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Posted on 09/08/2011 6:05:28 AM PDT by SpinRabbit

Hello everyone. I recently found this site and I enjoy it, though I find it a little difficult to navigate. I would describe myself as a former liberal who outgrew his college education. I look forward to lively discussion, and I would appreciate any tips on using the forum. Thanks.


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1 posted on 09/08/2011 6:05:32 AM PDT by SpinRabbit
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To: SpinRabbit

Hello : )


2 posted on 09/08/2011 6:07:10 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: SpinRabbit

Hi! Nice to meet you.


3 posted on 09/08/2011 6:08:33 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SpinRabbit
Welcome to FR. Nice to hear you outgrew your college indoctrination.
4 posted on 09/08/2011 6:08:59 AM PDT by animal172 (Please Lord. Come get the liberals.)
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To: SpinRabbit
Welcome brother. As a former liberal, you will always be like an alcoholic. Just stay away from the liberals and stay the course. Run with people who think like we and you now do. Congrads on overcoming your acute illness.
5 posted on 09/08/2011 6:09:07 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY mouth shall say: Jesus Christ IS LORD!!!!)
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To: SpinRabbit

Hello SpinRabbit!!


6 posted on 09/08/2011 6:09:34 AM PDT by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: SpinRabbit

Welcome and congratulations. My advice would be to take some time to lurk before you start posting. Hang out for a few months and get to know the place. Best news agregator on the web. Just read through the headlines every day and find all sorts of fun and nutritious content. Take it slow. Remember you are a noob. And enjoy.


7 posted on 09/08/2011 6:10:11 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: SpinRabbit

The only tip I can give is that I’m pro-gun, so don’t piss me off. :)

And welcome.


8 posted on 09/08/2011 6:10:36 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: SpinRabbit

Welcome to Free Republic, SpinRabbit! I welcome all new Freepers with the same question that was asked of me. Do you have a sister that was bitten by a moose? This is a hugh and series question!


9 posted on 09/08/2011 6:12:43 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: SpinRabbit

~or~

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10 posted on 09/08/2011 6:14:35 AM PDT by shibumi (Goi! Rode, Goi!)
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To: SpinRabbit

Welcome aboard!


11 posted on 09/08/2011 6:14:47 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: SpinRabbit

We’ll be watching. Hope you’re not a retread.


12 posted on 09/08/2011 6:17:40 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where INVITED Freepers will meet again next summer. Jim Robinson Too)
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To: SpinRabbit

Are you the bunny with the pancake on its head?

IB4Z!


13 posted on 09/08/2011 6:17:56 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: SpinRabbit

Welcome to FR!

Tip #1: Vanity threads are strongly discouraged.


14 posted on 09/08/2011 6:18:03 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Huck; SpinRabbit

>> Best news agregator on the web. Just read through the headlines every day and find all sorts of fun and nutritious content.

Yeah, what Huck said.

I might add, don’t forget to take a break every eight or ten hours to eat and attend to personal hygiene; don’t worry, the forum will still be there when you return. Try to get at least a couple hours of sleep a night or your health may suffer. And don’t neglect your family; you should email your wife and kids at least every other day or so.

Enjoy!


15 posted on 09/08/2011 6:19:13 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: SpinRabbit

Welcome out of the fog and into the real world.....educate, educate, educate.....we need more of you to wake the hell up and join reality....maybe we can save what’s left if you do.


16 posted on 09/08/2011 6:19:53 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: maggief

Glad to have you, do not go back to the dark side.


17 posted on 09/08/2011 6:20:06 AM PDT by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: SpinRabbit

Welcome, my advise to a new freeper, remember that when you post something freepers may respond to the article with what seems to be a personal attack. Usually they are attacking the info in the article so don’t take it personal. When we post stuff sometimes it is because it is just so stupid and we the people sometime name call the article or original writer stupid etc, not actually you the poster. So put your thick skin on and remember that in print most people can’t always get across the dry humor or sarcasm that it most cases wouldn’t offend at all if you could see the body language.


18 posted on 09/08/2011 6:20:06 AM PDT by badpacifist (All species have subspecies... in some species the subspecies appears to be the dominate one.)
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To: maggief
Vanity threads are strongly discouraged.

FYI, a vanity thread is what this is. It's a personal message from the poster with no link to anything else on the web. You used your one vanity today. ;-)
19 posted on 09/08/2011 6:22:11 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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Hello, SpinRabbit.

