We have one overriding rule when it comes to content – RiotACT is about the Australian Capital Territory region. Having said that anyone can submit a post, anyone can comment. Have something to say? – you can say it. Want right of reply? – its there, you just need to register. For the benefit of others, try to keep it reasonably on topic and coherant. It saves us from scratching our heads wondering what on earth you are on about.
RiotACT survives on its readership’s willingness to let the rest of the community know what issues and events are important and current, and offering varied and informative points of view.
If you have an interest that isn’t getting the coverage you would like, register, submit a post, and let everyone know!
Please note that just because you submit something for consideration it wont always get a run on the site regardless of your membership status. Some things are just completely unintelligible to us, way off topic or already in active discussion. As a small team we cant always get to everything to give it what you might consider due consideration but with literally thousands of contributions every month we do the best we can to give everyone a fair go.
Are defamatory or abusive
Promote hate of any kind
Attack the writer not the argument
Are blatantly off-topic
Do not contribute to the discussion
Mislead through impersonation
Don’t make sense
Repeat offenders will be blocked from using the comments function on the site.
We ask readers to comment responsibly. If you see a comment that violates our comments policy, and are registered, you can click on a ‘report comment’ flag and a moderator will take a closer look.
Secondly we want to ensure you’re not saying something stupid or defamatory that will end you, and more likely, us up in court. Lawyers are expensive & we’d rather save you the hassle. If you really want to take things way off topic with your own personal gripes we know a bunch of web developers who will help you get your own site for that & will happily give you a recommendation.
There is one exception to the auto moderation. If you are the post author your comments will automatically be approved. Note that doesn’t stop us from checking up on your behaviour afterwards.
Frivolous legal threats and will quite likely be published & only demonstrates that you haven’t grasped that PR problems can’t really be solved with legal solutions.
Conventional wisdom states that registering and submit a comment of your own rebutting the original comment might actually win you fans & make the original article/comment look silly. There are two great articles on mashable.com on dealing with haters and negative feedback in social media we recommend reading before you do anything else.
Be patient. It may take a bit of time because you’ll have to wait until the duty editor has looked at your story, fiddled with the format, title and checked your hyperlinks and decided to run with it. Maybe the duty editor isn’t available, maybe we want to post some less important pieces first to put yours at the top of the page, we’ll get there.
On the other hand it’s possible that what you’ve submitted isn’t right for publication in this time and place. Usually this is because it’s talking about something that’s ‘out of focus’, i.e. there’s no Canberra angle on the story. We’ve had great submissions on topics as varied as G8 meetings to drug busts at Sydney raves, great stories, just out of focus.
We won’t edit your content, check your grammar, spelling or make sure you aren’t defaming anyone likely to chase you with a big stick. In most instances we’ll publish it just as you submitted it to us. You wrote it, you own it! Consider yourself warned.
To submit, mouse over the black quicklinks drop down on the top of the page. The first option there is submit an article. clicking on that will take you to a page where you can select a title, write your story, add event dates, select suitable tags (great for SEO and making your article findable by people looking for it)
If its ready to be published make sure you click the ‘ready for publication’ option on the right of the screen. We will not publish anything thats still in draft.
Don’t know the title of a post you are interested in? No problems. If you are interested in a particular category you can look up all the posts on that topic just by clicking on the one you want in the categories or subcategories in the main menu. Premium members get to select a couple of their favourite categories to customise the home page content. Also worth keeping an eye on active discussions in the recent comments or most popular on the right hand side of the site
Once you get the hang of the site you’ll find numerous ways to find the information you want. Feel free to look around as much as you want! Some of the best discussions are hidden away in the archives.