How do I post to a community?

Posting to a community is just like posting to your personal journal. If you're a member of the community, and the community has open posting access (or if the community has restricted posting and the community admin has explicitly given you posting access), there will be a "Post To:" drop-down box on the Post an Entry page. Select the name of the community you want to post to from this drop-down box. For confirmation, the "Post to" button you push to actually post your entry will change to say "Post to: communityname" (using the actual name of the community).

If you don't see the community in the drop-down box when you want to post, it could mean one of several things:

  • You may have subscribed to the community, but not joined it. Join the community and try again.

  • You may be a member of the community, but the community may have restricted posting. Check the community rules and see what the admin has said about posting access. If there's no specific statement about how to be granted posting access, contact the admin of the community to ask.

  • You may have been banned from the community. If you aren't certain why, contact the admin of the community to ask.


You can also post to a community if you are a member by using the "Post to Community" link in the interaction menu on the community's profile.

Some communities allow people who aren't members to post to the community. If the community you want to post to is one of them, you will see the "Post to Community" link in the interaction menu on the profile even if you aren't a member of the community.

Some communities are set to "moderated posting", which means entries are placed into a "moderation queue" for community moderators (who are appointed by the community admin) to review and approve before they're posted to the community. If your community entry is held for moderation, you'll receive an email when a moderator takes action on your entry, telling you whether the entry was posted or rejected.

You can find out what the settings are for any community on its profile. The easiest way to reach the profile is by clicking the icon beside the community's name. You can also navigate to http://username.dreamwidth.org/profile, replacing your name with the name of the community you want to know about.

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