I'm a Bustard, a large predatory bird from the African plains. My diet consists of small animals, like snakes and mice and cute fluffy bunnies.

20 posted on 09/08/2011 6:23:00 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Nervous Tick

lol! All good advice!


21 posted on 09/08/2011 6:23:07 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: SpinRabbit

Donate handsomely during Freepathons.


22 posted on 09/08/2011 6:23:07 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: Genoa; maggief; SpinRabbit

Oops, I sent it to the wrong one!


23 posted on 09/08/2011 6:23:11 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SpinRabbit
I recently found this site and I enjoy it, though I find it a little difficult to navigate.
Oh yeah, navigating is reallllllly tough on FR.
Hint - just follow the pancake ...

24 posted on 09/08/2011 6:24:51 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Huck

Why is there such disdain here for “newbies”, and the admonishment that they must wait a while before posting? Just because people have not been “FReepers” forever does not mean they are ignorant of politics or other topics.

They may be extremely more knowledgable than many of us, and may have posted on other sites for years! It’s just that they are new to THIS exact site.

Many existing FReepers (but not the site’s owners) are very snobbish in this respect, and I don’t know of another site that discourages short-term posters in this manner.


25 posted on 09/08/2011 6:24:57 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Huck

Why is there such disdain here for “newbies”, and the admonishment that they must wait a while before posting? Just because people have not been “FReepers” forever does not mean they are ignorant of politics or other topics.

They may be extremely more knowledgable than many of us, and may have posted on other sites for years! It’s just that they are new to THIS exact site.

Many existing FReepers (but not the site’s owners) are very snobbish in this respect, and I don’t know of another site that discourages short-term posters in this manner.


26 posted on 09/08/2011 6:25:05 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: SpinRabbit

The site just takes a little getting used to.

Use a tabbed browser.

Open the Latest Article link in one tab, refresh periodically.

Open interesting Articles/Threads in subsequent tabs, refresh periodically.

Open ‘pings’ [your comments and comments to you] in another tab, refresh periodically.

Sometimes, on very active days, one might have half-a-dozen or more threads open and refreshing.

Welcome.


27 posted on 09/08/2011 6:25:59 AM PDT by TomGuy
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28 posted on 09/08/2011 6:26:17 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Joann37
They may be extremely more knowledgable than many of us ...
Speak for yourself.
29 posted on 09/08/2011 6:26:30 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Joann37

Trust but verify.


30 posted on 09/08/2011 6:27:39 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where INVITED Freepers will meet again next summer. Jim Robinson Too)
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To: SpinRabbit

1. Don’t post a lot at first. Just read and learn.
2. When you do begin posting, try not to be too controversial until you’ve been around for awhile and gained a good reputation.
3. Have a thick skin.
4. Before you post, read the thread and see if someone else has already shared the same thought. (I post a LOT less than I used to because of this.)
5. No personal insults. If someone insults you - ignore them and don’t take it personally. There’s no point in arguing with a rude person.
6. Enjoy and LEARN! You’ll be surprised how enlightening the debates around here really are and you’ll get more out of reading than you will from posting. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. (Your first vanity is a good choice.) :-)

For the first year or so that I was around here I think I mostly asked questions. I was always careful to present my questions in such a way that the other posters could see that I was sincerely asking and not a troll. I’ve had many wonderful mentors step forward that way.


31 posted on 09/08/2011 6:28:38 AM PDT by Marie (I agree with everything that Rick Perry is saying. I just wish that *he* did. (NO to Bush II))
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To: Joann37

Every website gets “trolls”. People who feign interest in a website but have ulterior motives.


32 posted on 09/08/2011 6:28:58 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Exercise your right to arm bears.)
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To: Joann37

There is a high ratio of liberal trolls to genuine new members, so everyone is suspect at first. It has nothing to do with being snobbish.


33 posted on 09/08/2011 6:29:55 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: SpinRabbit

Good luck. (Try to avoid the anti Mormons here, please.)


34 posted on 09/08/2011 6:29:57 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: SpinRabbit

Welcome to Free Republic! A good sense of humor is essential here, because, ( I know that it is hard to believe ), every now and then one of us MAY express an emotional opinion.


35 posted on 09/08/2011 6:30:23 AM PDT by Graewoulf ( obamatrauma"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law.)
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It’s not disdain on my part. I just think it’s prudent. No different that being the new guy at a job. I advocate staying mum for a while and getting the lay of the land before you start mixing it up.


