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How to write Friday open threads

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We here at Hackerspace immensely appreciate our authors who take on the arduous task of hosting the open thread. It’s a fun thing that many people wish to do! However, since the open thread is shared to Lifehacker, we need to make sure it meets Lifehacker, as well as Hackerspace, standards.


Therefore, we present the following Friday open thread guidelines. To keep on task, we reserve the right to edit open threads in the event they go a little too far beyond the below guidelines:

Friday open thread template:

  1. Paragraph 1: Welcome people to Hackerspace/the open thread, presented proudly by Lifehacker.
  2. Paragraph 2: Round up of a few Hackerspace posts from the previous week to promote the fine work our authors share within our community.
  3. Paragraph 3: Link to the Hackerspace guide and talk up authorship.

Content Guidelines:

  1. All images, videos, languages, and links must be safe for work.
  2. Paragraphs should be between 5-7 (relatively short) sentences.
  3. Posts should not have more than 5-6 paragraphs, preferably
  4. List items more than about 15 words long are paragraphs.
  5. Posts should not deviate too far from the theme of Lifehacker Friday open thread. While we value creativity, once your post stops being about the Friday open thread for Lifehacker/Hackerspace readers, this might constitute its own post, which we can promote on the Hackerspace/Lifehacker open thread!

Past threads that model the guidelines:

Contacting the mods:

If you have questions about your open thread, or just need to speak to us, the active Hackerspace mods are Livesquiggles, story645, & theRevanchist. You can catch us on kinja or twitter or at

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