Guidelines for content published on libcom.org including what kind of content we want, where different types of articles should go and how to format and layout articles.
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The libcom.org style guide is designed to give our website more consistency in our articles across all the different sections. A lot of great material and information in alternative media sources today suffers from simply poor quality production and style, and we aim to try and address that. Compiled with help from Freedom Press, this style guide applies to the News, Thought, Organise and Features parts of the site.
This guide may seem large but please do not be put off! The most important thing is that we want content. If you have an article you think would be good on libcom.org let us have it in whatever form you can. If necessary we can edit it so that it fits our guidelines and any random bits and pieces we can put in our Library. This style guide is included so people know why and how we might be editing any submissions, and for any people who feel they can take these suggestions into account when writing new content.
Different sites have different ways of conveying information. On libcom.org we decided
that the most effective way for us to get our message across is with a uniform tone and general style of writing across the site. The tone we would like to maintain on all sections of the site should have the following characteristics:
While these are our priorities we will publish almost any other news stories provided they fit the aims and ethos of the site with the general exception of the following topics:
- “Actions” - there are many websites for “activists” to post stories about “actions” they have taken part in, such as indymedia. We suggest using one of them instead of libcom. Example: Activists blockade Esso station
- The left - Leninist groups are a minor irrelevance in society who do not interest anyone. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, let’s not give them any attention they don’t warrant. Example: The Trotskyist Workers’ Alliance are rubbish
- Events - If you would like to advertise an event please use the appropriate board on our Forums, in our Britain section.
News reporting guidelines
Top of the list because it can't be stressed enough. Anything which is not a direct fact useful to the piece should be removed. Try to stick to a low word count, ideally 250-500 for news articles, 600-1,000 for comment, 1,200-2,000 for in-depth pieces.
News is not comment
Try to limit personal opinion in news articles. Unlike the corporate media we don’t pretend to be objective, but we decided to avoid overly emotive and subjective language - for example “the disgusting cop actions left 11 injured” should be “the police actions left 11 injured”. News and comment are two separate things, generally please try to treat them separately.
You could find a great news story a few weeks old, so to make it sound current there are a few tricks you can use. Couch your language in the present - 'Prince Harry has been wearing a nazi uniform' sounds more up to date than 'Prince Harry wore a nazi uniform two weeks ago'.
Answer six questions
Who, Why, What, Where, When, How. Who and what should be the first questions you answer - assume your audience has no prior knowledge of your subject.
Worth a thousand words...A relevant picture is a great addition to any news story. Our news section automatically resizes pictures to fit, so please add them to each article you can.
Any article with tips on various aspects of collective organising and action. Ideally fewer than 2,000 words.
Any historical article from a libertarian/working class point of view. Ideally under 2,000 words, they can come from any period in history, right up until last week!
Any libertarian left text, interview, book, account, set of images or article which would not quite fit in any of our other sections.
In all the sections of the site, please try to take the following suggestions into account:
Use as many sources as possible - The more sources you have, the more reliable, well-rounded and believable your story.
Cross-reference - If you add links in parts of your article to other articles or sections on libcom.org, please do! Further reading and links for more information at the end are very welcome.
Avoid clichés, rhetoric and slang - Clichés are lazy writing and should only be used if you really can't think of anything else. Lefty rhetoric or slang, such as “Bliar” instead of “Blair” say, should be avoided at all costs since they immediately alienate a large audience and make reading uncomfortable for people outside activist culture. They also make a writer seem unprofessional and childish.
Cut down on capitals - Anarchist, anarcho-syndicalist, communist etc. as well as government and state should all be done without capital letters. Communist with a capital “c” can and should be used if referring to members of USSR-supporting Communist Parties. Try not to use political labels unnecessarily as they break up the reading flow, and may confuse the issue.
Use shorter words - Never use 'achieve' when you can say 'do'. Make sure you don't use words which people might not understand - 'Precarity' for example - unless you absolutely have to, and make sure you explain what it means if you do. If you can, go through the text afterwards to check and explain any word or reference the average person wouldn’t know.
