Q: Who is allowed to write for SBUGC?

A: Anyone, as long as she or he follows the Posting Guidelines.

Q: What is the hierarchy of users and privileges?

A: Users are divided into three main camps:

“Subscribers” – People and bots who’ve registered for the site, but have never followed instructions to “Become a Contributor.” These users cannot write for the blog, and their post comments are subject to mod approval.

“Contributors” – New authors, writers, or STO players who’ve completed the “Become a Contributor” process.  Their blog posts and first comments are subject to mod approval (as to guard against spam).  Due to wordpress user category restrictions, contributors cannot upload pictures to posts.  They must use photobucket or another service to post screenshots, banners, etc.  However, they may post Youtube videos.  For info on how to do that, see below.

“Authors” – Known Foundry authors, recognized members of the STO community, and anyone else who is deemed trustworthy.  These users may post to the blog without a pending process, and they may upload images to server (to use in blog posts).  Authors must still follow the Posting Guidelines.

There are also “Editors” who act as mods and one “Admin,” named Kirkfat.

Q: Can I use the blog to advertise my Foundry mission?

A: Yes, of course, but follow the Posting Guidelines and please do not spam.

Q: Can I use the blog to review other Foundry missions?

A: Yes, of course, see above answer.

Q: Can I use the blog to promote my website?

A: This depends on the content of your website.  The content of the site, podcast, or individual blog post must be relevant to Foundry authors and related to UGC content or other stuff that is relevant (like DemoRecord, for example).  Also, please do not spam.

Q: Can I use the blog to promote 3rd-party software?

A: This is a tricky and controversial question.  There are some 3rd-party programs, such as RG’s DemoRecord tool, which are great and extremely valuable tools.  But, there are other 3rd-party programs that Cryptic Studios dislikes, and it will harm the site’s relationship with Cryptic if those tools are promoted.  If you’re not sure, then please ask in the chat room.

Q: How do I contact an admin?

A: You can check our live chatroom. There’s usually someone in there 24/7 who might be able to help, including the site admin team most of the time. Alternatively, you can send a tweet to @starbaseugc or write on our Facebook wall (www.facebook.com/starbaseugc).

Q: How do I contact PodcastUGC?

A: Email podcastugc@starbaseugc.com

Q: How do I upload a picture to use in a blog post? Or, how does a new contributor include an image in a blog post?

A: Only “authors” can upload pictures in the wordpress interface.  Clicking the “Add an Image” box will allow them to do so, and then they can “Insert into Post.”  New users and “contributors” will have to use photobucket to insert screenshots and banners.  Once they obtain the embed code from photobucket, they can insert that code into the ‘html’ part of a blog post.  (The wordpress interface has a “visual” box and a “html” box which can be switched between at the top right of the posting interface)

Q: How do I post a Youtube video?

A: It’s very easy to do! On YouTube, just click share and copy the link. Paste the link into your post where you want it to appear and it will automatically embed a YouTube player for you.

Q: Can I use other services besides Youtube?

A: Authors can include embed codes from many different types of hosting sites, but new users may have to use YouTube.

Q: Do I have to register for both the blog and the chat room?

A: Yes, unfortunately.  Sorry for the hassle, but each is a different ‘place.’

Q: I have a different question. How do I get an answer?

A: Please join us in the chat room, and we’ll help you.