The Most Frequently Asked Questions on Guidespot
You ask it, well, over and over and over again... So we made a guide to help get you the answers faster!!
- What is a Guide?
Think of a guide as your own visual list and multi-media story. Now think of Guidespot as an online platform where this creative knowledge-sharing converge and form communities around your interests.
Building a guide offers you the opportunity to combine text, links, photos, videos, addresses and maps all in one place without having to use the techy stuff to get it done. Organize the layout of your guide by dragging and dropping the contents to your desired locations.
- What is Guidespot?
Guidespot is a collection of online guides created by a user just like you. Making a guide is simple, and gives you the freedom to create guides about anything and share them with the community, or privately with friends and family.
- Do I Have to Be an Expert to Write a Guide?
No way! Guides are made by authors just like you, and include thoughtful insights and humor on your favorite things and locations.
- Who Uses Guidespot?
Guidespot is unique because the guides can be created and enjoyed by anyone. Guidespot is a community for the locals, city-hoppers, travel mavens, bloggers, attention-lovers, the planners, the jokesters, the business owners, and people who like to read the FAQs… you FAQ reader, you are the type of person that fits in perfectly within our community!
- Why Should I Use Guidespot?
Everyone enjoys sharing interesting information with others, and Guidespot is an easy-to-use non-techy way for you to make a visual guide on anything from hobbies,; mugshots, and dating, to hot dog reviews, travel planning, and even party planning!
- What Should I Write About?
For inspiration, cruise around Guidespot and find guides that interest you. Then, write about something similar, or get inspired and try an entirely new guide idea! Anything goes here on Guidespot, so make a guide on anything you would like to share. It’s your guide, so you make the rules!
- Is Guidespot Free?
Yes, everything on Guidespot that you use to make your guides is free.
- Who Can See My Guides?
Depending on your own personal preferences, creating a guide gives you the freedom to publicly share the guide with the community, or privately with friends and family.
Note: Click on the stats link and you can actually see the people that recently checked out your guide. Go make a new friend!
- Sounds Cool, But How Do I Make a Guide?
- I Need to Ask a Question or I Want to Share Feedback, What Do I Do?
Log In and Register
- Is Signing Up Easy?
Sign up for Guidespot by either making a new account on Guidespot directly, or by using Facebook Connect.
None of your information will be shared with third parties.
- What is Facebook Connect?
At this time, the Guidespot Facebook Application allows you to do the following:
- Sign up for Guidepsot with your Facebook account (and have your FB profile picture dragged into your profile for you… or replace it)
- Connect your existing Guidespot account with your Facebook Account
- Users who signed up on Guidespot for the first time using FC will have email notifications sent to them via Facebook
- Have the option to share your in-line guide comments on your Facebook wall. Your comment will appear with an image and link to your comment.
- Have the option to share your guide discussions on your Facebook wall. Your discussion will appear with an image and link to your comment.
For more details about Facebook Connect and Guidespot, read this guide.
Detailed Guide Questions
- What is a Community Guide?
Creating a Community Guide offers you the opportunity to create a guide that any other member can contribute to, inviting collaboration, and empowering the Guidespot community.
Note Making a guide a community guide means that anybody can add any object they want to it. Un-check the Community Guide feature if you want to keep the guide all to yourself.
- How Do I Rate a Guide?
Once you are a registered user with Guidespot you can vote on guides based on a sliding star scale of 1-5. No worries, nobody, including the author of the guide, can not see who gave them what rating… So, be honest and score the guides based on honesty. Please do not abuse this rating sytem and vote without reading through a guide. The community depends onthis rating system to help highlight popular guides.
- What Images Can I Use on My Guide?
Images help balance a guide, and we recommend using photos relevant to your content. To make sure your photo stays in your guide, please follow the following guidelines:
- Please do not abuse photography copyright and use images that are not yours. Guidespot recommends that if you desire to use an image from a photo-sharing website, that you first email the photographer and ask for permission before publicizing the guide. Including a link to the photographer’s online profile is also recommended.
- Photography, videos, and links that contain illegal activity, which include, but not limited to pornography, drug paraphernalia, or any other illegal conduct is not acceptable and will be deleted.
- I Can't Find a Certain Business Listing, Where Is It?
We try to have the most up-to-date business information, but sometimes we miss one. We recommend that you use the custom address object and insert the missing address into your guide.
- A Business Listing Is Not Accurate
Guidespot tries to have the most up-to-date and accurate business listing information, but sometimes there will be an error. Guidespot gets its business listing information from a business listing collector called Acxiom, and we rely on them to constantly have the most accurate business listing information out there. If you find a listing that needs an edit, there is nothing that Guidespot can do directly; however, we recommend that you contact Acxiom with the updated listing information.
Thank you for taking the time to help other users find your business, or your favorite businesses. This helps us improve the user experience.
- I found a Guide with Incorrect or Inappropriate Information. What Should I Do?
For incorrect information within the text of a guide, please contact the Guidespot author. For all other incorrect information, please send an email via the feedback link.
For inappropriate information, images, or videos, please flag the guide, which is located on the bottom right of every guide. Please use caution when flagging, as Guidespot relies on the its community to help moderate content. Flagging a guide will send an email to the Community Manager.
- The Guidespot Layout is all Wonky, What's Wrong?
We have learned that if you have installed the Skype Add-On that it renders and moves around the layout of guides. And it is not just Guidespot… A lot of sites have problems with the Skype Add-on disrupting websites specifically on Firefox. Fix it by taking Skype off of your computer, or by using a different browser. There are tons of search items on the internets that note the problems that the Skype Add-On creates for many sites on Firefox. Hopefully they fix it soon!
