4:18 pm - 01/12/2013

Guide to Posting or: How I Stopped Worrying And Submitted A Post

omona party post


So we had that mod post the other day and some of you wanted a guide to posting so we've written one up for you. Before I go on, I'd just like to remind everyone that the guidelines for submitting posts are in our profile page. But we're going to take it one step further with an example. This is what usually happens for me when I want to make a post:

1. find an article. I'm going through my dashboard and one of the tumblrs I follow updated with an article. I want to share it with Omona and talk about it with them! Before I do that I backtrack a few pages and a couple of tags to make sure it hasn't already been posted. It hasn't? Okay let's begin.

2. So now I head on over to omonatheydidnt, hit "Post to community":
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and here we are!

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BTW, we had a list of sources awhile back here (that probably needs to be updated.). Feel free to go through them~

3. So I paste the article I find and then I add both the translated source (with proper credit depending on how they want it) AND the original language article. There's more on proper sourcing etiquette at the end of this post. I always want to make sure it's the most direct source to the articles whenever possible, including specific twitter posts, international fan forums (even if a mod can't access the page because they're not a member), and tumblr page.

If it's a long article I make sure to put most of it under a cut:

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I highlight the text I want to put under a cut, click on "Livejournal Cut" (circled above), edit the Read More... text or leave it alone and BAM, lj-cut.

If it's an article with subject matter that is potentially triggering to some users in the community, put those triggering details UNDER the cut not before. I know it's kind of obvious but someone recently used the trigger (say trigger one more time) warning tag and posted the stuff BEFORE the cut.

4. Now I'm going to add pictures to my article. Here's what the mods say they DON'T want: hotlinking and Photobucket. What is hotlinking? It is when I take an image from a non-image hosting site (i.e. Allkpop) and putting it on a different website enabling it to steal bandwidth and sometimes the images turn to shit when the page generates a lot of traffic. So what about Photobucket? Photobucket PRO is highly recommended otherwise you get this. I am assuming that if anybody submits posts and the pictures are from photobucket that they are from a PRO account and we will approve it. If you aren't using a PRO account then you're going to have to live with the fact that your images will get broken immediately and the first page of comments will be "where's your pictures?" "flop post" etc. I know at least a couple of us don't reject posts with Photobucket images so please be aware of the differences between Pro and Basic.

Tumblr images apparently DO expire and there's more explanation here but tbh I feel like Tumblr got better with that???? I'm not sure. I personally don't mind using Tumblr for image hosting, that is until the pictures eventually expire and hopefully that's later on down the line.

Otherwise you have: imageshack, tinypic, and Livejournal to host those images for you. I highly recommend using Livejournal: you don't have to open a new tab and it becomes a less tedious effort. I do this when I'm too lazy to open a tab. For Basic and Plus users you get 1GB, Paid users get 2GB and that is not a bad deal at all.

How to upload an image using livejournal:

1) Click on the insert photo button
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2) Browse: to add multiple files hold down the CTRL or shirt button

3) Add image name and description if you want.

4) Resize them if necessary

5) Add to post! :)

If you already have the images in your album just select the option From Album.

If you are adding a picture you uploaded somewhere else select the option Paste URL.

4. Oh, my favorite's MV is out and I'm going to post it! I know livejournal has been messing around with the Embed Media function lately but the easiest way to do it is just grab the embed code:

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Click on Embed Media (circled below) and paste the embed code (not the youtube url):

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Source the video at the end of the post (either the direct video or the youtuber who uploaded it) and VOILA!

If I find the MV on some other site that wasn't Youtube, Vimeo or Dailymotion it's perfectly okay not to include the commentary ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The focus of the post is the MV, not the article ok honey unless that article is translating what's in the video. Same goes for photoshoots and editorials. Hell, you can even write your commentary if you can come up with something witty, funny, fantastic etc. Or not, whatever. Fashion posts though, obviously the details are necessary so there's that exception.

5. I tag it with the appropriate tags and then I SUBMIT THE POST. I know the waiting time varies between a couple of minutes to several hours due to the varied schedule of the mods.

BUT WAIT i got a rejection letter D:

How come my post got rejected?
Here are some reasons (no order) why on any given day:
1. Sources did not go outside of the cut
2. Hotlinking
3. Already posted (that's if more than one person submitted the same thing at the same time)
4. image or video before the cut might be larger than 540px in width
5. You forgot the subject!

