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How to Use This Site

Introduction
This Indymedia site has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible, while still attempting to manage a wealth of information, and some customization options.

Publish to Newswire
Click on "post to newswire" at top of the the page. You must fill in bolded text choices. If it is local news, please check the "local interest to this site" button. Add pictures to the article by clicking "browse" and selecting your image file.

In the interest of keeping the Newswire an open forum that encourages discussion and debate, we request users to respect our Newswire Posting Policy.

Publish to Features
Feature stories are composed by the StL IMC Editorial Committee, or Newswire posts are promoted to features after editorial approval.

It is the responsibility of the editorial collective (whose membership is open to the public) to oversee the newswire with a careful eye to balancing the open publishing philosophy with a desire to maintain the "newsworthy" quality of the site. To this end, we employ two methods: first, the editors will remove articles in direct violation of our (very liberal) editorial policy. This includes advertising, duplicate posts, and pieces which fail to even resemble news or commentary. The second method is the rating system, mentioned below.

Feel free to contact us about potential features! Our editorial policy is here. We always need volunteers!

Publish to Media Gallery
Click on "upload media" at the top of the page. You must fill in the bolded text choices. Click on the "browse" button to add graphics and hit "submit."

User Accounts
You do not have to have an account in order to publish to this site. However, if you do, your name is verified, others cannot announce themselves as you, and you can choose to be automatically notified when someone comments on your post. You can always post anonymously to protect your identity. For more information about this site's user account (including privacy policy), go here .

Rating System
The second method to maintaining the newsworthy quality of this site is our user rating system. While browsing the site, you are encouraged to rate articles using the drop-down box at the end of each piece. While user ratings cannot remove an article from the site completely, they serve the invaluable role of deciding how much prominence is given to the display of an article.

By default, only articles rated higher than -10 are displayed in the right-hand column, and on the "newswire" home page. This is called the "display threshold." Likewise, articles which are rated +20 or higher are automatically promoted to center column features. If you have created a user account, you can even alter that threshold to suit your own needs, e.g., display only articles receiving +3 or higher. Articles which fall below the threshold are moved to the hidden articles section, which is linked from the bottom of the newswire column. They are still available on the site, and can be linked to directly, but their prominence is degraded as a result of user input. You are encouraged to visit the hidden articles section to see what ends up there, and why.

Calendar
This site uses the Radicalendar service for announcing and scheduling events. This calendar is free and open for anyone to post events. In addition, you can download the STLIMC calendar in ICAL format here, RSS feed here.

RSS Syndication
This site provides various RSS feeds to let readers syndicate our content. Explaining how to use RSS is beyond the scope of this help page, but if you already know what you're doing, you can check out the following feeds:

Finally, remember that this Indymedia site is here for you. We encourage you to upload your own stories, commentaries, and announcements that may be of use to the community. And you are further encourage to participate actively in the IMC group. Our meetings are open to the public, and announced on the site's calendar page as well as the Radicalendar at www.radicalendar.org.

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Quote-of-the-Moment

An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war.
-- Mark Twain
Source: "Glances at History" (suppressed)
 

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