Hello SMAC staff! Here, you’ll find the rules you should follow as a staff member, some tips for posting, the grade rubric, the SMAC format, tips on getting post ideas, and also a special note from Grant. Please use this page as a reference whenever you are in doubt of your quality or of the rules.
SMAC Staff Rules
- Your post should try to follow the SMAC grade rubric. This means your should have proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling, be highly detailed, unbiased, and must have at least 300 words.
- You must post at least once every week,
No posting about your own army.
- Email or notify the Head of Site(s) if you will be away and cannot be posting, or will be going on vacation.
- Your posts should receive a minimum grade of 5.
- If you would like to resign from SMAC, please notify the Heads or write a retirement post, instead of simply disappearing.
- If you go inactive for more than 2 weeks with no notification beforehand, you may have to leave SMAC.
- Follow the SMAC reporter grade rubric, it can really help you write a great post.
- Have pictures and color! Make the post look good to the eye. Remember that people do judge a book by its cover.
- Have fun in your posts, and ask for the reader’s opinion.
- Don’t be repetitive and post about the same topics often.
- Write the post that YOU would want to read!
- If you’re a philosopher, try linking your topic to small and medium armies.
- Read the CPARTC guide on reporting.
- Use this guide on adding interviews.
- For examples of amazing posts, look at these posts:
- Watex Warriors- On the Rise Again?
- The Democracy Experiment: Global Defenders’ Election
- Rebel Penguin Federation- Back in the Game?
Reporters- Post Format
Here is the post format for SMAC.
- Make your title a statement. For example, “Army A Battled Army B for Server C”.
- Write down one sentence that summarizes the whole post, then insert the “Read More” tag. Something like, “Army A managed to snatch victory in an extremely close battle against Army B”.
- After the Read More tag, start your actual post. Write an introduction paragraph (Why was this battle held?).
- After the introduction paragraph, start the actual content of the post. The content part of the post does not have to follow a specific format, as this can be left to your own designs. However, it should contain pictures, paragraphs, and perhaps interviews.
- Conclude your post. Who won? What happened after the battle? Try to include some direct quotes from the leader’s post. Also, make sure you include polls and comment prompts. Comment prompts are prompts at the end that asks questions for the reader to comment at the end. Remember Interview-Post integration when adding interviews.
Make sure that you know how to insert a Read More. It is extremely important. If you don’t, watch this video.
If you have a question about the quality of your post, make sure you refer back to this rubric. Sometimes your posts will be graded against these two criteria: content and structure and language.
Content: 9-10 (Excellent)- The post uses a lot of detail and pictures. The post is not influenced by the opinion of the author. Reader interaction is allowed via polls and comment prompts. The post shows a lot of analysis of the event. The post gives inisght from the people involved by using interviews and quotes.
Structure and Language: 9-10 (Excellent)- The post is above 500 words. All the 3 major parts of the post (introduction-body-conclusion) are present. There are few grammar and spelling mistakes that do not distract the reader. The writing style is appropriate. Special text formatting is used correctly. The post looks professional. The post uses proper quote-interview integration.
You may find that our rubric is very demanding of your posts to get to the top achievement level. This is because excellence is expected.
Reporters- Getting Post Ideas
Some valuable tips for getting post ideas:
- Read the top tens. On the top tens, you’ll see armies that are rising and falling, newcomers, and stuff like that. That provides you with opportunity to do “Army in Focus”s. Also, the top ten writers usually include some information about wars and battles they were in, so you can go do some more research on that.
- Look at what other people posted.
- Think of a new post type. “Army on the Rise?” “Fallen Army”? “Ragin’ War”? “Dazzling Leader”? The possibilites are never-ending!
- Check out the Inform Us page or look at the army links on the Nations page.
a regular feature or series of articles in a newspaper,magazine, or the like, usually having a readily identifiableheading and the byline of the writer or editor, that reportsor comments upon a particular field of interest- Dictionary.com
A columnist is a journalist who writes for publication in a series, creating an article that usually offers commentary and opinions. – Wikipedia
- You should always post about recent news, not philosophy.
- You should briefly cover what the news is about, similarly to a news report, although in less detail. (You are allowed to assume that the reader already has some knowledge about the topic).
- You should give your opinion about the topic. ANALYZE the subject in detail. What caused this event to happen? What is your opinion of the event? What are the implications this event has? (What can this event lead to?)
- Your column should be at least 250 words.
- You should always use titles that can identify your post as your column. Eg. “Splasher’s Opinion: ____”
- Have your own writing style! You are allowed to use sarcasm and humor, and you are allowed to comment and criticize. Personalize your column!
- Post about new and interesting topics. (Brainstorm for ideas, don’t keep talking about the same subjects over and over).
- Use lots of pictures! No one wants to read a boring ten-paragraph essay with no color and pictures.
- Before you write, make sure you have considered the four elements of fiction: plot, character, setting, and theme. What is your story about? Where does it happen? Who are the major characters? What is the central idea your story will communicate?
- Your story has to be related to CP armies.
- There are no word limits, although there should be a substantial amount of text.
Special Note From Grant
Grant was the first SMAC Head of Site. Here, he has a message to the reporters of SMAC.
Hello. There is a famous activist by the name of Noam Chomsky, and he has done a lot of work analyzing the mass media, and the effect that it has on everyone in the world (specifically the United States). The real-world mass media is a very evil, and corrupt, structure, but that is because the raw news goes through multiple filters (ones like “Money” and “Advertising”). Fortunately, SMAC is not owned by any large armies or Xat-rich people (if we put it into the context of CP armies), so we should be able to operate without any bias. Here are some tips to help understand this idea:
- The media (SMAC, CPWI, and other sites) must report the news fairly, completely, and without bias.
- The media (“ “) must function as a watchdog for the public against abuses of power.
So, as Reporters, you must ask yourselves, “How do I, a faithful reporter for the Small and Medium Army Central, incorporate these central ideas into my reporting?” Well, the answer is sitting right above these lines. Report the news you see on Army sites fairly, completely, and without bias! Also, if you view a legitimate abuse of power, then please report it! But collaborate with a Head Reporter first, as you need a lot a lot of experience to view true abuses of power. This is one of the reasons that people don’t usually appreciate new Reporters; they are inexperienced, so they sometimes make some people look bad without meaning to do so. If you don’t know how to do something, how to phrase it, or if it is appropriate, then please ask a higher-up for some help.
Asking is free, but paying the price for making a bad post isn’t. Utilize your resources, and report fairly! Go out and do well!