I have really enjoyed learning about Yellowdig to get ready for DPL, and I hope you will find it a fun space where we can share and connect. It's a very simple system, where users create posts, and we can then comment on each other's posts, and also reply to comments.
Navigation. The posts all appear in a stream on the homepage of our community, but you can filter the posts by topics, by hashtags, and by users; just use the filter menu on the right. You can also click on a Topic label to see just posts with that topic, and you can click on the hashtag link in a post to see other posts with that hashtag.
Stories and Comments. I really hope you will enjoy commenting on other people's stories and also receiving comments on your stories. Commenting on other people's stories is often the best way to get ideas for your own stories, so I hope you will want to spend a lot of time responding to each other's stories. It would be good to look for stories without comments so that we can try to make sure all stories get some comments; you can see the number of comments on any post displayed along the bottom of the post where it says "show comments" — if you don't see "show comments," that means the post has no comments yet.
I've built a randomizer to help spread comments around: LauraGibbs.net/dpl. That link takes you to a page that displays posts from the Stories topic at random; I'll update it with new stories and also remove stories that have received multiple comments. I'm not sure how well I'll be able to keep up, but I'll try (that is the method I used for my semester-long classes where the pace was... more leisurely, ha ha).
Topics. For each post, Yellowdig will prompt you to assign your post to a Topic. The most important Topic label is the stories: that's where people will look for stories to read and comment on!
You can put your post in multiple Topics also, and you can edit the Topics for a post at any time: just click on the 3-dot menu, choose Edit, and then you can click on existing Topic labels to remove them, while choosing new topics using the Topics item below the post.
I've created some basic Topics for us to use, and if you have suggestions about additional topics, let me know:
Introduction - Need Help - Question - Stories
... plus Topics for each Chapter in the Microfiction Manual.
Hashtags. I wrote up a separate post about hashtags; I hope people will want to use hashtags to build a kind of story portfolio for themselves. All about that here: Yellowdig Hashtags.
Post Formatting. The post formatting is very straightforward; there are just a few things I will point out:
Audio. You can record a story (any kind of voice recording app for your phone or computer will work), and then upload the audio file to include in a post. If you create a story with audio, include the hashtag #audio, and that way people who like to listen to audio-stories can find your post with audio.
Twine. For people who are interested in trying hyptertext Twine stories, you can share those in Yellowdig also. Just download the HTML file from Twine, and then ATTACH that file to your Yellowdig post, and it will allow people to play the game by clicking on the attachment. If you share a Twine story, use the #twine hashtag, and that way people who are interested in Twine will be able to find it easily.
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