As the race to contribute heats up heading into the September Pledge Initiative for 2018, here’s what it takes to make the perfect poster submission on Posterogs. And if we’re not aiming for perfection, why are we even here?
Sure, you can get by with minimal submissions with just the title and format, but what's the point in that? Detailed submissions that clearly differentiate one poster from another are crucial to building a lasting and worthwhile poster database.
The following tips to crafting high quality submissions could save you time on editing your contributions further down the track, position you as an authority within the Posterogs community, and if you’re a seller, better submissions could help you shift more posters.
Nothing gets the pulse racing like rules and guidelines. Sure, reading over guidelines is kind of dry, but there’s a wealth of information here that it’s in your best interest to know before you submit. Your fellow contributors and community members will appreciate it, and you’ll be better equipped to respond if there’s a question regarding your submission.
It’s the first point in the guidelines (points if you knew that), but it bears repeating. Copy+pasting info from other websites, relying on memory, or some other kind of second-hand input isn’t in the spirit of the database. Secondary sources are fine (and may be necessary for a complete poster submission), but this should go in tandem with the physical item.
Just like Copy To Draft on Discogs, this feature will save you a tonne of time when adding a similar poster to the database. To ‘Add One Like This’, go to the edit button on a release page, click the arrow next to it to open the dropdown menu Just make sure you remove any unnecessary fields/credits, and add all those that apply to your version.
Title and format only does not a proper submission make. Fill as many fields and add as much detail as possible so other users will be able to differentiate the poster you’re submitting from other versions. If you’re submitting with a view to selling, including more details may help you attract more prospective buyers as they’ll appreciate knowing more about the item, and it will be linked to from more places, like credit and company pages.
In line with being as complete as possible with your submission, add any detail that doesn’t fit within the given field in the notes. That said, it should still be general terms about the poster, not about the condition of the item in your possession. Similarly, be thorough with the submission notes, be clear where your info is coming from and give context where needed. If you’re making edits, be very clear what you’re changing and/or why.
It makes sense that a poster database relies heavily on images, and unlike the other 'ogs databases, might be the most important info of all. When you’re scrolling through the database and it’s all text with placeholder images it’s a total snooze.
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