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    Contribution Guide

    As staff a member of Pokemon Crossroads, you're free to post your own articles. But before you start posting, please take a quick look through this thread.

    Our main focus as a new site/forum is to draw in members, and the primary "attractant" will be our front page. The site is unarguably the most vital part of our project. Our variety of content will appeal to all members of the fandom, drawing in everyone, making this a "Crossroads" for the Pokemon world.

    News Aggregation

    Ah, News Aggregation. This is the big man's favorite part. News Aggregation (Ag) ​is where the publisher (us, the contributors) gather posts and the like to publish on our very own site. This is different from simply leading the reader to the original link, or copying and pasting. Believe it or not, you probably see News Ag everyday. Whether in the newspaper posts, Pokemon News sites, or magazines, News Ag is all around us. News Ag allows people to target a single topi, rather than searching multiple posts. Google News, The Huffington Post, all News Ags!

    The idea for Crossroads, though, is to be a "crossroads" for the fandom (as stated above). We want to draw in all types of fans, whteher that be news fans, artists, role players, writers, and of the like. To accomplish this, we must feature posts that display all types of content. We want to be the go to site to check latest news, newest art, the coolest podcasts, and more.

    On our journey to the top, we will post many many MANY WordPress posts. Here is a simple way to do it.

    Step One: Find your Content

    Probably the most essential step, find the content. Since we're a Pokemon site, I imagine we'll be posting Pokemon-related content. This can be found nearly anywhere!

    News Sites. News sites are a common area to find, well, news. Finding and publishing breaking news as soon as possible would be ideal, here.

    Official Sites. Pokemon.com will be an essential site on our success escapade. Any news from here is trusted as a reliable, in-depth source, and should be used often!

    Fan Sites. Fan sites will serve us in a way Official sites cannot. Sure, Official sites would be the most reliable, however, Fan sites will deliver our main purpose: fan work. Fan sites will be useful for finding written works, role plays, unofficial art, and more.

    Art sites. Art sites will be our main use, for finding art, of course. Deviant Art is a great source for our art needs, as many people frequently showcase their work there. DA is also not solely focused on art. You'll also see many stories there.

    Step Two: Interpret and Write

    After locating your content (and reading it), you must now interpret and write it. First of all, if there is a link to the original post from your source, then use that! It will have stuff your source may not have included.

    Your spelling and grammar MUST MUST MUST be in check. A post filled with spelling and grammar errors are a "turn off" to readers. Beside that, Editors and Senior Editors, honestly, would not like to clean up a lot of messy posts. Please, read over your post at least twice to avoid errors!

    There are two ways to write your post.

    Block Quote

    This is the easiest option, but not always the best! All that is required of this method is to summarize the original post in at least four sentences (to be grammatically correct, but can be less if desirable), then link back to your source. After summarizing, you should quote the most important areas of the post (the areas of interest to the readers) by using BB coding.

    "Kotaku reports that Nintendo won't discuss it's next generation console until 15 million more Wiis are sold according to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime."

    Example of Block Quote Formatting

    Summary

    If you know information on the post that the source did not add, the original post is in another language or hard to read, there are multiple sources, or if you simply feel it would sound better if you rewrote the entire thing yourself, then this method is more useful.

    Like a normal post, start with an "climax" then lead into the supporting details of the post.

    With this method, you must cite your source, like so.

    "Source: PE2K.com"

    Here is a layout that might come in handy while writing a post of Summary format.
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    <INTRO HERE>

    <PARAGRAPH HERE>

    <PARAGRAPH HERE>

    <PARAGRAPH HERE>

    Source: [url=LINK TO ORIGINAL SITE]Site Name[*/url]


    Example of Summary Format

    Step Three: Categories, Tags, Title, and Social Media

    The final step in writing your post will be to insert images (if applicable), which need to be UNDER one megabyte. Then label tags and the categor(ies)y. Most posts will already have an image, so you can save that image to your computer then upload it onto your post. That way, it will be more compelling to read! If there is no image, you could use any image that would relate to said post. If the post is about HeartGold or SoulSilver, you could use a HeartGold and SoulSilver banner at the top. There are many options regarding images.

