If you’re reading this page, it’s likely that you’ve just been accepted as a guest writer on the Fosstodon Hub, or you’re considering becoming one.
These guidelines are intended to provide useful information to all guest authors to allow you to easily contribute posts to the Fosstodon Hub.
Ok then, first things first – your author bio. Once you have your account, the first thing you need to do is fill in your Author Bio. This is your opportunity to tell the world a little about yourself in a couple of sentences, add an avatar and add some links to your website and/or social media accounts.
We request that all authors provide an avatar so readers can easily recognise you.
We recommend using the same avatar as the one you use on Fosstodon, but that’s not a requirement.
You can edit your profile by navigating to https://hub.fosstodon.org/wp-admin/profile.php once you’re logged in.
The Fosstodon Hub uses WordPress as it’s content management system. If you’re not sure how to use WordPress, this is a good place to start.
The feature image on WordPress is usually the image that’s right at the top of your post, and is usually shown on the main blog roll too. Adding a feature image to your post is optional.
If you do decide to add a feature image, please ensure it is no larger than 150KB in size. Speaking of which…
We ask that all images uploaded to the Fosstodon Hub are no larger than 150KB in size. This allows us to ensure a post doesn’t get huge with images, therefore slowing the site down.
There are online tools, such as this one, that can resize your images for you.
All main post headings should use the H2 tag. Sub-headings should be H3. If you want to draw attention to a certain line in your article, feel free to use H4.
We don’t really have any restrictions on how long your post should be. As long as the post gets the message that you intend to send out there, then we’re happy.
Having said that, if your post is less than 500 characters, it’s probably best to just send a Toot instead. 🙂
Fosstodon is a Mastodon instance that is focused on Free & Open Source software, so we would expect that the majority of posts that are submitted somehow tie in with this subject.
However, if you want to post a review of the latest version of Windows, feel free to do so! What we’re looking for is posts that our community will find interesting. That could be software, a project you’re working on, development, the current Linux/open source landscape, or anything else you think might fit.
What we don’t want is completely irrelevant posts, or anything that may be in direct opposition to our Code of Conduct.