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NB: Much thanks to former mod [ profile] stubbleupdate as well as current mod [personal profile] schmevil for authoring the original version of this post, which has since been extensively updated to reflect the community's changing needs.


So, you've joined the community, you've been commenting a while, and you're ready to take the leap – your very first [community profile] scans_daily post! But what makes the difference between a really strong [community profile] scans_daily entry that generates lots of discussion and interest, and one that's just … okay?

Who is this guide for?

Maybe you've never had a journal on website using the LiveJournal codebase before – meaning any of LJ itself, Dreamwidth, InsaneJournal or a handful of others – and you don't know how to mark up your posts so they display correctly. You don't know how to make lj-cuts or those nifty links with the faces in front of them, and you're intimidated by the idea of writing html. Not to worry! This guide is for you. We can't promise to have you writing webpages, but we will help you participate at [community profile] scans_daily.

Or maybe you're comfortable with that stuff already, and you know how to make a post that follows our Posting Checklist and everything, but you're looking for ideas to make your posts better all around. We also have some suggestions for you, though we also suggest you try the Technical Resources.

What if I'm looking for something else?

  • If you're generally familiar with LJ coding but trying to figure out this Dreamwidth thing, you should start by checking out Dreamwidth's own FAQs.
  • If you're fine with coding and want to make sure your post is rules-compliant and properly formatted, you're looking for the Posting Checklist.
  • If you're looking for technical tips, resources, and suggestions from fellow members, try here.
  • If you're looking for something else, first look at our userinfo/basic rules and FAQ masterlist, then if you're really lost contact the mods using the e-mail at the bottom of this post.

  • This guide assumes you've read the userinfo and Posting Checklist linked above as well as the Definitions Page, so if you haven't yet, do so now. LiveJournal novices, do not panic if you're not sure how to follow the checklist – that's what this guide is for.

    Step 1 – Choosing your material.

    Presumably you have something in mind or you wouldn't even be reading this, but you should always keep two things in mind when choosing scans to post:

    1. The 1/3rd rule: in sum, no more than 1/3rd of a single story or physical text can be posted in the entirety of the community's archives. (Exceptions made for stories shorter than 2 pages in length.) It is your responsibility to make your post conform to the 1/3rd rule. Practically speaking, this means checking tags to ensure that no pages from the issue or story have already been posted and checking the page count of the story or text to ensure you don't exceed a third. For a quick guideline, a third of a standard US format comic would be 7 pages.

      There are more details on the 1/3rd rule in the Posting Checklist; please contact the mods if you have any questions before posting.

    2. Make sure that somebody else hasn’t already posted what you’re planning on posting. First of all, it's redundant and a waste of your time. More importantly, it's quite rude to post something that another poster has already got on the community. It splits discussion over different posts, making it hard to follow. If you do this, the mods will comment with a picture of Bill Murray.

      NB: this mostly applies for recent and relatively recent comics. It's not a big deal if you're reposting material last seen more than 6 months ago, although you still need to follow the 1/3rd rule. In other words, you can repost part of a story that the community's seen before, but if 1/3rd of it has already been posted, you can't add any new material.

    Step 2 - Creating the scans.

    We have to assume that you have (access to) a scanner and some idea of how to use it, and at least rudimentary knowledge of whatever image manipulation program you have on your computer. There are many, many versions of both scanners and image manip programs, and if you need help with either you will have to look elsewhere. Sorry! But we can give you some tips.

    If you are using your own scanner, cropping the borders, other pages, or your hand off the image makes them look more professional. Taking photos of pages rarely produces good quality results.

    The ideal size of scans is about 800-900 pixels wide. Most scanners scan images larger than this, so use your image manip program to resize down – this is also when you play with brightness/contrast, sharpness, etc. If you need/want larger scans for whatever reason, use thumbnails (more on that later). If your scans are much smaller, be prepared for people to say “I can’t read that.”

    Once you have scans, you need to upload them. Only direct link to images on your own web space. If you'd like to point out scans on someone else's webspace to the community, please use a text link. (Note that a text link does not count as a scan, and scans are required to post.)

    Imageshack (recommended by [ profile] stubbleupdate) is a good place to host pictures. If you are hosting on imageshack, make sure that you use their advanced hosting (at the top of the page) and insert that into an image tag (see below).

    You can find more suggestions for image hosts in the Technical Resources.

    Step 3 - Formatting your post.

    Finally, time to write your post! … Now, how do you write your post?

    You can write Dreamwidth entries using either the web entry form or a client, which is a program for posting to journaling sites that use the LJ codebase. As of this writing, [personal profile] skalja has been using Semagic on Windows for around six years and is quite fond. However, there are many other good ones.

