How to propose a feature

How-to propose and post a feature?

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What belongs into a feature?

Long title: This is your headline. It shouldn’t be to long. In most cases it should be in a headline format, that is with a verb. (ie: not “Anti-War Protests At Major Universities,” but instead: “Anti-war Protests Converge at Major Universities”)

Sub title (aka Header): Country/Region of originating IMC, preferably with an embedded link to a local IMC, followed by a general topic description. This should all be in CAPS (for example: ITALY: ANTIWAR REPORT; see How-to Link). NOTE: the Header appears in the story before the Long Title.

Image: Please provide the full URL of a picture to be uploaded for use in the feature. You do not need to crop the image — MIR will automatically resize it to 160 pixels wide.

Abstract: This is the part of the feature that will appear on the front page. It should be of international relevance and understandable to all those that have not heard of your specific issue before. It is also the introduction and should give a brief idea of what the rest of the article is about. Including links to postings on local IMCs and other sources of independent media are preferred. Overall, it should probably not be more than 150 words (more detail will be given in the main body of the feature if people are interested enough to click on “read more”). This blurb will be the priority for translations. Preferably, all links should be to independent organisations or media.

Content (aka “Body”): This is the part that is reached when people click on “read more” – and, in fact, the abstract is also visible. Do not include the text from the abstract in this section — it will just repeat. There is no limit on length (although bear in mind it is more likely to be translated if shorter!). More links can be included here (including to more ‘corporate’ sources than are advised on the front page).

Related links: Links to relevant IMC’s or sources for more in-depth reading can be included in the Abstract or the Body. Do not include the same links in both places. Make the link title relevant (like the name of the website) and separate links with a " | " (on a pc you can use the alt command 636 to create the " | "; on a mac, it should be a button on the keypad).

NOTE: If you include links to postings in other lanuages or to pictures, video and audio files, please mark them with an photo/video/audio icon.

before publishing

  1. introduce yourself to the www-features list with a RollCall.
  2. publish articles after proper preparation with this form.


> can you instruct the list on what the right way to engage with this system is?
  1. usually people signup:
  2. go to the group page:
  3. Click on “Request to Join Group” (in the center, under group description)
  4. Await feedback by the coordination council to gain edit permissions


  1. Login in with: demo / demo or imc-features / c43ft54tv54t5
  2. go to topics and add your article proposition
  3. write message to kardan if you would like to edit other pages as well, so I can share them.
  4. for help on formatting see “Editing Help” under each input form


should we enter the edits we are proposing so people can see it?

yes please. The “Edit” link is under the title next to “show” as you know it from Wikipedia.
The highlighting is called greencloth which differs a bit from wikipedia markup.
While you edit the wiki is locked, so in case you do not want to save, please click on “Cancel”, otherwise people see:

    "Page Locked
     This wiki is currently locked by imc-features
     You will not be able to save this page"

is there a way to enter it so we can see the changes?

If a page has been edited since your last visit, changes are highlighted green. Click on Versions or Last Change in the menu line above each article

sample structure for new articles

Copy this article frame to your new page:
< [topics] | [how to propose a feature]


h2. research

*STATUS* collect information available in english
* [link description->http://URL]

h2. translation

h2. article draft


h3. abstract

h3. content

h2. feedback & needed work