Hey TAY! I’m just making this post as a quick reminder for posting etiquette and a heads up on some changes with header images starting soon.
Starting with posting etiquette, let me just say that in the past couple of months, there’s been a growing trend of articles getting bumped. It’s not overwhelming, but it has definitely been noticeable. We’ve talked about this topic in the past, but to those of you who might not have known, we’ve asked people not to do this—and for a very specific reason. When you do this, it not only pushes your content above others’, but also prioritizes it above the content of your peers. Frankly, this is not a healthy attitude for anyone to have. It’s not respectful to your fellow writers, and it’s certainly not respectful to the community as a whole.
I understand that are some frustrating times when you’ve just posted something and someone posts their own article shortly after. We’ve all been there. Honestly, though, that’s just bad luck. If you’ve been an author at TAY for a while, it’s unavoidable that it will happen occasionally considering the amount of contributors we have, especially if you post during our peak traffic hours. This is all simply part of being on a community blog.
As a rule of thumb, only repost your content if:
- It’s an article that’s been updated in a major way
- It’s a reminder article—like for an event, contest, or review
If you feel unsure as to if your article should be bumped, by all means, please talk to either myself or another admin. We’ll be more than happy to let you know. In addition, I would encourage you all to remember that blips are always an option. Blips, for those of you who don’t know, are simply an article without a title but a paragraph of text posted in the body section.
Moving on, I’d like to very quickly let you all know that we’re going to try expanding the types of content that will get recommended media (i.e. “big pictured,” “splashed”). We’ve always had a policy of big-picturing “feature pieces,” but we’re going to be a bit more lenient on what we consider falling into this category and are going to make an active effort to consistently splash these articles.
Of course, this means that if you have an article that you think should fall into this category, be mindful of your header size. Kinja does not have a maximum on the dimensions that your header image can have, but it keeps track of the proportions and will replicate it as such. Images with dimensions that would obviously take up the entire main page should be avoided if possible. Typically, the more horizontally skewed the image is, the better.
As a quick caveat, if you have an article that Kotaku wants to post on the front page, it is my understanding that they often times will ask that we keep the header images for these articles small so it doesn’t disrupt their scheduled outlines. So if you realize that your article mainpaged, but it was unsplashed, know that it was a decision by Kotaku rather than on our side.
That should be about it, everyone. Thanks for sticking with it! Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. And as always, you can also contact me on my conTAYct page, through Steam, or via email, which I’ll hand out by request.