Contributing content

Contributing content

Blog posts

The website uses the same Markdown syntax that the forum uses. You can write your text in a new forum topic and we will help you along. Here’s the procedure:

1) Create a new topic in the Awareness program category.

1) Use as title “Blog post: [Your proposed blog title]”.

1) Write a short summary of the subject and other things you want to address in the blog post. Then submit your post.

1) Optionally some discussion ensues on the topic with tips and feedback to refine the article.

1) When ready, write the full blog post! - Feel free to use any of the formatting and Markdown syntax available on the forum. Use this Markdown tutorial to see other markdown syntax you can use for formatting. - Include as many images as you like (NB: licensing issues, and where you got them from).

1) When you’re finished, we will help you to transfer the text to the website! - If you want to be attributed, we need to add your contact details to authors.yml, including your photo 290px by 310px or similar aspect ratio.

All your work is attributed to you and has your name attached to it (unless you want to stay anonymous, of course). You are the copyright owner (the license is CC-BY).

Other content

If you’re looking for content to contribute, check out the issues tab for tickets with the tag!

When you encounter pages on the Community Hub that you would like to contribute to, you can also create an issue yourself, and add this label to it.

Once you find content you’d like to contribute, create a new topic in the most relevant category on the forum to share it, and we will help transfer it to the site. If you’re unsure which category it belongs in, create it in feedback.

To the forum topic you should add the community-hub tag for findability, and provide a link to the related Github issue.

Enabling comments

A blog post (and any other page) may have a Comments thread attached to it. The comments appear directly below the content on the same page.

  • Indicate in the forum topic where you discuss your contribution that you would like to have a Comments section.

    • Enabling comments is done by adding comments: true to the frontmatter metadata of the page.
  • Prepare a new forum topic for the Comments thread with an excerpt or the full text of the page.

  • When this topic is created, use the topic ID (the number part in the URL) and add it as discourse_topic_id: [topicId] in the frontmatter.

Note 1: Comments on a blog post are always allowed, but for other pages a member of the Community Team should review and approve.

Note 2: By using discourse_topic_id the first post in the topic is not shown on the website. This is by design (see this comment on for info). By using an existing topic and discourse_topic_id there is full control over the topic title and category.

But it is also possible to forego the manual topic preparation and setting discourse_topic_id; in this case, the topic is auto-created in the Uncategorized category with a default title of “[Page title] - Humane Tech Community” and must be moved and renamed after the fact. So using discourse_topic_id is preferred.

Previous / Next navigation

The website uses a pagination scheme (see post_pagination.html) that drives the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ buttons at the bottom of the page.

When adding new pages to the Community Hub this pagination needs to be tested to see if there is still a logical ordering of the page. If this is not the case, then the automatic pagination must be overridden by adding custom_pagination to the frontmatter metadata and specify either the prev or next page (or both) manually.


permalink: /about/
title: "About"
excerpt: "About the Humane Tech Community"
author_profile: false
last_modified_at: 2019-04-20T12+02:00
  nav: "about"
  prev: /resources/

(See Issue #28 and Pull Request #62 for background information.)