The basics.
(the main area of the website where you end up immediately after logging in)
All publications from all sections of the website (see below for more detailed explanation on sections) apart from questions are displayed in the dashboard. Each is represented by a rectangle showing the title, author, brief description, tags (key words that define the topic) and some basic stats. Clicking on any of these rectangles takes you into the full view of publication, where you can read, like or dislike and comment.
There is an algorithm which defines the order in which the publications are shown on this dashboard. It is not definitive and positions are recalculated every hour.
Here's how it works:
We have a scoring system on Scriggler — various activities on the website result in points — scriggles. You collect 10 for publishing an article, 10 for receiving a like, -3 for receiving a dislike, +1 for posting or receiving a comment, + 10 for receiving a like on a comment, -3 for receiving a dislike on a comment, +1 for receiving a reply to a comment.
All these scores add up to your total and we are keeping them for a year, after that they will start rolling off, so you might see your score coming down.
To see your score click on the thinking man picture in the top left corner and in the menu that unfolds select Profile under Me. Your score is shown just under your Bio.
After we collected all these scores for all our authors, we calculate a set of probabilities proportional to that score. The higher the overall score — the higher the probability.
Once those probabilities are calculated we generate a set of random numbers and depending on where they land — order our list of authors. This way the higher your score is, the more likely you are going to appear at the top of the list, but at the same time even if your score is 1 you still have a chance to be at the top.
Once the list of authors is ordered, we do the same process with their publications. Again your most popular publication is more likely to be at the top, but even the brand new one has a chance of appearing there.
After all the ordering is complete, we go through the list of authors one by one and put the publications that came up on top of their respective lists one after the other. This way we end up with a list of one publication from each of our authors ordered according to the probabilities we generated. The remaining publications are then ordered according to their popularity.

This way for every author there is a chance to feature on the top page and at the same time the more they contribute to the website be it via comments or via publications, the more feedback they receive from the audience, the more likely they are to appear at the top.

We have four categories of publications: news, opinion, story and question.
News — this is where you can share a link to a news story from one of the approved news websites and write a commentary to it.
Opinion/story — these two are very similar, they have exactly the same format and they house our regular publications. As a rule of thumb — Story should be used for anything literary — fiction and poetry, Opinion for everything else — blog entries, views, ideas, essays, interviews etc. It's not very strict and we generally are not moving things around if they fall into the wrong (in our opinion) category.
Questions — this is the place where you can ask all members of the website. Questions can be about anything. You don't get likes or dislikes for questions, you also don't get 10 scriggles for posting them. The answers to questions, however are rated higher than regular comments at 5.
The fifth option in the same menu is Clubs. Any member of Scriggler can form a club and choose what rules will apply — who can join, what will get published there, who can contribute.
The Clubs are essentially a private collection of articles taken from the general pool of publications on Scriggler. They could be run according to a particular topic, for example only crime fiction or only romantic poetry or only art. They can also be just a collection of your favourite publications. These are designed to create additional avenues for content discovery and also to give extra options to writers to promote their work.
Another notable thing about clubs is they have their own discussion stream. Those discussions can be visible to club only if the author of the comments decides to do it that way — you will be asked how you want to do it when you post a comment from inside the club.
How do I submit a new publication?
As a general guidance, all publications submitted to Scriggler should aim to facilitate discussion here on Scriggler. We want to provide a safe and stimulating environment for all our users. While we do not directly moderate the material ourselves, we do not allow publications with the sole purpose of advertising or linking to external resource. Generally we wouldn't remove such material straight away and instead would urge the authors to reconsider their submissions.
Publications, which break the general rules of civilised conduct i.e. hate speech, inciting violence, containing obscene images etc.: we do not run constant checks to make sure that kind of material is not published. However all members can black card publications or comments, which they feel overstep the mark. We will then review both accounts receiving large numbers of black cards and also accounts giving large numbers of black cards. Both may result in account suspension and potentially loss of membership.
Let's break it down into easy steps.
Hit submit button on the left of your screen from anywhere on the website.
Select the category you want to submit your publication to. News lets you share a link to an article in one of the approved online newspapers or magazines and leave a comment about that article. Opinion and story have similar format and let you publish your own article. Question lets you pose questions to all the members of the website, including the admins. Bear in mind these are public and can be seen by all members.
If you selected news: You have two main fields: the link and the commentary box. The link is the place where you can paste the link to the article you want to discuss. The system will automatically check that it is from the approved source and that the article is not already being discussed. If the article is new and from the approved source it will generate a preview. If not it will instruct on the next steps. After the preview is generated — type in your comment in the commentary box.
