Let me begin by saying that I love, love, love the FireFox 3.* browser because of the all the add-on and plug-in toys that work with it. The add-on that I personally find most indispensable, especially when interacting on NewsVine, is "BB Code." BBCode 0.5.2.4 is the work of Jed Brown and Mel Reyes (aka: mrtech)
We all know that when you are writing an article, you are stuck coding any links, bolds, lists, and italics the old fashioned way. Once you have FireFox with BBCode installed, coding is as simple as highlighting your text, right clicking and selecting the code you need from the pop-up menu. This saves time with article coding and with posting. BBCode also has a custom menu. You can code in any number of CoH warning messages into the custom menu for click and post convenience. I guess the best way to illustrate some of the NewsVine functionality is to visually show what I have done with it.
BBcode has a pop-up menu with submenus for html, xhtml, BBCode, Symbols, and Custom. I do use the xhtml menu to link text and make lists. I find I use the symbol menu a lot to insert © , ® , ™ , ¢ , ° and other useful symbols. I do use the custom menu most of all and have customized it primarily for use with NewsVine.
The first two screen captures are of the customization options in BBCode as I have customized my own. The first screen capture lists the names that will appear in my pop-up menu. The second screen capture is the value that I have assigned to each of those titles. The first value corresponds with the first title, etc. The image would have been illegible if I had tried to capture the whole thing on one image and resized it to fit on this column, so I had to break it up in two images.
I have made the sample text in the following examples all caps to demonstrate what happens when each of these menu items are utilized:
- Article by: REPORTER OR AUTHOR'S NAME
- Excerpt from article:
GOOD FOR MAKING IT CLEAR EXCERPT IS NOT YOUR OWN WORK, BUT THE ARTICLE'S AUTHOR'S WORK!
- ITALICIZED TEXT
- BOLD TEXT
JUST FOR SETTING APART A PARAGRAPH
- MY INFAMOUS FIRST POST WARNING:
Please feel free to express your opinions and rebuttals in a polite manner. This column WILL ENFORCE the NewsVine Code of Honor (aka CoH) and the NewsVine User Agreement. Flames of a personal nature will be extinguished with approved code NV Flame Extinguishing equipment. ;-)
More help is available at the NewsVine Help FAQs here or by clicking the "Help" button in the top right hand corner of the page.
Should you have a problem with another poster who is violating the CoH, please do not further inflame the situation. Instead, follow the directions as given in CoH FAQ and quoted below.
If you see an item on Newsvine that is inappropriate, please click the "!" symbol and select the reason for removal. A minimum number of complaints must be received for an item to be pulled down.
The third screen capture is the full text of the code entered into the "First Post" value field. Yes, it will all fit in there. To use it, all you have to do is right click while in the comment box, select BBCode, select Custom Code, select First Post and the whole thing, warnings, CoH links and all goes right in the comment box.