Hello new AP'ers,
You will be referred to as "newbies" for the duration of this post. There was a post a while back that had a checklist of what would make you a newbie or not. If you aren't sure, most likely you probably are, I believe I still am. I haven't received my AP Varsity letter so I guess I still am. There will be several links to past posts in here that you should find very helpful for a variety of things. They would be in red. Chris wrote a post a while back that gives you a lot of the meat and potatoes on posting and commenting here at AP.
It seems as if most newbies start off as lurkers and then slowly feel more comfortable with commenting and then posting after a little while. At least that was my case. There are a few things that seem to be alluding some of the new members here on AP and there seems to be a lot of new members joining every week. That's great because the more people, the bigger the discussion, and the more viewpoints we can look from in talking about our beloved Chiefs. Here are a few things that you might find helpful.
First off. There is a such thing as a sarcasm font. It would be a light shade of gray and will always be in the "message" portion of the comment. This seems to throw some people off when "Old Ap'ers", like AG, use it to be humorous, and anyone that reads it that might not know about the font, or AG for that matter, and could take it the wrong way. If you'd like to use the sarcasm font just use these symbols, @like this on each end of your comment@. It will show the shading and people will know you really don't think that "Cassel is the worst QB in the NFL, CFL, AFL, or BCS."
One reason I believe there is confusion with new members that come to AP is that they are used to other sites where commenting is a little different. Like our friends over at the Raider blog. Some people use sports blogs as a "Smack board", where they can go and talk trash with other fans. There is nothing wrong with this but it wouldn't be a blog that I visit all that frequently. I come to Arrowhead Pride because I don't have to read ESPN, CBS, NFL draftek, KCChiefs.com, KC Star, or any other site that carries Chiefs news individually because it's all right here within hours or even minutes of hitting these other sites. A "Smack board" is fine and we've had posts that were strictly for that purpose. But it's not how AP operates and I love it for that reason. By the way if you read through that post Craig has a great comment that will show you how to smack talk a future opponent when its appropriate.
Another thing that seems to be a hot topic is the fanshot/fanpost dilemma.
It seems as if there has been a new fanpost every five minutes over the last few days. They all have topics that can start good discussions but I want all newbies to realize that only 9 fanposts can fill the right side of the screen on the site at one time. We have some very talented writers here like Aiken, MNChiefs, and the front-page boys Bewsaf and Kalo. Not to mention a lot of others.They put a lot of time and effort into their posts and when they get bumped off the screen in 6 hours not everyone gets a chance to read them.
Some of the posts that are written are barely 75 words and couldn't take more than 10 minutes to write. Everyone should have a chance to write a post and share what they feel. But respect the fact that AP is a top SB Nation site not only because of what Joel and Chris and the moderators do, but because of the talented posters we have that offer new ideas and opinions. If you take that same fanpost and make it a fanshot you will still get comments and a discussion going on for that topic. When I first joined AP I wrote some very, very bad posts and got some very helpful feedback from some of the veterans around here about how to make them better so discussions can start.
Here are a few examples of what can make an entertaining or informative post in my opinion. You have a few different options when trying to entertain a reader. Brought to you by our very own members.
You can use humor:
This Sunday the Chiefs will be like an old rock band going back on a reunion tour. They’re craggy, possibly broke, and the national bandwagon has moved on, but at least they’re clean-shaven and sober. They’ve been exposed for their flaws, but they’re a little wiser for it. The bandwagon is gone, but real fans wait in earnest.
From the post - - E! True Hollywood Story: 2010 Chiefs by meatheadzreview.com
You can write something informative:
So you want to see your KC Chiefs play this weekend? The problem is, just like Francois Ja Boi you ain’t got no money, you ain’t got no job, you ain’t got no credit, you ain’t got no girl. What’s a player to do? Lucky for you, we’ll have you hustling with the best of them in no time.
From the post - - A Hustler's guide to Ticket Scalping by HIV2Elway
You can write something optimistic:
We may not be at the top of the league in talent yet, but if Todd Haley came in with the goal of having "a decent group that plays, works hard and is mentally tough" I'd say he's done a pretty good job so far. I say that this team's hard work and mental toughness has more to do with our winning record then the talent level of our roster. If we can keep those qualities intact as we add more talent to the roster there will be Lombardi Trophies in our future some day, I honestly believe that.
From the post - KC Chiefs Kool-Aid: Last Call by KCPorkchop
Or you can take a stand and write a well thought-out post on a trendy topic:
Believeing in Cassel breaking through that ceiling doesn't make me an apologist. Sometimes trying to support a theory is a difficult thing. I believe that Cassel will eventually break through that ceiling by bumping up against it--hard. It may take the rest of this year for that to really take hold. That belief is something I won't apologize for.
From the post - Apologize? For What? Bumping Into The Ceiling? by Aiken_Drum
When I first joined I read the post "Class is in Session" by a former AP member. I don't know why I can't find it but it's not listed anywhere on the site anymore. It helped me realize what a good post should look like. Anyways, the point is that AP is a great site for the same reason that we love the Chiefs. There is a history there. The Chiefs are what they are today because of their history and fans. AP's history, although not very long in years, is rich in tradition of being one of the top SB Nation sites because of how it has been presented to all of its members. Now that we have a plethora of new members, I hope we can all follow the same structure and guidelines that has made this a site something we all want to be a part of.
Did I forget anything that newbie's should know?