Welcome to Buc ‘Em, a Blog dedicated to covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and providing a collective voice for Bucs Fans. We believe that we are the best community of Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans on the web. This post is to help our newer members understand our customs and hopefully make everyone's experience here a little better. Understand that Buc ‘Em is NOT a message board. It isn't a talk radio call-in show. We are a community of passionate Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans. Buc ‘Em itself is a blog, one which has built a community feel to it over the last couple years. And unlike some blogs that talk at you, Buc ‘Em offers FanPosts and FanShots where you can drive the conversation.
Inside, you will find our Community Guidelines, and explanations on how to use the sites features. Again, we're glad you found us and we hope you stay.
Buc ‘Em is intended to feel primarily fan-driven, and most of the unwritten rules come by way of self-government by the community. These few official guidelines have been created and exist for a singular purpose: to help make Buc ‘Em a place that is safe and enjoyable for everyone who participates.
Free Speech on Buc ‘Em:
At Buc ‘Em, we believe strongly in free speech and in having a diversity of people participating, and sharing ideas that are relevant to the community. As a Buc ‘Em member you are, in general, free to express your opinion without fear of retribution. The diversity of personalities, beliefs, and styles is exactly what makes Buc ‘Em the strong and vibrant community that it has become. As proprietors of this site, we are committed to keeping Buc ‘Em free and open to everyone. However, We will remind you of what you all agree to when you first sign up for the site:
When posting at this blog, please follow this one simple rule: Before hitting "post" to post your remarks, ask yourself: "Would I be embarrassed to say this in front of strangers who were physically present in the room with me and could respond to my face?" If the answer is "yes," then don't post. Buc ‘Em encourages and welcomes all opinions, no matter how strong; however, personal attacks, vulgarity, and other uncivilized forms of expression are not welcome.
Under normal circumstances We will not delete posts, and will not "censor" in any way, shape or form unless it is a blatant violation of these guidelines. However, in such cases, We reserve the right to delete posts without notice.
Since Buc ‘Em IS a community, you should know that free speech does not mean the right to say what you want, when you want, how you want, without being sensitive to, and respectful towards, individuals and the community as a whole. In a community, speech is not completely free; it comes with responsibility.
The following are simply not acceptable on Buc ‘Em (excepting, in some cases, for obvious humor between people with an existing rapport) and are subject to sanction as outlined below:
Consequences for Violating Buc ‘Em Community Guidelines:
Complaints about possible violations of the Community Guidelines should be directed to us for review and consideration. Our email address is BucEmBlog@gmail.com. Feel free to contact us at any time.
We aim to balance a high tolerance for the importance of free speech and low tolerance for minor or petty complaints, with enforcement of the stated guidelines on behalf of the entire Buc ‘Em community. Here is the general procedure; there may be exceptions to this, at our sole discretion:
If you think a violation has occurred, either contact a Head Blogger, flag the post, or mention it in the thread. One of us will contact the offending user privately, either by email or by issuing a formal warning on the site. No other action will be taken. Depending on the severity of the action, we may take more serious action, including a temporary ban (i.e., asking you to stay away for a few days) or permanently banning the offending member from Buc ‘Em.
If it seems clear to us that your primary motive is disrupting and/or upsetting specific individuals or the community as a whole, we will ban you before going through this process.
Procedure For Lodging An Official Complaint:
If you believe a user has violated these guidelines and you want us to have a look at the situation, send an email to BucEmBlog@gmail.com, and also flag the post using the tools available on the site itself. Please include the following information:
The last part is really important – this is a busy site, and if you can direct us directly by URL to the specific post you are making a complaint about, that makes dealing with it much easier. We will try to get back to you and at least let you know we received your complaint.
Finally, please don't take any of these guidelines to mean that we are "Bringing the Hammer down" or any such thing. As noted above, Buc ‘Em is intended to be a place for freewheeling exchange of ideas about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Almost anything goes, if you are respectful of others.
