The difference between FanPosts and FanShots lies in the length. Use a FanPost if you want to expound on a certain subject and present an argument. Use a FanShot if you just want share something small.
FanPosts are just like front page stories, except they're written by you, the Bucs Nation reader. They expand upon ideas or link to a relevant article, or are a "thinking question" for others to consider, etc. -- something beyond just the main idea itself. Post your own opinions, too. They explore a topic, idea, or question. You can help keep the best FanPosts on the list longer by recommending them using the "Recd" link at the bottom of the post. Three recommendations puts a FanPost on the rec list.
FanPosts have to have a minimum of 75 words. If you cannot come up with the minimum words, then it's probably better off in the FanShot section.
Remember that your opinion may be better suited as a comment in another post. You don't want to write about the same subject someone else has, either in FanPosts or Main Articles; you wont get a lot of positive feedback from that. Creative people should make FanPosts. People with something quick to say about a topic already brought up should leave comments. People who have a photo, video, quote, news to share, should use FanShots.
The guidelines for posting a FanPost are:
1. A FanPost must consist of at least 75 words
2. A FanPost must be relevant to the site -- in other words, it must relate to the Buccaneers, NFL, Football, etc.
3. It is not permitted to use FanPosts, FanShots, comments or signatures for advertising. Anything posted in a FanPost, FanShot, comment or signature that contains commercial advertising is subject to deletion without notice.
4. A FanPost must adhere to a minimum standard of readability. Use proper spelling and grammar (most browsers have spellcheck these days), and use paragraphs.
5. Use a descriptive headline. People should know what your FanPost will address when they read the title.
FanShots are quick posts, links, images or videos from around the internet.
When Should You Post a FanShot?
· Whenever you find a link, a quote, a video, a photo, around the internet that you think your fellow Bucs fans will enjoy.
· When you don't have any commentary to add other than your link, video, photo or quote.
· When you can't meet the 75 word minimum for a FanPost.
How Do You Post a FanShot?
1. Click "New FanShot" -- Seems simple, right? While logged in, visit any page of Buc ‘Em and click the handy "New FanShot" button. Enter the link or pic URL in the proper place.
2. Use the FanShot Bookmarklet -- Clicking and dragging the "Share on SB*Nation" button (which you can find here at the top of the FanShot section, right underneath the top ad bar; just click "FANSHOTS" on the front page to get there) to your bookmarks bar (the area under your address bar in your browser) will allow you to post to Buc ‘Em quickly and easily while browsing the internet. Once you have a "Share on SB*Nation" button in your browser, you have one-click posting of FanShots at your fingertips.
Configuring a FanShot:
Just select the type of FanShot you wish to post, apply the proper tags (more later) and hit publish.