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Article Submission Guidelines


1. Terms for submitting articles on SilverlightShow

2. Submission instructions


Terms for submitting articles on SilverlightShow

We welcome you to share with our growing community anything interesting and valuable you've done or learned - be it an application, control, game, library, tutorial, etc. Your article will be read by thousands of designers, developers and enthusiasts and you may get some good feedback from them.

Below are the terms and conditions for submitting articles on SilverlightShow.

1. The article content should be unique, and not posted anywhere else.

2. We require lifetime exclusivity for your articles. We retain the right to distribute your articles in any possible way, including paid online or print distribution.

3. The article content should not contain references to commercial products or companies, unless this has been explicitly agreed with SilverlightShow. Such references are only possible in the end of the articles, in the section ‘About the author’.

4. The article author bears all responsibility for the usage of copyrighted graphics, source code, texts or other digital content inside his article.

5. The article length should be minimum 1200 words (without the source code). If your article becomes too long, you may consider splitting it in two or more parts (each part should meet the minimum words requirement). The width of the article images should not exceed 640px. The size of each image should be limited to 30-40K.

6. You can post on your blog, personal website, or internet resource an intro paragraph from your article, and a live link to your article residing on SilverlightShow.

7. To make sure all articles are consistent and provide the needed level of detail, we advise that you to stick to a basic content structure pattern:

a/ Introduction

Start with a brief description of what topic your article covers. Is it about a custom control? Or maybe something specific like authentication in WCF? Use <H3> tag to form the introduction header.

If you are writing about a custom control you've built it is best to put a sample demo right after the introduction. It is best to provide the output Silverlight control. A screenshot also works but it is not as fascinating as showing a live demo.

Download Source Code - Immediately after the demo put a link for downloading the source code. Many users prefer to try the source code by themselves even before reading the article.

b/ Step #N

Continue with dividing your article to small sub topics - the steps the user should take to build the control / understand the technique you are explaining. All step headers should be formatted with <H3> tag. For smaller steps (substeps) you can also use <H4>.

c/ Summary

Write a brief summary of what you have just showed.

d/ Source Code

While putting a source code directly in the article is a great idea, it could be a mess with all those HTML formattings. To handle such problems in SilverlightShow we use Windows Live Writer and the awesome Code Snippet plug-in. We strongly advise you to do the same. This will ensure that your article will look the same way as you wrote it when we publish it.

8. You may put your name, blog, contact info and short information about yourself at the end of the article. This will help us give you credit for your work.

9. Submit your article following the instructions below. After we receive your article, we'll review the content for accuracy and will publish it on the website. This may take 1-3 business days.

10. Article authors are required to respond promptly to all comments submitted to their articles (the author gets an email notification every time a comment has been submitted).


Submission instructions

1. Log in or sign up as a member at SilverlightShow

2. Open Windows Live Writer and start the Add blog account wizard. 

3. Choose Other blog service on the first step. 

4. Enter your account settings as follows:


  • Web address of your blog: http://www.silverlightshow.net/Articles.aspx
  • Username: your SilverlightShow username
  • Password: your SilverlightShow password


5. Choose Metaweblog API for a blog type and enter Remote posting URL: http://www.silverlightshow.net/metablog.ashx 

6. Then you are asked by LiveWriter to create a temporary post to detected the blog theme - select Yes so you can see how your post would look like when published.

That's it. You are ready to post content to SilverlightShow. Remember that it is mandatory to select categories (displayed at the bottom left inside Live Writer) for each of your posts.

Posts are published only after review from an editor at SilverlightShow.

Note that Windows Live Writer does not allow you to upload source code. Please either upload your source code somewhere else and link to it, or send it separately to editorial at silverlightshow.net.

Editing already submitted articles is possible via Windows Live Writer. SilverlightShow team should be notified before an article is edited.

Please contact us with any questions on the above terms and submission instructions.