Stile Project

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Stile Project
Web address
Type of site
Registration Optional (to upload content)
Available in English
Created by Jay Stile
Launched October 3, 1999
Alexa rank
negative increase 49,518 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Sold 2010, portal

Stile Project is a website founded by writer and webmaster Stile.[2][3] Stile started the site when he was in high school, and ran it for 12 years under the alias Jay Stile. Stile Project grew into a large network of counter-culture, amateur adult entertainment and current-events sites, forums, and more, collectively called stileNET. On December 2, 2010, Stile announced that he had sold Stile Project;[4] he confirmed the sale in 2012.[5] According to Stile, after selling his website, he went on to study computer science and received his postgraduate academic degree in 2013.[6]


The Register referred to as a "shock site" in a 2001 article.[2] The website assembled "vast visual libraries of any taboo or depravity that could be digitized."[7] In the early 2000s, as "the Web's leading repository of crude filth – probably the most reliable source of tastelessness in the history of the Internet,"[8] its content was criticized for its shock value. Particularly, a video showing a Korean villager killing, cooking, and eating a cat (from the BBC documentary "Culture Shock,[citation needed]) was highly publicized and denounced by PETA,[2][9] who sought a federal investigation, which did not occur.[10] PETA has also come under criticism for posting similar videos.[11] Stile reportedly faked his own suicide live on webcam in 1999,[12] and he confirmed the hoax in 2012.[13]

Open-source software and porn were "memorialized in J. Stile's hoard of erotic Linux Slut images".[14][15] As the site evolved, surviving purported webhost troubles,[16] a major hacking incident[3][12] and by 2004 purportedly "[not] grossing out teenagers anymore,"[17] the Stile Project's content grew increasingly pornographic.


Stile Project won Webby Awards in 2000 for Weird site and People's Voice winner.[18][19]


  • Stile is a former member of the underground art scene groups ACiD, DARK and iCE. His specialty was designing ANSI logos for art group projects and bulletin board systems in the early 1990s.[20]
  • In 2006, Canadian poet Daniel Scott Tysdal cited Stile Project (December 2004) as a stanza in his poetry collection Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method.[21]

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  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b c McCarthy, Kieren (August 30, 2001). "Cat eating video causes mayhem". The Register. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  3. ^ a b Middleton, James (July 25, 2001). "Porn site hacked by rabbit". Retrieved 2009-10-14. (registration required)
  4. ^ "Stile Project". Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  5. ^ Stile (August 30, 2012). "What happened to the old stileproject? Where can I find all that stuff?". Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ Stile, J. (February 27, 2013). " Post Graduate Degree". 
  7. ^ Beato, Greg (June 18, 2009). "Porn's highs and lows". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  8. ^ Citrome, Michael (February 10, 2000). "Something for everyone". Networthy. Montreal Mirror. Archived from the original on 2003-09-12. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  9. ^ Kornblum, Janet (August 30, 2001). "Gag turns into rent for laid-off designer". (Item 2) Techbrief; USA Today. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  10. ^ Rowe, Chip (October 2002). "Free Speech or Not Free Speech: You Be the Judge Part 2 (Item 10)". 49 (10). originally 
  11. ^ Sebastian Murdock. "The Hypocrisy of PETA". Best Thinking. 
  12. ^ a b Leyden, John (July 24, 2001). "Infamous porn site gets a hacker makeover". The Register. Archived from the original on 2001-07-25.  Links to the hack & J. Stile's rant.
  13. ^ Stile, J. (January 28, 2012). "Webcam stunt". [dead link]
  14. ^ Newitz, Annalee (2002). Schalit, Joel, ed. "Peace, Love, Linux". The Anti-capitalism Reader (Akashic Books): 244. ISBN 1-888451-33-5. 
  15. ^ Stile, J. (May 10, 2001). "Linux Loving Sluts". Archived from the original on 2000-05-10. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  16. ^ Stile, J. (April 5, 2001). "Homepage". Stile Project. Archived from the original on 2001-04-05. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  17. ^ Newitz, Annalee (November 3, 2004). "The Great Unknown". Alter Net. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  18. ^ Mulligan, Judie (May 11, 2000). "Stars turn out to honor the best web sites of the year at the Webby Awards 2000" (Press release). Webby Awards. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  19. ^ "Technology Glitz, goofiness mark Webby Awards ceremony". CNN. May 12, 2000. 
  20. ^ "Reader Mail, page 7". Stile Project. December 13, 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-12-06. Retrieved 2010-07-27.  Viewer discretion advised.
  21. ^ Tysdal, Daniel Scott (June 20, 2006). II. For As Long As Their Looking Lasts. Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau Books). p. 72. ISBN 1-55050-350-2. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 

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