- 1 Becoming a trail author/editor
- 3 Author/Editor Rights
- 4 Editing Guidelines
- 5 User Page Guidelines
- 6 Editing Help
- 7 If this all seems too complicated
To create and edit trail pages, you must first
- Create an Account, then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting editing privilages. Include in the email your login name (not your password) and the name and location of the trail you would like to submit.
- By submitting content, you agree to allow the display of your content on Trailville.com. You are also agreeing to allow the general public to print or otherwise reproduce the content for their own personal use. See Copyright policy for additional information. Also be aware that other users will have access to edit, delete, or otherwise change your content.
- All content submitted must be original content created and owned by you. This includes the textual content you submit as well as any images or files such as photos or maps. This site was created to allow trail users to share their knowledge of trails with other trail users and there is no point in copying information from other websites when you can simply provide a link to those websites instead. In addition, you need to respect the rights of other authors that have published guidebooks or other sources of trail information.
- All content submitted must be free of any other copyright restrictions. For example, most mapping software products have restrictions on the use of maps created through the use of that program. Therefore, even though you may own a license for the mapping software and have the right to create custom maps using the software, you cannot post those maps on this site. Nor can you simply trace a map created by someone else and consider it to be your own. This includes maps or images created using some of the free web-based mapping programs on the web such as Google Maps or Google Earth. The images created by these programs, while free for you to use personally, are not necessarily free to be posted on a website. Also be aware that anything published is inherently protected, therefore, just because you don't see a Copyright notice, does not mean it is not copyright protected.
- Submitting obscene, offensive, or malicious content is forbidden. The site administrator has the ultimate word on whether or not something is obscene, offensive, or malicious.
- Spamming or advertisements are prohibited. There may be times when mentioning a commercial product or business is relevant to the trail, and, in these special cases it is ok to include the information. Once again, the site administrator has the ultimate say. And I (the site administrator) am pretty good at spotting spam.
- Content submitted to Trailville.com can be (is capable of being) edited or deleted by other site visitors. This is the nature of a WIKI. If this bothers you, please do not submit content.
- Users should not edit or delete content submitted by others. This goes along with the previous note. Even though you can, doesn't mean you should. The page editor/author (the one that created and maintains that specific trail page)or site administrator are the only ones that should be editing or deleting their content. If you wish to add content to someone elses trail page, you can add it to the "Discussion Tab" for that page or email the page editor and request to have you content added to the main page. There may be times when it makes sense for more than one editor to share a trail page. An example would be if a trail system has multiple uses and the original page creator is does not participate in or adequately understand the other uses to give them the appropriate attention on the trail page. In these cases, the new editor should ask the page originator for permission to create a section on that page and maintain it separately.
- If you submit personal information such as your email address, be aware that spammers and other internet vermin can (and probably will) abuse this information.
- Content must be trail related.
- Be aware that there is no guarantee that your submissions will remain on this site, or that this site will remain forever. I have every intention of keeping this site up, but it is just a hobby. Also be aware that site functionality may change without prior notice. I am using an open-source software product for this site and am subject to changes they may make in the core product.
- Content submitted to Trailville.com remains under the ownership of the originator. You (the originator) may republish your content elsewhere or give others the rights to republish your content in any way you choose.
- You may edit or remove your content from the main trailville.com trail pages at any time. However, you should be aware that your content will remain in page history files (viewable by the public) as well as various web caches and archive files (possibly viewable by the public.
- You may clearly acknowledge your ownership of the content on the trail pages themselves.
What Trailville.com is NOT
- Trailville.com is not for motorized trail activities. Hiking, biking, skiing, paddling, climbing and other self-powered trail activities are OK. ATVers and snowmobilers will have to go elsewhere for their trail information.
- Trailville.com is not a "Racing" site. Though I don't have any problem with the occasional mention of a race as an event occurring on a specific trail, the main focus needs to be the trail, not the race on the trail.
- Trailville.com is not a "things to do while your in …" site. If it's not directly related to the trails, it doesn't belong here. So please refrain from mentioning that nice little antique shop or café in town unless the antique shop specializes in antique hiking gear or the café has a ski-thru window.
Linking Policy for Editors
Trailville.com does not participate in link exchange/link swapping programs (where reciprocal links are traded with other web sites in order to increase search engine rankings).
- Page editors may include links to other sites/pages that are relevant to the specific trail page they are editing.
- Page editors may suggest/request inclusion of links to their trail page from related sites.
- Page editors may not participate in any linking agreement with other sites (such as exchanging links or collecting fees or other compensation for including links).
- Do not link directly to files on other websites (such as linking directly to a map PDF file). Instead, link to the page on that site that includes a link to the file. There are some very rare exceptions to this rule, please email the administrator if you have a question.
Images and Maps
In order to have better control over file sized and bandwidth use, I have provided guidelines for image sizes and formats. While there may be occasional reasons to go beyond these guidelines, I feel they are adequate for the vast majority of images on this site.
- You can upload images such as photos and maps in the following formats: JPG , PNG , PDF
- The preferred format for photos is JPG. The preferred size for photos is a width of 300 pixels. I realize that this is rather small and may not do justice to some of the magnificent photos you have taken on the trails, but the purpose of these photos is just to give potential trail users an idea of the trail conditions and potential scenery they may see.
- Don't get carried away with photos. I find that one or two photos for most trails is adequate. There are some large and diverse trail systems that may justify more photos to adequately describe trail conditions, and in these cases it is okay to provide additional photos. When it comes to scenery though, less is more. Most trail users appreciate a photo or two that gives them an idea of the scenery they may see, but would prefer that you leave some things for them to discover on their own.
