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The Differences Between Types of Posts

Differences Between Types of Posts

Blog Posts

Blog posts are an easy way to express your thoughts on a topic, share a personal (but community related) story or anecdote, show off some merchandise, present your artwork, or otherwise contribute something coming from you.

Favorites

Prominently displayed on your feed, your Favorites are “mini profiles” for your favorite things about your community’s topic. You can use them as a way to link related blog posts together. Use Favorites to help communicate the specific type of fan you are from a high level.

Polls

Polls are great for quick, straightforward feedback and opinions, like “which of these fandom t-shirts should I buy?” or “which of my paintings do you like best?”

General Discussions

This forum format is great for presenting more involved theories and thoughts, and calling for other members to provide in-depth responses. The goal is maximum member interaction. Topics should be engaging enough to spark good conversation between multiple members.

Q&A

With Q&A posts, members can upvote and downvote comments, giving priority to the answers that they feel best respond to the question. This is a great way to present controversial topics or host debates.

Public Chats

Public Chats are a way to have conversations with others in real time.

Each format provides its own benefits, and practice will tell you best how to present your posts.

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How Reputation Works

Your Reputation is an indication of how active you are in the community. You can find your reputation on your profile.

How Reputation Works

Here are some ways you can contribute to the community and boost your reputation.

1. Post Blogs and Forum Discussions

Posting great content is a sure way to increase your reputation. The more engaging your post is, the more your rep will rise.

2. Interacting with Other Community Members

Interacting with others is another way to increase your reputation.

Ways to interact with others:

Comment on Forum discussions

Answer Q&As and upvote good answers

Vote in Polls

Comment on Blogs

Participate in Public Chats

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Liking posts in “Review Latest”

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How to Embed Images and YouTube Videos

Embedding an image or YouTube video directly into the text of a post can drastically improve the quality. Here’s how to do it:

1. Tap and hold down the screen where you want the image to appear in between text.

Embed Images

2. Press the image icon 🌄 from the menu that appears, then press "Add New…" on the next screen.

Embed Images

3. Select the image from your camera or GIPHY.

Embed Images
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How to Edit Images (iOS Only)

1. While editing a post, select the camera icon, located in the bottom left of this image.

Edit Images

2. After selecting the camera icon, tap "Edit."

Edit Images

3. Explore the different options available for editing your images.

Edit Images

4. When you're finished using a tool, tap "Apply."

5. When you're finished editing your image, tap "Done."

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How to Flag Posts and Why

We do our best here at Amino to make sure content is relevant, appropriate, and high quality at all times. But we need your help to continue to make the community better! You can help us by flagging posts that are inappropriate.

When to Flag a Post

Flag posts that break the Community Guidelines.

How to Flag a Post

1. Tap the "..." options icon at the top right of the post.

How to Flag

2. Tap "Flag Page for Review." The page will be sent to our moderators to review the content and determine necessary action. Include a helpful message as to why the post seemed offensive or inappropriate to you.

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How to Send a Chat Request to a Member Who’s Not Following You

1. From a member’s profile page, tap the "..." options icon.

2. Send them a chat message and request!

How to Chat
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How to Deep Link

Copy an Amino link and paste it into a blog, comment, or chat message. You’ll be prompted to label the link, as presented below.

How to Deeplink

Use deep linking to:

Referencing Other Members

Promoting Your Public Chats

Referencing Previous Posts

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How to Link to Favorites

Favorites are a great way to categorize blog posts by linking them together.

Link to Favorites

1. After writing your post, tap the “link Favorites” icon at the bottom of the screen.

Linking to Favorites

2. Tap the “select from my Favorites” option.

Linking to Favorites

3. Choose the Favorite that groups your post with others in that category.

In a Favorite, you’ll be able to see the posts that have been linked to it.

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How to Change the Order of Your Favorites

1. On your profile, tap the Favorites arrow. This will take you to your Favorites screen.

2. Tap the double arrows icon.

Re-order Favorites

Hold down the sidebar next to the Favorite you'd like to move and drag it up and down to reorder it. The Favorites at the top of the list will appear first on your profile. When you're done, press submit.

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How to Join a Poll Using Favorites

Favorites Based Polls allow members to submit their own entries (in the form of a Favorite) to be voted on. You’ll be able to tell if a poll is joinable by the description: “Poll (Joinable).”

