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Question for Admin Moderator

Posted on 03/05/2009 10:24:29 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines

So what's the deal now with excerpts now? I see you're editing articles to one or two sentences even if they were excerpted by the poster to begin with.

I thought 300 words was the excerpting standard.


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1 posted on 03/05/2009 10:24:29 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Admin Moderator

ping


2 posted on 03/05/2009 10:26:25 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I bet it depends on the source. There is a list under help. I hate the 2 sentence posts myself.


3 posted on 03/05/2009 10:26:50 AM PST by sickoflibs (Keynesian Eco 101 : "If you won't spend your money WE WILL, and your kid's too!")
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To: Admin Moderator

Are you going to stand for such insolence??

/kidding


4 posted on 03/05/2009 10:27:19 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (True nobility is exempt from fear - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I haven’t seen any difference in excer


5 posted on 03/05/2009 10:27:26 AM PST by JennysCool (Ted Kennedy has a Knighthood. Patrick Macnee does not. Go figure.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

lobo hoggo bizarro.


6 posted on 03/05/2009 10:27:42 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/)
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To: sickoflibs

If two sentences is the limit, maybe the excerpt button should be limited to that, not 300 words.


7 posted on 03/05/2009 10:27:54 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Been nice knowin’ ya...


8 posted on 03/05/2009 10:28:14 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Pretending the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in suspension.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I excerpted your New York Post article because you didn’t show that you cut out the middle of the body, and I wanted FReepers to read the article as presented without wondering if you had done any other surgery.


9 posted on 03/05/2009 10:28:45 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: rabscuttle385; Admin Moderator

I see the moderator couldn’t answer my question but could take the time to move the thread to chat.


10 posted on 03/05/2009 10:28:48 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Answer at post 9.


11 posted on 03/05/2009 10:29:49 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I see you posted a few seconds too soon.


12 posted on 03/05/2009 10:29:59 AM PST by Sloth (The tree of liberty desperately needs watering.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Maybe you should stop your excerpts in the middle of a word.

Something like thi

(Excerpted)

13 posted on 03/05/2009 10:30:34 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Admin Moderator

So the fact it said “excerpt” is no longer sufficient for the readers to know that? Or the fact that some of the sentences were no longer capitalized?

Gee, that seems awfully picky.

PS. Saw you responded after I complained you hadn’t. Apologies on that point.


14 posted on 03/05/2009 10:30:54 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I see the moderator couldn’t answer my question...Wow, that post must be embarrassing with the mod post right above yours..lol...
15 posted on 03/05/2009 10:31:14 AM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
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16 posted on 03/05/2009 10:31:28 AM PST by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Constitution Day

I post here at different times of day and seems as if some moderators let anything go while others are about as rigid and intolerant as an Ohio social services official to Joe the Plumber.

A little consistency would be nice. Or at least a schedule of when the strict ones are on duty. ;-)


17 posted on 03/05/2009 10:32:55 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Constitution Day
Already posted :->
18 posted on 03/05/2009 10:33:06 AM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If you leave out the middle, it helps if you put “snip” in between. We used to do that around here, even if we click “excerpt” but I see a lot of people have forgotten it.


19 posted on 03/05/2009 10:34:02 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: mnehrling
Wow, that post must be embarrassing with the mod post right above yours..lol...

Yeah, only slightly more embarrasing than you telling me something I'd just commented on and apologized to the mod for in the post right above yours.

;-)

20 posted on 03/05/2009 10:34:22 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Zot-a-r’hotta-matatta. Breen’gi ‘t-taun.


21 posted on 03/05/2009 10:34:29 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/)
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To: All
Here's the rule, in appropriate FR legalese:

Articles from sources governed by the FR Excerpt or Provide Link Only Guidelines must be manually-excerpted to 50% of content, or automatically-excerpted to 300 words or less, or linked only, whichever applies.

If a Mod has to excerpt an article after it has been posted (by clicking a button), the length of the excerpt is determined by the forum software.
22 posted on 03/05/2009 10:34:35 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I sure wouldn’t want their job.. from the tens of thousands of posts, to the everyone griping about every little thing.. I would bet any inconsistency is more due to the fact that they just can’t keep up.. plus look how impatient some folks are...


23 posted on 03/05/2009 10:35:21 AM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If you cut out portions of the excerpt, perhaps you should have inserted “snip” or “....” in the gap.


24 posted on 03/05/2009 10:36:08 AM PST by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you for the info.


25 posted on 03/05/2009 10:36:15 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: mnehrling

Hehehe...


26 posted on 03/05/2009 10:36:17 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I could certainly get behind that!


27 posted on 03/05/2009 10:36:52 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I had been a lurker for years before I signed up and the Admin sometimes edits it down to just a sentence or two - this has been going on for years, it’s not something new.


28 posted on 03/05/2009 10:36:58 AM PST by library user (Rod Blagojevich should have been TIME MAGAZINE'S "Person of the Year.")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

It’s not universal. The copyright holder make the decision.


