FanPost

A few FanPosting guidelines

By popular demand, here are a few reminders of what the FanPosts are supposed to be about. I haven't done this sort of thing nearly enough, so if I've deleted/hidden one of your FPs in the past, obviously no hard feelings. Hopefully, though, this can in the future encourage better, more substantive posts.

1) Length. Don't finish out your FPs with 70 "TERPS"es to fulfill the word count. First of all, that's no longer a necessity; you only need 150 words for it to be promoted to outside sources/indexed by Google/etc - you can post at under 150 words, and it simply won't be indexed/etc, which isn't a big deal. But this can easily be avoided with ...

2) Content. We don't want FanPosts to be just a link to an article. If there's big news you want to discuss, by all means provide a link to it - but if you're going to go that route, it'd be great if you also quoted a paragraph (not the whole thing, but just a teaser) and/or provided some commentary on it. It's much easier to start a discussion if you state your opinion/pose a question about the topic to which you're linking. Alternatively, providing the lede to the story will better help people decide if they're interested in the topic or not.

Ideally, though, we don't want that to be the FanPosts section. We want the FanPosts to be like a miniature version of the front page of the site; doing stuff like recruiting updates or longer posts about the team are encouraged. That's what we're shooting for. Even just something as simple as hearing about a new recruit can be fleshed out; go find YouTube videos, recruiting profiles, other articles, and so on, so people can discover more about the recruit without having to go search for it themselves.

3) Redundancy. There are a minimal number of FP slots on the front page, and we want those to be as original and relevant as possible. That means having multiple posts on the same thing, or a post on something discussed awhile back, is something we want to avoid. If it's breaking news or an original thought you obviously don't need to check, but if you're going to do a "Hey, not sure if people saw this before" type of post, make sure to use the search function in the upper right-hand corner. The exact thing you're going to post on may already have been discussed, or there may be a thread already open on that topic, so you don't need to make a new post.

4) Formatting. While I'm not going to delete anyone's post based on ugly formatting, remember that people will be reading what you write and treat it accordingly. Read through and try to catch typos, or use the spell check function in the editor. Don't be afraid to use bold, italics, links, blockquotes, pictures, embedded YouTube videos, and so on. Formatting usually makes reading easier, and it's there to be used. If you don't know how to use some of these functions, right below the editor there's a little "Show Editor Help" button, and it can answer some questions for you.

And ... that's all I can think of. Let me know if there's anything I've forgotten and I'll edit the post.

Anything deemed inappropriate will be deleted by an admin or moderator with the power to do so. The views of the above FanPost do not represent the beliefs of Testudo Times or Testudo Times' authors, nor are they the work of them.

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