Join Poll

To join the poll:

1. Scroll down to the bottom of the poll, beneath all of the submitted entries. Tap “Join.”

Join Poll

2. Select the Favorite you’d like to enter.

The entry will be submitted to the poll creator, who can choose whether or not to approve the entry.

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How to Create a Joinable Favorites Poll

1. In Compose, select “Poll.”

Differences Between Types of Posts

2. Hold down the Favorites Based Poll option.

Create Poll

3. Choose whether or not to allow others to join your poll. If the option is in the green position, others can upload their Favorites to your poll. You must approve submissions before they are publicly shown.

Create Poll
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How to Caption Images

1. After adding images to your post, tap the camera icon, located near the bottom left of the image.

Caption Images

2. Tap the description bar.

Caption Images

3. Add an interesting caption about the image, then press "Done."

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How to Find new Users

1. Press the “Discover” button on your home screen.

Discover New Users

2. Press the “People” option in the category heading.

Discover New Users

3. Press “Browse List” at the bottom of the screen.

Discover New Users

4. Press “People” again at the top right of the screen.

Discover New Users

5. Press the 3 dots “...” at the top right of the screen.

Discover New Users

6. Press the “Recently Joined Users” option from the menu that appears.

Discover New Users
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Best Practice Tips

How to Be an Awesome Community Member

Making friends and being part of a community are a huge part of your Amino experience. Here are some community etiquette tips to help every member become an awesome community member.

Tips and Etiquette

Welcoming new members. Greeting new members is a great way to meet new friends and to make new members feel at home. Introduce yourself and give them some tips on what to check out first!

Follow people. Follow people to make new friends, and to create a custom feed of great content.

Thank members for reposting. When someone shares your posts, be polite and leave a comment to thank them.

Care about quality. The posts that tend to get the most attention in the community are composed with care and attention. Be proud of your ideas! Show the community you care about what you’re posting by editing for spelling and grammar before uploading.

Give your posts flare. Take advantage of the resources available to enhance your posts. Use gifs, images, dividers and headings, and anything else that makes your posts stand out.

Be mindful of changing your username. Your username and profile are your identity on the app. If you change your username frequently, members may not recognize your posts.

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Creating the Best Possible Profile

Your profile is a huge part of your community identity. An exciting and unique profile helps you stand out. Here are some tips to help you spice up your profile!

Pictures and Gifs

Discover New Users

1. Profile Picture

Your profile picture is your face in the community. When editing your profile, you can choose a picture of yourself or anything else within community guidelines to represent you. Tap the profile picture icon in your profile to change the profile image.

2. Adding Images to Your Cover

The rotation of images in your profile cover is a great way to attract attention, and the images you choose say a lot about you. Any images you place in the text of your bio will automatically be added to your cover as well. To add more, tap the Cover Gallery icon. You can now add photos and gifs to your Cover.

3. Using Images to Space Text

A long wall of text can be intimidating for members, so it’s a good idea to use gifs and pictures to give the eyes a rest.

Your Bio

Discover New Users

Your bio is the place to share information about yourself. This is also the place to include information not related to your community topic; any hobbies you’d like to share, etc. Things you could include in your profile:

Your First Name

Your favorite aspects of your community’s interest

Some fun facts about YOU

Link to posts you're proud of

Community accomplishments

Additional information

After fleshing out your profile, you’ll find that you’re more easily relatable to the community. The goal is to make your profile represent you, so don’t be afraid to be you!

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Creating Successful Blog Posts

Here are a few tips to help you improve your blog posts.

Catchy Title

Space is limited, so lead with your most important words.

Images and Banners

The first image in your blog is the first thing members will see. Choose an eye catching, unique and relevant picture to attract attention. Maybe include a banner that teases what the rest of the blog will be about.

Spacing

Scrolling through a wall of text on your phone can be intimidating. Break up the text into smaller chunks. Use pictures and gifs as spacers.

Engagement

The best blogs are ones that other members can comment on or engage with. After you’ve written your post, end with some questions or follow up points that encourage others to respond. Reply to comments and start a conversation!

# Hashtags #

Using hashtags will make your post more visible to people searching for a particular topic. Somewhere in the post, add tags of the most important subjects covered.

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Awesome Commenting

Here are some tips to spark a lively discussion in the comment sections.

