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Blogging guidelines

Here are few things to consider when writing entries for the blog. These guidelines are adapted from the eminently sensible Walker Blog Guidelines.

You are representing ULCC Digital Archives Department

  • The DA Blog is a voice for the institution as seen through the eyes of its staff.
  • When presenting your personal opinions about ULCC, the community and customers, please be aware that blogs are a highly-visible form of communication. Your thoughts are only a click away from being seen around the world.
  • Please do not disparage organisations, or individuals. Being critical is acceptable, as long as it is done is a professional manner.

Ways to use the DA Blog

  • Use the DA Blog to post material related to your projects and activities.
  • Use the blog to track areas of research interest, web sites about a particular topic, or happenings in a particular field. Use the blog as a tool to point to related material on ULCC’s website as well as external sites.
  • Use the blog to engage audiences in a different way by providing a behind the scenes view of our work.
  • Use the blog to discuss activities, post reviews, promote upcoming events, and receive comments.
  • Use the blog’s RSS feeds to monitor new posts. RSS feeds are also available for individual categories or tags.

Restrictions

  • Do not post material that is unlawful, abusive, defamatory, invasive of another’s privacy, or obscene to a reasonable person.
  • Get permission from colleagues before writing about them.
  • Avoid announcements related to unconfirmed events.

Attribution

  • When quoting any other blog or publication, be sure to link to the original (if possible) and use quotation marks or blockquotes (for longer texts).
  • When using a photograph found elsewhere on the web, credit it and link to where you got it from.

About Comments

  • Offensive or questionable comments are automatically filtered by the software into a Moderation Queue. (Blog Administrators are responsible for checking these comments.)
  • Despite system filters, sometimes spam or offensive comments can get through to your post. If a comment is obviously spam, delete it. Use your discretion to take down non-spam comments with objectionable content.
  • When responding to comments, remember that you are representing ULCC, so please be polite (even to the most unreasonable blog poster).
  • An RSS Feed is available for all comments.