Getting Started Contributing to the Dell TechCenter Community (wikis, blogs, forums)
How to add White Papers / Attachments on Dell TechCenter
About the Dell TechCenter Community
Dell TechCenter is a collaborative, technical community for IT professionals that helps members share best practices, learn about Dell Enterprise solutions, and solve problems.
Our mission is to educate the wider IT community about all things Dell, help customers get the most out of their Dell Enterprise products, and connect IT professionals with each other.
If you would like to contribute to the site, we are looking for well written and compelling technical content in the form of wiki articles, blogs, whitepapers, videos, forum posts, etc.
Any registered user can post on the forums, but a higher level of access is required for wiki articles. Additional permissions are required to write to the blog. Dell employees who contribute to the TechCenter are encouraged to get their Social Media and Communities certification before posting.
Wiki articles are best for in depth technical, how to, or instructional content, while blogs are best for overviews or opinion based content from a personal point of view. Wikis are also better for much longer content while blogs are generally best for content under 500 words.
How to Contribute to Dell TechCenter Wiki Articles:
To contribute to Dell TechCenter wiki (Wikipedia or encyclopedia style reference articles tailored to Dell content), you need a DellTechCenter.com account. You will also need writer privileges which can be obtained by clicking on the "Apply to be a Writer" link at the top of the Dell TechCenter page once you are signed in.
While Dell TechCenter is open for all to read, we are selective when granting access to edit pages. When requesting access, please mention the specific section you would like to contribute to. If you work for Dell, please mention which department you work for. If you don't work for Dell, please link to your website and a writing sample. Once rights are granted, you will see an 'Edit Post' option on wiki articles.
Best Practices - Wikis:
Contributing Blogs to Dell TechCenter:
If wiki articles are like encyclopedia / Wikipedia articles, then blogs are like newspaper articles. Blogs are timely short form articles best for summaries / overviews, time bound information, announcements, and personal opinions on a particular subject. Blogs should have a call to action and link to more in depth content at the end.
Blogs authors on Dell TechCenter require a different level of access than the wikis contributors.
If you have an interesting Dell or related IT industry topic to post on the Dell TechCenter, please send the text of your blog to email@example.com. If your blog is approved, we can post a blog on your behalf (assuming the content is appropriate for our technical audience).
If you would like the ability to self publish on the Dell TechCenter blog, we only grant posting rights to those who have become regular contributors and who have shown advanced writing skills - if you work for Dell, you need to be social media certified.
Best Practices - Blogs: