User Guidelines and Formatting Tips
How do I create an account?
All content is available to all visitors without the need to log in. To post a diary or a comment, you'll need an account.
How do I change my password to something I'll remember?
Once you are logged using the randomly-generated password, you'll see a link on the on the topmost left-hand menu to [Your Name's] Page.
What are "Diaries" and "Comments"?
All of our content is user-generated, and falls into two categories:
The menus on the left-hand side of the page contain links to:
You can also find all posts and comments made by a particular author by clicking on her or his name.
How do I create a diary?
On the topmost menu, click "New Diary." This will open a page with three fields--"Subject," "Main Text," and "Extended text."
(The purpose of having "Main Text" and "Extended Text" is to prevent longer posts from taking up too much space on the main page. Think of the GMG home page as the front page of a newspaper, with articles continued later on elsewhere ).
[Subject]: the headline for your post. You'll need to fill it in.
[Main Text]: that part of your diary which will show up on the "Diaries" page or, if promoted, on the featured diaries which show up in the center of the homepage each day. Enter enough text here to give your reader a sense of your subject and your style--one paragraph is usually sufficient. Interested readers will click [There?s More] to read the rest of your post.
[Extended Text]: text which follows "the jump." Readers access it by clicking [There's More].
How can my post be promoted to the front page?
Our daily editors determine whether there are posts that they want to promote. We recommend that you put some thought into what would be interesting to the Green Mass Group community at large. Of course, the more you contribute, the more likely it is that come of your posts will be promoted to a prominent spot on the home page.
How do I format text?
We recommend using our WYSIWYG editor--just highlight the text you want to appear in bold or italic, click [Bold] / [Italic], and the auto-editor will insert the proper codes.
If you're including a chunk of text from another source, highlight it and click "Quote." This will set it off from the rest of your text, indented and highlighted.
How do I include a link?
To link to another web site or online story:
How do I embed a video?
Each YouTube video contains a string of code on the right-hand side of the page labeled "embed." Copy that and paste into your post at the point you'd like the video to appear..
(Many video clips, even if they appear on another page, have been cross-posted to or from YouTube. If you wish to embed a video from a source other than YT, get the correct title and check to see if it's on the YT site).
How do I insert a picture?
To insert a picture, it needs to have been posted on a photo storage site online (you can't upload directly from your computer). We recommend Flickr. Basic Flickr accounts are free (allowing up to 100 mb) and make it especially easy to embed photos.
If you have a URL for an image, such has "http://www.site.com/image.jpg", you can insert an image using the following html:
<img src="http://www.site.com/image.jpg" width=250px" alt="some text that's visible if someone has trouble viewing the image">
Help! I'm still having trouble.
Write to the editorial team at email@example.com. We'll get back to you as soon as we can!
Tips for Posting:
Many experienced bloggers prefer to write their post in a word-processing program before pasting text into the "Main" and "Extended" fields.
If your post deals exclusively or at length with another article that has appeared online, do your readers a service and link to it!
We suggest that when you do include links, you scroll to the bottom of the page and check the box that says "open links in a new window."
Green Mass Group Posting Policy
Green Mass Group exists in part because the political discourse has been so badly damaged by manipulative forces who gain by divide-and-conquer techniques. We want to honor everyone's contribution to the political conversation, so we ask that you avoid personal insult, and treat each other with respect. The internet represents a wonderfully democratizing technology, but it has also emboldened people to behave anti-socially. Our basic goal is to create an online community for Green dialogue in Massachusetts.
Please follow these basic rules:
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