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Posted on 02/11/2010 10:09:01 AM PST by wizard1961

Would a forum to invite newbies to ask questions help increase participation?


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This forum could include posts about Free Republic itself.

For instance, I'd like to see a "block" for the current hottest top 20 posts. This would measure hits over time, weighing the last hour as much more important than hits more than 12 hours ago. This would help avoid duplicate posts & help organize comments.

I'd post questions about "us" there as well, such as: is the main thing we have in common a love for the literal US Constitution?

1 posted on 02/11/2010 10:09:01 AM PST by wizard1961
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To: wizard1961
"I'd post questions about "us" there as well, such as: is the main thing we have in common a love for the literal US Constitution?"

Are you sure you're not looking for e-Harmony?
2 posted on 02/11/2010 10:11:27 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
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To: wizard1961

What IS FR?


3 posted on 02/11/2010 10:12:33 AM PST by woofie
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To: wizard1961
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What's a beeber?

Did a moose really bite your sister?

Do I have to like cheese?

Are your series about BTTT?

Is there a hugh problem if I am not IBTZ?

I'm getting into the shower now, so please keep me posted.

4 posted on 02/11/2010 10:12:55 AM PST by Touch Not the Cat
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To: wizard1961
If you posted to the chat forum

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/chat-forum/index

It would be hard to criticize but I'm sure someone would. If so, ping me.

5 posted on 02/11/2010 10:14:02 AM PST by McGruff (Don't criticize. Explain to me who I should support other than Sarah Palin.)
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To: wizard1961
As long as they're at it; why not a section for video links. And even without a video section, a requirement that a link to a video (you tube, live leak, weasel zippers) have SOME DESCRIPTION of the video in it, instead of "Hey, you gotta see this".

Off soapbox....

6 posted on 02/11/2010 10:14:14 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: wizard1961

Why not just wade in and become part of instead of hanging to the side????


7 posted on 02/11/2010 10:14:46 AM PST by the long march
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To: Touch Not the Cat

What’s up with THAILAND????


8 posted on 02/11/2010 10:15:10 AM PST by occamrzr06
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To: Touch Not the Cat

COme on now this is series and hugh


9 posted on 02/11/2010 10:15:23 AM PST by the long march
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To: Touch Not the Cat
Is there a hugh problem if I am not IBTZ?

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yes, there is. The viking kitties will come and hunt you down!
10 posted on 02/11/2010 10:15:37 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (This nation must not die on our watch.)
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To: Touch Not the Cat
Do I have to like cheese?

There's no hard rule, but it really, really helps if you do.

11 posted on 02/11/2010 10:16:12 AM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: the long march
"COme on now this is series and hugh"

Cool! I'll get the popcorn. You jump in the shower.

12 posted on 02/11/2010 10:17:13 AM PST by redhead (REMEMBER in November!)
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13 posted on 02/11/2010 10:17:34 AM PST by evets (beer)
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To: wizard1961

What’s a NOOB???


14 posted on 02/11/2010 10:18:07 AM PST by Airwinger (Semper Fi, Time to use that motto for our Constitution. (ALWAYS FAITHFUL!))
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To: wizard1961

Why is 0bama such a moslem?


15 posted on 02/11/2010 10:18:34 AM PST by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Osaudi)
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To: wizard1961

One thing that would be helpful to noobs (well, I would find it helpful) is to have a link to the list of news sources with copyright restrictions (i.e. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1111944/posts ) directly on the posting page. Whenever I am posting from a new source I lose a minute or two trying to find it.


16 posted on 02/11/2010 10:19:22 AM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: wizard1961
For instance, I'd like to see a "block" for the current hottest top 20 posts. This would measure hits over time, weighing the last hour as much more important than hits more than 12 hours ago. This would help avoid duplicate posts & help organize comments.

That's what the "Activity" sort already does.

17 posted on 02/11/2010 10:19:23 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: wizard1961

The best way to increase participation is to jump right in and follow these two rules:

1. Don’t make it/take it personal
2. Don’t be an a$$

Simple as that. As a noob, prepare to piled on because, well, that’s how we do it ‘round these parts...


