Indymedia Ireland Frequently Asked Questions

This page is intended to answer questions specifically about the Irish Indymedia Project. If your question is not answered on this page, you should look at the Global FAQ which should answer most of your questions about the History and Goals of the global Indymedia movement. (slightly different dummy page here http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~chewy/temp/indy/helpfaq.html )

Where's my comment/article gone?
How do I create a feature?
What shall I write about?
How do I promote my talk/meeting/protest: posting an event?
Someone is claiming to be me on the newswire?
Can I upload audio/video or other file types?
What's Other press?
How do I complain about something on the site?
How is this site moderated/edited?
How can I get involved/contribute?

Where is my comment/article gone?

There are 3 possibilities

Collation of stories
Breach of Editorial Guidelines
Moved to Events/Other Press

Collation of Articles
Indymedia now has a policy of collating postings regarding one issue on one page, if you look down in the newswire for a subject you may find your posting in the comments there.

Users also become aware of new comments on stories through the commentary button on the top left of the page:Latest Comments

Breach of Editorial Guidelines
Described at IndymediaIrelandEditorialPolicy and posted and discussed on Indymedia Ireland.

If you saw the story on the site and it has now been removed, an editor will have done this because of their interpretation of the editorial guidelines. Whenever this happens a notice is sent automatically to a mailing list and your story is hidden for period before being deleted. The best approach is to ask on the editorial list why the post was deleted - editors will find and explain the decision. You can send your question using the contact form, or by joining the list if you wish to discuss further. If you didn't see the post after you pressed publish please inform us - there may be a technical problem. Because of the structure of this site anything published should appear first and then be reviewed.

Moved to Events/Other Press

Events Postings which principally detail an event should be posted in the events section if an editor see something which they believe fit that description they will move it there event calender where it be placed in chronological order.

Other Press Copy and pasted articles from other sources with no additional commentary will be moved to here and replaced by link to the source. See Other Press

If you have further questions/comments on the issue contact imc-ireland-editorial@lists.indymediaSTOPSPAM.org It is helpful if you give the URL of the story or comment. Hint Get the URL of the comment by right clicking on the number link at the start of the comments section and choosing Copy link/Shortcut.

How do I create a feature?

Features tend to be first hand coverage of an important events or original investigation and writing. Along with some multimedia aspect (video/audio/photos) and some links to numerous sources and other peoples view on the same subject.

Firstly write and gather your materials for your story and publish it as normal then contact the editorial team to propose it as feature for our central column. A feature usually takes the shape of a short intro of about 250 words, with a image to illustrate it on the front page. You then also upload large files or audio content.

If theres an article which you think deserves to be featured please recommend it to imc-ireland@lists.indymediaSTOPSPAM.org You can also then add content to the feature.

Detailed Guide to creating feature on Indymedia.ie for users and editors.

Also
FeaturesHowTo
PublishingFeatures

What shall I write about?

The short answer is just do whatever interests you!

Ideally the collection of interviews (either transcripts or audio/video) and first-hand reports of whatever issue happens to be your concern, especially if it is under-reported or inaccurately reported in the mainstream media would be something you could help with.

Material which specifically relates to Ireland and Irish affairs has a higher priority but international analysis is definitely not excluded.

How do I upload media

See Photo Help for details on how to upload images.

Audio/Video (The ability to upload audio and video and MB size thereof depends on the always fluctuating capacity.) You can use http://radio.indymedia.org to upload large audio/video files. Any further question Contact Usand a Indymedia contributor or editor will be happy to give you technical advice.

How do I promote my talk/meeting/protest: posting an event?

Indymedia.ie has a special page/category for events at Event Calendar Click on the publish button and on the publish page it will give you an option for which article type: choose Event, then fill in the date. This will then be published on the events page, upcoming events are highlighted on a side bar on the front page. Please do not post it as a separate story in the newswire. (They will be seen!) Postings which principally detail an event should be posted in the events section if an editor see something which they believe fit that description they will move it there event calender where it be placed in chronological order. Hint Type in the time and location of the event in the title also.

You can view events by week by month.

Someone is claiming to be me on the newswire?

Because of Indymedia Ireland Open Publishing system anyone can post under any name but if you believe someone is maliciously posting under your distinct name please use the contact page or email imc-ireland-editorial@lists.indymediaSTOPSPAM.org

Other more technical methods for dealing with impersonations are discussed here.

What's Other press?

If your latest paper or newsheet has come out or has been updated post a notice here. If you wish to highlight a story from another media source, place it in here and give a short useful description. Copy and pasted articles from other sources with no additional commentary will be moved to here and shortened and a link to the source when possible.

How do I complain about something on the site?

Use the contact form to bring objectionable articles to the attention of an editor - be patient though since, while we try to monitor the lists all of the time, it may take a while (hours) for a response. It helps if you can give the url of the offending story or comment and if you can state the guideline it breaks (abuse, untrue, cut n paste are the most frequent). It is helpful if you give the URL of the story or comment. Hint Get the URL of the comment by right clicking on the number link at the start of the comments section and choosing Copy Shortcut.

How is this site moderated/edited?

There is an informal structure to editing of Indymedia.ie based around keeping the site flowing and cultivating good news pieces?

Described at IndymediaIrelandEditorialPolicy and posted and discussed on Indymedia Ireland. You can view the hidden and moved items and the features in progress by logging in to the Admin Page and in the options boxed enter Editor: uncover and Password: please. Hidden items will be highlight in red.

How can I contribute?

A Click publish and start typing.
B Read an article contemplate then click add your comment.
C Write about, record an issue which you have an interest in and publish it as an article.

The main lists that are used to create the site are imc-ireland@lists.indymediaSTOPSPAM.org and imc-ireland-editorial@lists.indymediaSTOPSPAM.org. If you subscribe to them, lurk or get involved in discussions, then you can begin to learn how the site works and contribute your own ideas and passion.

There are also list for indymedia.ie covering editing,photo,video,audio,gaelige,tech,promotion which you can see a list of on the get involved page.

Can I donate?

Yes. Details for donation to Indymedia.ie.


Topic revision: r14 - 07 Feb 2005 - 16:11:04 - PaulCummins
 
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