A How-To is an article that is written to share an experience. Whether it be a documented installation, a product review, or an article explaining how to read a flow map. It should be useful to the community. This is not the place to ask for help or post questions. Let us go over a few points on what we're looking for:
CHOOSE A GOOD TOPIC
The higher level of difficulty of the project, the better. Don't post a How-To for installing hub caps - we will remove your How-To if it isn't well written, descriptive, and/or doesn't meet a certain standard. Be sure to explain why you're doing the project and what the goal is. Also be sure you've chosen the correct category for your How-To. Written articles only - NO LINKING TO ARTICLES ON OTHER SITES! This section is meant to be an archive of written articles - not links. We don't want links posted because the site you link to could eventually become nonexistent and we will then have a broken link.
When writing a Parts Review/Feedback article, be sure to title the How-To with the product you're giving feedback on. Only give feedback on an item installed on your car, which you have tested personally. Also make sure your article is not an installation article - it should be a follow-up on how the part performed, reliability issues, quality issues, installation issues, etc. If the part requires a break-in period, please wait until the break-in period is complete and you've been able to test the product in real world driving situations before submitting feedback. We don't want to see feedback about a product you have not seriously tested yet. The article should not contain customer service or feedback for the retailer you purchased the item from. It should be strictly related to the product and how it performed for your application. Should others buy it or not?
DOCUMENT YOUR HOW-TO AND TAKE PHOTOS
This step is critical. Anyone can write up a quick paragraph telling people how to do something. But many people learn better with visuals. Make sure you take photos at certain points to help show people what you're doing as you do it. Use the Attachment feature (explained below). We recommend naming your photos in a way that you'll remember what they depict when you upload them. When writing your article, we suggest drafting a copy in a text editor such as Wordpad or Notepad - any editor that uses "plain text". Try to avoid using Microsoft Word, as that program uses "rich text" which screws up formatting when you paste it in an online submission form like ours) then copy into the message box. Try and use a Step-by-Step format like we've done with this tutorial.
ADDING PHOTOS TO YOUR ARTICLE
Finish writing up your How-To. When you're done, you're ready to start uploading photos. We've put together a few tips on how to format your How-To. It's actually pretty easy to do. The best way to format an How-To is to use photos at each step that represents a visual reference for the user. You can do this with our Attachment feature. Simply click the Upload/Edit Photos link in the Additional Options box below your article. A small window will pop up. You can upload photos from your computer or photos that are located on the web. For photos stored on your computer, click the Browse button (making sure they fit the size and file-type requirements). Then click Upload. For photos located on the web, enter the URL of the photo. Once the files are done uploading, you'll see them listed under the Browse buttons. If there was an error with the upload, it will show up at the top of the new window. If all was successful, close the window. You can then drag each attachment and drop it anywhere you want within the article. To do so, you'll need to click on the Paperclip icon () just above the message box where you're typing your post. Just drag and drop the appropriate attachment into the body of your post where you want it to be displayed. Here are some visuals to help explain what we mean:
Click the Upload/Edit Photos button.
Browse files on your computer (red arrow) OR enter enter the URL of a photo on the web you want to attach (blue arrow).
If your upload is successful, you'll see the file name listed (red arrow), if not, you'll see an error listed at the top of the window. Close the window when you're done.
Click the Paperclip icon above the message box, click and drag the uploaded file name and drop it in the exact location in the body of your post where you want it to be displayed.
PROOF READ YOUR HOW-TO
Go over and double-check the accuracy of the information you've posted. Keep in mind that thousands of people will potentially read this How-To and you want the information to be correct. Use proper spelling and grammar. Thanks for helping the EVO community by sharing your How-To with us.
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