FAQs

So who are you exactly?

The Afterword is the new home of The Word magazine readers' community (aka The Word Massive or The Word Blog). The Word sadly folded in July 2012.

Can anyone join in?

Yes, newcomers are very welcome but please familiarise yourself with the website, and read the posting guidelines first. Consider lurking for a few days to get a feel for the place.

Is this site officially connected with Word Magazine or their publisher Development Hell?

No. But they've been very helpful regarding this site.

What has happened to the old wordmagazine.co.uk website? Can I access my old blog posts from there?

The Word Magazine website closed down on 17 July 2012. We hope to be able to give you access to some of the old website content soon. Watch this space.

Where are the Word Podcasts?

Still available here

Can you answer queries about my Word Magazine subscription?

No, but try https://word.subscribeonline.co.uk

Who runs this site?

The Afterword is designed, run, hosted, maintained, funded and moderated by an informal group of volunteers from this community.

I'm not registered but I want to contact you about something

Send us an email, or tweet @theafterword1

Can I donate money to keep the site running?

Yes! Details here.

Can I volunteer to help out behind the scenes or contribute in other ways toward keeping the site running?

Yes! Contact us. Especially if you're a web designer, Drupal genius or run a web-hosting company.

How do I register for the site?

For instructions, go to the Create Account page.

OK. I'm in. How does this work?

Click on Create Content at the top of the right-hand pane (this is available from any page except the homepage).

Click Reply to comment on a post. To reply directly to another person's comment, click the Reply within their comment box.

Are there any posting guidelines?

Yes, and we'd be grateful if you adhered to them. If you were previously posting on the former Word Magazine website these will be familiar (if it ain't broke … etc). If not, please read and familiarise yourself before you start posting and replying to comments.

  • We're a community of many types of people, who all have the right to feel comfortable and who may not think what you think, believe what you believe or see what you see. So keep things clean, friendly, and polite. Address the point, not the person.
  • Any comment you make can easily be taken the wrong way. If in doubt, leave it out.
  • If you do offend someone, please consider apologising.
  • Use plain and proper English: this isn't the place to impress with the size of your thesaurus, and plz, no txt spk.
  • PLEASE DON'T SHOUT! That caps lock key wasn't invented to help you get your message across. Headlines or blog entries written in all caps are annoying, hard to read and loud.
  • Try and avoid double posting – it's possible that the subject you're covering or the site you're linking to has been the subject of a previous entry. Use the search engine and, if necessary, try and take a new approach.
  • Do not link to files or websites hosting malware or copyrighted material
  • Do not use the forum to promote your own commercial interests
  • No spam
  • No trolling – do not post controversial, offensive, inflammatory, sarcastic, irrelevant or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response, or post in a manner that may provoke the same.
  • Do not feed the trolls.
  • Don't pick fights
  • Drawing attention to grammatical and spelling errors contained in others' posts is considered bad form. We request that you refrain from doing so.
  • This is an adult forum and 'adult' language will be used on occasion. However, please avoid gratuitously using the more extreme vernacular. Also, please use swear words in context, and not to attack or deliberately offend fellow posters. Equally, those who are easily offended by such language should recognise that this is an adult forum and that a degree of swearing (within the boundaries set out above) will be considered acceptable behaviour.
  • Only one embedded video per post, please. Multiple instances of embedded videos slows down page loading times and pushes other content further down the page than it needs to be.
  • Please be frugal with your blog entries. Unless you have something really important to say, multiple posts from a single author over a short space of time are not welcome.
  • Do not post anything that is defamatory or potentially libellous. We will remove any such content. Similarly, do not post pornographic, racially abusive or any other undesirable content, or links to such material; this will also be deleted from the site.
  • Blog entries should be original, not lifted from other blogs or websites. Do not breach others' copyright when posting material. If you're referring to a news story on another website, don't copy and paste the entire story, but use a link to the original webpage.
  • Be thoughtful. Rather than just post a video without commentary, we'd prefer you to tell us why we should watch it, why it means something to you, why you want to share. Try not to post in a throwaway fashion. Try to have a point
  • Posts that are written largely in jibberish or have no point will be deleted
  • Avoid in-jokes as posts
  • If you have a problem with or a query about the site, a question about website moderation, or anything that might fall under the banner of “customer care“, please contact us direct – don't post the details or your question on the blog.
  • if you are linking to another website in your post, or posting a video, it is considered good practice to provide a good, descriptive piece of text alongside your link or embedded file. This helps people decide whether it's something they wish to explore further, and it reduces the likelihood of other people creating entries covering exactly the same topic.

People who ignore these guidelines run the risk of having posts removed and, after repeated instances, their user accounts blocked.

