If you’ve ever tried to write entries for the History Commons, you’ve come up against the submission app. It’s not pretty. Even with the guideline we wrote about how to make a submission, it’s no picnic.
In fact, a lot of people have tried to wrestle with it and decided it’s just too much. The screenshot below (with markups in red) makes MY head hurt, and I’ve used this app for years:
Yeesh! It IS very difficult, and a lot of people feel that way. There’s no shame. A lot of people have looked at it, or even tried to submit entries, and finally decided to just walk away before they broke something in frustration. It’s not the user that’s the problem. It’s the app!
So, until we finally get the money and the chops to redesign the app to meet reasonable usability standards, we’ve come up with a workaround.
If you want to submit entries to the History Commons but don’t want to fight the app to do it, here’s how. Just write an entry and e-mail it to this address:
It will come to me, Michael Tuck (“blackmax”). I’ll then submit it for you in the app, or one of the other admins will submit it. We can even submit it using your account if you prefer, so it will show up under your name and not one of ours.
More information, including guidelines and a sample entry, are available on this page:
Thanks! I look forward to being inundated with submissions!