One of the changes at the Nature network blogs has been the introduction of a whacking great big Policy button on the blogs. Not everybody is happy about this, partly because of the tone of the piece (Yes, Policy, I did put my warm underwear on this morning). Rather than just complain, I thought I’d be helpful, and write a better Policy.
This should be easy for most of you to manage. If you find yourself having difficulty, try being Napoleon II, or Groucho Marx.
Be factual and accurate
Unless you are arguing that the editors of Science are wrong about something. Then anything goes, and we’ll happily back you up with bigger lawyers than they’ve got.
Cite your sauces
This is the baste advice we have.
Stay focused on science and research
Sorry. Honestly, we put this in so we always had an excuse to get rid of Richard Grant (or anyone else, come to that).
Stay on topic
The topic should be indicated in the tags for the post. You are to strictly adhere to these indications, except where it may conflict with the policy set out elsewhere.
Reading long streams of pure text is boring, so regularly insert photos that may be relevant. If this is not possible, a photo of your pet is acceptable. If you don’t have a pet, you should seek therapy. Or a pet shop.
This is actually done just to annoy the rest of the science blogosphere. We’re surprised it works so well, but the only way we get any traffic is when they link to us to point out how nice we are.
Don’t sell or promote stuff
Unless it’s cress sandwiches, and you send us some.
Posten Sie keine Inhalte in anderen Sprachen als Englisch
Sorry, we couldn’t resist: our little joke.
Don’t develop any memes specifically for Nature Network
This was the unicycling girrafe’s job, but MT4 fixed that.
Remember that Nature Network is a place for scientists to congregate.
This means that we can appreciate the arts, but don’t bring any social science or humanities into the discussions. We have no idea what post-modernism really is, and to be honest we don’t care.
Always make nice comments and Matt Brown’s posts
He’s in charge.
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The above are guidelines only. However, we go run a high-profile journal that you may want to publish in. Also, several of our employees are handy with baseball bats, so please, really, don’t annoy us.
EDIT: forgot to add this to the post. Sorry.