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zenPerson was signed in when posted
08-22-2003
12:25 AM ET (US)
i hope i'm doing this right, but i've created a QuickTopic "Review Document" at this location and so comments can be made to individual parts rather than having to do what TeraGram did to suggest changes.

make comments and suggest changes by clicking on the DOCUMENTS tab at the top and then click on the little blue icon to the left of the paragraph you want to comment about.

We'll see...
Edited 08-22-2003 12:27 AM
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zenPerson was signed in when posted
08-21-2003
11:44 PM ET (US)
i like the changes (and incorporated them). I also agree that it's too big of a bite to chew and should probably be broken down into

Why Create a Group?
How Do I Create a Group?
How Do I Promote a Group?

and there's other things that i think should be in the FAQ group such as:

What do I do with Inappropriate Posts?
Do I Need to Read all of the Comments? (yes, and why it's a good thing)
What Other Things do I Need to do as a Group Admin?

Let's hear from others on the subject! ;)
Edited 08-22-2003 12:02 AM
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TeraGramPerson was signed in when posted
08-21-2003
05:06 PM ET (US)
If there is one thing in this I'd change, it'd be this:

If someone has a personal flog with the name you want, try making it plural or altering the name in other ways (z's for s's) that might be clever, but make sure it's memorable and associatable.

What about....?
(changes in italics)

If someone has a personal flog with the name you want,
try thinking of a different name for yours.

Avoid co-opting a name someone has already built on. If, perhaps, the "similar named" f'log is unused or discontinued (for whatever reason) then consider
making it plural or altering the name in other ways (z's for s's) that might be clever, but make sure it's memorable and associatable.

* * *

I think the entire post would be better broken down into two or even three questions for inclusion in a FAQ.
Edited 08-21-2003 05:09 PM
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zenPerson was signed in when posted
08-20-2003
05:13 PM ET (US)
Why Create a Fotolog Group?
It's a good idea to consider carefully whether you want to run a group. It's fun but naturally has responsibilities. It may mean getting rid of duplicate photos, spammy messages and keeping a pretty good eye out for fotos that are outside of Fotolog's terms-of-service. It will also mean providing an e-mail address where people can send suggestions and request deletions. If you're not willing to work and offer an email address out there, stick to a single user.

Next, get it perfectly clear in your head what you want the group to be about (perhaps even write it down) and then begin looking for a name that suits it. If someone has a personal flog with the name you want, try thinking of a different name for yours.

Avoid co-opting a name someone has already built on. If, perhaps, the "similar named" f'log is unused or discontinued (for whatever reason) then consider making it plural or altering the name in other ways (z's for s's) that might be clever, but make sure it's memorable and associatable.

How do I actually create a group?
You create a 'single user' fotolog with the name you've chosen and associate your real e-mail address with it. While it will be created immediately, it's going to probably take a few days to be considered for group status, so begin uploading appropriate photos to it. To help get it established, it's a good idea to buy gold for it for a month (mere $5) so that you can add 6 photos/day to help establish the groundwork theme. Making it a Gold Camera member also helps to show the administration that you're serious about maintaining it. Change the 'About' page to reflect your guidelines for upload (and include the email address you want to administer).

Only after the above do you want to email admin@fotolog.net and respectfully request that it be made into a group. This way you've demonstrated at least the initial capacity and stick-to-it-ness to run one. If they have reservations, listen carefully and see if what they are suggesting as alternatives might not improve it.

If it is not accepted as a group, perhaps you just want to run an e-mail only group where you accept email fotos and put them up yourself.

How Do I Promote my Group?
If the group is accepted, announce it in QuickTopic. Reiterating the group's focus is a good idea, don't just say "Come post to BlueElephants grouplog."

Also, while you are visiting other people's logs and looking around, and you see an appropriate photo, suggest in the comments that they might want to upload it to your community. But don't go bouncing around Fotolog posting everywhere about your newfound community. Be appropriate.

I ask that if you can, email fotolog@charter.net (me) so that i can put it in my Fotolog Communities group page (not affiliated officially with Fotolog).
Edited 08-22-2003 12:03 AM