The views and opinions expressed on this forum are strictly those of the authors. Any and all contents of this forum have not necessarily been reviewed or approved by site administrators nor the forum moderators. If you see a post that you believe merits investigation, contact us.

Volunteers moderate this site in their own time. Be respectful and try not to make work for them.

I've posted something I want to change or delete

Clicking on the title of your post will reveal an Edit tab, where you can amend your content. There is a a time limit of twenty minutes after posting. You can edit your own comments by pressing the Edit link in the comments box; this is time-limited to ten minutes after posting. If you want to delete a thread (because you've accidentally posted it twice, for example) edit the title and text to 'please delete' and an admin or moderator will delete it for you.

Can I use the blog to plug my own content?

Yes, we have a Noticeboard section for you to use – go to Create Content and create a Noticeboard item. It's the place to post details of mingles and other meet-ups, as well as gigs, podcasts, record releases and any other performances involving yourself. If you fill in the date field in your post, then it will appear in the Events section on the front page. We'll take a dim view if you simply register to advertise yourself.
There's also a link in the footer to users' websites and Twitter feeds. To add yourself to this list, edit your user profile and fill in the relevant fields.

My website or Twitter handle doesn't show up on the user list

Due to the architecture of the site, these fields only appear once you've authored something – a review or a blog post. If you only lurk or write comments, then you won't appear on the list.

The preview text of my article on the front page is arbitrarily cut off

The system takes the first 100 characters of your article to use as a teaser for the front page. It will also cut off the text if it encounters a full-stop. You may want to edit your opening sentence to take account of this.

Inserting a video

  • YouTube & Vimeo: Simply paste the URL into your post (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdSViaW6lUA or http://vimeo.com/42618943)
  • Other video-sharing sites: Go the video on its original hosting site. There you should find a Share button, which will give you some code for an embedded video. If the code starts with iframe, then it should work okay; this works on Dailymotion, for example

Inserting an image into a post

This requires some HTML markup. The basic syntax is as follows:

<img src="http://www.gubbins.com/gubbins.jpg"/>

The code between the quotes is the address of the image on the internet – you can usually get this by right-clicking an image and selecting Copy Image Location (or similar, depending on your browser). Replace the address – remembering the quotes – and you should be good to go.

Displaying images hosted on other people's servers is considered bad form, as you're using their bandwidth. We recommend you upload the image to a photo-sharing site such as Photobucket. This also has the advantage of providing you with the embed code, which you can just paste into the post.

About image size

Please think of people with slow connections and small screens when you post large images. Large images are automatically resized, but they will still have large file sizes.

If you just need to resize an image a bit, you can use markup:

<img src="http://www.gubbins.com/gubbins.jpg" width=300px/>

This resizes the image to 300 pixels wide (and also proportionally scales the height). You can change the pixel value as you wish.

Wrapping text around images

If you're feeling ambitious, you may want to make better use of space by wrapping text around an image. Of course, this works best for small images. Here's the code to left- and right-align an image, with a width of 100px:

<img src="http://www.gubbins.com/gubbins.jpg" width=100px align=left/>
<img src="http://www.gubbins.com/gubbins.jpg" width=100px align=right/>

Creating a hyperlink

You need some HTML again. Here's the basic syntax:

<a href="http://www.gubbins.com">your link text here</a>

Creating a quote

Put your text between <blockquote></blockquote> tags.

Do you offer RSS feeds?

Yes, although the RSS button is on the to-do list. The feeds do exist – simply add 'feed' to the end of a URL. For instance the RSS feed for the blog is http://theafterword.co.uk/blog/feed

Abbreviations, acronyms and memes

We do try to be inclusive but, as with any long-running forum, in-jokes do creep in. The more common ones are:

  • HJHs: Hey Jude hitmakers, aka The Beatles. Inspired by a Daily Express feature
  • TMFTL: “Two more from them later”. Usually a response to a word or phrase that unintentionally sounds like a band that would have done a session on the John Peel show (© Mark Ellen)
  • FPO: Fun prevention officer. Somewhat disparaging term for one's spouse or partner
  • WWFD: “What would Fraser do?” This is in reference/deference to the former webmaster of wordmagazine.co.uk, Fraser Lewry. 'A tough act to follow' doesn't even begin to cover it. All explained here. Just behave yourselves, he could call in at any moment!
  • ATM: Ask the Massive – a prefix used to ask the Afterword community for help and advice, something we are usually very good at. Alternatively, you could just use a question mark.
  • Gerry Rafferty: A reference to multiple postings on the same topic, instanced by the several threads that appeared on the board following Mr Rafferty's demise.

Last updated 5 February 2012

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