Formatting User-Created Content

I'm sure a lot of you handsome folks are a lot like me; you have thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams about the world of technology.  I'm sure a lot of you also enjoy writing about them.  I'm even more sure, then, that you want to share those fantastic articles with this community.

What I'm not sure about, however, is how to format those articles for publishing on a platform such as The Verge forums.  From what I'm gathering, these forums aren't like the forums you find on other sites.  They're more like a blog posting site.  That said, I'm not sure what kind of standards should be enacted when it comes to publishing externally written blog articles into this community.

Ideally, I would like for it to be something like Slashdot, where a writer could put up a brief synopsis of the article, and then include a link to his/her blog.  Comments could still take place here, but the usual RTFA banter would happen.

TLDR: We should definitely have some kind of standard for linking external articles, but I'm not sure exactly what it should be.