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Sharing your content with the Parkz community

Parkz is a website for discussing theme parks; the largest, longest running and most reputable in Australia. We actively encourage members to share photos etc. from their experiences, but we want to make sure it's done for the benefit of the community, not for the sake of page likes or website traffic. This site exists as an interactive community, not a space for free and unlimited promotion.

By all means share content and be a part of our community. Parkz is the largest theme park website in Australia; your content will be seen by more eyes if posted in these forums than anywhere else.

We reserve the right to alter, remove or edit any posts that don't comply with this policy.

Posting photos
Upload photos directly to Parkz. Don't hotlink to images on other sites (even if you own the site in question, or it's an image hosting site), because when the image link inevitably breaks, it breaks the content on these Forums. If you upload photos that don't belong to you, provide a line of credit. You are the copyright holder of any original content you post on Parkz, though by doing so you give us unrestricted rights to use that content on Parkz. Basically, they're your photos, but by posting them here you're allowing them to appear on Parkz.
Watermarks on photos
Trust us, no one is going to steal your crooked smartphone photo, but if you feel the urge to watermark your photos, please be considerate of your audience and restrict it to one corner in the top or bottom 10% of the image.
Posting videos
YouTube is the logical way to share video content. Embed the video directly into your post. Don't link to another website that embeds the video.
Linking to off-site content
Members can link to any relevant off-site content they want, provided they are unaffiliated with the website in question. If you have your own content that you want to share, share it with our community by posting or uploading it here, not just linking to it.
Signature links
Users are restricted to one single link in their profile signature, free from any tagline, statement or call to action. Link must be standard font size and style with no boldness, italics, colour or any other alterations. This can be either in the form "www.parkz.com" or "Parkz", but not "Parkz - Theme Park Photos", or "Check out my website: www.parkz.com". We reserve the right to remove or alter any link that is deemed unsuitable.
We welcome any feedback or comments on this policy -- please direct this to either the Site Issues forum, or contact me directly.

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There is a growing trend towards mega-threads relating to parks which we want to address to try and curb.

Threads should wherever possible be devoted to a single project/topic/debate/discussion. All-encompassing threads like "<Theme Park Name> Updates" really become unmanageable after a while. Ideally we'll like to see the current crop of these threads slowly become replaced.

Though it's a fairly easy way to share thoughts, content or information, they're really not a useful way to function long-term and makes it really hard for anyone who doesn't follow the forums on a regular basis, which is the vast majority of the Parkz audience.

Threads will always veer off-course from time to time. This is fine. If it veers too much off the original topic we'll split it off into its own thread.

As a really simple set of guidelines:

  1. Don't be afraid to start a new topic.
  2. Don't chastise others for starting a new topic... if it's a duplicate just let us know.
  3. If it hasn't been talked about before and isn't related to what's already being discussed it should be in its own topic, even if it's a fairly minor thing.
  4. Tag the new topic with the park's name and anything else relevant, which gives great sorting/filtering abilities.
  5. If it's really minor, or just a funny observation or side comment then sure, post it in an existing topic relating to that park/ride/etc. The Off-Topic Topic is also a good place for it and we'll keep this topic going for this purpose.
  6. Don't start an open-ended or vague topic like "<Theme Park Name> Updates".
  7. When construction ends on a project, and you wish to share a review, thoughts etc., start a new topic for this purpose.

At the end of the day, even if it's a somewhat boring topic ("Sea World replacing a foot bridge!"), it makes more sense to have it off in a thread of its own that only gets a few posts, rather than mixed in with half a dozen other concurrent topics in one mega-thread.

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In the interests of everyone's sanity, let's try and keep these guidelines in mind when sharing photos from parks.

1. Don't ask for photos
Rest assured if someone is in a position to get photos of something interesting, they will.

2. Don't ask what to take photos of
By the same token, don't ask in advance if anyone wants photos of something in particular. If you see something cool, snap a photo and share it.

3. Don't tell us you're going to be taking photos
We don't need to be told hours or days in advance of your impending visit. No one cares. Share the photos you do get, but you don't need to announce it in advance.

4. Check it's new before posting
Try and keep up to date on the discussion and minimise duplicates.

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