FanPosts and FanShots:
Disclaimer: Please check the Main Page, FanPost and FanShot recent post lists to see if your topic is already being discussed. Keep in mind that if your post contains only one point or idea that is not developed, expanded on, or supported with arguments or data, it is really not a FanPost -- it is a comment that should be posted in an existing thread, or posted as a FanShot.
FanPosts are just like front page stories, except they're written by you, the Buc ‘Em reader. They expand upon ideas with supporting examples, or statistical data, or a link to a relevant article, or a "thinking question" for others to consider, etc. -- something beyond just the main idea itself. Don’t just post a large quote from an article and say "What do you think?" Post your own opinion, too. They explore a topic, idea, or question that has not been explored recently, or at all, at Buc ‘Em. You can help keep the best FanPosts on the list longer by recommending them using the "Rec" 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 your FanPost has a paragraph that looks something like this:
words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words words
... that's there just to bring it up to the minimum, then it's probably better off in the FanShot section.
If you have something you want to post, and it's related to a recently discussed topic -- such as Jay Cutler being traded for, or Derrick Brooks being released -- please take a look at the posts on those topics first. Your thoughts, in that case, might be better as a comment under one of those posts, unless you have some sort of new angle that hasn't been posted yet on that topic. Just saying "I'm sad Brooks is gone too" wouldn't be considered a "new angle".
The guidelines for posting a FanPost are:
When Should You Post a FanPost?
We will delete or consolidate FanPosts we find to be lacking in substance.
We don't want to completely discourage Off-Topic FanPosting, particularly during the offseason. But if you're new and if you haven't made a FanPost before, your FanPost on tennis probably isn't going to be received very well. If you do make an Off-Topic post (meaning, specifically, that it is not related to the Tampa Bay Bucs in some way), please put OT: in front of your post. If your post is unworthy, We might delete it, depending of course on the level of unworthiness.
Off-topic conversations happen all the time at Buc ‘Em. In some threads, half the comments wind up being off-topic. Some other SB*Nation sites have a Daily Link Dump FanPost or some other form of daily off-topic conversation. I'm not against starting something like that on Buc ‘Em, but nobody has taken the lead.
If you do have some breaking news, post away. Even though we try, there's no way we can be the first to hear/read/see every piece of breaking Tampa Bay Buccaneers news. All of our authors have real jobs that do come before SB*Nation. That's where you can help. See above, though; if there's a major Tampa Bay Bucs announcement, and you think that you are absolutely, positively the first one to hear about it, please take a look at the post list first; someone else may have beat you to it.
Above all make your FanPost Coherent
You are much more likely to get someone to read your post if you follow some very simple rules:
The tech team at SB*Nation has built a powerful WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, which we use all the time, you may opt to use the HTML editor (which is the default box you get if you're making a FanPost). However, if you know how to format using Microsoft Word, you can make a perfectly formatted FanPost here at Buc ‘Em.
Give it a Descriptive Headline: "Question" may, in fact, be what you are posting, a question you want us to consider; but that doesn't exactly inform us what the topic is about. Your headline should be informative, above all else, with bonus points for creativity.
Poor Headline: What do you think?
Good Headline: Larry English: A promising line backer in the NFL Draft?
Poor Headline: If you could have.
Good Headline: Brett Favre or Jeff Garcia: Who would you rather have?
Poor Headline: What Do You Guys Make of This?
Good Headline: Luke McCown says he’s ready to dominate the NFL.
FanShots are quick posts, links, images or videos from around the internet -- it's not just for photos; there are several different types of things you can put in a FanShot. FanShots are for things that aren't long enough for a full FanPost, for example, if you find a link you think is interesting but don't have anything more to add. It could be a photo you find on the internet or a link to an article that mentions the Bucs. You can use it to embed and post YouTube (or other) videos.
When Should You Post a FanShot?
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.
