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Content and Editorial Guidelines

Hubcap’s Goal: Be the place to find tools and resources, learn about new and ongoing social innovation projects, and connect with B.C.’s innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, funders, and public policy makers. 


Hubcap is a user-generated site, meaning all content comes from the community. All users have the responsibility to make sure the content they add supports the goal of the site. This guide is by no means meant to be exhaustive; it is meant as a straight-forward resource to help Hubcap users determine if their content is relevant, and provides formatting guidelines to keep Hubcap looking clean and consistent. 

The following editorial standards and content guidelines is a resource for users contributing content.

Join Hubcap

Join the Hubcap community by using the Join Hubcap button on the upper right-hand side of any page on the site. Users can join using their LinkedIn details, or by creating a username and password.

While you don't have to join the community to view current publications and artucles, joining Hubcap:

  • Allows you to have a user profile on the site, promoting the work you do and allowing you to connect with other social innovators quickly and easily.
  • Post your own content, including publications and articles, events, organizations and projects.
  • Promote your socially conscious organization or business on the site.
  • Comment on content
  • Save content for quick access later, by clicking on the star in the upper right-hand side of content. This adds the content to your personal library, which you can access in the top right-hand navigation bar (My Library). 

Contributing Content

Hubcap offers tools, resources and articles for B.C. innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, funders, and public policy makers through the Explore section. Any user can add content once they Join Hubcap. Before you add content, please review the Content Checklist below

Content Checklist:

  1. Your content is broadly related to social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, or a sector that falls within these categories.
  2. The content is your own or you have been authorized to publically share it.
  3. You have properly credited the author if the content is not your own.
  4. You will update the content or remove it if it no longer relevant (NOTE: this applies only to current projects or other active content; excludes articles or reports that have a published date. Users will receive a reminder to review their active content by the site administrator).
  5. You have given the content a description (recommended 200-500+ words), even if you are adding a link, to give the community context.
  6. Your content links are in the proper format (see Hyperlinks)
  7. The content is being posted because it would be useful and relevant to the audience, not for commercial purposes

BC Partners administration has the right to remove or deny content that does not meet Hubcap’s goal. See Content Moderation below for more details.

Instructions:

To contribute content, click on the Contribute Content button the the Explore page of the site. Choose what type of content you would like to contribute: Event, Organization, Project and/or Initiative, Publication and/or Resource. Content must be written directly onto the page using the fields provided. You will know when a field is mandatory as it is marked by an asterisk (*). 

Even if you have a report or want to link to a website article, the content description is still mandatory. This gives context to the content you are adding. If you are attaching an article or pdf, consider adding the document summary or an introductory paragraph and then provide the link or upload the document as a PDF in the fields below.

Tagging Content:

Tagging content helps users find content based on subject matter. Hubcap has provided a standard list of tags for users to choose from when adding content. If your content does not fit these tags, users are permitted to create a new tag, but should do so sparingly to avoid overwhelming and too-specific tags. When in doubt, leave it out! Hubcap administration may add or edit tags prior to publication.

Content Moderation:

All content submitted will be moderated through Hubcap administration prior to being viewable to the public. This moderation ensures the content supports the purpose and goal of the site. Once a user submits content, it will be immediately viewable to that user only, in Draft format. Once the administrator approves the content, it becomes accessible and searchable for all.

Authorship and Third-Party Content:

Third party information refers to name, email address, photographic image and opinions that are not your own. Third Party sharing is disallowed unless authorization has been given directly by the other individual. Users are responsible for any information they post and by posting this information they are agreeing that this information can be shared publically. See Terms of Use for more information on the terms and conditions that apply to you when you submit content.

Copyright:

Content posted on Hubcap must adhere to Canadian copyright laws. This includes observing copyright and privacy rules for any images or other multimedia use

Reporting Content:

Users are asked to use the flagging function, posted on the bottom left hand-side of each piece of content, if they feel the submission violates third party information rules.

Grammar Guidelines

Use proper spelling and grammar when writing your content. For full grammar and spelling reference, use the Canadian Press (CP) Stylebook. Here are some quick grammar guidelines:

Acronyms:

  • Acronyms should be used sparingly. When using acronyms, write out the words in full on first reference, followed by the acronym in parentheses. The acronym is used from then on (e.g. the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (the ministry) does this and that. The ministry also does this…)

Capitalization:

  • Capitalize all proper names, departments, and agencies of provincial and federal governments, political parties, names of associations, companies, clubs, religions, languages, bands, trade names, races, places, titles of publications, and addresses (e.g., Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, Vancity Community Foundation, Cook St.).
  • Specific geographic regions are capitalized (e.g., Lower Mainland, Downtown Eastside).
  • Use lower case "m" when the word "ministry" is not used with the full ministry name (e.g., The ministry is accepting applications; do not write "the Ministry", it should be lower case, "the ministry")

Numbers:

  • Write out in words all numbers under 10 and use digits for numbers 10 and over unless a number is being referenced as a number (e.g., Pick a number from 1 to 10; It will be five years before we reach 30 percent).
  • For plural figures, add an 's' with no apostrophe (e.g., 1980s).

Phone Numbers:

  • Parentheses (brackets) are not used to format phone numbers (e.g., 250-387-3367 or 1-866-866-0800).

Punctuation:

  • Use one space, not two, after a period at the end of a sentence.
  • Use a period after a website address at the end of a sentence.
  • Always use "and" in text. Do not use an ampersand (&) unless it is part of the name of an organization.

Time and Dates:

  • Write 5 a.m., not 5:00 a.m.
  • Write, May 15 and January 21 - not May 15th and January 21st.
  • Use a comma after the year in a date (e.g., your email on July 2, 2014, regarding...).
  • Do not use commas when the day is not included (e.g., January 2008 was the first month...).
  • Do not use commas when the year is not included (e.g., The document was prepared on January 20.).
  • Bold dates and times for event details to show emphasis