- Personal Accounts
- Articles - Events
- HTML Editing
- Hidden Articles, Events and Videos
- RSS SSL
- Old Site
1. Personal Accounts
On the new site, you can register a personal account. You have to give a User Name and Password.
When you publish anything while logged in, you will be able to edit your contribution later on. This means the content you publish will be tied to your user ID. For the time being the user name will not show up as the author, but this might change.
If you report an article through "report or administer this article" form at the bottom of each article, an email will be sent to the publicly archived mailing list, citing your user name.
If you do decide to give an email address, and we see that you are frequently reporting abuse, we might get in touch with you to offer you hiding privileges on the site. Giving an email address will also enable you to retrieve your password in case you forget it.
Registered users can register groups. Groups are listed in the groups section with a short description of who they are and what they do, and have an own page listing alll their articles, events and media (e.g. the Notts Indymedia group). This can be useful for both groups and campaigns. Any member of the group can publish content as part of that group and add or delete other members.
3. Articles - Events
The new site is composed of two major sections: news and calendar. In short anything that has already happened and is being reported is an article, anything that has not yet happened and is being announced is an event. On the frontpage the news are in the main column on the left and the events are in the middle column.
Features are well written reports with some background information and at least one image. A feature will most likely revolve around a major campaign or current issue that is of wider interest, and link to previous posts on the same issue, thus "pooling" the available information.
We aim at a quick turn around, with features changing daily instead of lasting weeks. Any well researched and written article can be turned into a feature, it might be yours, if you put in the effort.
The featured events work in a similar way to featured articles. The next featured event will have its associated image featured in the Posters box.
Whenever someone uploads a video, our server keeps a full-quality copy of it so that you can download it for screenings. However, we don't currently have the capacity to serve these big files ourselves. Instead, we offer a download via Bittorrent, a peer-to-peer filesharing sytem.
In order to download the full-quality video, you will need to have some software installed on your computer. Basically you have two choices:
Bittorrent software shares the file you're downloading with other people as you download it. If you want to help us distribute video files, please leave your Bittorrent client open after your download finishes and you'll be donating your bandwidth and making everyone's downloads faster.
All of the full-quality video has been converted into a free format called Ogg Theora. The easiest way to watch them is to use the excellent VLC video player. Alternatively, you may download the Ogg plugin for Quicktime, or Ogg plugin for Windows Media Player.
7. Hidden Posts
Articles and Events that advertise commercial events or products, promote party politics, are discriminatory or breach the Editorial Guidelines in any other way will be hidden.
Hidden articles are still there and you can get them if you have the direct url. However they will not be listed or linked anywhere on the page and will not be indexed by search engines (meaning you won't be able to "google" them).
If you think a posting breaches our Editorial Guidelines you can help us keep the site clean by sending an email to the Nottingham IMC moderation list (don't forget the url of the posting!) or using the "report or administer this article" link at the bottom of the page (this will send an email to the same mailing list, if you are logged in, including your account name).
8. HTML editing
The publishing form contains a basic html editor, for bold, italics, underlined text and links in the text. Be careful with the bullett points they sometimes do weird stuff (we're trying to figure out why). Making links in the text is very easy, just mark the words that you would like to be a link and click the link button (looks like chain link). It will ask you to enter the link url in a little pop up window. remember to include the http://, to avoid mistakes, just copy and paste from the address bar of your bowser.
The html editor that opens when you click the html button in the toolbar will accept some basic html tags (such as links) but strip most, they will appeare as normal text. This is not to drive you mental, but to keep the site safe for all users.
We do not have categories as such anymore, we are using tags instead. To make it easier to navigate the site, make sure to tag your texts properly. There will be "suggested" tags with tickboxes on the publish form including some of the major categories, but also upcoming events.
The tags are separated by spaces, so use _ for longer ones, e.g. free_spaces instead of free spaces. The same goes for places. If you tag something at being in "Forest Fields" it will later show up as "Forest" and "Fields" in the tag cloud, so use "Forest_Fields" instead.
When publishing an article you will be able to decide whether or not to allow comments. It's not always an easy choice as comments often enable other users to add interesting information, express solidarity or point out mistakes and ask for clarification. On the other hand Indymedia has seen a lot of "flamewars" in the comments, discussions that turn quite nasty with lots of abusive language and such. If this happens in the future, the commenting function might get disabled for certain articles. The Editorial Guidelines apply to comments as well as any other content on the site.
If you post comments, remember that Indymedia is a news platform, not a discussion forum. Comments exist for posting genuine additions or requests for clarification, additional or contradictory information. If your opinion differs from the author's, remember that this is the wrong place for discussions. If the issue is important to you and you want your opinion to be visible, make the effort to write an article representing your point of view.
Whatever you do, be respectful of each other.
11. RSS feeds
Exist, explanation soon to come, check out our feed center
SSL, Security Certificate Warning (Firefox 3.0)
If you're using Firefox 3.0 you will get scary security warnings when moving to an encrypted connection. Don't worry too much about it. Click "Add Security Exception" to go on.
14. Old Site
The old site is still available as an archive, but you can no longer publish to it.