Bumping this up so everyone can see. Again this will actually happen during late Thursday night. So you will actually see the new site when you log on Friday morning. Also as mentioned your current username will be reserved for you in the new site. But if you want to get started and claim it right now, you can go here. GO BRUINS. -N
Ladies and gents of Bruin Nation:
If any of you read any other SBNation blogs frequently, you may have noticed that many of the MLB, NBA, and NFL sites have transitioned to what we're calling "SBN 2.0". If you haven't seen the redesign yet check out True Blue LA (Dodgers), Halos Heaven (Angels), Athletics Nations (As), McCovey Chronicles (Giants), and Gas Lamp Ball (Padres).
The changes that have been made to all of these sites is coming to Bruins Nation. And it is happening this Thursday.
Yes, BN 2.0 is launching on Thursday, May 8.
Since this will be a new platform, usernames will have to be reassigned. But don't worry, many of you will already have your user name saved for you when you log-in to SBN 2.0. However, there may be some cases in which your username is taken by a member of another site.
Some of the new features include:
Schedule, Scores, Stats and Roster
BN will soon have all the basic information about the UCLA Bruins and hundreds of other teams. During games you'll see a regularly updated line score, and as the season progresses we'll track team stat totals and leaders. This is just our first step, so look for us to publish more detailed and archival stats in the future. The best part about all this sports data is that we've integrated it directly into the blog so. We now have special pages that aggregate all blog posts written about games, players and teams. (Note: College Baseball stats are not available at this time)
You no longer need to refresh the page to see new comments. If you're logged in, new comments will automatically appear on the page every few seconds. When you post a comment, the page will not refresh either. If you want to quickly cycle through all the new comments, you can press the C key on your keyboard. Unmark a new comment after you've read it with the X key. And use the Z key if you want to umark comments as you're cycling through them.
As you use these shortcuts to cycle through comments, press the R key to reply to the current comment. All these helpful keyboard shortcuts are listed at the top of each comments section for reference.
FanPosts (the Section Formerly Known as Diaries)
We changed their name. Why? Because we took this major upgrade as an opportunity to leave behind some vocabulary that never made much sense for a sports blog. SB Nation is the network of, by and for fans, and these are the blog posts we make. So we call them FanPosts. When you're at a bar telling someone to check out your online sports opinions, you don't have to suggest they read your diary.
FanPosts are displayed differently on the homepage - we include your avatar to give more credit for the time you spend writing great posts. The new post editor has a WYSIWYG view that provides easy formatting. It also auto-saves drafts so you don't have to worry about losing your work when you compose a post within the web browser. And you can now associate teams, players and games with your posts: these tools promote your FanPosts on our new team, player and game pages - across the entire network.
The new system does not work like the old diary editor. For example, in HTML mode the new editor doesn't auto-create a new paragraph from two line breaks. But it does offer a whole array of new features. Look for the blinking help button on the right side of the FanPost editor for quick tips, and take a look at our full guide to writing FanPosts on the new platform.
IMPORTANT - if you write your posts in Microsoft Word or some other off-line editor, you will get the most reliable behavior if you cut & paste your post into the HTML view of the FanPost editor. And if you do that, remember to wrap tags around each paragraph so your text doesn't run together.
Many members of the community just want to post that one link, video, photo or quote, but don't need a full FanPost. We've got you covered: FanShots let you share YouTube videos, Flickr or PhotoBucket photos, quotes from articles, portions of chat transcripts, top 5 lists and simple links. If it's a video or image we'll put a thumbnail on the homepage when you post it.
For those of you who are experienced internet hunter-gatherers of UCLA material, install the bookmarklet onto the links bar of your browser and share FanShots with the community from wherever on the web you find that killer quote or photo.
After you register for SBN 2.0, it will be easy to register with any blog in the network. Your profile will be your hope page, displaying your statistics as well as your blog memberships.
And of course, there's the visual redesign.
So as of right now unless there is a last minute hitch BN 2.0 is set to launch on Thursday, May, 9.
For now, head on over to a SBN 2.0 blogs like the ones mentioned above and create a network account. If you get that out of the way now, you'll have little to worry about on Thursday when BN 2.0 launches. Many thanks to Jake over to Building the Dam, who drafted this template post, which I customized for BN.