With recent additions to the community, I thought I’d spend a little time with a refreshing our blog’s tutorial so we can have one spot to point newcomers. I’ll lay out what we are, how to operate things, what the general community is like, etc.

1. Lifehacker and Hackerspace

Hackerspace is a sub-blog of Lifehacker run by Lifehacker readers and commentators. It is made up of commenters who enjoy the site and have something of their own they’d like to share or something else to discuss with the people that do. Hackerspace shares no creative direction from Lifehacker staff, though we do have a good relationship as all of the folks here are generally present in the comments of Lifehacker articles. If you’re a long time Lifehacker reader, this blog, more or less, takes the place of the #tips and #openthread tags from the old site. If you’re like to know a little more, try our about section.

2. How to Post to Hackerspace

Writing a post:

As long as you have authorship (see section 5), you’ll be able to compose a post using the following method. Anywhere in the kinjaverse, click on your avatar and you’ll find a “Compose post” menu option. Click on “Compose post”

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Clicking it will pull up this interface where you can write the post:

You can do things like throw in links, pictures, and various text styles:

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Additionally, you should assign a tag (section 4).

Publishing a post:

The most confusing portion is publishing. If you do not have authorship in Hackerspace, the “publish on:” options will only include “My personal blog only” and any other blogs you have authorship privileges on.

Once given authorship (section 5), select “Hackerspace” in the drop down:

  • Publish -saved to the public Hackerspace blog and visible to the world at large.
  • Save to Drafts - saved in Hackerspace drafts, which means it’s only visible to Hackerspace authors and only through the manage blogs window
  • Cancel - undo any changes made since the composed window was opened
  • Trash - delete the post altogether

Scheduling

An additional feature is scheduling posts. By clicking the clock next to the tags, you can input when you want the post to be shared. Prior to that date/time you’ll be able to find/edit it from your user private view:

If scheduling is set up correctly, the publish button will be replaced by a schedule button.

3. Posting on Hackerspace, An Etiquette Guide

The Bare Necessities:

  • Title that makes sense and uses title capitalization (An Example of Title Capitalization)
  • Picture (most posts should have a picture) and the source of where you got it.
  • A list of tags that fit the the content of the post.

Some more points:

  • Lifehacker commenters are in general, well reasoned and polite. We’d like to keep that up in Hackerspace. At least for the most part.
  • No personal attacks, trolling, or things that are completely out of character for our community. Things that are random but would be appreciated by the readership are encouraged. Less formal posts are fine as well, within reason.
  • Check in for a while after making a post to take part in the conversation in the comments.
  • Avoid duplicating content or content saturation (search LH and Hackerspace before posting). Space stuff out if needed.

(Not Safe for Work) NSFW Content

  • Must be clearly noted in the thread title and opening paragraph. This can be as simple as “title (NSFW)“
  • NSFW pictures cannot be the header image/image that shows up on the main hackerspace page
  • No NSFW content involving minors.
  • No pornographic content. If you are unsure about whether an image is pornographic, clear it with the mods first.

4. Tags

Here are some basic tags that are used commonly on Lifehacker and Hackerspace. They are formatted by means of a comma delimited list in the “tags” area of the Compose window: (press enter to complete the tag)

Feel free to apply them if they fit your post.

  • Open Thread (see section 6)
  • How to
  • Android (or iOS, Windows, OSX, Linux)
  • Tips
  • Quick Question

5. Gaining Authorship

All you need to become an author is a willingness to share and an admin to add you to the list. In general, the best place to do this is the most recent Open Thread (section 6). If you are having no luck there, try replying to comment or commenting on a post by one of the admins. A message will go to their kinja inbox alerting them of your request.

General considerations we look at when approving a commenter to author:

  • Your Kinja comment history (we want you to be active in Hackerspace, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Whitenoise, etc).
  • You’re not a troll, obnoxious, or don’t fit with our culture.
  • That you asked (shown an interest). I promise, we won’t bite.

Once you are made an author, you will be able to:

  • Compose new posts and post them to Hackerspace
  • Share posts and comments from kinja blogs to Hackerspace:

6. Open Threads

Open Threads continue in the vein as the old #openthread tag in the pre-kinja era. Feel free to comment about anything on our Friday open threads, hosted by volunteer authors. Fridays are special since the open thread is shared between Lifehacker and Hackerspace and is our primary means of getting a piece of the bigger audience. If you had a comment go nowhere one Friday, you might try reposting it on Friday where thousands of more people will be looking at it.

Open Threads are generally posted around 9am EST. The will have the tag “Open Thread” and the latest can be found here.

When hosting an open thread thread, please follow these guidelines.

7. Contacting Us

The best place to ask a general question or to get in contact with admins would be Open Thread posts (section 6).

The Hackerspace active author list is changing as people have more or less time as real life intervenes with this silly place. We do keep a list outside of kinja for email contact between admins. The easiest and recommended way to find a user is by commenting on one of their posts or replying to one of their comments. That comment would always go to their kinja inbox and they would presumably see it. If that doesn’t work, you can reach our active admins via twitter (same usernames as kinja).

Our admins are:

If you need to speak to us privately, ask for a method to do so in the comments.

8. Following and the Dreaded Grey Zone

If you’re new to an area of Kinja, you’ll start out in the “Pending Approval” box or the “grey area of comments.” After you become a regular commenter on Hackerspace, you will soon get a notification that reads “Hackerspace is following you”. This means the system trusts you and your content. If you plan on being around for a while, just keep adding to the conversation and you’ll be ungreyed quickly.

Note that the kinja blogs are segregated and so your Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Whitenoise, etc followed status will not transfer over between blogs.

9. Housekeeping and Being a Good Netizen

As with the rest of the internet, we will make sure that trolls and spammers are expunged from the community. You can help by flagging sketchy comments:

We generally attract nice and friendly people but it’s been done before. Our admins are in charge and if you find something objectionable, do let us know and we’ll take the appropriate action. Let’s all be friends now.

Image via Edward Callow

Last updated 4/14/2016 by Story645

Issues with this guide? please point them out in the comments below. Once I have updated the post, I will update the post and eventually delete the comments after chatting with you to keep the area clear. Have specific questions? Find us on the most recent open thread and ask us there.