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Content: Anole Annals is a place to post anything about anoles, from recent scientific research to anecdotes about anoles in popular culture. Have fun and post any anole information that you’d like to share with other anole enthusiasts. We have only a few relatively simple rules. First, we do not permit posts or comments about collection, sale, trade, or donations of animals (alive or dead) that are not accompanied by appropriate legal documentation. Second, avoid controversial remarks that you may end up regretting. Once something is on the internet it will never go away. If you are going to be critical of someone’s work, make sure that you are objective and prepared to personally defend your critique. If you have any doubts about a post or comment, please consult with the editors.
Formatting Guidlines for Anole Annals Posts:
Titles: Capitalize words in titles.
Images: People like pictures, so try to include one with each post. The posting space is 650 pixels wide. It’s generally a good idea to resize all images so that they are no wider than this prior to posting because using WordPress to resize images can lead to trouble. Among other problems, posting really large original images and forcing WordPress to resize them on the fly will dramatically slow down page loads. Be sure to check that your images are not outside the post margins. If you are going to use an image from another page, be sure to provide credit in your post. Right justify and wrap text around images that are less than half the page’s width (i.e., <325 pixels). This helps eliminate excessive whitespace in posts.
Breaking up long posts: For any post that extends for most than two paragraphs, please use the “Continue reading” feature. This feature requires interested readers to click a link to gain access to your full post. You can add a “Continue reading” break by typing <!–more–> in the html editor in any given post. It’s generally best to do this at the end of a paragraph.
Use of links: The best way to add links to a post is to select a word and make that word a hyperlink. Avoid adding extra text to your post that simply sets up a link. Whenever possible, this will involve avoiding use of “click here” links (i.e., using the phrase “click here” as a hyperlink, see examples below). Research suggests that “click here” links are less effective than more informative hyperlinks (both in terms of drawing a reader’s interest and in attracting appropriate references from search engines like Google).
Some do/don’t examples, with the hyperlink indicated by < >:
DON’T: Thomas et al. (1992) suggest that A. sagrei is invading Georgia (click <here> for the original paper).
DO: <Thomas et al. (1992)> suggest that A. sagrei is invading Georgia.
DON’T: Bill has some great photos of A. carolinensis <here>.
DO: Bill has <some great photos of A. carolinensis>.
DON’T: Smith (1992) recently published a phylogeographic study of A. sagrei (<http://dx.doi/org/34323121>).
DO: <Smith (1992)> recently published a phylogeographic study of A. sagrei.
DON’T: Anole annals has had several posts with photos of Dominican anoles, they can be found <here>, <here>, <here>, and <here>.
DO: We’ve seen several posts with photos of A. sagrei (<1>, <2>, <3>, <4>).
Pasting text into a new post: Generally, pasting from Microsoft Word or other word processors directly into your post is not recommended. They add formatting that can conflict with your WordPress.com theme and break it. We recommend three alternatives. The best option is to simply stop using overly complicated word processing tools like Microsoft Office when drafting posts. Simple text editors like TextWrangler [mac] or TextPad [PC] are free, easy to use, and far less likely to cause trouble. If you must use Microsoft Word, you can try using the Paste From Word tool to safely remove the formatting and paste the text. Read more about this here:
You may also be interested in Windows Live Writer – an offline blog editor that works very much like Word, but is fully integrated with your blog:
Inserting an image in a comment post: Post a comment, then upload your photo to media library on the blog and copy the generated URL. Then go to the comment and edit it. When you get to the edit bar, hit the “img” tab above it and it will let you enter a URL.
Inserting a YouTube video into a post: We’ve added a plug-in to facilitate use of YouTube videos in posts. When you want to display a Youtube video in your post, copy the video URL to the html editor and change http:// to httpv:// (notice the ‘v’ character). The URL should just be copied into your post normally and the letter ‘v’ added, do not create a clickable link!
Inserting a vimeo video into a post: We’ve also added a plug-in to facilitate use of Vimeo videos in posts. When you want to display a Vimeo video in your post, put the following code into your post, in brackets: vimeo + URL of the Vimeo video. Like this “[vimeox https://vimeo.com/1986146]” (w/o quotation marks or the x, which keeps this from posting the video).