How to Votable

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1. Votable basics: posting and commenting
2. How reputation works
3. How to create an awesome profile
4. Creating your own community
5. Managing your community

Post to a community

To post click what type of content you would like to share or create.

Blog

Blogs represent a combination images, text, photos, links and videos. Put together a custom page to share your thoughts.

Question

Ask a text-only question to see what other think about your favorite topics.

Link

Share an external link related to the community. *Special link types will automatically embed linked content into the page.

Video

Share a video from an external source.

Photo

Add a photo or gallery of images.

Poll *Coming Soon

Polls are great for quick, feedback and opinions, "which of my paintings do you like best?"

Special Link Types

When posting links votable will automatically post the content in the feed for the following websites.

  • Soundcloud
  • Twitter
  • Youtube Videos
  • Streamable Videos
  • Vines
  • HTML5 Videos
  • Instagram Posts
  • Gfycats

Posting Tips

The most successful posts are typically blog posts because they can contain a vareity of content. Here are a few tips to for creating a successful post.

Catchy Title

Space is limited, so lead with your most important words.

Images

The first image in your blog is the first thing members will see. Choose an eye catching, unique and relevant picture to attract attention. Maybe include a banner that teases what the rest of the blog will be about.

Spacing

Scrolling through a wall of text on your phone can be intimidating. Break up the text into smaller chunks. Use pictures and gifs as spacers.

Engagement

The best posts are ones that other members can comment on or engage with. After you’ve written your post, end with some questions or follow up points that encourage others to respond. Reply to comments and start a conversation!

#Hashtags

Using hashtags will make your post more visible to people searching for a particular topic. Somewhere in the post, add tags of the most important subjects covered.

Humor / Fun

remember to have fun, try adding funny images or anything that makes your post fun to read.

Xposting

Your post can appear in multiple communities by using the xposting tool. The current limit is two communities per post.

To Xpost click the icon highlighted below and select where you would also like the post to appear.

Commenting

Discuss the post content with others. The most popular comments get the highest visibility.

You can see how many comments each post has and jump directly to a page's comments by clicking on the comment icon on each post.

Commenting Tips

On of the best ways to gain reputation is by commenting. Here are some tips to spark a lively discussion in the comment sections.

Direct Engagement

If you see another comment that you strongly agree/disagree with, don't be afraid to tell them! Replying directly to members tells them, and others, that you're invested in the conversation.

Add an image

Add a relevant image or link by pasting in any image URL into a comment it will automatically embed the image into the comment.

A good way to get any image URL is to right click on any image and select "Copy Image Location"

Open-Ended Questions

Ask questions that call for more than a "yes" or "no,". Give other members an opportunity to respond and make their own opinions heard. This helps community members to start thinking and talking!

Concrete Details

Mention something specific in your comment that others can relate to - a detail specific or just a strong opinion will give others a reference point for thinking both about your comment, and the topic in general.

Reputation

How Reputation Works

Your Reputation is a measurement of your contributions & influence towards a community. As you gain reputation your contributions become more visible, and its more likely you are recommend to follow within a topic. Here are some ways to boost your reputation.

1. Post Blogs, Discussions or other community contributions.

Posting great content is a sure way to increase your reputation. The more engaging your post is, the more your reputation will rise.

2. Commenting and Interacting with Other Members

Good communities thrive with interesting discussion and good interactions all around. Interacting with others is another great way to increase your reputation.

Ways to interact with others:

  • Comment on blogs, discussions and other posts
  • Answer questions and upvote the best answers
  • Share the most relevant and interesting content within the community
  • Vote in Polls
  • Welcome new users
  • Share posts with friends

Ranks and Titles

Built In Community Ranks

Community ranks display when commenting or posting, and represent increased permissions. We will be adding more ranks in time.

[v] = Votable Staff: Currently reserved for votable team.

[lead] = Community Leader: displays when the owner or leader of the community posts within that respective community.

[mod] = Moderator: displays when a moderator within the community posts.

To learn more about each position please jump to creating a community

Titles ( *Coming Soon )

Community leaders can assign titles to members in their community. Example of an title ( Staff , CoFounder , SupremeTacoMan ) whatever you want. These titles will display next to the person's name when they are commenting.

Awards

You can gain awards for participating in various challenges and fun friendly community competitions. More on this soon

Current Awards

  • Top Comment of the Day
  • 10 Friends Invited
  • Verified Email

Soon you will be able to view people in community based on their reputation through community leaderboards.

Followers

The more followers you have the more your posts and comments will be seen. Gaining followers is pretty simple post the most awesome comments and helpful posts within the community.
We are working to build specific functionality to view posts and comments based on who you are following.

Personal Profile

Your profile is a huge part of your identity and how to meet others. An exciting and unique profile helps you stand out. Here are some tips to have the best possible profile.

1. Profile Picture

Your profile picture is your face in the community. When editing your profile, you can choose a picture of yourself or anything else within community guidelines to represent you. Tap the profile picture icon in your profile to change the profile image.

2. Cover Image

The rotation of images in your profile cover is a great way to attract attention, and the images you choose say a lot about you. Any images you place in the text of your bio will automatically be added to your cover as well. To add more, tap the Cover Gallery icon. You can now add photos and gifs to your Cover.

3. Add Favorites *Coming Soon

Favorites let other people know what your interested in within different communities, for example for the music community you can post your favorite artists or songs.

