The basic layout of Bucs Nation is pretty simple: three columns, with links to various items on the left and and right sides and the primary site content down the middle. In the middle will be news items, Game Threads, game recaps, and other fun stuff like, well, this post.
One thing you may find in an article on the front page is a link that says "Continue reading this post" at the end. Be sure to click that to get to the remainder of the post. If that link is not there, just click the "Comments" link to start reading the comments.
The Display feature lets you change the view of the comments from Expanded (subjects and text) to Collapsed (just subjects are visible). You should use the EXPANDED option.
Checking the Auto-refresh box will toggle on and off the auto-refresh feature in the comments section. When checked on, new comments added to the thread will magically appear with a little note popping up in the corner with the name of the poster who made the latest comment.
Below those two boxes you'll see keyboard commands for navigating a thread. They work as follows:
· c - using the c key will take you to the first unread comment in the thread. This key does not mark a comment as read. Unread comments show up highlighted in light yellow.
· x - using the x key will mark the current comment with focus as read. This is how I typically navigate the comments, using c and x in tandem.
· z - the z key will combine the actions of c and x. One note of caution: often, if a new comment is added above the comment currently with focus (the one you're on), using z or x will actually mark that comment as read before you've read it. I suggest that whenever you see a new comment box pop up in the corner, pushing the c-button before hitting z or x to make sure you don't mark comments above your current point as read.
· r - to reply to the current comment with focus, simply press the r key and a reply box will appear. Please try to use the r key (or click "reply") when you are responding to a specific comment; this helps keep a conversation properly threaded.
When you get into the comments section, you'll see:
The subject line - the bolded area is the subject line. Clicking the subject will collapse the text below it down; click a second time to bring the text back.
Username/avatar - you can click the commenter's username or their avatar on the far right of the screen and it will take you to that person's SB*Nation profile page.
Date/time - after the username is the date/time of the comment. This is also where you will find a link for that specific comment. If you want to refer to a comment in another place, copy the link from the date of the comment and use that URL for your reference.
up - the up link only appears for comments that are a reply to another comment. Clicking up will take you to the "parent" comment to which the current comment is a reply. This is particularly useful in a long thread with many replies to a single comment.
reply - use this link to reply to that comment. Your response will be indented one level and put below the comment you reply to in order based on when responses happened.
actions - this is a special link that allows you to recommend or flag a post. When you click actions, two more links should become visible, labeled Flag and Rec:
The Flag link should be used if you find something offensive or if the commenter is being a troll or posting spam. We hope it won't be necessary to use this button too much. If you Flag a comment, nothing will be visible to you or others, but we will see it in red.
The Rec link allows you to recognize a post that you find particularly informative, useful or that you think others would like to see. At the end of the commenter's line, you'll see a rec count (e.g. 2 Recs). If a comment gets three recommendations, it will turn green and get a big asterisk (potentially steroid-induced) in front of it.
When it comes time for you to finally say something within a thread, you can do so via the comment box. This box is at the bottom of every thread, or if you'd like to respond to a specific comment, it will magically appear when you click the reply link. As noted above, it would really help if you'd click the "reply" link if you are replying to a specific comment; this will help organize the comments in each post by thread and show each "conversation" as it develops.