Green Serial #'s • Black notes, no #'s • Grey no info.
Q. What is a "Typewriter Hunter" and how can I become one?
A. There are several levels of membership within the TWDB, and simply becoming a "Member" by signing up and validating your email is just the first step. Just signing up automatically grants very little except the ability to upload a profile photo and description, which I encourage you to do before moving on to the next step.
"Typewriter Hunter" is the membership level that allows you to actually do neat stuff like download from the file library and most importantly, upload your own typewriter galleries and participate in conversations related to those galleries. This access level is not granted automatically, mainly to prevent spammers and other undesirables from mass-creating accounts for the purpose of adding spam links and uploading porn. (believe me, they try, and are very persistent). I have found that I can easily keep them away by simply having new applicants jump through a few simple hoops to prove that they are human, and are actually interested in being a part of the project. This method has resulted in a friendly, trouble-free community of members who require nearly zero moderation. If you would like to be a "Typewriter Hunter", here are the hoops:
Q. Are there rules, and what happens if I break the rules?
A. Rather than write up a list of "thou shalt"s and "thou shalt not"s, it seems best to simply suggest that you follow the "Golden Rule". Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. Fortunately, the typewriter collecting community is remarkably composed of ladies and gentlemen of the highest comport, who seem to have no problem with being polite and informative with each other without baiting each other into petty arguments or insults. This is a really nice phenomenon, which I am content to let continue exactly as-is, thus no long list of rules.
However, I do have powerful tools at my disposal for banning and ruthlessly eliminating malcontents and troublemakers. I don't mind letting those tools collect dust in the corner, as they have done for the past 3 years, but rest assured that if they become needed, the blades are still sharp. (:
Q. What are the guidelines for uploading Typewriter Galleries?
A. For the sake of conformity and ease of finding and sorting galleries, please observe these simple guidelines:
Q. What are "points" and "Score" as they relate to Typewriter Hunters, and how do I get them?
A. "Points" are simply a measure of how active a given member is on the TWDB in terms of uploading galleries and adding informative links to various pages. These points are tallied up to make your "Score" each night around midnight, so each day you have a fresh score based on your activity from previous days.
Currently, the points are compiled like this:
Your "Score" then determines your rank on the Members page, and that's just about it. (:
Q. The dates/model names/brand of some of my galleries has been changed, and I didn't do it. What happened?
A. It's called "data normalization". As Archivist (and later, when "Curator"-level members are introduced), part of what we do is re-organize and correct galleries so that they are grouped with like Models, are filed under the proper Brand, and have a correct Date given the current information. Galleries will therefore occasionally be re-filed or re-dated if better information is discovered, usually in the context of our research to build better age lists. We use the galleries themselves as an important clue in the research, so ensuring that they are filed and dated correctly is vital for this task. Therefore, if your galleries occasionally get updated, don't worry too much - it's all part of the editing and research process. (: