It's time that we really take a look at what we have here with the new and improved SB Nation 2.0. I'll admit that the site design is the most noticeable difference and it is fantastic but SB Nation 2.0 is about so much more. It is much easier to sign up for an account and your user name is good on all sites, as long as you agree to each sites code of conduct. There is the fanposts, which replaced diaries, let's be honest ...who wanted to write a diary? There are fanshots, which are one of the best new features on the new platform, and there is plenty more if you take the time to explore.
Here are the things you want to do immediately and if you have more time than please read the entire post. After you read it than make sure to do a fanpost and a fanshot to let me know you understand how it works. If you have any questions please leave comments and I will try to help everyone out. I plan on doing some cool stuff with these new tools.
Please take a few minutes to read about what's new below. But if you just can't wait to jump in, here are some quick things to check out:
- Sign up for your SB Nation network account and claim your old blog accounts
- Once you're logged in, press your Z key in any thread with new comments
- Explore your dashboard and setup your profile
- Read the guide to the new FanPost editor
- Install the FanShot bookmarklet and post videos to Die By The Blade from YouTube or images from Flickr
- Click the "Rec" button on posts and comments to help other people find the good stuff.
- Customize display options on your Edit Settings page
FanPosts (the Section Formerly Known as Diaries)
We changed their name. Why? Because we took this major upgrade as an opportunity to leave behind some vocabulary that never made much sense for a sports blog. SB Nation is the network of, by and for fans, and these are the blog posts we make. So we call them FanPosts. When you're at a bar telling someone to check out your online sports opinions, you don't have to suggest they read your diary.
FanPosts are displayed differently on the homepage - we include your avatar to give more credit for the time you spend writing great posts. The new post editor has a WYSIWYG view that provides easy formatting. It also auto-saves drafts so you don't have to worry about losing your work when you compose a post within the web browser. And you can now associate teams, players and games with your posts: these tools promote your FanPosts on our new team, player and game pages - across the entire network.
The new system does not work like the old diary editor. For example, in HTML mode the new editor doesn't auto-create a new paragraph from two line breaks. But it does offer a whole array of new features. Look for the blinking help button on the right side of the FanPost editor for quick tips, and take a look at our full guide to writing FanPosts on the new platform.
IMPORTANT - if you write your posts in Microsoft Word or some other off-line editor, you will get the most reliable behavior if you cut & paste your post into the HTML view of the FanPost editor. And if you do that, remember to wrap <p></p> tags around each paragraph so your text doesn't run together.
Many members of the community just want to post that one link, video, photo or quote, but don't need a full FanPost. We've got you covered: FanShots let you share YouTube videos, Flickr or PhotoBucket photos, quotes from articles, portions of chat transcripts, top 5 lists and simple links. If it's a video or image we'll put a thumbnail on the homepage when you post it.
For those of you who are experienced internet hunter-gatherers of Buffalo Sabres material, install the bookmarklet onto the links bar of your browser and share FanShots with the community from wherever on the web you find that killer quote or photo.
And in case you missed it, you'll want to start by claiming your old blog accounts and creating a new SB Nation network account.