Tips and Links for New (and Old) Users
Welcome to Snapzu! I know it can be overwhelming at first. Thus, I have tried to gather here some tips and answers to the most-asked questions. If you have a question that isn’t addressed, or can think of anything at all that I’ve forgotten, please add it in the comments.
Helpful blog posts
Reputation & XP: A guide to Leveling on Snapzu
How to quickly and efficiently share links and media on Snapzu
Five Helpful Tips on Growing a Successful Tribe
Proper use of syntax for Markdown
Prologue--in case you missed it, take a minute to read in particular the section “Etiquette on posting & commenting.”
For a list of many of the most active tribes, visit the Tribe Index
You can find tribes on a specific subject by using the search feature: just click on the Tribes tab of the search results to see a list of tribes related to your search term.
You can check out many new tribes or share your own over at /t/newtribes
To talk about running a tribe, visit /t/chiefs
If you want to claim a tribe with an inactive chief, post at /t/reclaimtribe
If you are looking for a tribe in your areas of interest that needs a chief, try /t/chieflesstribes
If you have an idea for Snapzu, post it at /t/ideasforsnapzu
For conversations, check out /t/asksnapzu and /t/casualconversation as well as /t/lounge
For all the latest updates and news, follow /t/blog
Although the majority of the snaps here are links to web pages, they can be far, far more. For examples of what is possible, check out my Snapzine of original Snapzu content. Or play with some of the modules you’ll see on the snap creation page, and see what you are able to do with them.
Snaps without a cover image are not eligible to appear on the front page. Taking a minute to select an eye-catching and appropriate cover image will drastically increase the visibility of your snap.
When adding tags, you can use commas between the terms to enter them all at once, rather than having to click Add after each one.
You can edit both snaps and comments after posting them if you realize you have forgotten something or made a mistake. Thus, a quick review after hitting the “publish” or “post” button for muddled introductions, inadvertent typos, or other unintended mistakes might save you embarrassment or even downvotes.
The ways in which voting at Snapzu differs from voting at other sites are outlined in the Voting FAQ
When downvoting a snap, you will see a dropdown box asking for the reason. Please take a second to select the appropriate one. This lets the poster know why they are getting downvotes, and it lets the system know when someone is spamming so that appropriate action can be taken.
You can see why a snap has been downvoted by clicking on the down arrow. The most common reasons are “Blatant Spam” and “Self-serving (Breaking 10% sharing rule).” If you have come here for the sole purpose of promoting your own content, please be aware that spam is not welcome. Conversely, we can all do our part to keep spam off the site by downvoting it whenever we see it, with the appropriate reason noted.
Downvotes for reposting don’t count against your reputation score, but no one enjoys having something they just posted duplicated by someone else. Because so many websites use multiple URLs for the same article, you can’t count on the dupe detector to always let you know if you are reposting. After publishing a snap, take a look at the “other snaps you may like” at the bottom of the page, and it will often (but not always) show you if you have duplicated another snap.
To the right of each item in your feed, you will see a down arrow. Clicking that brings up the options for blocking content of specific types or from specific users and tribes.
Your Feed Preferences (accessed by clicking the cog symbol on the feeds) also offer powerful tools for filtering what you see. In addition to choosing the types of activity you see in general, you can even choose the types of activity you see from individual users, for example if you want to see the snaps but not the comments of someone you are following.
The filters in the right-hand column (unfortunately not yet visible on mobile) also offer a myriad of ways for sorting content. For example, in the Activity Feed, to see just your own activity, click “Me.” To see just snaps, click “Snaps.” In the Tribes Feed, to see the activity in the tribes for which you are chief or moderator, click Chief.
If you are on a desktop or laptop and don’t see the right-hand column, try zooming out.
What is your top tip for a new user, or even those of us who have been around awhile but are still finding new and better ways to use the site? Let us know in the comments.