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Hobby Public Radio

Your ideas, projects, opinions - podcasted.

New episodes Monday through Friday.


Stuff you need to know.

This is some important information that you will need to know before uploading to HPR.

HPR will stop as a project if there are not enough shows.

Hobby Public Radio is dedicated to sharing knowledge. We release about 260 shows a year, which is probably more than all of the other FOSS podcasts put together. If you listen to HPR, then we would love you to contribute one show a year. Remember once that all the emergency shows have been used up and there are no more shows in the queue, HPR as a project will stop.

Support our Patrons.

Our hosting is kindly provided to us by Josh Knapp from AnHonestHost.com, and The Internet Archive at Archive.org. We encourage you to support our Patrons. Over the years kind people have donated services and supported equipment for our conferences.

We do not syndicate non HPR Shows.

HPR is founded on the principle of hobbyists sharing knowledge. For this reason we are only releasing material created exclusively for HPR. We will continue to promote new podcasts and other creative commons material, but if you wish to have your show aggregated, then please contact our sister site Hacker Media.

That said, if there is a piece of creative commons content that you would like to promote, then feel free to record a regular show. There you can introduce the content and explain why it is important, providing links to where we can get more information etc., and then include one example episode.

You are agreeing to license your show CC-BY-SA.

All our shows are now released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license, which means that while you continue to retain the copyright to your show, you are allowing us (and everyone else) to use it provided we give you attribution and that we release it under the same license. Click the link for more information.

You have permission to redistribute your show in its entirety.

Never include content, for example music, in your show that you do not have permission to redistribute. Try to avoid using any content in your show that can not be redistributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. If you are redistributing under another Creative Commons License or by arranged permission please make note of the restrictions when you upload your show. We can then signal that, so that others who redistribute HPR content can filter your show out.

Your show will not be moderated.

We do not vet, edit, moderate or in any way censor any of the shows on the network, we trust you to do that. Aside from checking snippets for audio quality/spam checking, we have a policy that we don't listen to the shows before they are aired. This is a long standing tradition arising from the fact that HPR is a community of peers who believe that any host has as much right to submit shows as any other.

Your show will be signalled as containing explicit content.

Given that we are an open forum for free speech we signal all our shows as "explicit" with the assumption that the listeners will apply the required discretion when playing the shows in public. That said the majority of our content is technical in nature and therefore is often considered appropriate for any audience. If you feel that your show will be considered inoffensive in every region of the world then you can signal that when you upload the show.

When dealing with content that is "explicit" or contains material that would best be suited for a mature audience, it has become traditional to include a short warning at the very beginning of the show before the intro, to allow listeners time to switch off the episode should they so desire.

You determine when your show will be released.

The HPR Schedule is entirely community driven and we recommend that you pick the date or show number as then you know when your show will be released. However the slots will only be allocated once the shows have been successfully processed. Any missing information can result in a show missing the requested slot. Once the slots have been allocated it is not possible to move them.

All reservations need to be approved.

In the case where you wish to reserve a particular slot but do not have the media recorded, you will need to get the reservation approved in advance by the HPR Mailing List.
The following are standing reservations:

We use UTF-8 end to end.

See the video "Characters, Symbols and the Unicode Miracle - Computerphile" for an interesting background to ASCII and UTF-8.

Your show will be heard by an International Audience.

We have people listening from all over the world, who may not have the same cultural background as yourself, therefore you should be as clear as possible when giving details. For example always give temperatures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit, measurements in Metric and Imperial, dates in YYYY-MM-DD iso8601 format, and abbreviations using the NATO phonetic alphabet. Never assume that your audience knows what age a sixth grader is, or how big a 20 Cent Euro coin is. Keep in mind that keyboard layouts are also different so make sure to specify the key shape or the position inrelation to a common known standard. For example:

The at sign normally situated above the 2 key on a US keyboard, and has a unicode number of U+0040. For more information see Wikipedia

An xkcd cartoon showing ISO 8601

Feed the emergency queue.

The emergency queue is intended only to be used in the cases where there is still a gap in the schedule 24 hours prior to release. The shows will by their very nature need to be "timeless". That means your topic should still be relevant in four years or more. People will be able to hear the show on the website but they will not be included in any feeds until release.

Please begin all shows with text similar to:
"This is an emergency show, if you are hearing this then HPR needs shows ASAP. Please consider contributing a show. Email admin at hacker public radio dot org for more information."

We expect that we need at least 10 shows in the emergency queue in order to give people enough time to record and submit shows. Please contact admin at hpr if you want to submit an emergency show.

You will no longer be allowed to edit HPR pages on Wikipedia.

Once you upload a show, you will no longer be allowed to edit pages relating to Hobby Public Radio in Wikipedia.

All policy decisions are made by the HPR Community.

The community decides the HPR policies. Please join the HPR Mailing List to participate.