Kropotwho? - Don't use quotations from people not directly involved. This includes dead theoreticians and living philosophers.
CNwhat? - Do not assume in-depth historical or anarchist knowledge, particularly with respect to libertarian groups and historical events. Don’t mention groups, such as the CNT, without referring first to their full name, acronym and brief description – e.g. instead of “CNT”, first write “the National Confederation of Labour (CNT), a Spanish anarchist trade union”. It can then be referred to simply as “CNT” from then on. Don’t refer to historical events in shorthand, like “Kronstadt”, instead say “the grassroots rebellion of workers and sailors against the Bolshevik Russian Government in 1921”, and/or provide a link to a related page on libcom with more information.
Grammar and abbreviations
To keep a standard look and feel across our site, we try to maintain a consistent use of grammar and abbreviations
Capitals - In article and page titles, only the first word should be capitalised. E.g. “US forces invade China”, not “US Forces Invade China”.
Royalty/Religion - All titles should be capped (big first letter) - the Queen, Prince (Charles/William etc.), the Pope. The Archbishop of Canterbury is Dr. Williams. Clergy should be first the Rev. John Brown, then just Rev. Brown after that. E.g. The Rev John Brown denounced Protestantism today as 'a bit silly'. Rev. Brown, a leading figure...
Everybody else - Start off using their full name. After that if it's someone we like, use their first name. If not, use their second name, with the exception of well-known figures, whose most easily recognisable name should be used - e.g. Chomsky rather than Noam. Don't use any decorations or honours.
Full stops - “USA”, not “U.S.A.”. Use “etc.” “e.g.”, and “i.e.” Don't abbreviate: Place names to St, Rd etc. Don't use Mr, Mrs or Ms at all. Don't abbreviate non-name words - “headquarters” shouldn't become “HQ” because it means unnecessary capitals.
Federations - The UK libertarian federations can be abbreviated to SolFed (Solidarity Federation), AF (Anarchist Federation) IWW (Industrial Workers of the World), EF! (Earth First!) and Class War (Class War Federation). Always explain who they are at the beginning of the piece for sake of new readers.
Money/Numbers - Million shortens to m (£1m), billion to bn. Trillion is written as is because it isn't used often. Per cent becomes %. One to nine are written as words, 10 and above as numbers. If counting in euro it should be Eu120. “Euro” should always be in lower case, and “euro” is both singular and plural. Weights and measures always use the shortened version, except metres and miles. For wars, please use capitalising and numbers as follows: World War I/II, or First/Second World War.
Footnotes - In the body of text, please place the number of the footnote in square brackets like this, and at the end please list them:
1. Like this
Apostrophes - Apostrophes indicate possession or abbreviation. “Its” is the possessive form of it, so like “his” and “her” there is no apostrophe. The only time you need an apostrophe in “its” is when it is an abbreviation for “it is” or “it has” – e.g. “it’s cold” or “it’s got big teeth”. Acronyms do not require apostrophes in the plural form – i.e. “CDs and DVDs”, not “CD’s and DVD’s”
Exclamation marks - No, no, no, no, no! Try to avoid wherever possible. They undermine a serious message.
Hyphens - We use hyphenated political labels. For example, anti-fascist, anarcho-syndicalist, anarchist-communist, etc.
Words and phrases
For terms related to political labels and terminology, particularly related to class, please take a quick look at our Glossary and try to apply them as we define them there.
Activists – most “activists” aren’t the full-time professional activists that term implies: they’re just normal people, so try to refer to them as such. If they are professional or full-time drop-out activists then please specify. See also Demonstrators and Protestors.
Anarchists believe – Please do not use, because it isn't 'anarchists', it's the writer.
Anti-capitalist – Whatever anti-capitalist movement there was is now mostly dead, and the term has little resonance with anyone any more. Please avoid (see also Anti-anything else, below)
Anti-globalisation – The anti-globalisation movement was very badly named, and deeply flawed at the root of its politics, please try to avoid (see also Anti-anything else, below)
Anti-anything else – Lefties are often seen as “anti”-everything, so please do not fuel that impression by using “anti” excessively
Basically – Avoid. You are already putting it in layman's English, no need to labour the fact.