36 posted on 09/08/2011 6:30:50 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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...and I don’t know of another site that discourages short-term posters in this manner.

I disagree. Looking around a lot of the other typical forum engines on the web, they all display things like post counts and sign up dates right along with the user names. Even more, some sites integrate the voting of comments right into the threads. And these aren't necessarily political in nature. Woot.com, for example, contains a thing called "Quality Post" count that is awarded only at the behest of the site moderators.

37 posted on 09/08/2011 6:31:32 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: SpinRabbit

It is probably easier to just use the Article tab setting instead of the Comments one. Then hit your browser refresh and the articles will update with the most recent on the top. You can page down until you find an article that interests you.


38 posted on 09/08/2011 6:34:07 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: SpinRabbit

Welcome FRiend! My advice: try not to use the words “Helen” and “Thomas” too close to each other or in the same sentence.


39 posted on 09/08/2011 6:36:18 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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Why is there such disdain here for “newbies”, and the admonishment that they must wait a while before posting?

Not too long ago we had regular trolls from DU hitting the site almost daily. There was a regular war going on.

It was so bad that every poster without a solid record was viewed with serious suspicion.

About six or seven years ago there was a SNAFU and a few of us old timers had our ‘since’ date reset. I didn’t realize it until I posted a perfectly reasonable and noncontroversial post and got slammed as a ‘troll’. I had JR fix it (I was still shorted by a few months), but those two days were hell. There were actually a few FReepers who had to come in a vouch for me.

It’s just bad experience that keeps FReepers defensive. now we only trust our own. Believe me, it used to be much worse.


40 posted on 09/08/2011 6:37:03 AM PDT by Marie (I agree with everything that Rick Perry is saying. I just wish that *he* did. (NO to Bush II))
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To: SpinRabbit

Always, ALWAYS click on PJ Comix’s “DUmmie FUnnies” threads.


41 posted on 09/08/2011 6:38:00 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: SpinRabbit

Don’t be a DannyH.
Infamous noob who got zotted into oblivion when he demand respect. LOL.


42 posted on 09/08/2011 6:39:10 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Welcome. I’ve been here many years, and still can’t find my way around. Good luck :D


43 posted on 09/08/2011 6:39:37 AM PDT by risen_feenix
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To: SpinRabbit
Prepare yourself for having every comment or post you make being hacked on by someone. This used to be a somewhat sophisticated site where thoughtful and meaningful discussions took place. It seems to have devolved into a chat room for every self-appointed know-it-all living in their mom's basement to try and appear much more than they really are by making smart a**ed comments they rarely even relate to the topic at hand. Welcome and good luck!
44 posted on 09/08/2011 6:40:06 AM PDT by enraged
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Be thick skinned. My 1st week here I wandered into an Immigration thread. It was tough. It can seem brutal around here for a newbie. If you tough it out, the rewards are endless.
45 posted on 09/08/2011 6:41:09 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Joann37
Why is there such disdain here for “newbies"?

The issue is not with the content of their prose but rather with understanding the rules of the site. You know, so they don't make rookie mistakes such as vanities or, God forbid ... double posting. ;-)

46 posted on 09/08/2011 6:41:17 AM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: SpinRabbit

Send me $25.00 and I’ll send you our secret decoder ring and secret handshake. Do it!


47 posted on 09/08/2011 6:42:35 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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We are all very polite these days. You should have seen the place in the late 1990s.

Oh my Gawd!!!!!!

48 posted on 09/08/2011 6:42:35 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SpinRabbit

Huck’s advice is key! Some smell blood (or worse) with newbies.

Unless you’re really from England, don’t end your post with “Cheers!”...
Don’t put a black frame around your replies as if your statements are some ‘masterpiece’ of genius... There’s no need to sign every reply with your initials (”-SR”) as if we can’t already figure out who is posting a reply... Be sure to look for the word “satire” next to certain posts. That fools about 40% of us here.

Also, if you post a reply from your smart-phone, and see the loader bar moving slowwwwwly...just assume your reply was posted. Don’t do what I do, and hit the post button twice or more - ‘cuz you’ll double or triple post. Ha!

Welcome!!

Cheers! -LBI. (jk)


49 posted on 09/08/2011 6:43:55 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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ROTFLMAO


50 posted on 09/08/2011 6:45:39 AM PDT by muawiyah
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