Submitting content to Applefritter

Want to contribute to Applefritter? Have a hack, project, guide, review, or documentary you want to share? To get your article online quickly, follow these submission guidelines.

These directions still need improvement, so if you have trouble understanding anything, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.

Document

Be thorough. If you're documenting a process, explain each step. Intersperse graphics as appropriate. Use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Do not be shy about submitting something you think is too simple or too easy.

Photograph

It is important that quality photographs be taken throughout your project. Take a picture at each progression, and then decide later which ones should be included in the final presentation (probably most of them).

The images must be centered. The background must be free of clutter and distraction. Yes, I realize every inch of your home is covered in loose computer parts, but you'll just have to clean up a corner before taking these pictures. If you have a poster or anything else on the wall that might be distracting, take it down. If objects in the background compliment the hack, you may leave them in the photograph.

You must create one "thumbnail" image, 100 pixels in width and approximately the same in height. This photo must be representative of you project and should probably portray it in its finished state.

Photographs taken with Quickcams and the like will very likely be of inadequate quality. If you do not have a real digital camera, many stores can develop your film to PhotoCD.

Submit

In order to upload content, you must first register.

Once registered, create a new story.

  • The "Title" is the name of your article as it will appear in all listings and at the top of your page.
  • Choose the appropriate "Content Type". It is possible multiple categories apply, especially if your article is a hack. In the case of a hack, you should choose either "Artistic" or "Engineering" (or both, if appropriate), and then the type of hack such as Custom Desktop, Laptop Mod, etc.
  • If your article is relevant to a particular type of computer, choose it from the "Computer Types" list. Multiple selections are acceptable.
  • Choose the manufacturer of the device you're describing from the Manufacturer list. If inapplicable, leave this field blank.
  • Scroll down to "Attachments" and attach you thumbnail. Be sure to click "Attach" immediately afterwards, so that the image is uploaded.
  • Go to the "Excerpt" field and enter [ inline:1 ] (no spaces) on the first line. This will insert your thumbnail. Press return and enter a sentence or short paragraph of description on the next line.
  • Return to "Attachments" and upload all your images, one by one. Their names will appear in a list at the bottom of the page.
  • Make sure "List" is not checked in front of each image.
  • Paste your article into the "Body" field.
  • Format the article using the BBCode button bar. Just click on the appropriate BBCode button to insert the formatting tags you need. Place the text you want formatted between these tags. See the formatting tips if you need more details.
  • To add an image to the body, insert the code [ inline:x ] (no spaces) where x is the number at which the image appears in the list at the bottom of the page.
  • In most cases, you'll want to center your images. To do this, surround each one in center tags.
  • Spellcheck!
  • Preview your submission.
  • When everything is satisfactory, submit.
Your article will be placed in the submission queue. When approved, it will appear on the front page.