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Frequently asked questions

How do I join your community of writers?

You should complete the form on the Join the Community page. The editorial team will review your submission and reach out with any questions. We typically check the form once a week for new submissions. Please review our community guidelines to learn more about our work and expectations. 

Authors who publish three articles are invited to our Run level 3 club, and those who publish at least three articles within six months and commit to publishing three (or more) more before the end of the year are invited to join our Sudoers program. Additionally, those who publish at least 10 articles in a 12-month period achieve Root level status in recognition of their commitment.

How do I submit an article to the Enable Sysadmin editorial team?

The easiest and most direct way to get in touch with the editorial team is by emailing your proposal to From there, we will review your proposal and respond with any next steps. Accepted proposals will then move through our editorial process.

How long will it take to get my article published?

After we receive a final draft, we usually see an article come back from copy editing within one week. After copy editing, we send the article back to the author for final review. Once approved by the author, we add the article to our publishing calendar, and articles are normally published within one-to-two weeks.

How long should my article be?

The sweet spot for an article is between 500-1,200 words. Articles should include an introduction and conclusion. If you write a piece that is longer than 1,200 words, we encourage transitioning the piece into a series (created with natural breaks in the content).

Do you edit the articles for length, content, tone, and voice?

Yes. If an article is too long, we will generally break it into multiple pieces. Content will go through professional copy editing and will be marked-up according to our style guide. Tone and voice are up to the author and will remain throughout the article so long as it is deemed appropriate.

Can I publish my articles elsewhere?

Yes. We publish under a Creative Commons license. You own your content; however, we ask that you allow Enable Sysadmin to publish the article first. Most authors typically wait 1-2 weeks before republishing on other sites or personal blogs. We would love it if you would link back to the original version posted here on Enable Sysadmin from any reposts.

Do you accept previously published articles?

We prefer high-quality, original content. We sometimes run content from personal blogs, Medium, and other similar sites. In general, these articles are specifically curated by the editorial team. One option would be to send us a previously published post that you'd be willing to update.

Do I have to submit a pitch or an outline first?

For authors new to our community, we do recommend that you send in a pitch or outline before writing. This ensures that we are able to decide if the content meets the intention of our community before you spend time fleshing out an idea that we may (or may not) be able to publish.

Will I get to look at my article and check it before it's published?

Yes. We send out a version of the article after copy editing to the author for review. We will never publish an article until it is approved by the author. Also, if you notice an error after publication, you can contact us for any corrections needed.

What if I notice an error in an article?

Please email the editors at with the proposed correction and link to the article.

Do I need to worry about styling content?

We will put your draft through a copy edit and mark it up according to our style guide, but if you have things like in-line code or code snippets or terminal output, it would be good to denote that somehow in the draft.

What medium do you prefer that I use for creating content? Do you accept Google docs, .txt files, or .md files.?

We let our authors write in whatever tool they feel comfortable with. We get everything from Google Docs to ODTs and DOC files, to text and .md files. Please do not submit PDF files.

Do you promote the article after it's published?

Of course! We syndicate all of our authored content to multiple social and editorial sites. We also will generate social samples that are formatted specifically so that our community can easily share their work with their network of choice.

Do I need to provide the main image?

No. The editorial team will find and use a properly sourced and licensed image that we can use with each article. We may use an image new to the site or use one from our image library.

Do I need to provide any screenshots or images?

If you think your article will be enhanced with screenshots of what you are describing, then yes, please send them along with your article. Make sure the size is good enough for readers to view. Typically, a minimum of 800-1200 pixels in width will suffice. We prefer JPG and PNG file formats.

We prefer to only add images that benefit the reader and keep our posts more on the professional side. Sometimes, humorous images can be misinterpreted, so we typically avoid adding memes and similar images. Additionally, we need to use properly sourced and cited images for the site. Therefore, if you include any type of image, please include the source (even if you created the image) and license. Our default license is CC BY-SA 4.0 (so please let us know if the images you include are licensed differently).

How do I do a proper citation?

Any quotes, facts, or sources should be properly cited with a link to the source. The editorial team does conduct a plagiarism check during the review process, and we generally remove external links that do not add significant value to the reader.

For example, in this paragraph, the author is referencing the 2019 State of DevOps report. We link back to the report within the text and are able to reference and cite where the data points came from.

According to the 2019 State of DevOps report, automation in DevOps takes organizations from low performers (12%) to medium performers (44%), higher performers (23%), and elite performers (20%).

We do not use footnote-style citations. Instead, we directly add links link inline, as shown above.

Do you pay for content or can we buy links or ads?

That's an easy answer: No. This site is a network that's growing into a community of practices built on relationships. As a community-based site, we have some guidelines around the articles and authors we publish. Our writers are working IT professionals, executives, or hobbyists who are users of the technology they are writing about, and we do not pay community contributors for their work. We rarely link to external pages, and we don't sell ads nor links on our site. Please see our site guidelines for more on our community.

What licenses do you publish articles under?

Most articles are published using a Creative Commons 4.0 BY-SA license. If there is a preference for a different license, please contact the editorial team at

Creative Commons is a public license that allows people to share their work. BY means you must give the author attribution, or credit, for their work. SA means ShareAlike, meaning you must distribute any adoptions of the work under the same license. This license allows people to share and adapt the work. From the Creative Commons definition:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.