Wherein we answer questions concerning ElloGreen, the community, and all things Green, Ecological, Environmental, Sustainable, and related.
This post will be updated over time, and its primary link linked is on the @ellogreen Community page. Note that re-shares may not pick up edits to this page.
Comments and questions are welcomed.
All things related to the environment, sustainability, gardening, and topics that better our planet.
If your interest seems to fit roughly in or close to one of those categories, pitch it.
As with all things sustainable, quality matters over quantity.
Offbeat or unusual material is good, but tell us why it's notable, or how it improves on existing alternatives. Outright fringe, pseudoscience, or unsupported conspiracy topics, not so much.
We're just one of many Ello Communities.
Q: Who's the moderator?
@andrew-- I'm interested in sustainable living and how that can be achieved, issues relating to the rapidly changing global environment, technology and how it's used in relation to the former, the natural environment, and all the amazing creatures that inhabit this planet.
ElloGreen was previously moderated by @dredmorbius, josephandrew, and Ello staff before that.
Q: How do I submit content?
Mention @ellogreen in your own posts or in comments to ones you think might be appropriate. We'll review and consider submissions.
Q: What submissions are accepted?
Generally: well-written or constructed posts which are on topic, have solid content, are clear, and aren't spammy.
Start with a strong lede. In grid or Noise view, you've only got a few words to grab the reader. Pack your punch up front. If this is your latest blog post -- save that for the end of the post and tell us what it's about first.
Write clear self-contained posts. Your post should be self-evident. If you're writing a series of articles, it's fine to reference earlier items, but your post shouldn't assume the reader's already read them. "As my earlier gardening post mentioned..." is good. "It happened again..." (without telling what "it" is) isn't. Do link to earlier work. That's another way we find material of interest.
For article links: please provide some context. At the very least a headline and some descriptive text. If you can give some idea of who, what, where, and most especially the why of the story, do.
Post original links. Use primary articles rather than linkbait or social media mentions. If the article merely summarizes another source without providing as a primary interest original discussion or analysis, use the referenced source and h/t the source through which you found it.
* No URL Shorteners / Redirectors.
Use images if you've got them. Ello presents them beautifully, and they really help grab attention. But do take it easy on animations.
For photo contributions: describe the images. Tell us where or what you're presenting.
For projects, tell us how you did it. Recipies, gardening tips, tools, etc., are a lot more interesting if you can share the how of doing it. Share your recipies, projects, steps, etc.
No sensationalism / clickbait. If you're posting an article and the headline asks a question, makes claims of resolving a long-standing issue / cure / mystery, uses an exclamation point, generalizes about large groups (e.g., all men, all women,...), expresses a list (ten things...), tells you what your response will be ("you'll never believe...", "... will amaze you", "shocking"), you probably don't want to post it. Reddit's /r/science policies are a good guide. Yes, you may ask questions. It's just the question-begging headlines from elsewhere we're looking to avoid.
Show don't tell. Rather than say that "this is awesome", describe it and let us realize it's awesome.
Sell the appeal before you pitch it. If you're seeking actions, lead with what it is, why it matters, and what it does, before asking for support -- signing a petition, contributing to a cause, etc.
Use Ello's formatting in your posts. Bold, italic, bullets, and headings help make text clearer. Oh, and paragraphs every so often. DO NOT WRITE IN ALL CAPS.
More on these points in A Word From Your Moderator.
A good guide for writing your own content is African Elephants May Go Extinct Within The Next Decade. It's clearly written, not simply "link-litter", and uses a well-selected graphic to highlight the story.
Q: Why wasn't my submission accepted? Can I resubmit items?
Reasons vary. Capabilities and time are limited. I'll try to leave a note if something looks like it could be improved for submission.
Not flooding the queue with submissions is a concern -- currently we're aiming for around five items per day. It's possible that we filled the quota for the day, in which case, trying again later could well succeed.
Do remember that Community profiles are just plain regular Ello accounts. As of July, 2015, there are no special features to make managing Community posts easier than those of any other profile. Unless access to the Lead profile is shared, it's just one person managing submissions. Be understanding, patient, and persistent.
Do feel free to resubmit something after a week or so. We may simply have missed it the first time.
Q: What are some related Ello Communities.
You might find the following of interest:
Q: What are some good external resources.
Another good question. Suggestions welcomed.
For now I'm looking for good references for:
Blogs / Websites
(Other category suggestions welcomed.)
Q: What if my question isn't here? What if I've got a better answer?
Feel free to ask or pitch in in comments below and we'll add your contributions or suggestions.
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