Frequently asked questions
Enable Sysadmin FAQ
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 500-1200 words. Articles should include an introduction and conclusion. If you write a piece that is longer than 1200 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. 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 do sometimes run content from other sites; however, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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?
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.
Can I add images to my article?
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.
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.
For example, in this paragraph, the author is referencing the 2019 State of DevOps report. We link back to the report 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%).
 Source: https://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/state-of-devops-2019.pdf
For our style guide, we would not use the footnote citation shown above . Instead, we would directly link inline.
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 email@example.com.
What does the Creative Commons 4.0 BY-SA license mean?
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.
I'm new to Trello, what is it and how does Enable Sysadmin use it?
The "Community Enable Sysadmin team" Trello board is a kanban board that represents the Enable Sysadmin editorial process from article ideas to editor review to copy editing and all the way to publishing. We designed the workflow so that authors can follow along the editorial process and see where their article is during the entire process.
Authors can claim and move cards from
outlining. The editorial team will move cards from
published for our contributors.
How do I access the Trello board?
Validated community members who intend to write and contribute to the community will be invited to the board.
Can I just add myself to an open Trello card?
Yes. If you see a topic that interests you can add yourself to the card and move it to the
outline column depending on when you're able to get an outline together for review.
Can I create a card for my own ideas?
Yes, you can create a card for new ideas and one of the editors can help validate your proposal to make sure it's a good fit and give you any editorial direction.
Alternatively, most people just email us new proposals at firstname.lastname@example.org and then we can create a card on your behalf.
How do I claim a card with a sample headline?
To claim a card, add yourself to the card (join), replace NAME in the headline with your first and last name, remove the needs author label, and move it to the
How far to the right can I move cards?
Authors can move cards to the
writing column, then the editorial staff will guide each card through the rest of the process.
What tags should I use?
The only tags authors should use are article or poll. You can also remove the needs author tag if you have claimed an article. The other tags are for staff to assign.
How do I let an editor know I made an update to a card?
You should tag one of the editorial team members. You'll find that we try to have at least one editor as the primary point of contact on each active card. Trello has an auto-complete feature, so when making an update typing
@k will begin to list the user handles that start with the letter
What are the editorial teams Trello handles?
Our handles are:
- @jehb - Jason Baker
- @tcarrigan - Tyler Carrigan
- @khess - Ken Hess
- @jhibbets - Jason Hibbets