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We encourage everybody to write clearly and well.
cu·rate (kyo͝or′āt′) tr.v.
- To organize and oversee (an art exhibit or film festival, for example).
- To gather and present to the public: a blog that curates news stories.
Simply put: curated content is something that you would gladly read again and share with others.
Well cared content is easy to digest and preserves good value over time.
Curating content has two separate but related aspects: (a) applying good quality standards when writing the content and (b) classifying or categorizing it.
Good quality writing standards are mostly self-evident:
The classification is very similar to metadata management in archival or library keeping.
Thread prefixes are mandatory for indicating what type of interaction or which communication format you put forth. Take your time to figure out what different prefixes are available: it changes based on your user privilege and forum branch.
There is a pre-selected set of tags that describe discussion subject matters. You can see them here: https://forum.alchemical.garden/tags/
Tags are optional, but we hope that you make the effort to find the right keywords to fit the content; it's not encouraged to go far out with the tagging. There is a fixed upper limit of five (5) tags so often less is more.
Everyone can tag their own threads.
When to choose the article thread format? Whenever you are absolutely sure that the first post content will be a complete stand-alone piece. It will stay on the top of every subsequent page of the thread. What Went Wrong? is an articles-only subforum, which gives it a special grid layout which displays the first attached image in the article preview.
If you make an article thread, then please add a fitting picture to it so that it looks good on the preview. Choosing public domain pictures saves the hassle of attributing the source. Don't post pictures of unclear copyright status! 600 pixels usually is a good image maximum width, but you can adjust it to be even smaller when you click the image in the editing mode. Take note that it might take a bit figuring out how to make the picture mesh well with the text. If you wish to have the text flow closely around the image, then it must be set to align to either left or right side by clicking on it and selecting the appropriate menu option.
Before posting a new thread you could first look around if there has been similar discussion that either covers your inquiry or could be reasonably continued from where it was left earlier.
It generally is better to assume only little. It also is polite and grounding to make no guesses about what you don't know through personal contact and direct experience.
Please don't use text emoticons or emojis, meme images, or other trite writing conventions. Officially we only support thumbs up (y) and thumbs down (n) emojis because these are meaningful gestures.
During writing your message, please use the preview button to inspect that you have formatted everything alright.
Formatting links with text description makes reading and accessing them easier. The linked sources should be checked for who is saying and what so that the original publication and only trustworthy sites are brought up.
Grammatical correctness and good writing style can be learned and provides many benefits. A well-written article is a special joy that glimpses clarity like a well lit room. One place to study articulate written English language is the Chicago Manual of Style.
Long story short: be self-aware and clear, not self-conscious and dull.