It seems there's still quite a few newcomers who don't know their way around TAY. If you're one of them, and find yourself confused about this scary and foreign place, then scratch your head no more and give this a read!
I- Main TAY and TAY Classic:
Main TAY is the more formal TAY. Basically, we use it to share more in-depth articles or important topics and whatnot. Only authors can post on Main TAY, but anybody can post on TAY Classic. If you miss the casual nonsense that occurred on Old TAY, before the Kinja change, then head on over to TAY Classic. But first, check out the following tutorial.
II- How to post on TAY Classic:
So, first off, click on the circle with lines that is in the top left of your screen. Then click on "Compose Post".
A posting editor page should have appeared. Go on and type whatever. You can mess around with HTML, and throw in multiple pictures or videos and spice it up to your tastes. Once you're done, and want to post it, head on to the bottom of the editor.
So it seems a lot of people get thrown off by only having one option in the "Publish On:" section. If you're not an author, then there's nowhere else where you can post than your own personal Kinja blog. However, you can still post to TAYClassic by typing "tayclassic" in where it says "add tags". If you CAN post on the main page, you can select "Talk Amongst Yourselves".
Pushing the "Save as Private" button will basically save the article as a draft. No one can see it but you. Hit the arrow next to this button and you'll see a drop down menu. If you select "Save as Public" the article will go live to where ever you selected (your own blog or the TAY main page).
Make sure you actually hit the button once you've changed it to public or private.
III- Posting On Talk Amongst Yourselves:
To post on TAY, all you need to do is select the "Talk Amongst Yourselves" option on the "Publish On:" section. As stated earlier, TAY is used as a more "formal" site where members of the community post their quality work or post important or interesting updates on any given situation. Generally, well-written pieces of humor or exhibitions, as well as articles with thought-provoking or discussion-worthy topics are posted to TAY.
News updates or PSAs may also be posted to the front page (in the form of a TAY Blip). However, simple or mundane posts such as comments, requests/questions or anything shorter than a paragraph that isn't a news update or any of the aforementioned post types is best kept on TAY Classic. A simple rule of thumb to follow is "Do I really want this to be the face of TAY at the moment?". We're not professional writers nor official journalists, but having a sense of organization and being aware of our public image should still be something to take into account when publishing on here. Furthermore, by keeping to these rules, it'll facilitate the daily content sharing onto Kotaku's main site, or being mentioned in the daily Talk Amongst Yourselves post
Although each our individual writing styles may differ, there are certain standards an author should try to follow to guarantee best results. These are simple features such as:
- Capitalizing the first letter of each word in the title (with the exception of small words, such as "of" and "the" in the middle of the title).
- Having an appropriate title (i.e. Without profanity or offensive content.)
- Providing various appropriate tags.
- Providing an appropriate title image.
There are other factors to take into consideration. Such as avoiding topic/content saturation, where we'd like to avoid a surplus posts dealing with the same or greatly similar, or publishing more than a few posts in a single session. It is also preferred and expected to ask fellow members of the community before borrowing their columns or using similar ideas. Finally, although not necessary, it is recommended for the author of a post to stay around for a while after they have published it in order to host it. It would allow for a more involved author-audience relationship, and authors would be able to better attend needs/requests of their viewers. That way, a certain degree of participation and its respective elaboration is ensured.
One of the wonders of posting on the internet is that marvelous ability to tag our posts with labels of relevancy to certain topics that would facilitate surfing on Kinja, and the internet in general. For the sake of aesthetics, a few authors and admins recommend using the most relevant tag first, followed by other tags, and then finally the "tayclassic" tag to ensure it appears on TAY Classic. Tags can be added indefinitely, and will work respectively as long as they are separated by a comma (",") and a space. There are also various special tags that are consistently used for certain posts.
- "Un-Official TAY": Used for Open Forums. In the rare case that an Open Forum author fails to publish one, this would be the main official tag used for the situation.
- "TAYveyard": Used for the same purposes as the above tag, except this is the one used for the Graveyard Open Forum.
- "Ani-TAY": Used for anime reviews, discussions and news updates.
- "GIF Club": GIF Club policy does not permit me to state the purpose of this tag.
If you plan to start a column or series, it is suggested to create a special tag in order to group your content better and provide more relevancy to related posts.
V- Gaining authorship:
A lot of people were put off by the whole "author" system that was set in place. Many have a lot of questions, and little answers. Well, TAY is almost entirely user-run. The four resident admins and chief "owner" of TAY- Dyram, Zarnyx, Odin, TheUnfathomableTruth, and GiantBoyDetective respectively- are the ones who overlook the authorship granting process. Authors have zero influence regarding the selection and approval process, but that doesn't mean that they, as solely authors, are useless in the selection process. If you, as a non-author, wish to post on Main TAY, first you'll have to post on TAY Classic. Then, as authors and other users go through TAY Classic, somebody may feel that main TAY would benefit from having the article featured. And they may share it on TAY.
Once it's featured, and admin may think you have the spunk to be an author, and set you free from the virtual shackles of non-authorship.
VI- Open Forums and the Graveyard:
As previously mentioned, TAY Classic is basically the better place to go if you want casual interaction with us TAYers. However, Open Forums and the Graveyard are also set up daily for all to enjoy. The point of these open posts is to allow newcomers and regular members to freely post and have a friendly chat with everybody there. They were initially set up during the first few days of new TAY, and their traffic levels rose quickly. The Open Forums and Graveyard are usually posted 09:00-10:00 EST and 21:00-22:00 EST respectively.
VII- The ConTAYct List:
Since we've yet to have an official messaging system, I devised a plan to use the tag system in order to accommodate our needs. If you ever need to contact an admin or a fellow author or TAYer, feel free to take a look at the ConTAYct List. Here you'll find a list of the authors and admins of TAY, and be able to send them a quick message simply by replying to the page. If you're an author, and would like to allow people to contact you directly regarding TAY activities, simply type up a profile post akin to the rest of the ones on the ConTAYct List, and make sure to publish it only on your blog, and use the "ConTAYct List" tag. The system is set up in such a way that you don't need to check the page constantly to see if people sent you something, since it'll appear as a notification in your inbox.
If you're giving the new Kinja layout a try, and you find out your comment is sent to the "Pending Approval" box, then don't be too concerned. After you become a regular commenter on TAY, you will soon get a notification that would read "Talk Amongst Yourselves is following You". That means the system approves of your content, and you will no longer have to wait for approval, or have your comment recommended. However, that may not exactly translate to staying outside of the approval box forever. When you comment on an author's post, the same rules apply. If the author is following you, your posts will appear without an issue. If they're not following you, you'll be destined to the "Pending Approval" box until they change their status with you. Thus, if you plan to stay in TAY for a while and make friends here, it's best to follow as many familiar faces as you can.
IX- Trolls and Admins:
As with everywhere else on the internet, trolls are bound to show up every once in a while. However, TAY has seven resident Admins and an all-powerful Chief Administrator who can regulate what happens on TAY in its entirety. They can grant authorship, and take it away. They can also ban users at their own discretion. Talk Amongst Yourselves is held in very high regard by its regular users due to its friendly and calm nature. Anybody is welcome here, as long as they abide by our unspoken norms of friendship and consideration. Anybody can post what they think or discuss what they want, as long as it's done in an appropriate manner. As a result, anything that may be considered as "too deviant" from our norms may be brought to the attention of any of the admins to be dealt with. Feel free to use the ConTAYct List to reach any of the admins in case of concerns:
Updated by Morie: 2/17/14