After reading an article, fanshot, fanpost, or other member's comment, you may want to add your own point of view or provide some extra information. First, you need to join Canes Country in order to do so. After joining, scroll to the end of the article where you can either leave a comment in the box already open, or click on "reply" after an earlier comment to respond directly to that comment.
This is what you see when you are going to comment:
- Subject - If you are going to post a picture or a gif then you MUST add a title in the subject area. This allows people to minimize it so that the large threads do not bog down. Normal comments do not necessarily need them.
- Body - This is where you write what you want to share. Please use proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar as much as possible. No one's grading but do your best.
- Formatting - From left to right you can bold, italicize, strike-through, quote, link, or insert a picture.
- Preview - If you want to know exactly what your comment will look like after posting, hit this button. You will not be able to edit your work once you post it so be sure to preview so that you can correct any potential errors.
- Post - Now it's going up! There is no taking it back.
- Formatting Guide - There are a few of automatic formatting things (strike-throughs, bolding, etc). Check it out or you'll get shocked when you have a paragraph that's completely struck out.
The commenting engine on SBN is fantastic because it allows for threaded and organized comments that automatically refresh and display new comments without having to refresh the browser. Just sit back and watch until you are ready to join in.
There is also an "actions" button that you can click that gives you the option to Flag or Recommend a comment.
Flagging is useful in the event we have a spammer, troll, or a comment is offensive or malicious. We will be notified on our dashboard about all flagged comments and will take appropriate action as soon as possible.
"Rec'ing" is like awarding a gold star to a comment or a post. You can do this instead of writing +1 or +whatever as a comment. When a comment gets five or more recs it becomes highlighted green.
You can also recommend fanshots and fanposts. When a fanpost or fanshot has enough "recs" it becomes featured in the sidebar which moves it to the top of the list under the Recommended Fanshots or the Recommended Fanposts header. This helps set apart the best contributions.