SteemAlive Presents: The New LID reporting Guidelines Effective from August 1, 2021
Dear LID reporters, we are happy to restart our LID project in the next few days - precisely August 1, 2021. LID reporting has been one of our pilot projects in SteemAlive community. It has come a long way and we want this project to add more value to the community and Steemit platform at large. We took a 1-week break so as to enable us do an audit of the project. A lot of things are going as planned, a few thinks are going awkward. That is why we decided to publish this complete LID reporting guideline. It will contain previous LID rules as well as new changes that will make the project both valuable, fun and rewarding. If you are new to LID reporting, you can read about the project here.
For the sake of easy understanding, we are going to split up the presentation into the following categories:
- Duration of LID reporting
- Number of LID posts/Reports
- What to Report
- Length of Report
- LID Prizes
- Location Coordinates
- LID spotlights
- Picture Management
- How to become a LID reporter
Duration of LID reporting
When we started the project, LID reporting happens everyday. When we made the last change, we removed Mondays from the LID reporting days so we can run our weekly contests. But with this current guideline, we are announcing that LID reporting will happen 4 days in a week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The remaining 3 days would be used for other community projects such as contests, promotional activities, community updates, etc.
Number of LID posts/Reports
Number of LID posts
Formerly, the community account makes 6 LID reporting posts and 6 LID announcement posts, thats a total of 12 posts. This fills up too much space in the community page. We sometimes end up making 2 or more posts in a day. This definitely affects the quality of those posts and the tidiness of our community page. So we are cleaning it up. Instead of 12 posts for LID reporting, we will henceforth make only 4 LID posts. We will use 1 LID post to cover reporting for 2 days and use 2 posts to announce the prizes for 2 days. For example, 1 post will be used to cover reporting for Monday and Tuesday and another post to announce results for the two days. Here is what we will do:
When we make the first LID reporting post, we will put 2 dates for it - for the first day and the second day. At the end of the first day, we will put a banner as a comment under the post to indicate the end of the first day and the Beginning of the second day. Reporters can then start reporting for the second day under the same post. In this way, we use 1 LID post for 2 days.
Number of LID reports
Under the old system, reporters are expected to make at least 2 LID posts each day. From this new guideline, reporters would be expected to make at least 3 reports per day. The first report is a morning selfie with details of their day's schedule. The next 2 reports will feature actual events taking place in the reporter's immediate environment.
There will be 3 reporting Periods:
Morning: 5.30am - 11.59am
Afternoon: 12 noon - 3.59pm
What to Report
The first report would still be a morning selfie so we can see who the reporter is. The morning selfie will be accompanied by a description of the morning environment and things taking place around the reporter. The reporter is free to talk about personal schedules - places the reporter will go and specific things he will do within the day.
The Second and third LID reports are actually the main reports. It strictly must be interesting and educational events happening around the reporter. The events being reported should be news-worthy. It can include live events, weather, traffic, accident scene, inside a bank or shopping mall, different sections of a market, etc. We will let urge reporters to bring value by making sure their reports are very interesting and educative.
Length of Report
We want quality. You cant get a quality story in one sentence. In the past, we had LID reports with one or two short sentences. Its ending now. From August 1, each LID report should have at least 70 words or 1 sizeable paragraph. You can use this word counter tool to check.
Engagement was a big challenge for us last time. We had too many LID reporters that drop their reports and refuse to engage with others. We are turning a new leaf now. We expect reporters to engage with other reporters at least twice. Engagement should be meaningful. So like we used to have, the following would no longer be con=sidered meaningful engagement:
- Goodmorning and have a great day
- Thank you for your great wishes
- I love your food
- Nice cloth
Meaningful engagement involves replying to a specific aspect of a report, asking questions and encouraging the other party to respond too. Short one-sentence replies wont be considered meaningful engagement. A reporter that has not engaged at least twice with others do not qualify for the day's prize.
We gave 0.5 Steem for normal LID reports without a spotlight and 0.6 Steem for reporters that did the spotlight. Under the new system, reports without spotlight would be 0.6 Steem and those with spotlight would be 0.7 Steem
Location Coordinates help to authenticate your LID report. As much as possible, try to put the coordinates under your pictures. It helps to verify them as actual places. While it is not compulsory for all your report images, it is compulsory for the spotlight. You can use What3words To add he coordinates
Each day, we ask you to snap a particular object or location which everyone is free to capture. We pay you extra 0.1 Steem for doing the spotlight. Under this new guideline, the spotlight remains. Except that each spotlight image must a What3words location coordinates.
Its important you know how to manage your images. Please remember these tips:
- Capture images that are not blurred
- Do not let objects obstruct your view.
- Do not capture from a distance that is too far
- Capture where there is sufficient light
- Be sure to use only your own pictures
How to become a LID reporter
- Become a verified member of SteemALive Community
- Send at least 1 steem to @safunds to support the LID project
- Read, understand and sign this document.
Make a comment under the post once you fulfill all documents. Also mention that you have understood and will follow the guidelines. Then we will give you a LID reporter tag to identify you.
Quality matters to us and that is why we have these guidelines in place. A lot of random people joined the LID project without proper orientation and that affected the quality. We are really eager to see everyone produce quality reports we can be proud of by being guided according.
Thank you all for supporting LID. Thank you for supporting SteemAlive. Thank you the Steemit team