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Posted by neildubya on April 11th, 2008


Following on from the non-appearance of a post on an Araucaria puzzle this week, we’re going to start using placeholders. This is how it will work:

  • Either a full post or a placeholder will appear  by 3.30pm. That’s your cue to start commenting. If a comment is made on another post asking after the whereabouts of either the post or the placeholder it will be deleted.  The same goes for questions/comments about clues for other puzzles.
  • If a full post has not appeared by around 7pm-ish, it will be considered fair game for anyone to post a blog of their own – I will edit the placeholder at the time to confirm this. If you’re not on the blogging team then your blog will have to appear as a comment but this has happened a couple of times in the past and it seemed to work ok. All I ask is that if you plan to write something of your own, you let everyone else know in a comment so that we don’t have more than one person writing about the same puzzle.
  • This will apply to all puzzles, not just the Guardian.
  • That’s it.

We’ll see how it goes and have a rethink if it doesn’t work. I’ll turn this post into a permanent page (like the Bloggers, Setters and FAQ pages) so that it’s always available for people to read.

Can I also just say thanks to muck and Beermagnet for providing a blog to the Araucaria puzzle yesterday.


3 Responses to “Placeholders”

  1. Chris says:

    This seems like a very good idea to me.

  2. petebiddlecombe says:

    I can’t claim to have come up with the idea (someone else did and had to twist my arm a bit), but we started using placeholders at Times for the Times about 9 months ago and they’ve worked very well. They should work even better here, because editing of posts is not restricted to the original author.

  3. muck says:

    Seems good to me too

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