The Filipino Australian is a multi-author news publication website. It is not a multi-blog website. As such, everyone is expected to observe certain rules in order to maintain the website standards.
We also consider the ideal length of an article to be anywhere from 450 to 650 words.
(Suggested reading: How to write a news story )
Here are important rules we request all our contributors to observe:
1. Only unpublished material should be posted in The Filipino Australian.
This means, articles or other materials previously published in other websites, books, magazines and similar publications whether offline or online, are not allowed to be posted in The Filipino Australian.
2. Grammar and spelling
We encourage everyone to be consistent with the use of certain spelling. We prefer Australian English. We encourage our contributors to run their articles against a spell-checker before submitting their articles.
(a) Please do not enter the title all in UPPERCASE or all in lowercase. Use uppercase for the first letter of the title or for proper nouns.
(b) Do not enclose the headline with a single or double quote. We observe the proper use of single or double quote in our publication.
(c) Do not end your title with trailing punctuations like 3 consecutive dots (…) In web publishing, the three consecutive dots or periods signify a very long title or text which has been truncated.
4. Main text or body of article
(a) Do not enter the title of your article and your name as the first lines in the main text of your post. The title of your post and your name are automatically displayed when published.
NB: Posts with duplicated titles are deleted.
(b) Do not enter the text of your article/s all in uppercase or ALLCAPS.
(c) Avoid using the blockquote to indent your text. The blockquote should be used for quotations and should not be used for styling or indentation.
(d) Avoid unnecessary bolding.
(e) Do not use underline or underscore. In web publishing, an underline or underscore is usually reserved for a formatted link or URL.
(f) HTML codes – Avoid using HTML codes and scripts outside those provided on the top menu of your Add / Edit post page. Non-allowed codes and scripts are removed outright. These include external stylesheets which are not compatible with our website design and layout.
NB: We regularly upgrade our design and layout to test certain features or version of WordPress. If you use custom stylesheets in your post, you are going to lose them during the upgrade. We do not port custom stylesheets to the upgraded versions.
(g) Do not enter your name, username, or email address at the bottom of your article.
(h) Do not enter a link or URL at the bottom of your post or anywhere else in your post. Unauthorized links or URLs are removed outright.
(i) Do not use long paragraphs.
(a) A post should have at least one tag. But do not spam your post with tags. A maximum of only three tags is allowed.
(b) Use keywords, not phrases. Do not use your name, username, or any part of your name as a tag.
(a) A maximum of two categories is allowed. Choose the category carefully. Do not use Uncategorized category.