist.
15. How much time did you spent to get the website online
I set it up just in a night, a few hours. I just registerd the domain name in godaddy.com, I purchased the cheapest hosting plan also, and begin to set it up with php. I talk about it in the blog page.
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