There have been a few things occurring lately, and I decided I should probably do a post addressing a few things.
So there's no question, one of the big motivations for this was this weeks BOTD Removed
. Since this forum doesn't require a certain number of posts to stay active, no one was hurt by removing this, but I (and others with whom I've spoken) felt there was a good discussion occurring.
I understand that sometimes things occur that seemed like a good idea when you did them, but you later realize there are problems. If that kind of thing didn't happen, I don't think we'd have much to talk about on this type of forum, and I sure wouldn't have many stories to share. Nevertheless, if you have any doubts or questions about something, you should discuss them with me or David (who will probably ask my opinion anyway). Together, we can share information and make a decision that's best for everybody before investing time and energy into it.
Don't think that I'm taking Anthony to task for this. I wouldn't have taken this down, but I understand his reasons for thinking it would be a good idea.
We encourage you to submit your own photos, if you have some that go along with the images. The BOTD section is closed, which makes our use of these photos 'private' and not for profit. Also, because the section is invited members only, bots don't have a way of appearing here, so the pictures will not appear with search engines. I've done several searches for BOTDs, both picture and text, and even making them site specific nothing is returned. However, even if a picture meets all of our guidelines, if you're not comfortable with it being used, then don't submit it. And if there's any question about whether or not you're comfortable - play it safe.
In other news, we have two requests.
First, as I've said before, ideas are not scenarios. Sending one of us a link to a news article or 'hey, you outta do a BOTD like such and so' might spark a great idea, but it might not. Even if it does, it's still something that we have to work up from scratch, so it doesn't really save us any time.
Don't feel like I'm saying you shouldn't send us those. Just don't be offended if something like that doesn't show up the next day... Or maybe even at all.
Second, all three of us tend to use the same basic format. We use an 18 pt font, justified, and in a dark, easily readable color. The pictures and picture text is centered instead of justified. David and Skater also use a title for theirs (I write my own, so usually omit the title), but one of them will have to share the formatting they use for that.
It's not a requirement, but if you can submit a BOTD that's completely written, formatted, and ready to be posted, with picture included and in place, it's not only a huge help, but it's something that can make a huge difference when things go wrong and we just don't have time to prepare one ourselves.
I'm not saying you have to submit all of them (or even any of them) this way. I'm just saying it's a huge help if you can, and we all greatly appreciate it.
BTW - I'm speaking for myself here, but it is after some feedback from David. I think he and Skater will agree with me completely, but I hope they'll comment on anything I do differently from them, or anywhere they disagree with me.