Blog FAQs

What is the YP4 Blog?

The YP4 Blog is a forum for youth-led dialogue about progressive issues and movement strategy.

We ask that posts be tactful, substantive and in good taste. Blog entries do not necessarily reflect the views of Young People For, nor those of People For the American Way Foundation. Young People For reserves the right to edit any and all posts.

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Who can post here?

You can! Anyone of any age may post on the blog, provided that they abide by the public rules of conduct.

The YP4 Blog is a forum for youth-led dialogue. We also encourage established progressive leaders to share their expertise and perspective with the YP4 community, which includes nearly 1,000 young leaders and activists as well as members of the youth progressive community at large.

We strive to build connections, share strategies and prompt conversations among different progressive groups and networks.

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Where can I get feedback from or talk strategy with other bloggers?

We wouldn’t leave you isolated, would we? Join our Blogging Feedback Community.

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How do I post a blog entry?

Log in, then click Create content and Blog entry. (You can also use this link.) Blog entries will appear on the main YP4 blog page and on your personal blog (linked from your profile). Type tags, which are subjects under which the post should be classified. The site will autocomplete as what you type matches existing tags.

On the content creation page, you will be presented with a text field to enter your post. The field has some style controls similar to what you may have seen in programs like Microsoft Word. If your computer runs Windows, it is possible to paste text in from Microsoft Word, but please click Preview to make sure your text looks right before posting. When you’re ready to post, click Submit.

If you know HTML, you can click the Switch to HTML link and create your post using HTML. There is no need to know HTML to post on MyYP4; it is simply an option for those who prefer it.

If you use HTML mode, the Insert media files link will appear to replace the equivalent button in visual editing mode. If you want to switch back to visual editing mode, a link is available to do that as well. Your HTML will be converted into styled text.

Use the button with a plus sign over a blank document to add pictures, audio files, and YouTube videos to your post.

When you click the button (or link) to insert media files, a window will pop up asking you to select a file to insert. To upload a new image, click the upload button. In the next screen, choose the file from your hard drive to upload. You can fill out the rest of the fields for your own information if you’d like, but it’s not required. Remember that smaller images load faster. You should probably consider scaling down an image if it’s larger than about 500 pixels wide. Once you’ve selected the image, click Next. You will be asked if you want to display the image or just link to it. Once you’ve made your choice, enter the size you want the image to appear. Make sure to preserve the width-to-height ratio of an image when changing the display size or the image will appear distorted. Click Finish and your image will be inserted into the content field. In HTML mode, an “asset tag” will be inserted, which will be converted into the image when it is displayed.

You can insert sound files by uploading them the same way you would an image. The media manager will give you the choice of displaying an embedded player or linking to the sound file.

YouTube videos can be added with the YouTube Embed button. Make sure you have the embed code ready. You can copy it from any video’s display page on YouTube.com.

Once you’ve uploaded an image, sound file, or YouTube video, it becomes part of your personal image collection and you can reuse it over and over. When you first enter the image insertion screen, a list of all the images in your collection will appear. Just select the one you want and click Next and you will proceed to the list of display options described above.

After you’re done composing your post, be sure to click the Preview button to make sure everything looks the way you want it to, and then hit Submit to finalize it.

We encourage you to leave comments. You can use plain text or HTML.

Please be polite and constructive when making comments, even if you disagree with the original post. MyYP4 is a space for youth-led dialogue on movement strategy and progressive issues, and we want it to be as positive and useful as possible.

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What are the rules for posting or commenting?

By commenting on this blog, you are agreeing to abide by these public rules of conduct:

  1. Ad hominem and/or spurious attacks against other bloggers, commenters or people featured on this website are subject to deletion.
  2. Racist, sexist, homophobic or hateful comments are subject to deletion.
  3. Excessive self-promotion or promotion of a blog, website or other entity will be subject to deletion.
  4. If you break Rules One, Two or Three repeatedly, you will be banned from commenting altogether. If you want to be removed from the banned list, you can e-mail a personal and sincere apology. We will post it publicly and remove your ban.
  5. Opposing opinions are most welcome, as long as they abide by Rules One, Two and Three and are generally respectful of the views of others.

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How can I import YP4 blog entries into Facebook?

To automatically import all entries from the YP4 Blog:

  1. Go to www.facebook.com.
  2. Click Applications.
  3. Click the Notes application.
  4. Under Notes Settings, about halfway down the right side of the page, click Import a blog.
  5. Enter the URL http://www.youngpeoplefor.org/blog/feed and click Start Importing.
  6. Click Confirm Import.

How can I import my (or another user’s) blog entries into Facebook?

To automatically import YP4 blog entries by a particular user:

  1. Go to the user’s profile page.
  2. Click Read USERNAME’s blog.
  3. Click in the URL bar and add ‘/feed’ — the URL should read something like http://www.youngpeoplefor.org/blog/users/USERNAME/feed — and hit Enter.
  4. Copy that URL.
  5. Go to www.facebook.com.
  6. Click the Notes application.
  7. Under Notes Settings, about halfway down the right side of the page, click Import a blog.
  8. Paste in the URL that you copied above and click Start Importing.
  9. Click Confirm Import.

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What if I have another question?

Just ask.

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