website issues

Note: This page is periodically updated. To keep things current, we're editing the text without use of strikethroughs (like this) because it was just getting too difficult to read any more.

Q: What is trackback? How does it work?

A: We no longer have trackbacks enabled, thanks to the overexcited online poker spammers.

Q: How do I upload an image?

A: You have to be a cleared user to upload images to the site. However, anyone can link to images they have hosted elsewhere using image tags appropriate for the input format you're using. Images that are so large they break the page layout and images that violate copyright or decency will be removed without notice.

Q: What does "moderate comments" mean?

A: One of the advantages of dynamic interactive website is that the participants can collectively "moderate" the content posted. Here, it's a way for everyone to rate the comments others post, so that the better comments get props while the posts considered generally negative or troll-like will get filtered from default display. With traffic now reaching 1000 hits a day, it's generally easier to let the members decide what's good and what's not. This does not mean there are no moderators or admins who might step in and remove completely inappropriate posts. But it does mean that we can have a more hands-off approach and just let the users decide. Note: While all users can filter comments display, only registered users can actually rate comments. Trusted users have more voting weight. As time goes by, we may adjust these settings. Stay tuned.

Q: Do you have any rules about blogging on mediagirl.org?

A: New members must establish a track record before obtaining blogging privileges. Sorry that this is necessary, but some trolls have necessitated this policy. If you have any questions, please contact me via the feedback form.

As for policies once you are blogging on the site, well, obviously we want you to be tasteful, entertaining and honorable -- or, at the very least, funny :D -- but you also should conform to the terms of service. For more on blogging well, a good place to start is Rebecca's weblog handbook, which emphasizes:

  • Publish as fact only that which you believe to be true.
  • If material exists online, link to it when you reference it.
  • Publicly correct any misinformation.
  • Write each entry as if it could not be changed; add to, but do not rewrite or delete, any entry.
  • Disclose any conflict of interest.
  • Note questionable and biased sources.

Rebecca elaborates on each of these points. She also has a book for sale. All can be found at the link above. Note: This FAQ page and our Terms of Service page are our own exceptions to the "public corrections" rule. We try to keep this page clean and simple, so it's easy to find questions and answers. That means that if we kept striking out old text to replace it with new -- as we advise for blog posts -- the page would get overly cluttered. However, we try to note any significant changes to this page to avoid undue confusion.

Q: How did you come to choose Drupal as the CMS for this site?

A: There are a lot of good CMS packages out there, and some not-so-good ones. We felt it was important to go with an Open Source system for this site. We like GNU/GPL and believe in the future of Open Source software. (It also appeals to our democratic [small d] values.) To make a long story short, we like Drupal because it is compact, powerful, stable, with clean code and a great developer community. It also helps that we can get occasional help from a friend when we get stuck.

Q: I posted a comment but I cannot see it. Why?

A: If you're a registered member: Unless you were trolling or flaming (which are causes for automatic deletion), your comment probably got caught by a spam filter. We're sorry about that, but it's a necessary measure or this site would be buried in spam in no time. Rest assured, we periodically review all comments, and if we come across a valid comment that is not spam, we'll release it. At that point, it will appear as posted.
If you're an unregistered visitor: Comments posted by unregistered visitors may go through comments moderation. This feature may be enabled or not, depending upon the status of the spam filter at the moment. Don't worry, we'll catch up to the backlog at some point.
If you're a trolling nimrod: You don't really need an answer to that question, do you?


Q: I have a question that's not here.

A: Please post your questions in a comment to this page. We will respond asap.

Thanks!

-- media girl

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