Become an author and write Windy Articles


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    What are Windy Articles?

    Windy is here to help save lives or property by informing others about severe weather phenomena or state of Earth's climate. Windy Articles should help our users and other media to inform about these events, but not only that. We would like to educate others about weather and its dangers.

    We believe that when severe weather happens, people have the right to be informed free of charge, and without advertisement or tracking cookies.

    But not only that. Windy gives its readers a unique opportunity to see the described phenomena on an animated map, with Annotations (explained later).

    We believe, that Windy Articles should be published under Creative Commons licence, CC-BY, so published information can be reused by newspapers, radios, TV and such, mentioning the author. We do not want to compete traditional media. We would help them spread the word, what can potentially happen.

    If you are willing to contribute an article, Windy is not able to enumerate you for writing. Consider Windy as a Weather Wikipedia.

    Who can write a Windy Article?

    Anyone who is registered on this website and have the skills.

    What types of Windy Articles there should be:

    There are two types of articles. The articles that expire and articles that are permanent. Articles that expire should inform about forecasted or ongoing weather phenomena. Permanent articles should:

    • Educate about weather, forecasting and such
    • Inform about new features on Windy
    • Explain some high level functionality of Windy
    • Inform about new climatological studies, models and data sets
    • Reviews of forecast models, weather products and even reviews of weather-related hardware (like weather stations)

    How to write a Windy Article?

    You can write a Windy article here on the Windy Community website. Just create a new topic in any category, and you are done. The initial post will become the body of the article. In order to publish the article, use the tag article (at the bottom of the post).

    Formatting the article

    The article is written in markdown. However, our articles support ONLY header 3 ###, bold **, bullet lists, links and images. You can also embed YouTube and Twitter posts.

    Working with images

    Images make emotions, and emotions are the things, that can convince people in affected areas, that they can be hurt.

    Make sure, that all the copyrights are of image author fulfilled.

    Creative commons images can be found at these locations:

    Upload your image as usual to your Article and then use ALT text for appropriate author credits. Markdown that is used have following format for imag: ![alt text](image url)

    All info should be inside ALT text in the following format:
    ![photo: name of author; link: URL to author's page; desc: Description; licence: cc](...)

    As you can see, that all the parameters are separated by ; and quotes are omitted. You newline to make your ALT tag more user friendly. The example of proper Alt tag looks like this:

    ![
       photo: NASA; 
       link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/10840840555;
       desc: Hurricane Ivo from Mir space station.;
       licence:cc;
    ](/assets/uploads/here-filename.jpg) 
    

    Supported type of licence is cc meaning CC-BY, so if you omit licence property at all image will be published as copyrighted one. And yes you can omit any of the field.

    When uploading the photo, recommended width is 1200px and recommended format is jpg.

    All photos used in articles MUST be server from community.windy.com/assets/uploads... (therefore uploaded from here in our servers). Any photos server from external URLs are considered security risk and filtered out. Sorry.

    If you publish any photo that was created as Windy Screenshot, please make it Creative Commons so other media can reuse it.

    Cover photo

    The cover photo, the first nice photo with title, is insertted via our publishing tool article-publisher. We will be more than happy to provide cover foto for your article.

    Map annotations

    Your article can do more, that display text and images. It can force Windy to display certain layer, map view, level or isolines, overlayed with your notes. This is called Annotations

    First of all create your map annotation at https://www.windy.com/annotate What you get is shareable link, that you can post to any article. Post this link anywhere inside your article and you are done. Your map annotation will be launched whenever user opens the article.

    desc: You can combine article (left side) with map annotation (right side), and show weather phenomena directlly on Windy map;

    Embedding Twitter, YouTube, FB video

    To embed Twitter just paste URL in this format https://twitter.com/esowc_ecmwf/status/1097492125476970499 into the article. Please do not embed Tweets that just contain other Tweets. Embed always final Tweet.

    To embed YouTube paste jut URL in this format https://www.yutube.com/watch?v=b6LLC7VVa7I

    To embed FB video just paste URL in this format https://www.facebok.com/SeceshStageStop/videos/416960145741378/. To get this link right click on date-link in FB post with video and copy link.

    Embedding Windy's videos

    If you create stunning video at https://www.windy.com/animate you can embed it into the article by pasting URL of video file in the article body in this format https://i.windy.com/a/3/55i8k8.mp4. Make sure the URL as at the begging of the line, not inside the text.

    Article notes

    If you want to use some notes that should be visible just on Windy Community but are not published on Windy, use <hr /> html tag (use -------- in markdown) at the end of an article and write anything below.

    What is below the last <hr /> is just a note.

    Type of an article

    There are two special types of articles. One of them is video type, which means, that first YouTube of Facebook video is prominent on article. The second special type is online which is article, that is updated often as the weather phenomena progresses. To use special type, just add video or online as a tag to your article.

    Test your article on Windy

    After you finish your article here on community, note down its topic ID. It is number that is visible in URL. For example article https://community.windy.com/topic/7914/video-c... has topic ID 7914.

    Now type this URL to your browser https://www.windy.com/articles/7914, and here you are. Your article is just on Windy.

    Publishing your article

    Only users, that are part of a group https://community.windy.com/groups/publishers can publish articles on Windy. If you are not in group publishers, we will be more that happy to publish your article for you. Just let us know, that your article is finished.

    Please be aware that we may need to edit your texts or pictures in order to unify the format of all the articles and/or correct any grammar mistakes.


    These are notes that will not be published on Windy. You can write here whatever you want.


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