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Posting Guidelines

by: lpackard

Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 12:19:07 PM EST


Welcome to Michlib!

Please be sure to review our Editorial Policy as well before posting. Remember: Michigan First!, keep it clean, and no one-line diaries.

New Diaries

When you're creating a new diary, please choose an appropriate diary topic (use drop-down menu) to file it under. This makes it easier for people to find diaries again later on. Diary topics and tags are interchangeable, but the menu may be helpful to get the name exactly right. When items can be filed under more than one place, use your best judgement as to where it fits, or add multiple tags.

When making a diary, please use both the main and extended text boxes when appropriate. If you load too much text into the main box, it makes it harder for people to scroll through the site - if it's a really long post, give people a taste in the main box and then lure them in to read more.

If you don't know HTML, we have a new option available for you when you comment or write a diary. Go to the 'Formatting' drop down menu and choose 'WYSIWYG'. (Stands for what-you-see-is-what-you-get.) Much like Blogger, it will let you add images and links, and style your text without HTML. You can just highlight portions and click on the 'bold' button etc.

 

To link to another website (Google in this example) in your post with HTML, use this code,

<a href="http://www.google.com/">Click For Link</a>

It will appear as Click For Link.

You can also just paste the link as normal text and let SoapBlox figure it out, like http://www.google.com/.

 

 

To embed a YouTube video, copy and paste the code on its YouTube video page (next to Embed).

 

To embed an image, use this code,

<img src="url of image">

 

Use an HTML cheat sheet as needed.  If you use Firefox, here's an extension called BBCodeXtra to cheat for you.

Always use the Preview option before posting, to make sure your post looks exactly how you want and that any links in the text are working. Maybe someday we'll offer spell checking! In the meantime, the latest version of the (free) Firefox web browser has spell-check built in.

Copyright/Fair Use

Please keep in mind copyright and fair use laws when posting an article written by somebody else. We don't want to get sued! What is fair use? It's generally OK to summarize, including copying portions of the text verbatim. But don't copy an entire article here unless you have permission from the author(s). Also always link to the original article whenever possible. Read the EFF Bloggers' FAQ for more.

If you cite text from another site, use a blockquote to make it clear that it's not your original writing.

It can be done with this code,

<blockquote> This text will be in the block </blockquote>

Blogroll

If you have suggestions for our blogroll, please speak up. We're looking for good Michigan political content. P.S. don't be afraid to suggest to other sites that they link to us when appropriate. Help getting the word out is always appreciated.

With that said, welcome to Michigan Liberal and please join the conversation!

-- Laura, Matt and Jon

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