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The Black Hat World Guide For Creating Black Hat World Guides

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Zwielicht, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    So let's say you have a method or know something interesting that you want to turn into a guide for other Black Hat World members to read. That's great! Unfortunately, people are less likely to read your guide if it looks like this.
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    Because there are more and more members sharing information here each day, I thought it was finally time to create a short Black Hat World guide for creating Black Hat World guides to help some of you get started. To begin, let's start with a few things to keep in mind when you create a guide for this forum.

    Basics

    • Avoid using advanced vocabulary. Not everyone's first language is English, and for those members whose first language is English, they most likely do not want to read, "Indubitably, the malfeasance of the indignant pugilist outwardly manifested in a..." for any extended period of time.
    • There are 2 themes on Black Hat World: a white and gold version and the default black and gold version. Most members use the default theme but there are some members who prefer the white and gold theme. Because of this, always use the "Automatic" colour option for the bulk of your text.
    • I don't believe this has ever been a problem, but always adhere to the forum rules when posting a guide.

    Formatting
    This issue is the one I illustrated in the gif above and it's an issue some new members have when they post a guide here. When you don't add paragraphs or separate sections with headings, the text becomes difficult to read. This will lead to some people either highlighting the text to make it easier to read or giving up entirely, with the latter usually happening.

    I personally use size 5 bold coloured text for my section headings and size 4 bold coloured text for my subheadings. Additionally, you can use any guide posted by Tommy, Macdonjo3, lightningblitz, myself, or any other member as an example.

    Colours
    I usually pick 1 or 2 colours and use them throughout the guide. Anything more and you'll end up with a ceosam-esque colour vomit thread. For similar reasons mentioned under "Basics", It's best not to use very bright colours such as yellow in your guides as users using the white and gold theme will have a problem reading it (my rule is if I can't see it well in BHW's editor, it's too bright).

    Images & Videos
    If you want to give user's something to look at, include images and videos in your guides. You can create these images and videos yourself or find them on another website. However, adding images to your BHW guide isn't necessary. Sure, I add a few to my guides and Tommy adds images to his guides, but other members here such as lightningblitz can still write interesting guides without using images.

    Sources
    I like to try to link back to quality sources throughout my guides. There are 2 reasons for this: the first is that it prevents combat noobs(**) from derailing your posts and it gives members here additional content to read if they have any further questions.

    Spelling & Grammar
    I know it's difficult for those of you who don't speak English natively to write guides on a forum that only allows English, but at the very least try to find someone who can quickly proofread your text or use a grammar and spell checker online.

    Additional Tips
    Save your work in Notepad as you type it up. If your area is prone to power outages or BHW goes down, you can easily just copy and paste your text back into BHW's editor. Believe it or not, I received the following error while I was typing up this guide and I was able to just copy and paste the content that didn't save back into BHW's editor.
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    BHW's editor also has an issue where when you leave it open too long and try to insert an image, div tabindex won't load (in other words, an overlaid semi-transparent screen for the insert image tool won't load completely you won't be able to copy and paste your work). To recover your work, simply use your Inspect Element tool and delete this line of code:
    Code:
    <div tabindex="-1" style="position: fixed; z-index: 10000; top: 0px; left: 0px; opacity: 0.5; width: 1316px; height: 1065px; background-color: white;" class="cke_dialog_background_cover"></div>
    
    You should be able to copy and paste your content in a new editor from there.

    Finally, stick to what you have experience in. Anyone can post a guide using a bunch of sources, but your unique perspective can provide others with valuable information they wouldn't be able to acquire through your sources alone.

    **Sorry about the neologism. Combat noob is my term for both new members who come here and derail threads by pointing out any factual errors without reading the entire thread and for new members who are aggressive to senior members.
     
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  2. sam.hunt0710

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    Newbies and other members who are trying to post any guide go through this thread and post your guide according to it.
     
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  3. blogzandstuff

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    Are you going to make this into a guide so you can guide those who need guiding
     
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    Finally a formatting guide. Thank you. This should be stickied.

    One thing to add is that good formatting will get your post more reads, instead of people glancing over your post and moving on, which will also get your post more thanks (for those of you that care about that).
     
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    Now this is something that was needed here long ago. Good stuff as always, Zwielicht!
     
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  6. Zwielicht

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    Yes, my next thread will be titled, "The Black Hat World Guide For The Black Hat World Guide For Creating Black Hat World Guides".
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    Exactly! Formatting is probably one for the best things you can do for any guide here. Well, that and spelling & grammar because, "nobady whants to reed a pohst dey kant undastand".
    Yeah, I was surprised one wasn't posted already, but when I did a search before creating my guide nothing popped up. :cool:
     
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  7. lightningblitz

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    Notes taken:

    1. I have too many blocks of text.

    2. I use words like aforementioned.

    3. I post too many sequential threads.

    Time to lay off the BHW....
     
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    if you copy n paste some thing into the text box you still get great big black border and the text becomes invisible, you need to fix that!! no other forum does that. BHW needs to move with time old theme no share buttons , good content tho.
     
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  9. Zwielicht

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    I think we all have our little writing quirks and words we use too much. Just look at most of my posts and note how I excessively use parentheses and the word "etcetera", which is something I really need to stop doing as a comma usually suffices in most cases.
    That really only happens when members use the regular "paste" feature in their browser; it's easily remedied by using the "paste as plain text" feature instead to remove any formatting the text previously had. Anyway, you should open up a thread in the Forum Feedback section and bring this issue up.
     
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  10. lightningblitz

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    But we both agree I have had too many threads and too much text.

    Back to the drawing board!

    My next Upcoming thread:

    Rehab for wanna be forum helpers.
     
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  11. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    On the contrary, your threads seem to be helping out quite a few members on this forum as well as adding a bit of life back into the forum. This is why I referenced you in this thread (twice, actually!) as a great example of how to create guides on this forum. :cool:
     
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    I am being sarcastic my friend.

    I notice an increase in PMs when ever I post a thread so I know it is working.... in non desirable ways.
     
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  13. Zwielicht

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    Ha, sorry, I have trouble understanding sarcasm and jokes, so I tend to take everything literally. :cool:
     
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    good read, thanks
     
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    A guide on how to post a guide :D This should be made sticky.
     
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    Posting 101, Condoms and lube people! Cheers Zwielicht.
     
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  17. LoftPower

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    Very nice. Glad that I checked this out!
     
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    Man, I really could have used that last tip earlier today. Alas, I meant to write that post in notepad. Now it will never be again.

    At least now I know the resolution. Great tips on guide creation!
     
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