Bush's poodle - Possibly the most overused phrase apart from Bliar in the alternative press today. Along with similar lefty clichés please avoid.
Bourgeoisie/Bourgeois – Sounds very old-fashioned, out-dated and complex. We prefer to talk of capital as the enemy of the working class, but if it must be used please use modern equivalents possible, or provide a definition if you really must.
Capital - Try to use this term to describe the entity of capitalism which the working class's interests are opposed to, rather than capitalist class, or bourgeoisie, which are a little muddy in terms of definition.
Class – Due to confusion about class on the left and in the general population we try to maintain a uniform usage across the site:
- Working Class: The working class consists of all the people in society who can not get by without selling our time and energy to a boss - by working. I.e. if we do not make large amounts of money from property holdings or owning a business we have to be wage labourers, or in some places in the world rely on state welfare or crime.
- Capitalist Class: The capitalist class consists of those individuals who do not have to work (though they generally do) since they draw enough income from property such as land, housing or businesses/stocks and shares. However when talking of the entity whose interests are opposed to the working class we prefer to talk of capital.
- Middle class: The middle class does not exist as an economic class. It is a sociological or cultural label, so please be more specific (e.g. “professionals”, “intellectuals”, “home owners” or “more privileged workers” if that’s what you mean) where possible, or alternatively if you really have to use is add the “cultural” or “sociological” qualifier – e.g. “the sociological middle class largely opposed the Bill”. [Note; the class theory defined above, which claims that the middle class is merely "a sociological or cultural label" is - while popular on libcom - disputed by the class analysis of many other radicals. The middle class has been recognised as an economic and political factor throughout the development of anarchist and Marxist theory.]
Please see our Glossary for more information on the definitions of class and classes we use on libcom.org
Deliberate misspellings such as cos, innit etc. - Activists trying to be more street. Ouch. Avoid.
Demonstrators – See activists
Fascism/fascist – Only use when referring to actual ideological fascism. Its usage referring to non-fascist phenomena like liberal democratic governments makes the author sound silly.
Middle class – see class
Obviously – Avoid. It's only obvious to you, not to casual readers.
Proletariat - see bourgeoisie
Propaganda - The word "propaganda" is associated with distortion of fact for political gain, usually by dictatorial regimes. When talking of material designed to persuade people of a political idea, please use a different term, such as "outreach material"
Protestors – see activists
Smash – You can’t really smash an abstract concept, so please don’t encourage people to try.
Swearwords – Avoid in news or information articles as it can make the writer look immature, and put readers off.
Unsurprisingly – There is no such thing if you want to write for a mass audience. Avoid.
Working class – See class
Z - Go easy on the zeds. Please use UK English spellings of words, i.e. "organise" not "organize".
This style guide is designed as an addition to large guides like the Guardian’s (guardian.co.uk/styleguide), rather than as a comprehensive replacement. The Guardian guide contains large numbers of standardised ways of referring to people, places, companies and concepts and is worth checking out if you ever have anything you’re unsure about.
libcom group, with help from Freedom Press
We encourage other groups, websites and publications to use or adapt this guide if they so desire.
How to submit and format articles and images to the library, history and news sections of libcom
A well formatted article is easier and more pleasant to read and should be easier for site users to quickly print off a readable copy. So a little extra work is worth it.
Submitting and formatting
First, take a look at a formatted article - http://libcom.org/library/intakes-history-tactics-political-reading. This will give you an idea of what we are talking about below. Also read the formatting guides for news and Library and History.
1) Click on 'create content' at top of page.
2) Click on library, blog entry, history or news. This will take you to the appropriate page.
3) Type in the title of the article in the 1st box. This should use normal sentence case. I.e. "Strike continues at Ford". Rather than "Strike Continues at Ford". Try to keep article titles as short as possible, while still explaining what the article is about. For library articles, please include the author of the text in the title like this: GI opposition the Vietnam War, - Howard Zinn
4) Please add an image to any article you post up. Try to include the most relevant picture possible. Google image search is a great way to find photographs, but please do not post up images copyrighted by big companies like the BBC or Associated press.