    In both the form and the client, there should be a drop-down bar which lets you select the journal you're posting to -- in the entry form it is in fact labeled "post to" (right underneath "post as"). Click on it and select [community profile] scans_daily; otherwise your entry will go to your own journal by default.

    To create your entry, let's start from the top down. First, the SUBJECT LINE. Because this is the only thing users see when browsing the archives, you want this to be as descriptive as possible – we strongly encourage title and issue number where applicable. “Batman” is kind of meh. “Detective Comics #500” is much better. “Nightwing kicks ass (and has a great one) in Detective Comics #500” is great.

    Next, the BODY OF THE ENTRY.

    In order to get the most out of Dreamwidth – not to mention, to follow the rules at [community profile] scans_daily! – you need to know some html. You probably know that html is the basic computer language of the web, and although that might sound intimidating to the non-computer-savvy, it's actually very straightforward. You also only need to know a few commands rather than the complete structure of the language.

    (NB: Many people refer to HTML commands as tags or markup tags, but this guide is aimed at beginners, and since we also refer to LJ/DW tags quite frequently we decided not to confuse the issue. Image tags are still referred to as image tags, since that's the only name we've ever seen for them.)

    HTML uses two-part commands typed around a section of text that act upon that text for a certain effect. They always take the form <command>Your text here</command>.

    For example, if you type:
    <i>Robin! What have I done to you?</i>

    It will display as:
    Robin! What have I done to you?

    Never forget to close your html commands. If you do, the computer thinks it's supposed to apply the tag from that point onwards, and strange things can happen.

    The two most important commands you need to know for [community profile] scans_daily are the lj-cut and the image tag.

    The lj-cut is an LJ Codebase specific command that hides part of your entry behind a link when displayed as part of the journal's main page (or on someone's friendslist, etc). On [community profile] scans_daily we use cuts to hide scans so that the dozens if not hundreds of cumulative images loading on the same page don't crash people's browsers. We also use them to hide spoilers and nsfw content. More details on when to use a cut are in the Posting Checklist.

    To create a basic lj-cut on Dreamwidth, you have several options:

    your entry here

    OR (Dreamwidth only)

    your entry here

    And that's it! Note that LJ/DW will automatically put a return between the last text behind the cut and the close cut command, for those perfectionists amongst you.

    If you want the text of your cut to say something specific, like, “To find out what happens to Supergirl next, click here!” write:

    <lj-cut text="link text here">
    your entry here

    OR (Dreamwidth only)

    <cut text=link text here>
    your entry here

    Note that the Dreamwidth version of the cut does not put link text in quotes. Both versions of the cut will work at Dreamwidth, but only <lj-cut> works on LJ or any other site using the LJ codebase.

    Now you need there to be actual scans behind the cut. This is what the image tag is for.

    <img src=”hxxp://”>

    This is a basic image tag – instead of hxxp://, paste in the link to one of the scans you've uploaded to your webspace, and the image will display in the entry.

    To create a thumbnail (those small pictures which link to larger versions of the same picture), you define the size of your thumbnail in pixels within the image tag. Then you make that image into a link to the large version, like so:

    <a href="hxxp://"><img height=50 width=50 src="example.jpg">

    There are many other fancy things you can do with image tags, but that's for you to find out on your own.

    Other html commands useful for writing entries:

    <a href=”hxxp://">link name</a> (link url goes in the quotes)
    <em>italics optimized for web accessibility</em>
    <strong>bold optimized for web accessibility</strong>

    Commands specific to LJ and DW:

    <lj user=”journal”> : LJ or DW user/community
    <user name=journal> : same, but DW only
    <user name=journal> : also DW only, allows you to link to a user/community on any site using the LJ codebase

    DW's full list of allowed commands is here. Dreamwidth has a list of DW-specific commands here.

    So now you've written the body of your entry, scans and everything. Last but not least, don't forget the TAGS. Tagging your entry lets people find your post based on subject matter – it takes two seconds and makes [community profile] scans_daily's archive that much easier to use, so tag what you can. Other users will also be able to add tags to your post.

    Full guidelines for [community profile] scans_daily's tagging system are here. This tutorial was written by [personal profile] foxhack, tag wrangler extraordinaire.

    Step 4 – In your own words.

    Congratulations! Your entry is rules-compliant and properly coded. Now, if only you knew what to say...

    Lots of scans without much commentary can be difficult to understand. Lots of text with a contractually obligated scan at the end is dull. Your post should strike a balance between the two. Explain what you’re posting - page numbers can be useful for those of us who want to find a hard copy. Say what’s going on, so that the reader understands a bit about what’s being shown. Say why you like it. These all help to make for interesting and thoughtful discussions on [community profile] scans_daily.

