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
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, you’ll find a “Compose” button in the top right of your window.
Clicking it will pull up this interface where you can write the post.
As you can see, you can do things like throw in links, pictures, and various text styles.
Additionally, you should assign a tag (see section 4). The most confusing portion is the bottom. If you do not have authorship in Hackerspace, the “Publish on:” options will only include “My personal blog only.” Once given authorship (see section 5), you can select “Hackerspace” in this area.
The next confusing bit is the option to “Save as private” versus “Save as public.” Private means it will go into the drafts section and will be found on your private view. Public means it will go up onto Hackerspace. Obviously, “Delete Post” deletes the post. In general, you’ll probably be “Saving to Public.”
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.
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.
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. Feel free to apply them if they fit your post.
- Open Thread (see section 6)
- How to
- Android (or iOS, Windows, OSX, Linux)
- 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 (see 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 from other kinja blogs to Hackerspace
- Highlight specific comments to the Hackerspace main page (please, however, do NOT do this)
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 M, W, F open threads, hosted by volunteer authors. Friday’s 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 on Monday, 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.
7. Contacting Us
The best place to ask a general question or to get in contact with admins would be Open Thread posts (see section 6). Or if you are an author try the team chat.
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 always email email@example.com
Our admins are:
- EdwardCallow (primary/editor)
- WhitsonGordon (ex officio)
- Story645 (active)
- Liveschedules (active)
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 would read “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 in no time. 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. 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 5/29/2015 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.