18 posted on 02/11/2010 10:19:41 AM PST by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: wizard1961
All you seek is here.
19 posted on 02/11/2010 10:19:46 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3V3Ry71N' 084M4 D03z 83N3f17Z MU5l1mz. c01NC1d3nc3?)
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To: Touch Not the Cat

For a Noob, you certainly know the right questions to ask!


20 posted on 02/11/2010 10:20:11 AM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: the long march

So.. we want to filter out people who are not aggressive? This is a deliberately Darwinian technique? We do not want to become TOO big, right?


21 posted on 02/11/2010 10:20:47 AM PST by wizard1961 (Teaper)
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To: silverleaf

thanks for that.


22 posted on 02/11/2010 10:21:22 AM PST by wizard1961 (Teaper)
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To: silverleaf
"Are you sure you're not looking for e-Harmony?"

I was thinking craig's list.

23 posted on 02/11/2010 10:22:47 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: wizard1961

Welcome to FRee Republic! I remember having some difficulty navigating my first few months, but soon enough you’ll be able to get what you want. The current latest posts are on the main “Comments” page of “Everything,” and if you look, you can see how many posts to the thread there are. That will give you some idea of the “hot topics.”

Let me encourage you to just read for a few months. I am STILL learning new things about FR after 10+ years, it’s a very user friendly site.

Thanks for being a newbie, or “N00b” or any of the other things you’ll be called. Most N00bs get a bit of hazing, but hang in there, you will soon get a reputation from what you post, and you will find yourself in the middle of a bunch of conservatives! (Like a herd of cats, we DO tend to be difficult at times...)

Again, Welcome! ;-D


24 posted on 02/11/2010 10:22:57 AM PST by Judith Anne
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To: wizard1961
For instance, I'd like to see a "block" for the current hottest top 20 posts. This would measure hits over time, weighing the last hour as much more important than hits more than 12 hours ago.

That would just lead you to the Religion Forum...

two of three

25 posted on 02/11/2010 10:23:01 AM PST by greyfoxx39 ("The Economy Is So Bad, Even 'Rosy Scenario' Lost Her Job"-Jim Geraghty)
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To: McGruff

Dude. New people visit. The interface is awkward. They leave. We could have more influence than we do. I want to avoid elections like we had in 2008. This is a great place, I want visitors to stick around.


26 posted on 02/11/2010 10:24:39 AM PST by wizard1961 (Teaper)
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To: All

What if I can’t post this question? How will you ever know?


27 posted on 02/11/2010 10:24:40 AM PST by texan75010
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To: wizard1961
LOL!


28 posted on 02/11/2010 10:25:10 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: wizard1961
Dude. New people visit...

First my name isn't dude. Second I was trying to help you. You're on your own now.

29 posted on 02/11/2010 10:28:00 AM PST by McGruff (Don't criticize. Explain to me who I should support other than Sarah Palin.)
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To: Ramius

“That’s what the “Activity” sort already does. “

Thanks. Sorry for the ignorance... I’m new here.

For other newbies... I think the “activity” thing could be more intuitive. Or, I’ll admit I sometimes miss the obvious.

There are no dumb questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.


30 posted on 02/11/2010 10:28:19 AM PST by wizard1961 (Teaper)
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To: wizard1961
Fifth Edition of the Lexicon of Free Republic

HTML Sandbox
31 posted on 02/11/2010 10:28:39 AM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Airwinger

Are we supposed to wear pancake hats?


32 posted on 02/11/2010 10:30:00 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: Andonius_99

“The best way to increase participation is to jump right in and ...”

No.

The best way is to have new people be able to quickly understand.

Intuitive.

If you WANT to KEEP visitors, expecting them to figure everything out... to jump right in... this is NOT the most effective technique.


33 posted on 02/11/2010 10:30:01 AM PST by wizard1961 (Teaper)
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To: greyfoxx39

34 posted on 02/11/2010 10:30:01 AM PST by GQuagmire ( We are no longer Massholes)
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To: wizard1961
Jump right in, the beatdown only hurts for a little while.

Hey, I lurked for 2 years and still got crosswise with A+Bert shortly after signing up. (Old timers will appreciate the gravity of that!)

