ONTD Political

[MOD NOTE] Concerning ONTD_P Submissions

10:23 am - 11/14/2012
As we glide smoothly out of election season and into another four years of delicious Kenyan socialism, the mods would like to remind our valued members, old and new, of some of the posting guidelines! Submission numbers have gone up in recent weeks and rejected submissions even more so. Every mod uses their own judgment on what's ready to go out, but if you follow these you should be five by five:

-It can't have been posted before. Check before you submit! I know it takes a long time to get everything arranged and sent out, so avoid wasting your own time by checking that someone hasn't beaten you to the story.

-Remember your tags and source link. I have seen several instances of people putting in the word 'Source' and forgetting to add the html, or having broken html. If there's no valid source, there's no way it's going up.

-Your source should be an article. There are rare instances where a youtube clip has all the information at the bottom and is posted by a trusted source, but if there's an article about said youtube clip, by god put it in. Blog posts are almost never reliable enough, especially if it's not even the blog of a journalist.

-The story has to be recent. This is very much up to the discretion of the mod approving or rejecting the submission and the nature of the story. For election coverage, something two weeks old is often no longer relevant. On more general topics, three weeks to four weeks old may be too old.

-Large images and triggering content should be under a cut. Triggering content should be warned for before the cut. This is a use-your-best-judgment situation. Gory pictures? Obviously triggery. 600 by 800 picture? Obvi too big. Remember we also have many tags now to describe various triggers.

-chaya is a sucker for otter gifs. If you really want to post a blog post from 2009 that's full of seizure inducing images, you'll probably get it through if you put a bunch of otters at the end. Wait. That one probably isn't true.

Remember that these are guidelines and not hard-and-fast rules. Also remember to be good to each other!

-How did I forget? Long articles need cuts! Especially now that the _p layout runs narrow.
poetic_pixie_13 14th-Nov-2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Soooooo, when planning my hostile takeover of _p I should stock up on the otter gifs?

Cool. Cool cool cool.

chaya 14th-Nov-2012 03:30 pm (UTC)

wait a sec.
shortsweetcynic 14th-Nov-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
FWIW, I think you guys did - and do - a great job. :)

chaya 14th-Nov-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Y'all are the sweetest.

astridmyrna 14th-Nov-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)


;) Jk, jking, thanks for the refresher!
sio 14th-Nov-2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
LOL the serious look on that otter's face totally goes with the caption. love it.
aviv_b 14th-Nov-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Rules are otterly ridiculous! :D (Actually thanks for the refresher).


ennifer_jay 14th-Nov-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
sio 14th-Nov-2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
nutmegdealer 14th-Nov-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
this is funny as hell.
chaya 14th-Nov-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I am 3000% proud of myself for inciting an otter avalanche
silmaril 14th-Nov-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
That is, indeed, a good achievement and you should feel good.
mollywobbles867 14th-Nov-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Here for the otter gifs, tbh.

chaya 14th-Nov-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
ngl so is the op
bnmc2005 14th-Nov-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
chaya 14th-Nov-2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
+1,000,000 points for a cute otter gif that I have never seen before omg omg
quizzicalsphinx 14th-Nov-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
zinnia_rose 14th-Nov-2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
fenris_lorsrai Question on press releases14th-Nov-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Some government and NGOs ONLY put out press releases about stuff in PDF format. Sometimes this is interesting stuff that doesn't get picked up and reported on by other sources. May come at bad time when other news shoves it out of spotlight, may be considered too technical, or just downright boring by mainstream media (infrastucture is boring, bring on the sex scandal!) I submitted one of those, got it rejected because it was only available as a PDF (I'd copy-pasted contents). No non-PDF source existed.

Are we required to have all sources available in HTML? are press releases direct from government or NGOs considered a bad source?

also, here is a kid playing with a giant otter

Edited at 2012-11-14 05:57 pm (UTC)
chaya Re: Question on press releases14th-Nov-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
It depends on the mod. Things behind a paywall, a subscription wall, or unreadable on some computers (such as because they're PDF) are often rejected. If as you say it's something important and not being discussed elsewhere, your chances are much higher. ESPECIALLY if you say in the mod notes "I have looked for a more accessible source and it sadly does not exist".
castalianspring 14th-Nov-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
Sooo...sea otters or river otters?
chaya 14th-Nov-2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
bmh4d0k3n 14th-Nov-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
shortsweetcynic 14th-Nov-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)

:D :D :D
lovelokest 14th-Nov-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)

Not otters, but pygmy hippos are so friggin' cute :D

piratesswoop 14th-Nov-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
sio a cool otter story just for you, chaya14th-Nov-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
went to the Aquarium of the Pacific a few years back. when i arrived at the sea otter tank's display window, most of them were sleeping all in a cozy pile but one jumped in the water and swam down to grab a mussel.

i expected it to find a rock and go to the surface to bash it open, but he decided to bang it against the display window instead. after about a minute, he paused, turned it around to look at it and,upon finding that it was not smashed enough, developed what i SWEAR was a momentary "well, DAMN IT" look--and started banging it harder against the glass until it had been smashed satisfactorily enough to get to the goodies within. XD

Edited at 2012-11-14 07:29 pm (UTC)
chaya Re: a cool otter story just for you, chaya14th-Nov-2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
such tiny tiny attitudes
jslayeruk OFF TOPIC14th-Nov-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Okay, for serious guys, what is going on? This is ONTD_political. There should be like a running live post for the ongoing CIA/FBI soap opera! This is like hiking up the Appalachian trail TIMES A MILLION.

chaya Re: OFF TOPIC14th-Nov-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
So... post something about it?
window_girl 14th-Nov-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
I read rules like a good little community member and then I saw otters! O.O Otters! <3 So many adorable otters.

Day made.

moonshaz 14th-Nov-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the refresher! It's hard to keep all this stuff straight sometimes, and every little bit helps!

piratesswoop 14th-Nov-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
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