I’m planning some changes to this site, and you may be part of it. I’ll explain more later, but I want to get these instructions written first so I can refer back to them.
The instructions look really complicated, but it’s not that bad. You would probably figure most of this out yourself.
To write an article:
- Register on the site. It’s free of course, and requires no personal information except an email address. The email address won’t be shown to anyone but me, and won’t be sold or used for advertising.
- Ask me for author privileges. Just tell me a little about who you are and what sort of things you want to write. You should be willing to abide by the guidelines below.
- Log in (there’s a link way down on the right column) and then click the Write link. If you are already logged in and reading articles, you can get there with the “site admin” link on the bottom right.
- Give your post a title. Not something like “My Post”. Something that relates to what you are going to write.
- Include pictures if you have them. People like to see pictures. Use your own pictures or pictures you have permission to use. Do NOT post pictures from other sites unless the site has a clear policy that this is okay. Please send me a link to the site’s policy page the first time you do this.
- WordPress (the software this site runs on) has an image upload function built in, but I have added some features you should use:
- The Description field will automatically appear below the image when you use it, so fill it in carefully.
- The Rider names field should be use to type the names of all the junior riders you can name who are in the picture. You can use just a first or last name, but nicknames will generally not work. Put a comma between each rider’s name. When you complete the list, the system will check the database for matching riders and put some controls in the “Confirm riders” area for you to use.
- Under “Confirm riders” you will now see a dropdown list for each name you entered. If the correct name is shown for each rider, you are done with this section. If not, see if you can select the rider from the list. If the name isn’t in the list, you can just pick the “– SKIP –” entry, or change the Rider names list if you think it will help.
- Click “Upload”
- You will see a thumbnail of the picture you just uploaded, and a bunch of options. Please just click “JuniorVelo Standard”. This will insert something like “showImage(nnn)” into your article automatically. You can move that insertion around if you want the image in a different place, but be careful not to change it.
- Repeat for as many images as you want to include.
- Review your spelling and grammar. I’m not expecting perfection, but don’t be sloppy. You wouldn’t show up for a race with a dirty bike and a big grease smear across your sponsor’s logo, would you? Of course it’s a sliding scale. A younger rider or someone whose first language is not English is completely welcome here, and we can expect more errors from them.
- Look at the Categories section at the right side of the page and check any which apply.
- Click the Publish link. Your article should appear immediately. You can also use the Save button if you want to take a break and work on the article again before publishing it.
- Tell your friends to check it out.
The purpose of this site is to promote junior track cycling by providing useful, interesting, or fun information. Some guidelines include:
- Keep it clean. Remember that boys and girls age 10 or younger will be reading this. So will their parents.
- Most topics are okay. You can talk about an important international race, an interesting race you did locally, or just a training session. You can review equipment, give tips, or present training ideas and race strategies. Even a “creative writing” story could be good. The material can be directed at beginners, national champions, or anyone in between. Just be sure your material is relevant to junior track racing.
- Please avoid negative topics. What does this mean? Telling how you won a race is fine. Trash-talking team X who didn’t win is not. Complaining about the officials is not. Passing on news about a new doping rule is good. Accusing someone of doping is not. There are proper channels for that. You get the idea.
- If you give your results, be polite and list at least those riders who finished ahead of you.
- Support your sponsors, but don’t advertise. This is a matter of judgment. Thanking your sponsors or mentioning them when announcing an event is great. They support the sport, after all. Writing articles (especially repeated ones) just to promote a sponsor or other business is not acceptable.
- If you are passing on information you found in a publication or web site, give credit. Just like in school, plagiarism is bad. Give the full name of your reference, and link to their site. Don’t copy the article! If you can summarize briefly, fine. If there is a lot of information, just tell people they can go to that site for the full story.
- I’m not a copyright lawyer, and I don’t have one, but here is my policy. If you post on Junior Velo, you own the material, but I have the right to display it on the web or use it in a printed version of material from this site without compensation. You still have the right to use it anywhere else you like.