35 posted on 02/11/2010 10:30:36 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: wizard1961

Another thing to note: Use the actual headline of the article. That way others can search and see if the story has already been posted.
Because, lord knows, every time a story about the Sissy Weakling in the Oval is produced, you’ll always be tempted to rewrite the headline to “Obama sticks it to us again”, “Obama bows to the Burger King” or some such.


36 posted on 02/11/2010 10:31:03 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: wizard1961

Who died and made you king?


37 posted on 02/11/2010 10:31:03 AM PST by GQuagmire ( We are no longer Massholes)
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To: wizard1961
My recommendation would be to post the following threads:

"What should I do to get more hits for my blog?"

and

"How come Free Republic doesn't have avatars?"

For the best response you should post them in breaking news.

38 posted on 02/11/2010 10:31:50 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

“All you seek is here. “

I check out the youtube, and thanks.

On the other hand... while I am certainly willing to work to figure out the rules... what I really “seek” is an easier onramp for visitors.

Directing visitors to a different site is awkward.

I keep reading “this is how we do things” and that is great... but... if, say...

If a bunch of older tea party people wander in with curiosity — just piss on them?

Do you still need 51% of the vote to win elections?


39 posted on 02/11/2010 10:33:18 AM PST by wizard1961 (Teaper)
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To: wizard1961
The best way is to have new people be able to quickly understand.

As soon as you make something fool proof, along comes a fool looking to make a name for themselves.

40 posted on 02/11/2010 10:33:27 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Judith Anne

“I am STILL learning new things about FR after 10+ years, it’s a very user friendly site.”

Um.....


41 posted on 02/11/2010 10:34:43 AM PST by wizard1961 (Teaper)
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To: wagglebee
"How come Free Republic doesn't have avatars?"

Because we'd get more losers like that dude with the homosexual anthropomorphic fox avatar from Second Life...

42 posted on 02/11/2010 10:35:40 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Judith Anne
it’s a very user friendly site.

And some of the users are friendly while others aren't.

43 posted on 02/11/2010 10:35:46 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

LMAO!


44 posted on 02/11/2010 10:36:12 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: McGruff

“First my name isn’t dude. Second I was trying to help you. You’re on your own now. “

Fair enough.

But.

I will be just fine! My point, though, is I want to increase OUR influence. Times are changing, and new folks are interested. They are not as PC savvy as “we” are. We should make an effort to pull them in.

You WERE trying to help. Thanks! (silly me, I was just told to expect rough stuff... I thought I was “in the spirit” and all that...)

My attempt with “Dude” was for CLARITY.

Sure, lot’s of people here are used to the FR culture.

But... its time we aimed higher.

I see this theme repeatedly: Gee, any expert here knows how a noob should easily become oriented...

This is kinda obtuse, right?


45 posted on 02/11/2010 10:39:46 AM PST by wizard1961 (Teaper)
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To: wizard1961; GQuagmire; Judith Anne; Neets; Darksheare; scott0347; timpad; Conspiracy Guy; ...

But I wanted to be king this week.

Let the hazing begin


46 posted on 02/11/2010 10:41:41 AM PST by scott0347 (Commander of the 0347th Lancer Brigade, Operator of the Immaculate Steamroller)
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To: wizard1961

No offense, pal, but I’ve been here going on damn near ten years and I know how it works. If people want to understand what goes on here, they can read the home page. It’ll tell them all they need to know about it.

Speaking of “jumping right in,” there’s a section on the home page entitled “Jump Right In!” - it takes you right to the forums. What could be simpler than that?

If noobs want to ask questions, they can post questions either in the format of a thread or in the comments on the thread. There’s plenty of friendly people here that are willing to lend a helping hand to those who are willing to learn. If people are too sissified and have too thin a skin and they wanna whine about the way they get piled on in here we don’t want ‘em! (Cue Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More”...) Most all of us have gone through this at one time or another (other than the really early guys circa ‘98/’99).


47 posted on 02/11/2010 10:42:32 AM PST by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: GQuagmire

Screw you.

Do we want to keep more visitors, or not?


48 posted on 02/11/2010 10:42:34 AM PST by wizard1961 (Teaper)
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To: evets

Maybe it should be a n00b belt.


49 posted on 02/11/2010 10:42:34 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Andonius_99

I dunno, the class of ‘98 is pretty badass.


50 posted on 02/11/2010 10:45:06 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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