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I am wondering if we have to have a certain format when we post on the blog, and if so, what is it? I just want to make sure before I begin posting.

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    Hmm... This is a good question. Give me a few minutes (read: hours, days or weeks) to answer this. – wizzwizz4 Jul 26 '16 at 18:12
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    By the way, please wait until after the official announcement before publishing anything on the blog. – wizzwizz4 Jul 26 '16 at 18:13
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When you write blog posts, please keep the following things in mind:

  • WordPress supports "categories". These are a little bit like tags. Use them as if they were.
  • If you're writing something big, use Read More tags (<!--more-->). These prevent people from thinking "it's long" and abandoning it while, if used correctly, enticing them to read further without overwhelming them.
  • Use correct English. This doesn't mean you need to change dialect, but it does mean:
    • Spell things correctly. You can write "color" or "colour", but don't write "culler".
    • Use correct grammar. This is a little trickier. Use punctuation correctly, use words in the right place, don't confuse homonyms, use "e.g." for examples and "i.e." for clarification, etc.
    • However you spell "television programmes" and "programmes for a performance", it's "computer program". You should strive for "programming" and "programmed" as well, but this is not neccesary.
    • Above all, be consistent! Don't change style or dialect mid-way through a post.
  • Make your posts as informative, useful and interesting as possible. We want people to actually read our blog, even if they're not experts in the field.
  • Cite your claims. Provide references to claims you make (where relevant). You can do this by placing <sup><a href="#citation-1">[1]</a></sup> (change the number as appropriate) just after the clause you want to cite, and the following at the end of your post:

    <hr />
    Citations:
    <p style="font-size: small;">
        <span id="citation-1">[1]: <a href="//example.com/page/">http://example.com/page/</a></span>
    </p>
    

    This should be done in raw (HTML) mode to prevent escaping of the markup.

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    Thanks for these! I just went and updated my post with the more tag. – Aaron Aug 21 '16 at 12:12
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    @Aaron I noticed that you have some references at the bottom of your post. Are those sources of information or just related pages? – wizzwizz4 Aug 21 '16 at 12:20
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    Those are sources that I either quoted or summarized. Ahh, so I should probably go back and use the citation tag? – Aaron Aug 21 '16 at 12:21
  • @Aaron If you think it would add to the post. :-) – wizzwizz4 Aug 21 '16 at 12:25

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