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News Format Standard

In order to have consistency in the appearance of the News, we use the following format standard.

Here we present a sample news bullet, following by what it looks like in the wiki code in edit mode, followed by a point-by-point notation of the key elements.

Also, a reminder that news bullet items should also be posted in the relevant directory pages.

Memo : Presently, only those with Sysop access are able to post news items to the main News page. If you are not a Sysop and would like to post a news bullet, you can post it to the News:Inbox page. After you prove yourself in terms of relevance and proper formatting, we are likely to grant you Sysop access so you can post directly to the News page.

News Format Standard

Sample News Bullet

Here is a sample news bullet:

Image:Bob-Rohner popper-demo lab sq 95x95.jpg
Latest / Directory:Best Exotic Clean Energy Technologies: Directory:Noble Gas Engines > Directory:Bob Rohner's Noble Gas Engine > Bob Rohner Demonstrates - On September 9, Bob posted a 17:30 minute video showing the assembly, filling, and firing of his noble gas popper unit. No heat was generated, but work was performed in moving the cylinder against a spring and turning a motor from the air cycle created from the piston -- an clever, indirect motor application. We finally have a Bob Rohner page at PESWiki. (PESWiki September 12, 2012)
Editing Tips and Techniques

This is a Parent to Child relationship process after adopting news orphans into appropriate families. First recognize the child, next, locate an adoptive parent or parents and then find possible grandparents, if necessary. Limit to 4 links or less. Congrats on bringing the new babies into the family!

Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:PhotoVoltaics

not

Directory:Solar:PhotoVoltaics

An exception to this (listing the most general directory) would be where the preface directory links section has more than 3-4 items, and needs to be streamlined.

If you want to point to a sub-section of a page, please configure the URL so that it hotlinks to that sub-section. This is done by using the # sign after the url, followed by the section name. And still use the > to signify a subset.

Sample:

Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:PhotoVoltaics > Directory:Solar:PhotoVoltaics

Wiki Code

Here is the wiki code of that same sample story:

Image:Bob-Rohner popper-demo lab sq 95x95.jpg
Latest / Directory:Best Exotic Clean Energy Technologies: Directory:Noble Gas Engines > Directory:Bob Rohner's Noble Gas Engine > Bob Rohner Demonstrates - On September 9, Bob posted a 17:30 minute video showing the assembly, filling, and firing of his noble gas popper unit. No heat was generated, but work was performed in moving the cylinder against a spring and turning a motor from the air cycle created from the piston -- an clever, indirect motor application. We finally have a Bob Rohner page at PESWiki. (PESWiki September 12, 2012)

Elaboration of Bullet Elements

Point-by-point enumeration of key format elements

{1} {2} {3}
Image:Bob-Rohner popper-demo lab sq 95x95.jpg
{4}Directory:Noble Gas Engines {5} > {6}Directory:Bob Rohner's Noble Gas Engine {6} > {7}{8}{9}{10}(11)Bob Rohner Demonstrates {12}- {13} On September 9, Bob posted a 17:30 minute video showing the assembly, filling, and firing of his noble gas popper unit. No heat was generated, but work was performed in moving the cylinder against a spring and turning a motor from the air cycle created from the piston -- an clever, indirect motor application. We finally have a Bob Rohner page at PESWiki. {14}({15}PESWiki{16} {17}September 12, 2012) {18}

#Bullet

# - sets font size for directory set

#Image - right-justified image of size 95x95, preferably compressed.

#> - greater-than sign to show parent-child relationship

#Directory topic - The PESWiki directory topics of greatest relevance should be listed prior to the news item, in bold.

#The names of the directories listed should be linked to the relevant directory page.

#The sequence of directory names should be from parent to child, going from left to right.

#"/" - When the preface directory listings are not of a "parent > child" relationship, then they should be listed as "topic 1 / topic 2" with the forward slash between them.

#Directory naming - The directory names are modified to be concise and adequately descriptive. For example, a link to "There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1]" and because it contains the word "Solar", the parent listing of "Solar" before it is unnecessary.

#">" - with space on both sides -- to show subset

# - the font is set larger for feature stories

#Title - with hyperlink to destination.

#The title should be catchy, while capturing the essence of the story

#The title should be no more than ten words, except in rare cases, and should be no shorter than four words, except in rare cases.

#Use initial caps except on short utility words such as and, the, of, by, etc.

#"-" dash - with space on both sides -- to separate title from description

#Description - The Description should be around 35 words long (1 to 3 sentences), not much more, and not much less. If there are not at least around 30 words to describe it, it shouldn't be in the news.

#The description should capture the essence of the story, concisely listing the most essential points. In most news stories, these are contained in the first two or three paragraphs, and sometimes are even given in a description at the beginning of the story, similar to how we do it at http://PESN.com.

#The description should tie in to the relevance to renewable energy and the mission of PESWiki.

#Use sentence format. Sentences can be fragments.

#Begin description with capitalization after dash unless the description continues a thought in the title.

#Use proper punctuation.

#"(...)" parenthesis - around source and date.

#Source - The name of the source should be in italics, preferably.

#" semi-colon - after source, followed by space, before date.

#Date - Month abbreviated, followed by period, day and year in numbers comma after day.

# break code - The '''' code is used when there is an image with the bullet, to force any content that follows to do so below the bottom of the image.

Post Bullet in Directory Pages Too

The news bullet should be added to each directory page to which it is relevant, including directory pages that might not be listed in the preface links mentioned in #3 above. An exception to this would be that the bullet should not be posted both on a parent and daughter topic but only on the daughter topic page.

Also, when the bullet is placed in the directory pages, the preface directory links can be removed, unless there is one or two that would be good to note.

Other News Tips

Pace Yourself

On March 29, 2008, Congress:Founder:Sterling D. Allan wrote:

I recommend that you create a hopper page for yourself.

That way you can pace yourself in your posting of news to the News page. For example a reasonable "pace" would be two good items/day. So on a day that you pull in 6, you can just post two, and leave the other four for subsequent days. Some items can be sat on for a little.

Then, if you find that your hopper is backing up with finished bullets, you can up the number of bullets you post per day.

That way each day has a more consistent number of bullets per day, and it's not so hit and miss.

I routinely do this.

Also, you can sit on stories to release them on a particular day of the week. Some news stories have a Saturday feel (e.g. cool car stories solar powered lawn mower). Other stories have a Sunday feel (global warming, conservation tips).

This measured release is helpful to me as well, so that I can rely on you having x number of posts each day.

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