How to Contribute
      to the Flying Disc Museum

Contributor Resources     Descriptor Lists

The breadth and depth of the Flying Disc Museum relies on the entire disc community contributing photos and information to capture and preserve the history of all disc sports. To contribute, just follow these ten steps:

  1. Look around the Museum. See what is already there, especially in areas where you have photos to contribute. We want to avoid duplicate photos, and don't want you to waste time uploading and describing discs that are already in the museum.
  2. Review the standards for photographs and descriptors that will accompany each photo. Be sure you understand the requirements and are ready, wiling, and able to follow them to maintain consistency throughout the Museum. Note that the process to contribute scans of printed material is different. Please read the Scanning Guidelines for details.
  3. If you haven't done it already, go to the Contribute page and fill out the Contributor Request and Agreement form. You can use the online form or print the PDF and submit it by email.
  4. Once your request is approved, you will get an email with your own Museum account. The email will contain instructions on how to assign a password and activate your account. You will have a private folder to upload photos to.
  5. Log in to your account using the Login link at the bottom of main menu on the homepage, or in the footer of any other page.
  6. Find your private upload folder and upload a small sample, three to five (3–5), of your photos and add descriptors to each of them. Use these instructions to help do the upload and add titles and descriptors (captions) to each photo. Check out the Contributor Resources section below where you can find the photography and descriptor/style guides mentioned earlier. Also there is a guide to taking better disc photos, Museum glossary, and other guides to help with your descriptors. The last section of this page provides blank descriptors that you can copy and paste into the upload area to help add your descriptors.
  7. Send an email to [email protected] when you've finished your sample upload.
  8. The appropriate curator(s) or gallery manager(s) will review your sample submissions (photo and descriptor information) and contact you with any comments, concerns, or questions, or with the green light to upload more. The curator/gallery manager staff will move your photos into the appropriate FDM gallery.
  9. If you elected to be listed as a contributor in your Contributor Request and Agreement form, your name and contact information will be added to the contributors page showing the details you opted to share.
  10. If any of the photos you've submitted, either during your initial sample upload or later when adding the rest of your contribution, duplicate a submission that is already in the Museum, it will be up to the sole discretion of the curator or gallery manager whether to accept and use your submission. They may replace the entire existing entry with yours, keep the original photo but use information from your descriptor, use your photo but keep the original descriptor, or not use your submission at all. If any part of your submission is used, you will share credit with the original contributor.

Now all you need to do is keep uploading photos and descriptors and see how far you can climb up the Contributor Wall of Fame!

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, or the FDM requirements, please email us at [email protected] and ask.

Thank you in advance for your contributions to the Flying Disc Museum.

Sincerely,
The Flying Disc Museum staff

Flying Disc Museum
Contributor Recognition Program

"Giving Today......Sharing Tomorrow"

The FDM recognizes that taking the time to photograph your discs, catalog their attributes and upload all of it to the museum takes time and energy. We, along with the countless visitors of the museum, thank you for your efforts. The FDM’s success is dependent on the flying disc community’s involvement. This program is built for the distinguished group of individuals whose outstanding generosity demonstrates a commitment to the tradition of yesterday and the vision of tomorrow.

Qualifications

  • You have up to twelve months to reach your flight level. Your time may be extended under certain circumstances. Your time begins at your first submission.
  • Your images must meet FDM standards.
  • Your descriptors need to be as complete as possible.
  • Each flight is cumulative. You will receive your awards as you reach each flight. Your final flight qualification will be recognized at the end of your time.
  • Only images and descriptors that are accepted into the FDM qualify.
  • Contributing to our blog, The Complete Spin..., earns contributor credits at the rate of one credit per 500 words.

Recognition Wall of Fame

The FDM displays a recognition wall for those who have contributed to the museum.

  • World Class—The World Class flight is for those individuals who upload 500 satisfactory images and the completed descriptors for those images.
  • Master—The Master flight is for those who upload 100 images and the completed descriptors for those images.
  • Champion—The Champion flight is for those who upload 25 images and the completed descriptors for those images.
  • Mini-Star—The Mini-Star flight is for those who upload 5 images and the completed descriptors for those images.

The Flight level you reach entitles you to the following:

World Class

  • The Master awards, PLUS
  • Your name listed on the Wall of Fame in a prestigious place.
  • A very limited, custom engraved wooden disc reserved only for World Class contributors—your name on a World Class disc.
  • A quality FDM collared shirt recognizing your contributions.
  • A certificate of thanks, suitable for wall hanging.
  • A pair of FDM minis with your qualifying number on them.

Master

  • The Champion awards, PLUS
  • A limited, special run clear Wham-O 82E mold only available for Master contributors, customized with your name and Master Contributor number.
  • A custom FDM Master Contributor bag tag.