4. Add a Bio

Your bio is the place to share information about yourself. This is also the place to include information not related to your community topic; any hobbies you’d like to share, etc. Things you could include in your profile:

  • Personal Links
  • Accomplishments, passions etc
  • Additional information
5. Add links to your other websites

Optionally You can add personal links to your profile such as youtube, facebook, twitter, snapchat etc. This allows people to discover your content on other sites.

After fleshing out your profile, you’ll find that you’re more easily relatable to the community. The goal is to make your profile represent you, so don’t be afraid to be you!

Creating a community

Creating a community is a great way to bring people together for a common purpose. Before you create a community please visit Explore to ensure your community is unique. Otherwise we recommend applying to become a leader within that existing community.

Basic Setup

Naming Your Community

Assign your community a name, a community name must be unique and not already exist. Additionally you can You’ll also be asked for a Tagline for your community, which offers more detail about the interests or subjects covered. This description will show up under the name of your community when members find it via Explore or Search.

Community Icon

Select an image that represents your community! We recommend using a square image otherwise the image will automaticall resize to be a square. Any file size is fine by its recommended to use something over 200px by 200px.

Theme Color

Your Theme Color will appear in various places around your community, so select a shade that works well with your icon and other assets. Your Theme Color will also act as a default Title Bar until you upload one of your own.

Cover Image

You can upload a cover for your community which will serve as a large sized banner to represent that community. We recommend using a cover 900 pixels in width, and you can specify which height you would like. Additionally you can select for your cover to appear on the top of the page or on the side.

Card Image

A card image represents your community in the browse community view. A good card image helps people in more and more people.

Additional Customization

After you create your community you will be able to customize your community more.

Set Guidelines

Setting community guidelines is a way to let know people expected posting behavior within your community.

Custom Modules

You can add different modules on the side of your page, currently we support a twitter timeline, and custom HTML.

Current Modules

Managing your community

After you create a community or become promoted to a moderator position you will gain access to additional page functionality. This is available on the side navigation.

Mod Center

The activity panel shows all recent moderator activity. And allows you to respond to requests from the community.

Edit Settings

Adjust the community settings here. Settings has four different tabs Main Settings, Sections, Page Display and Flair

Main Settings Here you can adjust all the primary settings for your community such as description, community links , logo , privacy , guidelines.
Sections Here you can add sub pages which categorize posts within your community.
Page Display Adjust page color, theme, cover image and other display settings here.
Flair Flair is a way for users to select an icon to represent themselves within the community. Here you can add or edit community flair.
Statistics

Allows you to see traffic statistics and measure community activity.

Manage Members

Allows you to ban users, promote members to become leaders, and add titles for existing community members.

Assigning Leaders

Great communities have a good amount of passionate leaders. We recommend having atleast six active leaders & moderators for each community.

You can assign and promote leaders by clicking the dashboard link in your communities navigation.

Each community has three levels of ownership ( leaders, moderators and curators ). Promote the best people you can find depending on their qualifications. Community leaders will gain additional reputation and followers based on being visible every time somebody joins and on a side module.

Leaders

Community leaders have full permissions to edit, and delete posts within that communtiy. They can ban users and edit community options and display settings. Additionally community leaders can directly submit feedback or request help from the votable staff.

Moderators

Moderators are similar to leaders however they do not have delete permissions and can not remove or ban users.

Curators

Curators are active or recruited members who find the best content and things happening within that community on a regular basis. Promote people to curator who are passionaite and qualified to create and share the best content that is relevant and helpful.

Responsibilities
  • Search the internet for the greatest and latest content related to the community

Management Tips & Tricks

Keep it Active

An active community is a happy community. Posting regular interesting content and fostering discussions helps communitys grow. As a moderator we encourage you to.

Feature Posts

To feature a click on the more options button on the post and select feature. Once the post is featured it will appear permantaly until replaced with newer featured posts. You can edit which appearance you would like for the feature box within community settings.

featuring posts tips & tricks

We recommend featuring atleast 3-5 posts in your community weekly.
feature worthy posts are typically
  • Blog posts which contain a significant contribution towards the community.
  • Contests, events. challenges.
  • Relevant or important news discussion threads ( such as a new patch , or something happening in the community )
  • The best of the best user submitted content
Commenting

Please comment on other users posts daily - give feedback, encouragement, suggestions, etc. Also good to encourage people to comment more, especially if they’re only posting.

Discussion Posting

We recommended creating regular posts that invoke discussion and debate within your community. It could be something related to whats happening within the community or just a general discussion.

Schedule weekly threads

Sometimes its fun to have regular scheduled threads, for example "member of the week", or "thursday weekly overwatch discussion".

Create challenges, events, and competitions

Community challeneges are a way to get people involved in an activity, for example in minecraft you can do a build competition in minecraft.

Be Creative

Do something fun and unique that makes your community stand out and be original. If you have an awesome idea be sure to contact the votable staff and let us know how we can support you.

Growing your community

The most active communities gain the greatest visibility within votable which will encourage new members to join.

In addition we recommended sharing your community with likeminded people across the web on a regular basis.

Votable provides a couple tools to help grow your community.

Invite
Here you can invite your friends you've made on votable to join your community, you can also send email invitations.
Share
Provides a variety of methods to promote your community on various social media platforms.