Stile Project

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Stile Project
Type of site
Available inEnglish
Created byJay Stile
RegistrationOptional (to upload content)
LaunchedOctober 3, 1999
Current statusSold 2010; portal

Stile Project is a website founded by a writer and webmaster known by the pseudonym Jay Stile. Stile started the site when he was in high school, and he 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.[1][2] According to Stile, after selling the website, he went on to study computer science and received his postgraduate academic degree in 2013.[3]


The Register referred to as a "shock site" in a 2001 article.[4] The website assembled "vast visual libraries of any taboo or depravity that could be digitized."[5] 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,"[6] 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,[4][7] who sought a federal investigation, which did not occur.[8] Stile reportedly faked his own suicide live on webcam in 1999,[9] and he confirmed the hoax in 2012.[10]

Open-source software and porn were "memorialized in J. Stile's hoard of erotic Linux Slut images".[11][12] As the site evolved, surviving purported webhost troubles,[13] a major hacking incident[9][14] and by 2004 purportedly "[not] grossing out teenagers anymore,"[15] the Stile Project's content grew increasingly pornographic.


Stile Project won Webby Awards in 2000 for Weird site and People's Voice winner.[16][17]


  • 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.[18]
  • 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.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stile Project". Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Stile, J. (February 27, 2013). " Post Graduate Degree".
  4. ^ a b McCarthy, Kieren (August 30, 2001). "Cat eating video causes mayhem". The Register. Archived from the original on 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  5. ^ Beato, Greg (June 18, 2009). "Porn's highs and lows". Las Vegas Weekly. Archived from the original on 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  6. ^ Citrome, Michael (February 10, 2000). "Something for everyone". Networthy. Montreal Mirror. Archived from the original on 2003-09-12. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  7. ^ Kornblum, Janet (August 30, 2001). "Gag turns into rent for laid-off designer" Archived 2010-06-26 at the Wayback Machine. (Item 2) Techbrief; USA Today. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  8. ^ Rowe, Chip (October 2002). "Free Speech or Not Free Speech: You Be the Judge Part 2 (Item 10)". originally Archived from the original on 2010-10-17.
  9. ^ a b Leyden, John (July 24, 2001). "Infamous porn site gets a hacker makeover". The Register. Archived from the original on 2004-08-27. Links to the hack & J. Stile's rant.
  10. ^ Stile, J. (January 28, 2012). "Webcam stunt".[dead link]
  11. ^ Newitz, Annalee (2002). Schalit, Joel (ed.). "Peace, Love, Linux". The Anti-capitalism Reader. Akashic Books: 244. ISBN 1-888451-33-5.
  12. ^ Stile, J. (May 10, 2001). "Linux Loving Sluts". Archived from the original on July 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  13. ^ Stile, J. (April 5, 2001). "Homepage". Stile Project. Archived from the original on September 5, 2005. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  14. ^ Middleton, James (July 25, 2001). "Porn site hacked by rabbit". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2009-10-14.(registration required)
  15. ^ Newitz, Annalee (November 3, 2004). "The Great Unknown". Alter Net. Archived from the original on 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  16. ^ 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. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  17. ^ "Technology Glitz, goofiness mark Webby Awards ceremony". CNN. May 12, 2000. Archived from the original on 2011-08-10.
  18. ^ "Reader Mail, page 7". Stile Project. December 13, 2003. Archived from the original on December 6, 2004. Retrieved 2010-07-27. Viewer discretion advised.
  19. ^ 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.