What to Submit
On-topic: News, policy, ideas and commentary related to Australian politics and media. If it’s likely to gratify the intellectual curiosity of your fellow wonks, geeks and tragics, then it’s probably on-topic.
Off-topic: Generic news, sports, disaster reports. LOLcats. Rickrolls. Soul-crushing poetry about the leadership spill you suffered in 2010.
Please don’t do things to make titles stand out, like using uppercase or exclamation marks. It’s implicit in submitting something that you think it’s important.
You can make up a new title if you want — and often enough, it’s necessary for your link to make sense! — but if you put gratuitous editorial spin on it, the editors may rewrite it.
If the original title includes the name of the site, please take it out, because the site name will be displayed after the link anyway.
It is entirely cool to post links to your own work, whether you are an opinoinated blogger, press gallery journalist, amateur political cartoonist or whatever — in fact, we encourage it! Where it goes after you post the link is up to your fellow readers.
Please submit the original source. If a blog post merely reports something found on another site, submit the latter.
There’s not much point linking to paywalled pages. We love sending lots of traffic to great news sources, but we don’t want to send our readers to dead end links.
Don’t submit so many links at once that the new page is dominated by your submissions.
“Be excellent to each other.” If you understand this, the rest is just details.
Try not to say anything you wouldn’t say in a face-to-face conversation.
“Play the ball, not the person.” If someone is wrong on the Internet, try to explain the error of their ways without insulting them.
CAPS LOCK IS SHOUTING. There is no need to shout. You can use bold or italics should you wish to emphasise a point.
Meta-conversation is dreadfully boring, including complaints about submissions and comment moderation.
You can always contact the editors if you have a query or suggestion.