If you selected opinion or story: You have three main fields. The title, the brief description and main text. The title and main text are mandatory, while brief description is optional.
Title You are limited to 60 characters here, this is the title of you publication.
Brief description is the text that will appear in the rectangles that represent your article on the main page. This is also the text that will be displayed when you share an article via Facebook, or Google+. If you decide to leave it blank, we will use the first 300 characters from the main text of this publication instead.
Main text This is where you enter the main text of your publication. Here you can also upload pictures, embed videos and widgets. You can also post links.
Uploading a picture is fairly straight forward. Click on the place within the main text that you entered, where you want the picture to appear and then hit the picture symbol on the control panel on top of the main text section. This would open the upload window, which allows you to select the file and choose the size, there is also a little illustration of how it is going to come out relative to the text. The size of the pictures for upload is currently limited to 4mb.
Instead of uploading the picture you might want to use the picture already published on another website. To do that all you have to do is post the link to that picture into the URL text box in after clicking on the upload a picture button. Again you can choose the sizing and positioning of the image within the text.
Video We currently do not allow video upload. Instead you can embed a video, for example from YouTube or from another website. The process is similar to using the link to the picture. Click on the insert video button — right corner of the main text control panel, insert the link to the video in the URL box and click OK.
Widgets It is possible to embed widgets (for example a music track from in your publications. To do that when you are entering main text of your publication, place the cursor where you want your widget to appear and then click on Source button on the panel just above Main text window. This will convert the text you are entering into html format. Do not be alarmed this change is not permanent. Paste the piece of embedded html code representing your widget and then click source again.
Your text will revert back to normal format, and your widget will be represented by a blank frame. This is normal and it doesn't mean that it will be left blank. You can carry on typing the rest of the text. Once you are done and you click submit — the article will be converted into published format and widget will be reformatted properly. Note — sometimes you will need to refresh the screen to see the changes take full effect.
Publication is saved automatically. To find your unfinished drafts hit the thinking man image on the top left and in the menu select drafts.
If you selected the question field the steps are the same as in the opinion/story, however here you don't have the option to enter the brief description.
Tags Once all the main fields are filled you need to select the tags. These are key words that best describe the topic of your publication. This field is present in all categories. You are allowed a maximum of six tags per publication. The more you use the more often it will come up when people filter through to find exactly the right topic they are interested in.
Private, local and global These three categories define the privacy settings for your article. Selecting private would make the article visible to you only or to people or clubs you choose to share it with directly. Selecting local will make the article visible only to people who live in the same country as you, you are still able to share it with people or clubs, even if they live elsewhere. And finally global, the default setting, makes the article visible to everyone.
Once the article is published — it can not be edited. You can however delete it altogether if you changed your mind. If you want to delete any of your publications — hit the thinking man image in the top left corner and select publications under me. From this view you can permanently delete any of you publications.
What is the brief description field for?
This is a field with a maximum of 300 characters, it allows you to present your work to the outside world. This is what is going to appear in those colourful rectangles in the main window, so the first thing people will notice. This description will also appear on your Facebook or Google+ page if you decide to share it there.
How do I leave a comment?
Once you read the publication and decide to leave a comment, look out for the comment symbol at the bottom of the page, before the list of comments left by other users starts. Clicking on that symbol opens a text box, where you can type in your comment. You can then either submit it or discard it. Published comment can not be edited or deleted.
Why do I need to add tags to my publication and how do I do it?
Tags define the topic of conversation. There is an ability to filter all articles according to their topic, so that the readers can home in on exactly the right one. It is important therefore to enter as many tags that you think are relevant as possible. There is a limit of course — you are allowed maximum of 6 tags per article.
Tags are entered before you can submit the article, to do that find the 'Tags' text box in your submit window. Here you can type your tags one by one. The system will suggest you existing tags. You can either select one of them by clicking on the tag you are after or you can always create a new tag — just finish typing the word or combination of words you want to use and hit enter. The tag you just entered will appear in the list just below the text box where you entered it. If you change your mind and want to change some of the tags, you can
How do I share my publication on other social networks?
It is possible to share your publication on any other social network, without the need for your followers to sign up on Scriggler.
To do that go into the main view of you publication and click share in the top left corner.
This will open the following window:
Note that you will see all of these options only if publication was not submitted as private. If the publication is private you will only be able to share it with a club or another member of Scriggler.
Clicking on the coloured buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Google+ will take you to their respective submission windows and let you add a commentary or edit the short description. Note that given our 300 character limit on short description, Twitter message will need to be heavily truncated to fit.
The link just under the buttons is a link to the open version of your article. You can send this via email or you can paste it in the commentary section of any social network. If the network supports metadata — the choice of pictures and brief description from your article will be uploaded automatically.