Disclaimer: These guidelines are intended to help you understand the policies, procedures, and processes generally used by us at Buc ‘Em. Finally, it is entirely at our discretion as to how to interpret and implement these guidelines, which are subject to change at any time without notice.
An overview of Posting and Commenting:
Many of you have been around since Buc ‘Em was created and went through ‘The Great Migration’ to the new platform last March. For those of you who are new, or still not quite acclimated to the system, this post is meant to be a guide to new members and a refresher course for power users. Read below for a more in-depth guide and specific expectations for Buc ‘Em.
To the right of the text area in both FanPosts and FanShots you'll find the area for tagging your posts. Tagging is important because it helps your content show up in searches and in dynamically-rendered content areas, such as on a player page or in the new "More from Buc ‘Em" box at the bottom of each post. It helps increase your post's exposure.
Tagging is simple. Just type the topics of your post into the area cleverly labeled "tags." Use commas to separate tags. If you type a tag that's already been used at Buc ‘Em, it'll begin to autocomplete.
Players and Teams have their own dedicated area, which will help link your posts to the proper Player and Team Pages. These fields also auto complete, just begin typing the player's name and it should fill in.
If you want to have a poll with your post -- click "Attach Poll". The options that come up are self-explanatory; just remember to save your poll when you're done. The "Attach Event" option allows you to tie your post to a specific game. Clicking the "Attach Event" button will bring up a box that lists the 'Bucs past and future games -- click the drop-down box to select "completed", "upcoming" or "in progress". Clicking the Add button will make sure you post appears on the page for that specific game.
You can also use the Recommend feature on FanShots and FanPosts to put them in the Recommended lists, which moves them to the top of each section and keeps them there longer. It takes four recommendations for a FanPost and three for a FanShot to get them in the Rec lists. You can also recommend a comment -- this feature is sort of hidden, which is why a lot of people haven't used it yet; under each comment there's a link that says "Actions" -- click on that and you'll get the option to recommend a comment. A comment takes 4 recs to get it "recommended" -- if this happens, the comment turns green and gets a big star next to it. Similarly, if you want to flag a comment as inappropriate, you can do that in the same way; it takes 4 flags to turn it red and put a little flag next to it.
When you are posting, just below the post box there is a link you can click, highlighted in yellow, that says "Show Editor Help". The Editor Help will appear to the right of the posting box and has a short tutorial on how to use the editing features available here. Once you've looked through this you can click the "X" at the top right of the editor help box to restore the other options. We encourage everyone to use the team and player name boxes; adding these to your post will create links to teams and players you mention in your posts. You can do the same for events (meaning, in general, specific games -- click on "Attach Event" when you are making a post to see how it works) and also add tags (separated by commas if you have more than one).
The basic layout of Buc ‘Em 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 (as you did with this one). 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:
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.
Posting Images, Videos And Links In Threads:
If you want to post a link in a thread, don't just copy/paste the link into the posting box. Instead, first highlight the text you want to be linkable, and then click the icon at the top of the box that looks like a link. Doing that will call up a dialogue box. Then, copy/paste the URL into the box. If, say, you have highlighted text that says "Click here to go to Buccaneers.com", and then enter "http://www.buccaneers.com" into the dialogue box, you will get a clickable link that looks like this (don't put the quote marks in the box or your highlighted text):
Click here to go to Buccaneers.com
NOTE! Please check the "Open in new window" check box, so that your links don't navigate away from your post.
For videos, if you find a YouTube video that you want to post in a thread or post (as opposed to a FanShot, where you can post it directly, using the Video tab), find the EMBED code on the YouTube page. It should look something like this:
Paste the above code into your post and you'll get the video input into your post.
About posting images, I know that many of you already post images in posts and game threads. Some of these are Buccaneers-related, of players, and some aren't. Images can greatly enhance your post and add to the information and/or enjoyment that others get. I ask only that you follow a few simple rules:
Thanks for reading this long and detailed post. If you can put some of these suggestions into your own posts and comments, they'll look better and you're more likely to get many more people reading them.