If you cannot find a photograph of the exact story you are covering, please use one related to the person, company, or city that is mentioned, for example. Ideally the photograph will be a good image, with the bulk of the detail in the centre of the image, so that it will be visible in our site's thumbnails. (See our submitting images guide, below for more information)
5) Choose the appropriate categories for the article in the 'regions' and 'sectors' list. (If you are unsure on the correct choice, it can be done by an editor after submission.) You can select multiple regions or sectors by using ctrl-click. Topics the article is about can be entered in the tags box, but only match tags to ones which already exist, please do not create any new tags. For more guidance see our article tagging guide.
6) Enter a brief explanation of the article in the 'Introduction' box. If appropriate, this could be the 1st paragraph of the article. Otherwise, write a short descriptive summary of around 130 characters, or one or two lines on the page. This will automatically appear at the beginning of the article in bold type in the finished submission.
7) Paste in the article itself to the 'Body' box.
8) If your article is about a particular geographical location, in the 'Location' field please click the location on the map it is about.
In your article, if you include subheadings, please use BB code headers for these. There are three levels of subheadings which look like this:
To use subheadings type the following code around the text of subheading, but leaving out the spaces:
[ h2] Subheading 1 [ /h2]
[ h3] Subheading 2 [ /h3]
[ h4] Subheading 3 [ /h4]
Some articles in their original format have too many line breaks. to correct this use a site like this one; http://www.fwointl.com/FWOFormatter.html
- and set max characters to 999999 and Format. You can also use word processor' Find and replace functions to remove additional line breaks and correct any repeated errors.
Also ensure that you use (two) full line breaks for paragraphs to ensure readable text. One line break will not get caught by our automatic paragraph formatting.
If you are writing the text yourself, then short paragraphs are easiest to read, especially on computer screens, so please keep paragraphs brief.
Footnotes can be automatically generated at the end of articles. Where you would normally put the footnote number like  instead, put the text of your footnote wrapped in <fn>Footnote goes here</fn> tags. When you submit the article, Drupal will find all the footnotes and format the superscript numbers and link to them for you.
If you would like to attach a file to your article, such as a PDF, or other images you would like to display in the article, click the File attachments link, then browse to the files on your computer. If you would like readers to be able to view and download the file, for example with PDF documents check the "list" box next to the file. If you would like them to remain hidden, for example with images you have used in the article, leave it unchecked.
Adding lengthy books
To add entire books, or texts too long to be in one article, you can add a book with different chapters and sections. See Volin's Unknown revolution for example.
- Create a library or history article as normal
- fill in the fields as appropriate with the name, author and description of the book etc, then click Book outline.
- in the Book drop-down field which appears, click the second from top option, <create a new book>.
- click save.
- to add subsequent chapters click "add child page" on the book page you have just created.
- Do not add tags, regions or sectors to child pages as you will have already categorised the parent book.
Please credit sources at the end of your article with any relevant information such as author, edits or translations, in italics. e.g.
By Wildcat Germany, 2009, taken and slightly edited by libcom from www.prol-position.net
If the article you want to add has a table in it, you can use an online automated HTML table generator such as this one:
If you put in an HTML table you need to set the input format to "normal (some HTML allowed new)"
If you ever have any problems, or need any assistance adding formatting content there are lots of people happy and able to help you. Just make a post in our feedback and content forum.
Thank you for reading, and for making libcom.org an easier and more attractive site to use!
Appendix: Submitting images
1. Use png, gif, jpg or jpeg files only.
2. Give the file a meaningful name. Don't leave any gaps between letters/characters in file names or the file may not load.
3. Don't upload files over one MB. If you can only find a large version of a pic, various resizing applications can be found online, or download (http://gimp.org is a good one)
4. Do not use copyright images, and especially not copyright images from news agencies like AP.
Instructions for windows users:
To submit a main image that will appear at the top of the article, use the 'Image' box.
You will need to have the image stored locally on your computer.
Click the 'browse' button to browse your PC to find where you have stored the image. A 'file upload' window will appear.
Browse to the file on your computer, images downloaded from the internet usually default to your "Desktop" folder
Click 'Open' and the file will appear in the 'Image' field on the Libcom submissions page.
Then press 'Upload' to bring the image file from your PC onto the site and into the article.
Then you can add, if you want to, in the "title" field, a caption for your image. This caption will appear when readers hover their mouse over the image.
Information on posting content to the libcom library
Information on the layout and format of articles posted to libcom library
- Please only capitalise the first letter of any article titles (and any other already-capitalised words of course).
E.g. Capital, labour and primitive accumulation, not Capital, Labour and Primitive Accumulation.
- Please add the author's name to the title after a dash.
e.g. Capital, labour and primitive accumulation - Werner Bonefeld
Please try to write an abstract for the introduction field for your article, explaining what it is about. This will appear on indexes like this: http://libcom.org/tags/russian-revolution. Try to keep it to around 150 characters, or 1.5 to 2.5 lines of text in the entry field.
Please also put - whenever possible - the original source of the article at the the end of the article; its book, magazine and/or website publication details, date and location of publication etc.
If possible, please add a relevant (non-copyright) image to your article via the upload form, this will also appear in indexes.
Most tags are added by libcom editors, but you can add the following:
Authors and groups. This applies only for writers and groups you'd expect to find in the library - i.e. alongside Marx, Kropotkin, Wildcat, Situationists etc. if the article mentions trade unions etc. these will be added as tags.
Sector: if the article deals with a particular sector or sectors, you can add that here.
Region: Please add the primary region the article deals with, if it has international scope, best to leave this blank rather than selecting every one.
Since September 2007, all historical articles are now found in our history section (this includes any detailed analysis of recent events that is not suitable for /news). All theoretical articles can now be found in the library.
If you need technical help with posting articles, or are not sure which section they should go in, please post in our feedback forum
Many thanks, and happy posting!
A short guide to tagging and categorising articles posted to libcom.org.
- Choose region for story, and industrial sector if appropriate (i.e. if about a strike in a particular sector, or a person who worked almost exclusively in that sector and did lots of stuff related to it). You can use multiple choice with CTRL-clicks
-Select any individuals, groups or unions the article is either written by or written predominantly about in the Authors, people and groups box.
- Enter tags for the story. Try to enter between one to three keyword tags. Enter them in lower case, unless they're proper nouns, and separate with commas. Important things to include are:
---- The city the story in, if it's a big city or US state
---- If it's about a big company, the name of the company, e.g. Asda-Walmart
---- If it's a strike add the tags strikes, if wildcat add wildcat strikes, if general general strikes
---- If it's an interview, add interviews, if a review add reviews
---- If the article is related to race or racism add race, women or feminism add women, fascism or anti-fascism add fascism.
---- Any other good keywords you can think of, like: riots, environment, demonstrations, but only ones which have already been used, and so appear as options when you start typing.
---- If in doubt, leave it blank - an admin can always fill in the tag information later.
Information on the type of news articles we want on libcom.org.
If you've registered on libcom.org, you can post content to our news. There are particular kinds of articles we want most, and some obviously that we don't so much. But don't worry, if we can't use something on our news page we will look at any other areas of the site where it might be suitable, or we may edit it to make it fit in.
For a detailed look at the type, style and tone of content we'd like on libcom.org, please take a look at our Style guide.
If you're not sure whether your article is suitable, take a look at our existing news articles for comparison, or consider posting it in the forums first.
For general advice on how to write news articles, see our news report writing guide.
In brief, however, here are a few basic tips and suggestions:
For libcom.org news the main kinds of article we want are as follows, in this order of importance:
1. Stories and analysis about people taking collective direct action to improve their lives.
Example: Fighting the fare hike in San Francisco
2. Analysis of current events, such as wars, natural disasters and other big mainstream news stories from a class perspective.
