But first, a few notes:
- The Feedback tab has been shrunk and shoved down the page, but it's still the best and easiest way to report issues to the site besides going straight to the Problem Tracker. Either way, keep sending stuff in!
- If you don't have a specific issue, and just want to banter about the site design, express opinions and share thoughts, the layout feedback thread is still open and I check it regularly.
- I've just today anointed our 50th moderator - all bow to swiftcoder - Lord of the Alternative Game Libraries forum. May he live long and prosper!
- While I am featuring this journal entry on the main page today, tomorrow will begin regular daily cycling of featured journal posts to the front page from the rest of the community. So step up your game people! Journal posts will remain featured at the top of the Journal Land main page for three days.
In the past, articles that wanted to be published on the site were submitted via email or a web form that would place them before me. I would take these drafts/outline/completed works and accept or reject them simply on the basis of being a proper fit for the website (i.e. an article on game development and not on gaming). Then I would assign the article to an editor on the Editorial Review Board. These editors would review the article for technical accuracy and work with the author to resolve any problems with code, sources, or wording of techniques. Then the article would return to me and I would do a final copy edit to catch any grammar mistakes that came from the technical review. Finally the final draft would be signed off on by the author and I would publish it as a featured article on the main page.
This whole process was very internal and kept the submitted work out of the public eye for weeks or months at a time. With the new website I want to try and do things a little differently and leverage the collective knowledge of the community to help produce quality, long-lasting articles for our archives.
Publishing with GDNet - the new model
So lets start at the beginning - you have an idea for an article. Or you even have a completed draft. Perhaps you already have the article totally done and published on your blog. So those are the three main scenarios. Here are your options:
- Send in an email - you can firstname.lastname@example.org"]email me[/email] with your article or idea for an initial review.
- Post it for peer review - you can make a topic in the Article Proposals and Requests forum, including in the main body the outline or draft of your article for the community to look over and approve (ultimately it will end here anyways - more on that later).
- Request a link - if your article is already hosted on your blog, we can simply link to it so that it appears in our Resources listing and takes people straight to your website. Note, however, that we do not feature Front Page articles as links.
Once your article content is up in the forum, the GDNet community will be able to descend upon it and offer their feedback. You will also be assigned an editor from the Editorial Review Board who will be in charge of technical review of your article as well as helping you integrate any useful feedback you receive from the community in response to your posting. The topic will be pinned to the forum so people can see it is under review.
Editing your article is as simple as editing the original topic that you created. Throughout the editing process it is important to keep in mind that the formatting you use will be exactly the same as the formatting that will appear when the article is finally published to the front page.
Once the editor is happy with the content, I'll do my copy edit pass and then the article will be scheduled to be posted on to the main page. When posting, the system will take the content that is in the main topic body and translate that directly over to the article system. Once there the we can continue to make edits as needed as time passes to keep the article up to date. The original thread in the forum will be closed.
This week I'm going to be working with the ERB on getting some of the back-logged articles in the old system from Nov-Dec 2010 up into the forum for processing so we can get some of those published by the end of the month. As that goes on, hopefully people with ideas or interests will start submitting topics as well to the forum. I expect there will be some retooling as this process is actually carried our for the first time - any updates I will post here.
For additional publishing tips and information, please see the Article Proposals and Requests forum FAQ.