How do I delete a publication?
Hit the thinking man in the top left corner and select publications under me.
Find the box representing the publication you want to delete and hot the cross in the top right corner. There will be a warning message, up to this point you can still change your mind.
Once you clicked confirm, the publication is deleted permanently.
How do I reply to a comment?
The default view does not show comments on comments. To see them or to leave your own reply to a comment click on the comment symbol on the right of the comment box. This will show all the replies left by other users and also a text box for you to type in your own reply.
How do I start a club or join an existing club?
Starting a club is fairly straight forward. Click on 'Clubs' in the top menu and then on 'Start a club' in the top left corner. This opens the set up window, where you can upload a picture for the club, give it a name and a short description and also select the privacy settings.
Here you can also select the users you would like to invite.You can start typing names in the text box and the system will show you suggestions based on what you've typed. Once you hit enter or click on a suggested name, it would appear in the box below. You can enter as many names as you like. Once you click done button, invitations will go out and the club will be created.
You can always find your own clubs in the 'Clubs' tab or under Clubs in the main menu by clicking on the thinking man image in the top left corner. Clicking on the name of the club takes you to the title page. From here you can always go back to the edit mode and change settings or invite new users.
You can find a particular club you are after by doing a search on clubs or by browsing all available clubs in the 'Clubs' tab. If you click on any of the clubs from the list, you are taken to the welcome page, where you can either join or request membership, depending on club privacy settings set by the moderator.
From the club title page you can also submit either one of your publications or one of the publications you bookmarked. This is only going to be possible if the club allows publications by non-members or if you are a member of this club.
How do I share my publication into a club?
In order to be able to share a publication (note that it doesn't need to be yours) into a club you first need to become a member. You can do that by selecting a club in the Clubs menu and clicking on request membership panel.
There are two ways of sharing a publication — from the publication window itself and from the club window.
From publication window.
Click on share button in the top left corner, this will open share options. Start typing the name of the club in the 'Clubs' text box. It has to be exact match. The name of the club will come up as you type. Click on the correct suggestion and then click on share button on the right. It will be added to the moderation queue.
From the club.
If you are sharing your own publication proceed straight to the club. If you want to share somebody else's publication, you need to bookmark it first. To do that click on the bookmark symbol under the text of that publication.
Once inside click on submit button in the top left corner, it will open the available options.
If you are sharing your own publication — start typing its name in the 'From my stuff' box. It has to be exact match. The name of your publication should come up automatically.
If you are sharing somebody else's publication — start typing in the 'From Bookmarked' box. It has to be exact match. The name of your publication should come up automatically.
Click on the suggested name and then click submit. It will add it to moderation queue.
What is the point of following people and how do I do it?
Generally, we have the concept of following so that you know when the authors you like published something new. You won't receive an email or even an internal mail alert. Instead that author's name will move to the top of your following list and there will be a number next to the name showing how many publications by this author you haven't read yet. The more unread publications the higher that author will appear in the following list.
To follow someone you can either click on follow button next to that person's name in any of their publications or comments or you can go to that person's profile (via search for example) and click on follow button in the top left corner. If you decide to unfollow someone — just click on that person's name in your following list. You will be taken to their profile page. Then — click on unfollow button in the top left corner.
Organising you dashboard.
Now that we have quite a few publications, it is becoming more and more difficult to navigate through all of the information presented. You can however simplify your dashboard, by getting rid of all of the publications that you are no longer interested in. Doing that is simple and don't worry, removing a publication from that view is not permanent, you can always bring them back. To delete — choose the publication you want to remove, find it on your dashboard and click on the little cross at the top right corner.
This will remove it from your dashboard and reorganise all of the publications there, so there is no empty space. If you now want to bring it back — find a symbol for deleted in the top right corner, just above the publications and click on it.
From here if you click on the little arrow in the corner of any of the publications — they would be transferred back to your default view.
List of approved websites for news section.
Digital Arts
The Globe and
The New
Washington Independent Review of

Please contact Dmitry Selemir if you have a suggestion on what other websites we should add to the approved list.

What do I do if my question is not here?
There are three things you can do in this case.
If you think your question is general and other users might benefit from having the answer to it on display — you can always post it in the questions section. Ultimately that's what it is for. Please don't post questions in other sections as it will be confusing and might go unnoticed. Using questions section has the advantage of other users being able to reply, not just administrators.
You can always contact Dmitry Selemir or Sebastien Cottrell via internal mail. To do that — just go on their profiles (can find them via search or just by clicking on one of their publications and then the author's name from inside the publication) and click contact at the top menu.
If all that fails can send an email to
We'll try and get back to you as soon as possible.