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Sep 2 2006 15:48
Posting stuff to news!!

We've now opened up libcom.org/news to submissions by all registered users. Took a while to set up, and still working on some of the finer points of it, but it ought to work pretty well now.

If you've got news items you want to post up, or if you haven't but fancy looking for some, please give it a try!

We've got guidelines for posting news here:

http://libcom.org/notes/news-posting-guidelines

and our style guide here:

http://libcom.org/notes/style-guide

These'll be added to and reviewed - and we'll try to produce a step-by-step guide at some point for actually posting it.

Both need a bit of updating but should give a general idea of what we're interested in. If you're not sure whether we'd be interested or not - you can always send an e-mail via the contact form before you submit it, or put it up as a forum topic first.

If you think you can submit news regularly, get in touch as well since we can set it up for you to bypass the moderation.

Within the few days, there'll be a similar system for library articles as well.

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Sep 2 2006 15:52

basic instructions:

click "create content"

"news"

then add a title, put it in the appropriate regional or industrial categories, and enter tags. Try to use tags that are already there if appropriate (it'll prompt them as you type), and be careful of spelling and correct capitalisation to avoid duplicates.

Then add an introduction - about 20-50 words is fine, this'll appear on all the overview pages (like http://libcom.org/news or http://libcom.org/news/uk).

Then the full text of your article, you don't need to repeat the introduction, it'll show up automatically.

Then you can add one image (adding another one afterwards won't do anything yet).

Known issues: images don't always upload when you first create a node, however if you submit then edit it again, you might have more luck.

Once you post your article, you'll be able to edit it by going back to the url that's automatically generated, but it won't appear on the news pages until it's been reviewed and moderated.

Any questions ask here!

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Sep 2 2006 16:05
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Z - Go easy on the zeds. Please use UK English spellings of words, i.e. "organise" not "organize".

angry

I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is wrong!
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/-ize

I ought to post a news story called "Organizing Against Privatization and so-called Modernization", just to teach you a lesson! grin

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Sep 2 2006 16:10

Don't blame me, I didn't write it!

I reckon we could go easy on z spellings tbh - we've got more and more international content and posters so as long as it's not incorrect there's no real problem with alternative spellings (except maybe for tags - only want one tag for each one.

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Sep 2 2006 16:16
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Don't blame me, I didn't write it!

Sorry! I was just venting my pedantic anger into the aether! grin

I had visions of US contributers being forced to write words like "colorise", which I don't think is a word in any version of the English language.

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Sep 2 2006 22:40

Just worked this out as well - buid your own news listing:

http://libcom.org/news/custom

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Sep 2 2006 22:46

I hope they're paying you well for all this! wink

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Sep 2 2006 23:06

'tis alright, I'm going to allow capital to recuperate my mad skillz over the next few months, which I'll then detourn into more libcom productivity (i.e. try to get a job doing this).

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Sep 3 2006 00:20
Nemo wrote:
which I don't think is a word in any version of the English language.

This rarely bothers americans.
I do like your grammar pedantry though, my hatred of the use of 'z' was brought into question by the realisation that it isn't strictly an americanism. I still resist though.

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Sep 3 2006 08:49

It mostly pisses me off because every spellchecker I have tries to nag me into using -ise. Which wouldn't be a problem for a few e-mails/libcom posts. But I (currently) have a 200+ page novel full of -ise words when I want -ize words! angry Come the final edit that will all change, you mark my words! Nemo 1, Machines 0.

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Sep 4 2006 00:03

What program are you using Nemo? If it's Word you can switch between UK English and US English. You can also add words to the dictionary. If you're not using the spell checker you can turn off the underlines and stuff.
It could be worse, mine switches (often for no apparent reason) between French, English and American. So when it hits quotations in old French it really gets upset smile

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Sep 4 2006 07:43
jef costello wrote:
What program are you using Nemo? If it's Word you can switch between UK English and US English.

I'm using AbiWord on Linux. I like it because its nice and simple and seems very stable, and I've had problems with the vastly more complex OpenOffice crashing in the past. (I started my novel in OO, but after losing whole pages at a time for the umpteenth time, I gave up on it.) The dictionary is set to UK English, but nevertheless rejects -ize in favour of -ise. angry

jef costello wrote:
You can also add words to the dictionary.

I know, but every -ize word!? eek

jef costello wrote:
If you're not using the spell checker you can turn off the underlines and stuff.

I am using it. My fingers seem to have a life of their own, sometimes, and have a habit of rebelling against me and spelling words in new and exotic ways.

jef costello wrote:
It could be worse, mine switches (often for no apparent reason) between French, English and American. So when it hits quotations in old French it really gets upset smile

grin Is that Word? If so you should ask Bill Gates for your money back. He has lots of money.

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Sep 4 2006 08:34
Nemo wrote:
I know, but every -ize word!? eek

In word when you speel check you can either click add, or ignore all. I find that can be quite useful.

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I am using it. My fingers seem to have a life of their own, sometimes, and have a habit of rebelling against me and spelling words in new and exotic ways.

Clearly your fingers have a better understanding of revolutionary activity than you do. Why do you accept the man's rules tongue

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grin Is that Word? If so you should ask Bill Gates for your money back. He has lots of money.

It is but I didn't give him any money to 'get back':)

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Sep 4 2006 08:39
jef costello wrote:
In word when you speel check you can either click add, or ignore all. I find that can be quite useful.

I just use the underline thing, and check as I type, right-clicking to bring up a list of corrections if I am too stupid to know the correct spelling. I can add from there as well, if I want to.

jef costello wrote:
It is but I didn't give him any money to 'get back':)

Don't let that stop you. As I said, he has lots of money!

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Sep 4 2006 09:04
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Don't let that stop you. As I said, he has lots of money!

He won't pay he ignored my email:

Dear Mr Gates,
I recently received an email from your testing department, informing me that if I forwarded their email to all of the people in my inbox, helping you with your email tracking research program, I would receive $10 for each email sent and further payments when the email was forwarded by my friends. I sent it to everyone in my address book, so you owe me at least $40. I would prefer a payment in Sterling but I will accept dollars.

Yours sincerely

Jef Costello.

I received no reply.

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Sep 4 2006 09:20

You should be more persistent. I hear rich people like that sort of thing. Send it to him a couple of hundred times, and I'm sure you'll get a response.

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Sep 4 2006 09:33
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You should be more persistent. I hear rich people like that sort of thing. Send it to him a couple of hundred times, and I'm sure you'll get a response.

I'll also ask for him to make an adjustment, the value of the dollar has fallen significantly since then.