Example: Post Office privatisation will be disguised as workers' ownership
3. News about the effects of corporate and government policies on people and the environment.
Example: 12 million trapped in forced labour worldwide
While these are our priorities we will happily publish other news stories provided they fit the aims and ethos of the site with the general exception of the following topics:
Actions: There are many websites for 'activists' to post stories about 'actions' they have taken part in, such as indymedia. We suggest using one of them instead of libcom.
Example: "Activists blockade Esso station"
The left: Leninist groups are a minor irrelevance in society who do not interest anyone. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, let's not give them any attention they don't warrant.
Example: "Trotskyist Workers' Alliance split"
Promotion: If you would like to advertise an event, group or campaign please use the announcements board on our forums.
To get our message across most effectively, we have decided to try to keep all content with the following tone:
- Serious - avoiding rhetoric and overly emotive language
- Clear - written using simple English, free from jargon
- Concise -try not to let articles get too long. Very long texts (say from over 2000 words) may be better off in our library.
- Outward-looking - i.e. aimed at the intelligent layperson, not at people who are anarchists, activists or libertarian communists already. Not talking down to anyone, but explaining all historical references, acronyms specialised vocabulary, etc. and in general trying to address general issues of concern to all.
Many thanks, and happy posting!
If you need technical help with posting news articles, post in our feedback forum.
Information and guidance on how and why you should edit articles on libcom.org.
You may have noticed that most articles on libcom.org have an "edit" button above them.
This is so that our users can help us improve the site, and fix any errors.
To edit in article, just click edit, then make the required changes, in the revisions information box enter the information about what you have changed, for example "fixed typos" and click "save". Your edits will then go into a moderation queue, to be approved by administrators.
Here is some quick guidance on the type of edits which we hope people will make, and which can improve the site and its utility to our users.
- fixing typos
- fixing errors in the text, for example if some text is missing, or if it is a scanned text with some mistakes in it and you have a copy of the original text so that you can correct them. If there is an error in the text, such as a date or place is wrong then it may or may not be appropriate to just fix it directly. Example, if it is an old historical text and the original author made a mistake then it would be more appropriate to add a footnote explaining that the error is in the original. However, for news articles these can just be corrected. Ask in the comment section below the article if you are not sure.
- adding images. If the text does not have an image attached to it, please feel free to add an appropriate one. Or attach and add images throughout the text if you have the time.
- adding hyperlinks to other content on libcom.org. This is something we would really appreciate. If a reference in one article is made to an individual, event, country, organisation or whatever else that we have content elsewhere on libcom.org, please turn the relevant words into a hyperlink to the relevant page. If there is a tag for the keyword then that would be the best page to direct people to. For example:
Maria fought in the Durruti Column (named after Buenaventura Durruti) in the Spanish civil war...
Ideally this would be edited to:
- editing articles to match our style guide. If any articles or badly formatted, or don't match our style guide please feel free to fix them up and make them look nice.
- entering new style footnotes. Any footnotes written with text like  please feel free to replace them with the new style nicely formatted footnotes like this1. There is still a slight bug with these notes, so they may look funny initially, but just post a comment below the article saying this has happened and an administrator will fix it.
- entering PDF documents as text. We have quite a few PDF documents in our library, many of them are here. However, we much prefer to have documents in text format on our site. This means we can add links between articles, and also articles are easier to search for on libcom and from Google. So if you have the time to copy the text from PDF documents and paste them up in the body field of their existing article pages it would be very much appreciated. You can leave the original PDF attached to the article.
Many thanks for any help you give us - and any questions please feel free to e-mail us or ask in feedback and content forum.
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Cyber-bullying/harassment can be as simple as continuing to send private messages to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, but it may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels, ganging up by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation or defamation. Cyber-bullies may disclose victims' personal data (e.g. real name, address, or workplace/schools, photos) or may pose as the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them. Some cyber-bullies may also send threatening and harassing messages to the victims, while other post rumours or gossip and instigate others to dislike and gang up on the target. Please report malicious PMs to the admins via the contact form.
No trolling, no sock-puppeting
From Wikipedia: "a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion." Trolling is not allowed, and may lead to posts being deleted, users warned and persistent offenders banned. Sock-puppetting is setting up multiple accounts to agree with yourself, to create a false impression that more people are expressing a certain view, to try and evade an account ban, or to make posts the perpetrator doesn’t want associated with their ‘real’ pseudonym. Sock-puppetting is not allowed, and may lead to ALL associated accounts being banned. Multiple accounts are allowed in some circumstances, e.g. a shared account to upload library articles from a group or publication, or to maintain a collaborative blog. If in doubt, ask in the feedback forum.
Copy and pastes
Do not post up large chunks of cut and paste text to the forums, but make things easier for others by summarising the article and including a link to the unabridged version. If your text is not available elsewhere online you need to find somewhere to host it - perhaps our library or news section if it is relevant, otherwise use one of these sites to paste the article in then use the link to it - http://docs.google.com (free registration), http://writer.zoho.com (free registration) or http://paste.turbogears.org (no registration required). Post a comment on your summary in order to arouse interest in discussion around the article. What is a long piece of text? Think - would anyone be prepared to sit and read it in the context of a discussion forum?
Flooding the boards with links to your site is considered spamming. If you want to link to a relevant article provide a short summary or quote to describe what's contained in the link. This will help readers know if it's relevant and moderators to distinguish it from spam. Do not directly link to 'hostile' websites (leave gaps in the URL if you wish to refer to them or prefix the URL with http://anonym.to?). Anyone found posting up malicious links on other sites and/or trying to stir up 'board wars' will be banned.
Any form of commercial or personal advertisements will be removed and the poster dealt with. Relevant adverts should be posted in the announcements forum. This is a discussion forum, not a free advertising resource and offenders will be warned and then banned. Signature files/avatars are disabled and putting in links to your own website with every post isn't permitted either: we want to hear your opinions, not see the same link with every post!
Useful forum tools
All tools are free and nothing to do with libcom.org, where free registration is required look for the [R].
- http://www.box.net - upload any kind of files publicly and link to them from the forum [R].
- http://imageshack.us - upload, resize and link to images.
- http://docs.google.com - upload long text files (articles, pamphlets) here for referencing on the forums [R].
- http://tinyurl.com/ - turn long web addresses into short ones, or just use the URL button above the comment box.
Ordinarily we have a policy of one thread per topic. Duplicate threads may be locked, with a link given to the main discussion. If your thread or post goes against any of these guidelines it is likely to end up in the bin, unpublished (hidden from non-admins) or deleted. Infringement may lead to a temporary ban (typically 72 hrs), or in serious cases and/or serial infringement a permanent ban. Abuse of the report function, e.g. mass reporting posts which don't breach the site guidelines will result in a ban. You have been warned. Old threads may be deleted without warning. PLEASE MAKE COPIES OF THREADS IMPORTANT TO YOU.
If your post is moderated or you are banned, an explanation should be edited into the post or posted on the thread. You should first check these posting guidelines if you have any questions. Failing that, you can start a thread in feedback, or if banned, use the contact form to contact the admins. Querying moderation decisions on-thread derails discussions and such posts are likely to be removed. Repeatedly doing so will attract further moderation up to and including a ban. Please only query moderation decisions, using the feedback forum, if they do not appear to conform to this policy, not just because you don't agree with them. Reposting anything that has already been edited or removed by admins will usually result in an immediate ban.
Overview & legal bit
Please remember we run this website out of our own time and money. Please respect the site and forums and people putting effort into them. This is not a haven of free speech for some wackos with weird ideas, we have clear aims and ideas about what we are trying to encourage with this project and will strive to maintain those ideas. Posts represent the views of the respective posters, we do not take any responsibility for the contents of posts and cannot be held responsible for any information in a post or any actions and events resulting from information within posts. All opinions stated on the forums or in comments are those of the individual authors and are not the responsibility of libcom.org.
Last revised December 2011.