This page is part of my What is Science
Guidelines for contributors
These detailed guidelines seemed like a good idea when I wrote
them. But reality has had a few months to catch up with me, and
now, I'd be glad to air almost any opinion or viewpoint that
makes minimal sense and is different from the ones already on
- How to contribute
- Contributing text or HTML
- Contributing a URL
- Editorial authority
- What to contribute
How to contribute
Contributing text or HTML
To contribute a piece of text (which may include HTML tags, your
address, the URL of your home page, etc., but no
it to me and tell me where you would like to see it appear. But
first read my copyright policy; if I
include your contribution, it will be covered by this
policy (but see below under "Contributing a URL"). Legalistically, I
think this boils down to the following: by contributing text, you
grant me a non-exclusive licence to make and distribute copies
thereof, provided that I don't charge for them.
I make no promises of timely response, but will generally try to give
you my decision within a week (apologies in advance).
Contributing a URL
By far the easiest way to add your voice (or someone else's) to the
discussion is to send me a URL pointing to your/their views. This has
the following advantages:
Just mail me the URL,
probably with your idea of where it should be inserted and a brief
introductory text for me to put before/around it.
- I'm more likely to include links than big chunks of text
- you don't have to agree to my copyright
policy, and can put your own copyright notice on your page
- you can change the contents whenever you like.
I plan to retain a great deal of control over the content of this
discussion: I'll act as an editor, not just a moderator. Being only
human, I'm somewhat more likely to include views with which I agree.
If someone else contributes a piece that says the same thing as yours,
but seems to me to say it better, I may remove yours or move it to
a side page, but will tell you that I've done so (at whatever
e-mail address I have on file). Conversely, if you want to withdraw
a piece you contributed, just let me know and I'll remove it as soon
as I can after getting your message.
What to contribute
At some places in the text, editorial invitations to contribute will
be visible. Wherever a story, book or author is briefly mentioned,
it is likely that a piece about how he/she/it fits into (or crosses)
the genres being discussed will be welcome; but a biography of the
author, or a review of the book, will be less welcome, and anything
containing plot spoilers will be unwelcome. Attempts to expand on or
disagree with opinions you find here are always of interest, as are
corrections to any errors of fact or attribution.
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