- My Images Won't Load, What is Going On?
1. Uploading images within a guide: Images can’t be bigger than 2MB and must use the file extension of the following: jpg, gif, png, and jpeg. If you are having difficulty uploading your image(s), your image(s) might be too big. To change the size, open up where the image is stored on your computer, and simply edit down the size of the image by literally making the image smaller, or by lowering the quality of the image.
2. Uploading images into a guide thumbnail (the image that represents your guide): The image can not be bigger than 150×150 pixels, or we will crop the image so it fits. To change the size, follow the directions above, or take a screen shot of your picture and make sure the screen shot is more square in shape (take it from a non photo editor type person). Gonna get crap for that one!
3. Size of image for the single column layout: The max size with no text is 630 width and 500 height and with text is 410 width and 500 height.
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- What Happened to My Video, It Won't Play Anymore?
Sometimes a video plays when you make a guide, but stops playing later.This issue has nothing to do with your guide, but is actually happening because the person who put the video online in the first placed decided that they no longer wanted to share the video on other websites. We recommend finding another video to replace it.
- Hey, What Do You Do With My Information?
Guidespot does not share any of your personal information, and we never email your friends or networks if you sign in with your Facebook account… So, you are in good hands (Hey, we know how it feels)!
- How Do I Cancel My Membership with Guidespot?
At this time, there is no way for you to cancel your membership on your own. No, we are not trying to be sneaky, because we do plan on adding it soon to an account management page, but it is not available yet. We would hate to lose you, but if you must leave us, (and want your life to be a little less exciting and meaningful) please simply send an email via the Feedback Link, and we will help you out.
Share & Friend Us
- Is Guidespot on Other Sites?
Click on the Friend Us link and stay tuned with Guidespot when you are doing your thing on your second favorite sites (sorry, had to say it):
- Follow Guidespot on Twitter, and stay up-to-date on newly published guides, and Guidespot gossip and chats. See your guide Tweeted out to thousands of followers!
- Become a fan of Guidespot on Facebook, and you may just see your guide highlighted on our fan page! Interact with postings, ask questions, meet new friends, and support the growth of Guidespot.
- Susbcribe to the Guidespot feed on friendfeed, and stay up-to-date on everything Guidespot… Fresh Guides, Tweets, new blog posts, and more.
- This is Cool! How Can I Share a Guide on the Other Websites I Hang Out On
When viewing a guide you have a couple of ways you can share:
1. Click on the link that is above the title that says, “share this.” If you click on that link a flyout will appear (example above) with even more sharing options, allowing you to share a guide on multiple social outlets such as Facebook, Digg, Stumbleupon, reddit and more.
2. Click on one of the social sharing mini images that are directly to the right of the guide thumbnail (Example above). Share a guide you wrote or a guide you like via your profile on Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Delicious, Facebook, or Twitter.
We highly suggest that you share your own guides and your favorite guides with your other social networks that you are extremely active on, and help spread the Guidespot love. We rely on our community to continuously help us grow, so thank you!
note: We love when you share your content with your friends and connections on other online communities. To get the most out of your submissions, we encourage all of our Guidespot users to develop a strong profile and trusted following prior to submitting content.
- How Can I Invite My Friends and Family to Join Guidespot?
First, impress them by sending them a guide via the email link located on the top of every guide, and then, tell them to sign up!
- How Do I Verify My Guidespot Account?
After registering, you should have received an email activation with directions on activation. If you did not receive this email, check your spam or junk folder just in chase! If you still can’t find it, have Guidespot resend your activation email via the Log In link. If you are still having trouble, please send a quick email via Feedback, and we will help you out.
- How Do I Change My user Name?
Go to your profile and click on “Edit My Profile”. You will see a text box next to your user name. Enter in your desired new user name and press save… and waaala! New identity in no time!
Note: If you were smart enough to use a Guidespot Widget of you as an author or of your guides on any of your blogs or webpages, you will have to change out the widget after you change your username. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we want to make sure that your raging fans can find your guides!
- How Can I Privately Message Another Guidespotter?
We understand the need to privately message other Guidespotters, and look forward to incorporating this social feature into Guidespot in the coming months. In the meantime, please use the shout out feature or Community Guides to communicate.
- What Does it Mean to Flag a Guide?
You will see a lot of different things on Guidespot, and some of which you may find disrespectful, inappropriate, or offensive. When this occurs, you have a some options, you can choose to look at a different guide altogether, or you can flag the guide. The flagging option is located in the bottom right column of a guide page. If you flag a guide, an email will be sent to Guidespot HQ, and we will check out the guide to make sure that the author is following all guidelines.
- What About Spammers?
Spam our community and their guides, and we will politely warn and/or delete your profile, and potentially track your IP address. And then, for fun, just like on “You Can’t Do That on Television,” we will slime you.
- Why Won't My Guide Show Up on the Homepage?
Some users like to use Guidespot as an outlet for businesses advertising. Informing the community and the internets about your business will reap more benefits if you don’t just use a guide as a free advertising outlet. Business only guides, that look like an advertisement or spam by or for the business, and that don’t act as a resource, might be removed from the homepage stream. We recommend making an informative guide, which helps promote your business by being a resource or fun and entertaining. Here are some examples of businesses who have made guides on Guidespot that are on the right track to pull in readers, and potentially new clients: Orlando’s Best Hair Color: Before and After and How to Save and Make Money on Wedding Flowers.