29 posted on 03/05/2009 10:37:28 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I post here at different times of day and seems as if some moderators let anything go while others are about as rigid and intolerant as an Ohio social services official to Joe the Plumber.

We prefer that you keep guessing.

30 posted on 03/05/2009 10:37:45 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
I excerpted your New York Post article because you didn’t show that you cut out the middle of the body, and I wanted FReepers to read the article as presented without wondering if you had done any other surgery.

Thanks, sounded like you did the poster a favor and made a post more understandable.

31 posted on 03/05/2009 10:38:08 AM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: JennysCool

Clever.


32 posted on 03/05/2009 10:38:26 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Admin Moderator

We huh? So there are more of you?


33 posted on 03/05/2009 10:38:26 AM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: library user
it’s not something new.

Not since the lawsuits. We don't need more of those.

34 posted on 03/05/2009 10:38:57 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Squidpup

Too funny. That cat in that picture looks exactly like “Liz-Beth Tail-or”, one of ours here at the ranch.

Ever had a cat that comes up and kisses you all over your face? She does.

Yeah, YUCK!


35 posted on 03/05/2009 10:39:22 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: Admin Moderator; DJ MacWoW
Thank you for the info.

Many thanks too!

36 posted on 03/05/2009 10:39:26 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: mnehrling; Admin Moderator

They’re everywhere!


37 posted on 03/05/2009 10:39:58 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: mnehrling

They are called “Legion” for they are many.


38 posted on 03/05/2009 10:40:02 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

IBTZ.

< |:)~


39 posted on 03/05/2009 10:41:10 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Been nice knowin’ ya...

This isn't Stalin's Soviet Union, or Putin's Russia. This is Free Republic. People shouldn't be afraid to ask questions.

40 posted on 03/05/2009 10:42:08 AM PST by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Admin Moderator; All

It may be time to take a look at allowing blogs to be listed in news rather than bloggers & personal. Nowadays, much breaking news first comes out in blogs rather than dinosaur media sources.

Just for discussion, moo.


41 posted on 03/05/2009 10:42:48 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Admin Moderator

Understanding Engineers - Lesson Five

The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why
does it work?”

The graduate with an engineering degree
asks, “How does it work?”

The graduate with an
accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?”

The graduate with an arts degree asks, “Do you want
fries with that?”


42 posted on 03/05/2009 10:44:26 AM PST by IrishMike (Be prepared: Ammo, cash, gold, canned food. ...And more ammo.)
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To: Squidpup

Lol! Looks like the cat caught the ‘mouse’!


43 posted on 03/05/2009 10:44:39 AM PST by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Admin Moderator; Behind Liberal Lines
Relax! The Moderators were a little, umm, busy . . .


44 posted on 03/05/2009 10:45:27 AM PST by BraveMan
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To: abb
It may be time to take a look at allowing blogs to be listed in news rather than bloggers & personal.

We do allow some blogs or blog postings in news. It depends on if the blog posting is actually 'news', bringing something new or breaking to the story or if it is by an authority. Basically, is it actually news or just some John Doe commenting on news? Michelle Malkin or Neil Boortz's blog, for example, are usually allowed in news.

45 posted on 03/05/2009 10:45:27 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Squidpup

46 posted on 03/05/2009 10:46:24 AM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: mnehrling
sounded like you did the poster a favor and made a post more understandable.

Here's the text of my original excerpt. I think it got the point across clearly enough:

Officials at the FBI's New York field office - the first line of defense in preventing another terrorist attack here - got so spooked by the threat of bad weather that they declared a "snow day" Monday.

Millions of other New Yorkers with jobs unrelated to national security managed to trudge through the snow while the FBI stayed warm at home.

Many agents were notified on their BlackBerrys just before midnight as the first, apparently dangerous flakes began to fall - hours before Mayor Bloomberg reluctantly gave schoolkids the day off.

Other federal agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, followed. the Drug Enforcement Administration's New York branch, open in the morning, closed up shop soon after, an official said. the Federal Aviation Administration also informed employees at its Queens offices - except for those who work in the control towers - to take a snow day.

President Obama has shown little tolerance for those wimpy about the weather.

Last month, when the Washington private school where he sends Sasha and Malia called a snow day, Obama said DC needed to toughen up.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...

I asked the question because I really am interested in doing things right when I post. I admit my tone was a little cheeky. However, I figure we're all friends here.

47 posted on 03/05/2009 10:47:07 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Admin Moderator

What I’ve seen with our Dinosaur Media threads is blogs that cover TV or newspapers (like this morning’s story on the Ft Worth Star Telegram layoffs) often precede AP stories by a hour or more. Perhaps a little more leeway there.

All just my opinion, of course.

And thanks for the answer.


48 posted on 03/05/2009 10:51:39 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
President Obama has shown little tolerance for those wimpy about the weather.

While he sits in a 78° Offal Office in his shirtsleeves.

49 posted on 03/05/2009 10:52:25 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 43 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Admin Moderator

I usually only do the first 2 paragraphs ;-}


50 posted on 03/05/2009 10:53:15 AM PST by prismsinc (A.K.A. "The Terminator"!)
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