    As for tags, also known as keywords, there will be an area where you can add tags. This is important for optimizing the post to the search bar. If a member is looking for certain posts about X and Y, he/she may type in "X and Y" in the search bar. Therefore, all posts with similar tags or keywords with "X and Y" in them will appear in the results, including your posts about X and Y.

    Every post needs a title (Headline), which obviously should be relevant to the post. Avoid using the same title as your source(s).

    The final process, adding posts to social media sites. If you're not in control of the Social media sites, then you don't need to worry about this!

    Congratulations, you successfully posted a post on Pokemon Crossroads, you News Aggregator!
    Last edited by ray_quazaa; 08-18-2014 at 07:54 PM. Reason: Moved guide to general staff

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    BB/HTML Codes
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    Code
    BB Code
    HTML Code

    (REMOVE ASTERISKS*)

    BOLD
    [b]stuff[*/b]
    <strong>stuff<*/strong>

    ITALICS
    [i]stuff[*/i]
    <em>stuff<*/em>

    QUOTES
    [quote]stuff[*/quote]
    <blockquote>stuff<*/blockquote>

    LINKS
    [url=LINK HERE]TITLE FOR LINK HERE[*/url]
    <a href="LINK HERE">TITLE FOR LINK HERE<*/a>

    BULLETS
    <ul>
    <li>First bullet<*/li>
    <li>Second bullet<*/li>
    <li>Third bullet<*/li>
    <*/ul>

    EXAMPLE
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    What it would look like in a published post:



    POSTING

    Preparing to post
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    When you want to post, log in and hover over to the 'Posts' tab on the left and click 'Add New Post'.


    Editing and submitting a post
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    BLACK
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    The area circled in black is you HTML bar. Click the icons to insert a HTML code. You can see the HTML/BB codes and what they do above.


    BLUE
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    The area circled in blue is where you click to add images. When adding a video, embed instead.

    *SCREENCAPS OF HOW TO CREATE GALLERY, BUTTONS, ETC*


    RED
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    The area circled in red is your categories. These are what your post is about. If you are writing about a new plush coming out, then your categories would be 'Merchandise' and 'News'. You should use no more than two categories.


    LIME
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    The area circled in lime is the tag bar. Use this to add tags to your post. Tags make it easier for someone to search for your post. When adding tags, think of what some words someone might use to search for your post. Think of tags as keywords. If you were writing a post about Fennekin, some of your tags might include 'Fennekin', 'X and Y', 'XY', 'Generation VI', 'New', 'Pokemon', Pokemon X and Y'.


    YELLOW
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    The area circled in yellow is where you add a 'featured image'. This is the image that will show up in 'Recent Posts' on the main site, and will be the icon for your post in the WordPress. Save the image you want to use to your computer, select 'Add Media' to upload it, then select it as your featured image. The featured image should be relevant to the post.


    OLIVE
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    The area circled in olive is where you will submit your post to an Editor/Senior Editor. For Editors and Senior Editors, this is where you will publish the post after editing for grammar/spelling and content. For Contributors, the blue button will say 'Submit for review' rather that 'Publish'. Contributors will not be able to publish immediately.



    CATEGORY GUIDE

    Main Catagories

    Art
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    Example

    Format:
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    <Artwork>

    <Description>

    Source: <Link to creator's blog/dA/thread/etc>


    Artwork will be our main focus for site posts. Deviant Art should be checked roughly every eight hours for new artwork, as well as the Submissions sent in to us. Thousands upon thousands of Pokemon art work is sent in to Deviant Art everyday, so we should have no problem with lack of works! The main eye catch, the artwork, should be the first thing the reader sees in your post. It should also be centered.

    The easiest way to approach art is to save the images to your computer, then create a temporary gallery in WordPress, this can be accomplished while you're uploading your work. Simply click 'Create a new Category'. Then, insert the gallery into your post after linking the creator's page, giving it a caption, and giving it a title. After adding a gallery, you should see something like, "[gallery ids="258,257,254"]. To that, add, "columns="1" size="medium"]. To get, "[gallery ids="258,257,254" columns="1" size="medium"]". This way, you can feature the art in full size instead of icons in one column. Only one piece should be featured on the site, with the rest under a read more tag. You can do this with the format:

    [gallery ids="253" columns="1" size="large"]

    more tag

    [gallery ids="254,255,256,257" columns ="1" size="large"]

    Quality:



    Images like this should not be used. Common sense really comes into play for quality. If you the Contributor thinks it's in bad quality, then it probably is. I poured my heart into that Cyndaquil doodle, even so, it should not be seriously featured!

