Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter
Summaries for the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter are typically 1-4 sentences each, with the exception being major news in the General Community News section.
In writing summaries, please remember to follow these content guidelines:
- Make your summaries present tense.
- Good: The author states
- Bad: The author stated
- We release on very simple wiki-based syntax and export to several formats, including text only, so please avoid:
- Hyperlinks in summaries
- Full justification of text
- Bold, italics, strikethrough
- Do not editorialize.
- John Smith proclaims “the new release of Ubuntu is great!”
- This article explains…
- The new release of Ubuntu is great!
- This ‘‘great’’ article explains…
- Do not add facts or information that are not included in the article.
- You may know that Mark Shuttleworth founded Ubuntu, but if it’s not mentioned in the article, don’t mention it.
- Do not change the title text or quotes from what is written by the author.
- Grammar error in the subject of a blog post? We don’t fix it; we keep the title what the author intended (if we know the author, it’s acceptable to point out the error but if they don’t fix it then we don’t fix it).
- Try not to quote passages that have grammar or other errors. If you do, don’t grammar correct; a quote is a quote.
- Spell names properly.
- This is very important. Names are a very personal thing, and a misspelled name is quite disappointing. Please make every effort to ensure this does not happen.
- Make sure the summary tells us more than the title of the article
- Short summaries are fine as long as they give some hint beyond the title of what the article is about (this is why 1-4 sentences is suggested).
- Date formats
- Dates should not be shown in numerical formats such as 10/12/14 as the intended date can be interpreted differently throughout the world. Abbreviated months are fine as long as what is quoted is unambiguous.
- Do not try to make your summary a cliff-hanger
- ‘’‘Always’’’ use ‘’‘double’’’ quotation marks when quoting directly from a news article or blog post
- Always use the proper name of a website which is usually found at the bottom of the websites’s home page, e.g. ‘’‘OMG! Ubuntu!’’’ not ‘’‘omgubuntu.co.uk’’’.
And, for some specific grammar reminders:
When listing more than two verb phrases, each verb phrase should be separated by a comma.
George Smith reports on the user experience, options for customizations and changes in the upcoming release.
Good (note the comma after ‘customizations’):
George Smith reports on the user experience, options for customizations, and changes in the upcoming release.
When listing only two verb phrases joined by a conjunction (and, but, etc.), no comma is needed.
Bob Jones invites users to contribute feedback, and asks the community to install the application on as many devices as possible.
Good (note the missing comma after ‘feedback’):
Bob Jones invites users to contribute feedback and asks the community to install the application on as many devices as possible.
If a comma is required (for whatever reason), then the following is correct (note the comma after ‘feedback’ and the addition of the subject ‘he’)–these are two complete sentences (both have a subject and verb) joined by a conjunction (and), therefore, a comma is required to separate the two sentences:
Bob Jones invites users to contribute feedback, and he asks the community to install the application on as many devices as possible.
The Oxford comma is preferred. This is the comma attached to the second-to-last item in a list (before “and”). This would be a correct usage of the Oxford comma:
Joe writes about foo, bar, and baz.