Posting Guidelines

Our blog now has a substantial number of members who are posting with some regularity on a variety of topics. To ensure that this content is easily accessible (both to us and external readers) I’ve drawn up a few posting guidelines:

1.) Titles should be concise and informative. By default, each post is publicized on Twitter with a space and shortened (16-character) URL appended. Twitter posts are capped at 144 characters, so titles should be limited to 127 characters.

[Post Title] [16-character URL]

[Post Title] [16-character URL]

2.) Use the preview text feature. If you’re planning to write a post that’s more than a paragraph, then make sure the entire post doesn’t clog up the News stream. You can do this by writing a brief “hook” to catch the reader’s attention and clicking the button shown below.

Preview button

3.) Every post should be categorized with a solitary category. On WordPress, categories serve as an internal post catalogue. Visitors can filter posts by category using the dropdown widget on the right-hand panel. To ensure efficient and simple filtering, posts should not have more than one category. Brief descriptions of each category can be found at the bottom of this page, full descriptions here.

This menu is on the right-panel when creating a new post.

This menu is on the right-panel when creating a new post.

4.) Apply a few tags. On WordPress, “Tags” are arbitrarily defined strings applied to blog posts. In English, think of them like keywords or hashtags on the web.  Wordpress regularly streams content to a user’s feed according to tags they may find interesting. This means that properly tagged posts will likely to generate more traffic and more followers. That being said, writing tags is more of an art than anything…so here are a few rules of thumb but I encourage you to use your discretion.

  • If its likely to be used frequently (e.g., evolution, malaria, ggplot2, R, etc)…tag it.
  • If its very specific (e.g., speaker’s name, AP2-G protein, etc)…make it more general.
  • If overused and applied to posts frequently (e.g., talk, cidd, research, etc) don’t tag it.

    If we overuse a tag, as we did with these, they’ll crowd out interesting tags from the wordcloud.

Category Hierarchy:

  1. Academics – Miscellaneous, academic related but does not fit existing categories.
    1. Conferences – Anything about academic conferences.
    2. Professional Training – Anything related that makes us better scientists.
    3. Seminars – Upcoming seminars excluding workshops.
    4. Synopses – Peer-reviewed article synopses, not necessarily CIDD.
  2. Club Business – Anything related to CGSA.
  3. Events – Miscellaneous posts about events that do not fit existing categories.
  1. Outreach – Scientific and community outreach posts.
  2. Social – Social events, such as Trivia nights and parties.
  3. Speaker Lunches – Weekly CIDD Seminar speaker lunch announcement and polls.
  • Journal Club – Anything related to CIDD Journal Club.
  • News – Everything else that doesn’t fit into the existing categories!

If you think we need another one, toss me an email explaining why!

About ellscubed

A computational biologist whose passions lie at the nexus of evolutionary theory, epidemiology, and public outreach.
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