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We encourage users to contribute to Linux.com in an effort to share and help build the central knowledge base and information repository for the Linux operating system and its applications.

Linux.com is a publication of The Linux Foundation and helps to promote Linux and to provide educational and useful material that supports the mission of The Linux Foundation, its members, and the Linux Community at large. We accept and publish blogs and articles that meet our editorial guidelines and are original or reproduced with permission. Because our editorial bar is very high and our editorial staff is very small, only the strongest submissions that meet all of the guidelines outlined here will be considered for pubication.

If you have questions about your submission, please feel free to contact our managing editor Libby Clark at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

POLICIES

First: the absolute don'ts:

  • Don't violate anyone's intellectual property and post anyone else's copyrighted or confidential material you don't have permission to use.
  • Don't post anything vulgar, inflammatory, pornographic, etc.
  • Don't post spam.
  • Don't post just to sell something. Sure, talk up your project, but don't mention how to buy it every single time.Don't launch into personal attacks. You're not going to agree with everyone, but name-calling will just cause trouble and will be regarded as flaming behavior.
  • Don't use too many metalinks and tags. If you just trying to boost your SEO, that's an abuse of the system.
Violation of these rules will result in the removal of the content and a warning from the site's administrators. A second violation will result in the removal of your user account.
 
GUIDELINES
  • Please use English.
  • Focus on a single idea. Instead of "how to use digital cameras," perhaps write "how to use application X to organize your photos."
  • Use a recipe format. After a little preliminary info, use numbered steps. Make the first sentence of the step the action and the second sentence the result.
  • Use graphics. Screenshots are good. Make sure no artwork is wider then 400 px wide.
  • Watch out for long, preformatted lined of text; they will break out of the main content column. Try to keep such lines short.
  • Try not to be redundant. Make sure the content not reproducing a topic that is already posted on Linux.com. Duplicate topics that overlap too much will not be published, so check the site first before working on your content. Also, if you have an idea, e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  first. We'll let you know if any one else is planning on writing about that topic already, and give you some ideas on what else you could write about.
  • Tone down the foul language. You can say what you need to say without relying on cursing. In fact, your writing will be regarded as that much more creative.

With Linux.com, The Linux Foundation is providing a framework for discussion and user generated information to expand the knowledge base of Linux information. Please note that articles, as well as any other user content on Linux.com do not reflect the views or endorsements of The Linux Foundation, its staff, or its members. We recognize there may be inaccurate information reflected in this site and that users should understand that something that appears  on Linux.com does not mean The Linux Foundation has vetted or endorsed that content.

If you spot an error, or a violation of this policy, please contact our managing editor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so that we may act accordingly.

 

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