Hi everyone, and welcome to the first-ever editorial discussion at DDOGamer.com.
Now that most of the audience has left, let’s the rest of us talk. Seriously. As much as I hate being serious on this site, or for that matter, in general.
Here is the important part of this discussion: Everyone is welcome to write DDO articles for this site. Everyone. All you have to do is ask, and I will grant you author privileges, the process is fast, and often you can be writing on the same day you make the request.
(1) This is a DDO blog
I don’t care what you write, but it should be about DDO in some vague way, or your life as a DDO player, or contrasting DDO to other DDO-like games, etc. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, I suppose it would be okay if you only wanted to write about dating, or tabletop gaming, or even yoghurt. But no one comes here to read about yoghurt (as far as I know, maybe yoghurt readers are a very silent majority?) and DDO-related topics are preferred. Not required, but preferred.
(2) The blog uses an image-based format
Every article should have an image. Several of the writers here have not provided images of their own, and I have been happy to create images for them. I can create one for you too. I don’t mind, in fact I kind of like the image creation process
Now that the rules are settled, and I hope you will note how few and non-restrictive they are, we can talk about posting guidelines and frequency.
- Some people have posted here once and then never again and that is completely okay
- Some people post rarely, really rarely, and that is okay too
- Some people have posted blurbs here that actually point to articles on their own blog sites and that is okay as well
- Some people post here regularly and that is not only okay, it is my favorite
Post here every day if you like, I post every weekday (but then I have to have a lot of quantity to make up for lack of quality). Every day, more than once a day, no number of posts is too many.
So even the guidelines do not talk about what to post, only when. There is a reason for that.
Editing and Content
I’ve never had to write this down but it is sort of implied, that when one invites other people to write on their site, they are going to get contrasting opinions. One should not only expect that, one should be totally okay with it, because after all you did invite everyone.
So just to be clear, contrasting opinions are totally okay. You are welcome to write here even if you never agree with me about anything. Encouraged to do so in fact.
I do not exercise editorial control. Well, that is not totally true, I will add an image if you do not supply one, and I will add a “continue reading” break if your article is longer and does not already include one. Also, I may mess with your choice of categories.
But that is all. I don’t edit your work, and I don’t censor it either. Say whatever you like.
Really? I Can Write Anything?
Yes and please do. But (and there must be a but), it is possible you could write something that will cause this site damage in terms of hate speech, illegal harassment, or copyright violations. If that happens, I may have to disable your post. If that keeps happening, I may have to disable your authoring privileges.
But that is a very, very low bar. Don’t write hate speech, don’t illegally harass people, don’t post copyrighted material, and I will leave your stuff alone.
Oops I forget something else that I would have to disable: spam and advertising. Please do feel free to promote your own work here! Please do not feel free to sell product here!
While I am not running any ads here yet, this site is not free; my income and expenses allow me to host the site without ads and I would like to continue to do so into the future. But I may add advertising someday, and if I do, I want to have the only ads on my site.
So… no hate speech, no harassment, no copyright violations, no spam, and no ads. That still seems like a very, very low bar.
But What If I Am Really Annoying?
I suppose it is theoretically possible that someone could regularly write articles that I find so un-enjoyable that it makes it un-fun for me to continue hosting this site. I do this because I like it, because I like DDO, because I like writing, because I like the process of sharing with everyone. Make it un-fun enough and I suppose I will stop.
Personal attacks are a specific type of post that I always find to be un-fun, whether directed at me or at others. You have a whole internet that is largely okay with labeling and attacking everyone; go there if you must, but please don’t do it on my site.
By the way, “noob” is usually a personal attack. So is “fanboi”. And for that matter, so is “dickhead”, “asshole”, and other more common pejoratives. All the same, and all treated the same. Although I think “Glasshole” is kind of funny (sorry Google Glass wearers).
I can imagine a world where I see this (un-fun and/or personal attacks) happening with one or two specific posts, or comments, or authors, and I would rather address the issue by deleting posts or comments rather than shutting down the site.
I say “imagine a world” but it is only in theory, in reality I am a big boy, all grown up, with a thick skin. You would have to work at it to annoy me so badly that I have to muck with your post/comment. But it could happen and if so, I will, but I will do so publicly so that you know what happened and why. I will never change someone’s words. If I feel that something is so inappropriate that it requires intervention, I will publicly delete it, not secretly change it.
I am the final arbiter of what requires intervention. I and my conscience.
Isn’t This a Fanboi Site?
No, it is a fan site. Meaning, I am a fan of the game. I write from a fan perspective. If I ever was offended by a change in the game, or behavior of the game developers, I would stop being a fan of the game. I would stop playing it. And I would stop writing about it.
I am not the type to publish a bunch of rants, because I just don’t feel all that ranty. And if I did, I would simply move on (probably after a long “I Quit” post). Why play a game that makes you angry?
It is not all rainbows and unicorns, I apply constructive criticism, but I strive to be actually constructive. Also, I am an upbeat person in general (or at least so my Gamer Girl tells me), and I look at things from an upbeat point of view.
But that is just me. You can rant all you want. Remember to leave the personal attacks out of it.
- Do post about DDO
- Do include an image
- Do feel encouraged to disagree with me and with each other
- Do not post or comment hate speech
- Do not post or comment illegal harassment
- Do not post or comment copyrighted material
- Do not post or comment personal attacks
- Do not post or comment advertisements or spam
Or as Jim Rome used to say it, “have a take and don’t suck”.