Two New Ways to Contribute to Lifehacker [Reader Guide]

15 Ott/09

You may have noticed a few changes around Lifehacker this morning. Apart from the design tweaks here and there, this update is packed full of new ways readers can contribute to Lifehacker.

Since we opened Lifehacker to comments four years ago, our commenters have played an extremely important role in the site.

Readers add their expertise to our posts, pitch in and help both us and one another out, and have supplied tips that have led to many of our best stories. In fact, several of Lifehacker’s editors (myself included) worked their way from commenter to writer with helpful comments.

Yet we’ve mostly required that tips are sent in by email and mediated by our editors; that discussions stay on topics that we determine; and that our writers are the only ones who can initiate stories on the site. No longer.

With the launch of Lifehacker Open Forums, we’re allowing readers to post tips, tricks, photos, and video directly from a form on the front page. Readers can also initiate discussions on any topic they choose simply by including a Twitter-style hashtag in their post. Whenever you add a hashtag to a post, your post will automatically end up on that tag page. In fact, if no such tag page exists, your hashtag will create one.

So let’s say you entered #newdesign inside a comment or post. A new “forum” will be created at that will contain your post and any other posts sharing the same hashtag. Handy, huh?

We have no idea what uses people will make of these “forums.” But we suspect that many of them will be mischievous. And that’s fine—the open forums are where readers can talk about whatever they want.

Readers can now:

  • Post tips tricks, photos, and video clips directly to the site—whenever you choose, not when we decide to post on a topic. If you’ve got something to say that’s not on-topic with a post, you can just create your own hashtag and get talking.
  • Create “forums” where you can chatEven if you don’t want to
  • Last, you can still respond to any post or to another comment—in fact it’s easier than ever to keep track of those discussions: our new system now alerts you to responses to your comments at the top of the page. (You can still use Tawker to get reply notifications by email if you prefer.)

Like any new feature rollout, expect some bugs—and let us know what you think in the comments.

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