Remember that once you've fixed the issues you can always resubmit and try again. No shame y'all. I remember when I first started posting (before I became a mod) I made many mistakes, it happens. If anything you could message us directly if you have any issues. JUST REMEMBER TO TURN ON YOUR MESSAGES! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. Some of us would get messages but we couldn't get back to them because your inbox is closed. Open them!!! Or else we'll find an old thread or a personal entry and respond to you there.

6. Finally, this is how you add a source. Put it outside the lj-cut so that whoever you got it from can see that you've given them credit. Common internet courtesy, and there was a mod post awhile back about this. I included an embed in this post so I type the name of the source and ...well, you know how to link right?:


HOPE THIS HELPS. if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. come inside, maybe you have a couple of questions that someone has already asked.

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atelierlune 13th-Jan-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
::forces Taeyang to put his hat on correctly at gunpoint::

::mems this post::

Thank you, OP. ::bows::
anthonymarie 13th-Jan-2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for this!!!

Lolol is that jonghyun dancing......
amandaplan 13th-Jan-2013 12:27 am (UTC)
omg lol i didn't notice him at first
seunggi 13th-Jan-2013 12:25 am (UTC)
anconeous 13th-Jan-2013 12:27 am (UTC)
Aaaaaaawwww! 2008 SBS Gayo Daejun with spazzy Taeyang and baby SHINee behind him. :)
turdferguson 13th-Jan-2013 12:28 am (UTC)
this version of the wonder boys needs to come back tbh
markthatcoin 13th-Jan-2013 12:29 am (UTC)
fab post, thanks turdy ^^
ceecile 13th-Jan-2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Also be careful if you switch from Visual Editor to HTLM. Especially when you embedded videos. Usually after it's posted the videos will be totally unrelated to what you intended.
I cannot count how many times I had to edit in the right video afterwards. I remember almost crying after making those Junsu concerts megaposts and realizing none of the videos were the right ones T_T
turdferguson 13th-Jan-2013 12:36 am (UTC)
yep, this is true. when i was making the gayo daejun posts i mainly stuck to Visual Editor or else the entire post gets wonky
love_allure 13th-Jan-2013 12:31 am (UTC)
hoooo livejournal uses the new embed codes on youtube now? let me try this out right here.

:D it works! i was always using the old one.

Edited at 2013-01-13 12:31 am (UTC)
turdferguson 13th-Jan-2013 12:35 am (UTC)
yeah, i used the new one when i was making this post. godddd all these LJ changes some of them are not even that necessary
shanny_w 13th-Jan-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
itsprincess 13th-Jan-2013 12:40 am (UTC)
very informative. thank you.
lysblack 13th-Jan-2013 12:42 am (UTC)
thank your for the post turdferguson!

and hey, i see my unnir xcherryblossomx's icon in the post images!
turdferguson 13th-Jan-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
she did the how to upload pics on livejournal part :D
heartsolid 13th-Jan-2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Wow, great post OP! Thank you for taking the time.

LOL @ that gif. What is this from/who is he watching?
dapo322 13th-Jan-2013 01:19 am (UTC)
It was the Hip Hop stage with Dynamic Duo, GD&TOP at SBS gayo 2008. I always lol @ Taeyang, Jonghyun jumping up, and Taeyeon's awkwardness. I'm pretty sure she didn't want to get up, but only did caz everyone else did.

excited Taeyang comes in starting around 2:30

Edited at 2013-01-13 01:21 am (UTC)
cagallisakura 13th-Jan-2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Minus is another really great image hosting site! They have a function that you can install into your bookmarks bar. You simply open up a page with a bunch of pictures, click the bookmark, and the pictures from that page will open up. Select which images you want to upload and they'll show up in a Minus folder! This is my best friend for image heavy posts lol

edit: Mods, any idea why posts will look fine when submitting but screwed up once the mods see it? Like I'm 100% sure everything is properly under the cut and then there's something wrong.

Edited at 2013-01-13 01:11 am (UTC)
turdferguson 13th-Jan-2013 01:22 am (UTC)
i don't really know? do you make the post in html and submit it without seeing what it looks like in visual editor/rich text? sometimes there would literally be a wall of html instead of an actual post. not saying it's like that when you do it (honestly i don't always remember who posts what and how they do it) but that's how some entries have been submitted
reminisce__ 13th-Jan-2013 01:16 am (UTC)
;A; Damn, you and shanny_w are such nice mods. Thanks for this!!
goto 13th-Jan-2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Great post!! I may or may not plagiarize this concept for a future arama post
turdferguson 13th-Jan-2013 01:23 am (UTC)
it's allllllll gooood
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