Champion

  • The Mini-Star awards, PLUS
  • A custom Innova Aviar3 with your name printed on it, only available for Champion contributors.
  • One companion FDM mini with your qualifying number on it.

Mini-Star

  • Your name listed on the Recognition Wall.
  • One FDM mini with your qualifying number on it.

All aspects of the Contributor Recognition Program are subject to change without notice.

 

Contributor Resources

Standard Requirements for Photo Submissions Photography Standard
The Standard Requirements for Photo Submissions describes photo style and quality requirements to qualify to have photos accepted as submissions.
Style GuideTitles and descriptors
Titles and Descriptor Standard
The Quick Reference Style Guide explains how to provide titles and descriptions of your contributions that conform to Museum guidelines. In addition this guide, the descriptor list is located at the bottom of this page for convenient access to copy and paste.
Photographing Flying Discs The Photographing Flying Discs guide provides expert advice on how to create the best flying disc photos possible, whether using an advanced DSLR camera, or the one in your phone. Photo Upload Instructions for Contributors The Photo Upload Instructions for Contributors provides step-by-step instructions for logging into the FDM website, uploading disc photo contributions, and adding titles and descriptors. 
Document Scanning GuidelinesDocument Scanning Guidelines The Document Scanning Guidelines provides directions for how to submit scans of printed material for the Museum. Blog Submission GuidelinesBlog Submission Guidelines The Blog Submission Guidelines explains how to write and submit an article for inclusion in the Flying Disc Museum blog, The Complete Spin.
FDM Color StandardsFDM Color Standards The FDM Color Standards document establishes consistency in color naming for submissions to the FDM. Using standard color names helps facilitate the sorting and organization of the galleries, as well as simplify the process of searching by color for the user.

 

Color Specification RulesColor Specification Rules The Color Specification Rules documents how to apply the colors from the Color Standards to disc titles and descriptors.
Glossary and Acronym Guide The Glossary and Acronym Guide is a resource for terminology used in describing discs and the various organizations that many discs represent. Wham-O Trademark Bands
 
The Wham-O® Trademark Bands guide identifies the many different styles of trademark bands (TMBs) that Wham-O has used over the years, which will help in describing the discs' hot stamps.
Disc Tracking SpreadsheetDisc Tracking Spreadsheet This spreadsheet is a template for cataloging your flying disc collection. It contains the fields needed for FDM descriptors, as well as personal tracking info. Download and modify to meet your needs.
 
       

 


Descriptor Lists

The following lists may be used to copy and paste the appropriate descriptor list as a template when you are contributing photos.

Disc Descriptors

Standard Disc Descriptor

Disc Golf Descriptor

Maker
Model
Style
Mold
Size
Disc Color
Lettering/Hot Stamp
Label/Sticker
Date Introduced
Number Produced
Period of Manufacture
Special Notes
Contributor(s)
 
Maker
Style
Mold
Classification
Flight Number Ratings
Plastic Type
PDGA Max. Weight
Disc Color
Lettering/Hot Stamp
Date Introduced
Date PDGA Approved
Number Produced
Period of Manufacture
Special Notes
Contributor(s)
 

Print Descriptors

Print—Books Descriptor

Print—Ads Descriptor

Title
Subtitle
Author(s)
Year Published
Format
Size
Number of Pages
Publisher
ISBN
Special Notes
Contributor(s)
 
Placed By
Subject
Publication
Publisher:
Issue

Ad Size
Color
Special Notes
Contributor(s)
 

Print—Documents Descriptor

Print—Posters Descriptor

Title
Subtitle
Author(s)
Year Published
Format
Size
Number of Pages
Publisher
Special Notes
Contributor(s)
 
Producer
Subject/Purpose
Artist/Designer
Size
Color(s)
Graphics
Date Produced
Special Notes
Contributor(s)
 

Miscellaneous Descriptors

Miscellaneous—Accessories & Jewelry, Art & Crafts,
   and Figurines & Ornaments Descriptor

Miscellaneous—Apparel Descriptor

Maker
Type
Designer
Material
Size
Color(s)
Date Produced
Number Produced
Special Notes
Contributor(s)
 
Manufacturer/Brand
Model
Type
Material
Sleeves
Gender
View
Apparel Color(s)
Screen/Print & Color(s)
Artist/Designer
Year Produced
Number Produced
Special Notes
Contributor(s)
 

Miscellaneous—Awards Descriptor

Miscellaneous—Bag Tags Descriptor

Maker
Designer
Awarded For
Event Date
Awarded To
Type
Model/Mold
Material(s)
Dimensions
Lettering/Hot Stamp
Label/Medallion
Special Notes
Contributor(s)
 
Maker
Designer
Material
Size
Lettering
Color(s)
Tournament/Club
Date Produced
Number Produced
Special Notes
Contributor(s)

Miscellaneous—Photography Descriptor

 
Subject
Photographer
Location
Use
Date
Color
Special Notes
Contributor(s)