Subterfuge Guidelines

Welcome, contributors!

Subterfuge is a space for you to speak freely about yourself, your experiences, your world. We welcome your confessions, your commentary, and your calls for action.

We ask that you adhere to the following guidelines, for the sake of uniformity (and to cover all our asses).

Privacy & Identity

We promise not to reveal your identity, and you must promise to do the same. Never use real names. Letters and nicknames are preferable.

Your identity will be comprised purely of the information you choose to reveal. You may write under your real name, a professional pen name, or an obscure nickname used only here. We won’t judge you.

Make sure you have an icon! We have a selection on our Iconography page, or you can create your own. Keep in mind that this is the visual representation of you.

WordPress will associate your image and account here with your email. If you have doubts about using your current email, change it now!

Style Guide

We are looking for your voice, so write in whatever manner you are comfortable with.

DO: Take your time.

DO: Check for spelling/grammar errors. Capitalize proper nouns, punctuate for clarity, etc. Use paragraph breaks!

DO: Include links that are relevant to your topic.

DO: Think carefully about how much personal information you reveal. You my be revealing more than you realize.

Titles should be capitalized (first word, last word, and all words that are not The, Of, And, etc.). Books, films, etc., should be italicized. Essays and blog posts should be in quotes.

When quoting text of more than 3 lines or 2 sentences, use the block quote function. (It looks like a blue double-quote mark, sixth icon from the left in your toolbar.) Make sure you cite your source!

CNN has a post called “The Day the Pig Flew,” about the book Charlotte’s Web.

When quoting within a sentence, use the following example as a reference:

“That’s what he said,” she said. “I don’t know what more to say.”

When in doubt, look it up here:


Every post should include at least one image. We will find one, but it is very helpful if you look for one as well. Make sure you have the rights to use the image! Make sure you source the image!

You can find free images on Flickr, in both the Creative Commons and the Public Domain archive. also includes free works, including videos and audio.

Creative Commons is a sort of open copyright, where the artist retains primary rights, but grants others the right to use the image in specified ways. Make sure you follow the guides for your image! You may be asked to attribute the creator, or may be restricted from altering the image.

Public Domain images are typically free to use in any way, shape or form.

The Editorial Process

When you create a new post, you will use the top-right box to save it. While you’re working on it, save it as a Draft. When it’s ready for editorial review, look to the line “ Draft Edit” and click on Edit. Use the drop-down to choose “Pending Review.”

F or D (or other member of the editorial team) will review the post, and send you an email if we have any big changes to make.

When we deem the post ready, we will post it. This will probably be ASAP, but we will let you know if we choose a later date/time.

For additional helpful guidelines, please read the writing tips courtesy of the MIT Open Courseware website. (It’s a downloadable PDF.)

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