Direct Engagement

If you see another comment that you strongly agree/disagree with, don't be afraid to tell them! Replying directly to members tells them, and others, that you're invested in the conversation.

Positive Affirmations

Share your thoughts on the blog’s topic, restating the main point in your own way.

Open-Ended Questions

Ask questions that call for more than a simple "yes" or "no," to give other members an opportunity to respond to you and make their own opinions heard. The goal is to get fellow members thinking and talking!

Concrete Details

Mention something specific in your comment that others can relate to - a detail specific or just a strong opinion will give others a reference point for thinking both about your comment, and the topic in general.

Be Quirky

Be you! Don’t be afraid to be yourself and let your passions show!

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Public Chat Tips

Public Chat

Public Chats can be a great way to make new friends and share ideas en masse with other members in real time.

Public Chats are used most effectively for:

Bonding over a common topic

Sharing quotes, images, gifs, or other thoughts related to a theme

Roleplaying

Before You Start

The most successful Public Chats have a narrow focus and are well managed. Here are some tips for setting up your Public Chat:

1. Choose a specific theme. The topic of your Chat can be anything related to the your community’s topic. The important thing is to establish a clear theme in the Chat title. If the Chat is too broad, like “Talk about [Fandom]” or “Let’s be Friends,” it will be difficult to sustain a meaningful conversation. Establishing a theme ensures that everyone entering the conversation is already interested in what YOU are there to talk about.

2. Add a description. Don’t leave the description section blank! You can include important information here for your Chat participants about the theme, the rules, and the expectations. This is the place to tell members what you’d like to happen in your Chat.

3. Enforce guidelines. Remember, you're responsible for enforcing community guidelines in your Public Chat.

4. Promote your Chat. Feel free to announce your Chat beforehand with a Blog, explaining what your Chat will be about and linking to it.

5.BE UNIQUE❗️ Public Chats are created every day, so avoiding cliches and overused topics is essential to a successful Public Chat. Before creating your Chat, take a quick look around the Chat section to see if your topic is already there. If an active Chat already exists, join that one or create a new Chat with your own spin on it.

Chat Etiquette

1. Welcome everyone who enters the Chat. As the Chat owner, you're responsible for your Chat. If a newcomer enters, make them feel welcome in your space.

2. Keep conversation going. If talk is dying down but there are still more points you'd like to cover, start asking questions or throw out new ideas to keep everyone interested in the topic.

3. Don't close the Chat unexpectedly. Once you've closed out a Chat, other members can no longer post. If you're going to leave your Chat, make an announcement first and give everyone time to set up their own Chat or private messages.

4. Don't abandon the Chat. Leaving the Chat open indefinitely can be just as bad as closing it prematurely. If everyone has left the Chat and you're done participating, close it out so others don't join thinking it's active.

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Polls: Best Practice Tips

Poll

1. For Joinable Polls, set deadlines for participants. Tell everyone beforehand when you’ll be accepting submissions, and then upload the options at the same time. If you upload submissions at different intervals, those uploaded first will have a major advantage over the options uploaded later.

2. Keep the Poll Options concise. Poll Option space is limited, try to keep the answers to a word or two.

3. Use pictures or gifs that compliment the poll option.

4. BE UNIQUE! The community is full of generic polls to decide “Who is your favorite ____?” Frame your polls in a unique way that gets other community members excited about the topic. Instead of generic or broad questions, zero in on specific attributes and ideas you’d like to gauge.

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Q&As: Best Practice Tips

1. Keep the focus on the answers. Q&As are unique because of the upvote and downvote feature. When making a Q&A, make sure the focal point of the post is the Answer section.

2. Make sure your topic can have many answers. Use a Poll for simple yes and no questions; the Q&A should have many possible answers.

QA

3. BE UNIQUE! No one wants to answer the same questions over and over again. Make sure your Q&A is original and stands out!

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Discussions: Best Practice Tips

Discussions

1. Make sure your questions are open-ended. Don’t limit other members’ responses by asking an overly simple question or leaving no room in your point for more input.

2. Respond to your commenters. People comment in discussions because they want their opinions heard. Be a courteous host and show them that you’re interested in what they’ve contributed.

3. Stay engaged. Participate in the discussion yourself; don’t leave the post on its own after creating it. Commenters want to hear what you have to say, too!

4. BE UNIQUE! The best conversations will be those that present new ideas, so make sure your topic is original.

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