- The preferred format for maps in . PNG. Most image programs are capable of saving images as .png file types. The preferred size of maps is a maximum dimension (width or height) of 775 pixels. This image size fits nicely on the screen for the screen resolutions most site visitors use and also is sized properly for printing directly from the web page onto standard sized paper. I find this size to be adequate for most of my maps, however I occasionally create a map of a large trail (usually a long section of river or really long trail) that requires a higher resolution to adequately show the details. In these cases, I sometimes split the map into two separate maps each having a maximum size of 775 pixels and/or include a higher resolution PDF file.
- When including a PDF, please keep the file size below 500 KB. The software you use to create the image and the PDF will have options for adjusting resolution (which changes file size). I recommend using a PNG file for all maps because you can display the image on the trail page in the browser, and using a PDF occasionally as an additional higher resolution version of the map. Please use PDFs sparingly.
- There may be times where it is inappropriate (this is my opinion) to include a map of a trail. For example, the CAMBA trails in northwestern Wisconsin are numerous sets of trails in a national forest that were mapped, signed, and, in some cases, created by CAMBA. CAMBA sells maps of the trails and uses the proceeds to help with their work. I don't want this site to interfere with their map sales. I would prefer to create a page that describes the trails and maybe provides recommendations on trails to try, but then sends users to the CAMBA site to purchase maps.
Page Naming Conventions
Each page in the Trailville.com has a unique identifier (the page name). For organizational purposes and to help prevent overlap of page names, I have created the following page naming guidelines for trail pages.
- The first two letters for the trail page will be the abbreviation for the state the trail is in. These letters should be both capitalized.
- If the trail or destination is a state trail such as a state park or state trail, you can just include the name of the park or trail after the 2-letter state abbreviation.
- If the trail is a local or regional trail, include the name of the county or municipality or both after the state abbreviation, then include the name of the trail/place.
- Depending on the size and number of trails in a larger area such as a state or national forest or national park, you may be creating separate pages for separate trails. In this case, you would include the state abbreviation, then the name of the state or national forest, then the name of the trail or trail system. You would then create a separate page for the state or national forest that contains links to the individual trail pages.
- WI Kettle Moraine South John Muir Trails This is the John Muir Trail System in the Kettle Moraine State Forest South Unit in Wisconsin.
- WI Kettle Moraine State Forest This is the master page for all trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest]]
- IL Illinois Beach State Park This is a single trail page for an entire state park (Illinois Beach State Park in Illinois).
- IL McHenry County Glacial Park This is a single trail page for a trail system in a county park (Glacial Park in McHenry County Illinois).
- IL Lake County Zion Beulah Park Trails This is a small city park (Beulah Park in the city of Zion, in Lake County Illinois]]
Note that there is a space between each part of the trail page name. Optionally, an underscore _ can be used in place of a space in the trail name (the system treats them the same). For example, WI Kettle Moraine State Forest is the same as WI_Kettle_Moraine_State_Forest.
Also be aware that there is some flexibility with these guidelines. For example, if the area the trail is located in is generally known more for a major city than for the county name, you may choose to include the city name without the county name. Longer trails (such as long rivers) may have multiple pages (a separate page for each county works pretty well).
If you are unsure of how to name your trail page, please contact the site administrator at email@example.com.
Photos and Maps Naming Conventions
I've also created some file naming guidelines for creating image files (photos and maps) that will be uploaded to the site. All you have to do is add Map or Photo to the beginning of the name of the trail page and then add an 01 or 02. etc to the end of the file name if you have multiple photos or maps for that page. For example Map_WI_Milwaukee_Whitnall_Park_Alpha_Trail.png or Photo_WI_Milwaukee_Whitnall_Park_Alpha_Trail_02.jpg
- You don't need great grammar to edit pages. Just try to make your submissions clear and easily understood. Stay away from webspeak, text message speak, or whatever the hell you call those annoying abbreviations that fill up online forums. i no like u if u spell like this cuz imho ur lame lol :)
When editing pages, use the "Show preview" button to preview your changes before saving the page. Every time you save the page, a copy is written to the database as a page history, so repeatedly saving pages during edits just clutters up the page history and increases the size of the database. That being said, I've found it to be impossible to create the page just once and be happy with it. I seem to always remember something additional to add or find an error right after I save the page. So just do your best to minimize the number of times you edit (save) the page.
User Page Guidelines
Each editor has a User Page that they may use to provide information about themselves. Editors are allowed a lot more flexibility on what they can put on these pages. Basically, you can leave it blank and do nothing with it, or you could include some basic info about yourself such as favorite trail activities and area where you live, or you can use it to list links to your favorite trails, or you can go nuts and put your whole life story on there (not really). You can even put stuff unrelated to trails or trail activities, as long it is related to you. Just keep it clean (no obscene or offensive stuff), don't try to turn it into a web store or advertisement, don't get overly political, and don’t put anything on there that creeps me out. If you want to include photos or graphics, keep them in line with the guidelines of photos for trail pages.
Trail organizations can use a user page to describe their organization and activities.
Since I have no idea what people may choose to put on their user pages, I reserve the right to add restrictions in the future.
See Editing Help page.
If this all seems too complicated
I know this may seem daunting to some, so if you have content you would like to publish but feel the technology is outside of your comfort level, just email the content (a word document, plain text file, or just include the content in your email) and any image files to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put the page together for you. Once the page is set up, you may feel more comfortable making some minor changes. And eventually, you will find this isn't as hard as it first seems.
Also feel free to email me with any question you may have.