Quick Start Guides for Signing Up and Participating on Daily Kos

This article serves as an index to resources explaining how to get started at Daily Kos. Topics covered include creating a user account,  participating on the site, and understanding community moderation.

Sign Up
Click the sign-up link and follow the prompts. The linked guide, "Here's how YOU can participate at Daily Kos" provides extensive background. The most important detail to know before you choose your username: It will be publicly visible on your user profile page, and it will be associated with every comment and post you create and every recommend you offer to someone else's comment or post.

Recommending Comments and Stories
"DK BASICS: TIPPED, RECCED AND SHARED" by Daily Kos staff member TrueBlueMajority explains the processes listed in the title. She describes why recommending posts and comments matters, how to do so, and how to share stories on social media.

Writing a Story (also called a Post, Article, or Diary)
The draft windows for stories and comments are intended to be self-explanatory, but some aspects might not be obvious to everyone. For some tips, please see the following guides.

This linked tutorial, "How to Write a Daily Kos Story: The Basics" is the shortest and most efficient guide. 

Additional details about the use of the Editor Toolbar, the Image Library, and Tags are provided in the linked tutorials on each topic.

Daily Kos Community Moderation
The Daily Kos community relies upon a unique system of moderation to help make this a welcoming and constructive forum for all who support our mission. The system and related guidelines are explained in the site's Rules of the Road, which provides a concise reference for new and experienced site users regarding the DOs and DO NOTs at Daily Kos.

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