    Be prepared to justify your opinions, whether you think something is better than sliced bread (Ex Machina #1) or as pleasant as shaking hands with your dad’s proctologist (Batman: Fortunate Son). Yours is not the only opinion on scans_daily. Be prepared for disagreement and respond to it civilly.

    NB: Keep off topic posts to a minimum. In this community, on topic means scans. Interviews, videos, fanart, essays, self-promotion, news and other miscellany are welcome, so long as they come in the context of a larger, scans-focused posts. Keep in mind that this is not a general comics discussion community - it's a scans community. Our scanless, discussion-only affiliate [ profile] noscans_daily can be found at LiveJournal, but keep in mind you can't post scans, videos, or any kind of external media there.

    Step 5 - Check and double check.

    This is where you want to make sure that you've coded and spelled everything correctly, that you're actually posting to [community profile] scans_daily and not your own journal or some other community, that you've set the age restriction and marked for NSFW if your post is NSFW, chosen the icon you want to use, and all that good stuff.

    Step 6 - Hit “post entry.”

    Congratulations! You're done.

    And so are we! Thanks for reading.

    - the mod team


    Dreamwidth FAQ


    Profile | FAQ | Tags | Suggestions | Requests | Volunteers | Contact Mods

Okay, but...

Date: 2009-11-15 09:54 am (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson
How do I get started? When I go to post it doesn't give me Scans Daily as an option. Or have I only joined Dreamwidth and not the community?

Must know tell me.

Date: 2009-11-15 10:02 am (UTC)
bluefall: blue-tinted autumn leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] bluefall
If you're logged in, you should see a grey bar across the top of your screen when you're looking at this page. If it says "you are viewing Scans_daily" and gives you the options to "Join community | subscribe | track community," click "join." If it says "you are a member" and gives you the option to leave, you're already a member and you're fine.

However, I believe posting to the comm is still restricted to mods only at the moment, while they finish hammering things out and making sure the move went smoothly. They'll open the comm to all-members posting in the morning.

Date: 2009-11-15 10:20 am (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson
Ah, that would explain it, because indeed it does say I am a member. Okay then.

I have a whole heap of re-posts ready to go. So there's that.

Date: 2009-11-15 10:38 am (UTC)
angelophile: (Molly - Mod Hat)
From: [personal profile] angelophile
The import's done now, so anything that was posted onto Insanejournal (Scans_Daily 2.0) is now here as well. So, reposts may not be necessary.

To confirm what [personal profile] bluefall said, posting access is currently restricted until we officially open. Which should be soon, but there's still some prep work to be done.

Date: 2009-11-15 11:30 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (goddamn batman doggone bathound)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Batman would have completed his prepwork already!

Date: 2009-11-15 04:18 pm (UTC)
schmevil: (modly mouse)
From: [personal profile] schmevil
:) There are few things to take care of that had to be done post import.

Date: 2009-11-15 12:33 pm (UTC)
stubbleupdate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
You know that you can use the SuperModtionary, right?

Also, Imageshack has changed the way that it displays results. The html that you want to use is now in a big box at the very top of the page.

Date: 2009-11-15 02:29 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Kamino Neko's default icon... (Default)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Does lj-cut/cut work properly with the current RSS feed, or should we still be using the 'div class' work around?

Date: 2009-11-15 09:11 pm (UTC)
angelophile: (Molly - Mod Hat)
From: [personal profile] angelophile
The div class workaround should no longer be necessary as the feed appears to be recognizing the cut and LJ-cut codes. But if anyone reading the RSS finds differently, please let us know at

Date: 2011-10-10 09:15 am (UTC)
eyz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eyz
I've been following S-D for a reaaaaally long time, only joined and started commenting some time ago..can I make a post on S-D or do I need to ask for a permission or something?
Am I allowed to make a post?

Date: 2011-10-10 12:57 pm (UTC)
salinea: Deadpool has a fucking horned hat on and is ready to kick gum and chew ass. Errr, moderate s_d. (mod hat)
From: [personal profile] salinea
All members of the community can make a post; so, sure, go ahead. :)

Date: 2011-10-10 12:59 pm (UTC)
eyz: (Speedy)
From: [personal profile] eyz
Yay! Awesome!
Thanks for the reply!

Date: 2011-10-10 02:19 pm (UTC)
eyz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eyz
Not to annoy you, but I've got one tiny little last question!
I have made some parodies "webcomics" myself
could I post maybe one or two of those here from time to time?
Since there's already "Casstoons" and all...

Date: 2011-10-10 04:13 pm (UTC)
salinea: Deadpool win! (win)
From: [personal profile] salinea
Absolutely, you can post your own webcomics.

and OMG classic!Deadpool webcomics *_* ♥

Date: 2011-10-10 04:33 pm (UTC)
eyz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eyz
Alright! :D


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