    TCG would fall into the category of art or news. If the post you are writing will contain images of new TCG cards, tins, etc, then feature it as art. If not feature it as News.

    The best way to feature anime is to do it as Art, if you have images and information. If you do not have images and information alone, feature it like news.


    Merchandise
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    Example

    Format:
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    <Merchandise Image>

    <Description>

    <More Merchandise Images (if applicable)>

    Source: <Link to Source>


    Merchandise falls into both the News (if it is new merchandise) and Art (if it is fanmade) categories. Most of our posts for Merch will be showing official merchandise that has not been released yet, or has just released. Our main focus for merchandise will be plush, the most popular of Pokemon merchandise. Other merchandises, such as bed sheets, pillows, pens, notebooks, clothing, etc doesn't release officially very often, and there isn't much demand for it, so not many fans go for it.

    Like Art or News, the image should be centered. ALWAYS try and find an image of your merchandise. The image of the merchandise gives fans the idea of what the merch will look like, and if they want to buy it. It's like showcasing a product, but without showing the actual product. There should be an image that is at the top of the post, the one that shows the merchandise best. If there are other images, they should be under the description of the product, and need to be under a "Read More..." tag. After the other images, if applicable, include your source or link to the merch!

    Quality

    Like Art, quality mainly is based on common sense. The merchandise should not have holes, tears, or just be completely awful. In other words, it should look like a piece of cloth forcefully wrapped around a rose bush. The merch should be Pokemon merch only. I'm glad you love ponies, but this is Pokemon Crossroads!


    Video
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    Example


    Layout:
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    <Image relevant to video>

    <Description of video>

    <READ MORE TAG>

    <Video>

    <Description of another video (if applicable)>

    <Video>

    etc.


    One to three videos per post. If the video doesn't have the 'Embed' feature available, then it's probably best not to use that video, as the creator most likely disabled it for a reason. The quality must be pretty good, not too bad, if you think the quality is bad, then other people probably will too. Acceptable quality only should be used.

    The actual video MUST be under a read more tag. Videos not under a read more tag will cause lag for the site. In it;s place, you should put an image relevant to the video in the start of a post.


    Fan Fiction
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    Layout:
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    Catchy title

    [img]Image goes here if there is one; if not, find one that applies to the story & use it.[/img]
    Title of story with chapter number.
    Excerpt (block quote format)/Summary of story

    [img]Image goes here if there is one; if not, find one that applies to the story & use it.[/img]
    Title of story with chapter number.
    Excerpt (block quote format)/Summary of story

    [img]Image goes here if there is one; if not, find one that applies to the story & use it.[/img]
    Title of story with chapter number.
    Excerpt (block quote format)/Summary of story


    About two, three, or more stories per post, or one if it is a long excerpt from the story. It should include a link to the original story/chapter the excerpt or summary was of. The fan fic needs to be PG, or PG-13 (with a warning). The story should be read by you, the contributor, to make sure it is clean for our site and that it's a rather 'good' story, not a terrible, non-emotional, bland story, like so, "hei wint 2 tha stoore;', bam a. Pookayman, ataked. w00t/ he ded 'the end."


    News
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    Example

    Format:
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    <Relevant Image>

    <Description>

    Source: <Name of and link to source.>


    News should be posted as soon as possible after it has been announced. Check official Pokemon websites like http://www.pokemon.com, http://www.pokemon.co.jp, http://www.pokemon-gl.com/en/ and http://www.twitter.com/Pokemon for news updates. Other Pokemon fansites such as Bulbapedia, PokeJungle, PocketMonsters.net and Serebii should also be checked often; however, you should always try and find the original source and use that when writing your post! Everything you post must be written in your own words and all images used in your post should be saved and uploaded to Pokemon Crossroads.

    The format of the news post does not have to be the same for every post, but every news post should have at least one relevant image (or video) to draw attention to the post. All images/videos should be centered in the post. Important information such as dates of events can be bolded for emphasis.

    All news posts should have some kind of source linked at the end of the post showing where the information came from. Always try and find, and link to, the official source, rather than another fansite. Sometimes fansites will link you to the original source, in which case you should check it and then use that link. If you cannot find the official source you can link to a fansite but you should try and avoid this as much as possible!

    If the news post you have typed up is BREAKING NEWS (ie. X and Y details released, new event announced) you should notify an editor to make sure your news is posted to the website ASAP.


    Comics
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    Example

    Format
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    <Comic Panel Image (when clicked, leads to whole comic)>

    <other comic images (when clicked, leads to full comic)>


    Comics are important to us as a community who wants to reach out to the whole fandom. Comics can be very difficult to display properly.

    If all of the extra comic images don't fit on one line evenly, then center those images. Like so;

    If your images do this:

    Image
    Image

    instead of;

    Image Image

    Then center them, so they go;

    Image
    Image

    Comics need to look as neat as possible. If you have over 4 images below your main image, then use the "Read more" tag.

    For Quality, it needs to be well done, not a quick little non-shadeless five minute paint doodle!

    The easiest way to approach comics, like art, is to save a panel from the comic to your computer, then create a temporary gallery in WordPress. This can be accomplished while you're uploading your work. Simply click 'Create a new Category'. Then, insert the gallery into your post after linking the full comic, giving it a caption, and giving it a title.


    Music
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    Example

    Format
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    <Video (if video [YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, etc]) or Image (if it isn't a video [Tindeck, etc])>

    <Description and link to original creator's channel/page>


    Most of of music will come from YouTube as remixes. If you do get your video from YouTube or some other video hosting place, then center your video. If you get your music from Tindeck, or it is a little bar thing (You hopefully know what I'm talking about), then then use an image that links to the Tindeck page for the music. The image should also be centered.

    To use a video, the uploader MUST have enabled it to be embedded. If they haven't done so, then you shouldn't use it and they probably don't want you to. Your video must be some sort of Pokemon music (remix, re-done, etc). The music must be appropriate, no curse words/profanity/violence/gore/etc. If the music is in video form, then the video must not show graphic images.

    The uploader/creator must always be credited!


    Theories
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    Format:
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    <Relevant Image>

    <Describe your theory>

    <Your opinions on the theory>

    <link to where you saw the theory>


    Theories can range from Clefairy to Kyurem. Your theory should be a reasonable, good, not obvious theory. It should invoke thought, questions, and curiosity!

    You first need a relevant image. If your theory is about Eevee, use an appropriate sized image of Eevee. It should be centered.

    You should start out by addressing your theory. Let the reader know what it is. Describe it in great detail. Something like, "i think kyoorum iz frum spayce".

    Tell us why you believe or disbelieve the proposed theory. An author's point of view makes for some /respectful/ debate in the comments! You should have strong reason to believe or disbelieve the theory, to make readers ponder your thoughts.

    Finally, link back to your source!


    Other Categories

    Anime - Feature as news if you do not have images, art if you do have images. The way anime is featured can vary, depending on what your post on anime will be about.

    Forum - Use this category for a post about happenings on our forum. Like events, tournaments, promotionals, etc.

    General - For anything that does to fall into another category. General posts, talk, etc.

    TCG - Feature like anime. News if you do not have images, art otherwise. If your post is about new TCG cards, and you have pictures of these new cards, feature it as an art post, with a header image. It can vary depending on what you're posting about. Tournaments will fall into News, New Cards will fall into news or art.

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    The Rules

    General
    • All posts must be PG or below.
    • All posts must be Pokemon-related.
    • All images in your post must be uploaded to our site (via Media manager).
    • Make sure to include at least one image in your post.
    • Make sure to set a featured image.


    Art
    • If your article contains artwork from other artists, then give credits to them.
    • If you are featuring more than one image, put the rest under a more code <!--more-->.
    • Any image above the more code should not be larger than 1 MB.


    Video
    • If you're embedding a YouTube video, please make sure that the width is no longer than 560 pixels.
    • All videos should be under a more code. You should have a relevant image at the top of your article, centered.


    News
    • If you're posting news, then you must list the source(s).
    • For breaking news (such as new X and Y information), alert an Editor/Senior Editor as soon as possible.
    Last edited by Perdition Haze; 05-10-2013 at 09:26 PM.

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