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05/11/2011 | Responsibility2nd

Posted on 05/11/2011 9:44:13 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

As more and more FReepers (old and new alike) post articles, they really need to pay attention to what they are doing. I know there is a need to excerpt many articles, but remember - you have up to 300 words or no more than 1/2 of the article if it is less than 300 words.

May I make some basic suggestions when excerpting? In addition to the above mentioned FR guidelines, please copy and paste the "who-what-when..." of the article. Earlier today, someone posted an article about a student getting arrested at school for an item found in his equipment bag. The FReeper failed at excerpting and did not even mention what that item was. Was that due to rudeness or laziness? I don't know.

Use snips if you need to. Oftentimes relevant and important info is found deep inside the article. Or maybe at the end. Post that, if you please.


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How important is it to properly post an article? Think of you many times you've seen duplicate articles posted. Often within the same hour. Which has more replies? Which is the better thread? Answer: The one that has the decent excerpt and enough details that make it worth looking at.
1 posted on 05/11/2011 9:44:16 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

OK, so I posted my rantity vanity. But I toned it down some.

lol


2 posted on 05/11/2011 9:45:37 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Huh?


3 posted on 05/11/2011 9:46:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Responsibility2nd; humblegunner; shibumi; Larry Lucido

Also, if it is your own article, don’t excerpt it. :-)


4 posted on 05/11/2011 9:47:16 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ve congratulated many a FReeper for lousy excerpts and wished them luck with their 12 post thread.

I normally just move on if they insist I click the link, anymore.


5 posted on 05/11/2011 9:48:11 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

There are way too many words in this thread.


6 posted on 05/11/2011 9:48:24 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Responsibility2nd
Wow, you mean that I can post more than ten
7 posted on 05/11/2011 9:48:42 AM PDT by mikrofon (Brevity is the soul of w)
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8 posted on 05/11/2011 9:49:43 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Visit my blog for more information.......
9 posted on 05/11/2011 9:51:27 AM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

thanks, but i only look at the threads with pictures


10 posted on 05/11/2011 9:51:45 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well, this is what I thi....

(Excerpted. Read more vacuous musings at myoverrratedblog.com)


11 posted on 05/11/2011 9:52:14 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: cripplecreek

Who is this newby poster cripplecreek? I’ve been here since 2004 and still consider myself a newby.


12 posted on 05/11/2011 9:52:38 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Might I also add.... if what you are posting is a link to a video or other site, please give some background info and outline the topic/story a bit. Many cannot look at videos at all times. Thank you!


13 posted on 05/11/2011 9:53:43 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: evets

Holy cow, that is just classic! Another good one would be the art critic in the museum examining the giant birth certificate on the wall instead of the psuedo-Pollock. I love N.R’s work.

Freegards


14 posted on 05/11/2011 9:53:43 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Responsibility2nd; shibumi; Larry Lucido; TheOldLady; 50mm; Eaker; Allegra; Salamander; ...

Addendum:

Excerpting your own blog in order to get blog hits will bring you grief.

A lot of grief.

Professionally coordinated and endless grief.

Grief of Biblical proportions.

Yeah, it’ll be bad.


15 posted on 05/11/2011 9:56:14 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Responsibility2nd
First, great points. Second, and along those lines, regarding the blog pimping posts:<{> (1) If there isn't enough content for me to tell whether your blog is well written and makes good points, I will not follow the link. My suggestion is that you post about half or even 2/3 of the blog article.

(2) [Mainly for those who whine about any link to the poster's blog . . . ] I don't mind giving the "blog hit" if the poster has proven that he earned the hit. If we like an article, even if the whole thing is posted, we should follow the link and give the writer the hits. I don't follow ad links, because I don't want anything that's for sale, but I'm willing to give the blog hits, and I think that's fair.

16 posted on 05/11/2011 9:56:47 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Really?


17 posted on 05/11/2011 9:57:24 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Yes, but if not then I will still excerpt it even if the source is not on the excerpt list. Bandwidth costs money, long articles with hundreds of refreshes adds up to money JimRob doesn’t need to pay for. Use their bandwidth instead to read the whole article.

It’s also nice for presentation. No one wants to wade through 50 paragraph manifesto to get down to the comments. It makes it alot easier of the gist of the article is put in the excerpt and left to the user to go find more or not. Especially if you’re like me and want to get the point of things to decide if I want to investigate further. It saves time that way and I can get alot more read.

I agree though, use the 300 word limit, and put the point of the article in if possible and pertinent details.


18 posted on 05/11/2011 9:58:35 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yes.


19 posted on 05/11/2011 9:59:42 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: humblegunner
Addendum:

Always knew Adden was dum.

20 posted on 05/11/2011 10:00:10 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Less than 8?


21 posted on 05/11/2011 10:00:13 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: Responsibility2nd
Give me 300 words or Give me death!

300 words are great to start a good discussion. Those 300 words don't have to be from the top of the article, they can be 300 words you found interesting from the article.

Of course excepting all the uhs, buts, and ands from an 0bama speech won't give you 300 words.

22 posted on 05/11/2011 10:00:22 AM PDT by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Really?


23 posted on 05/11/2011 10:00:41 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It is possible to post more than ten words on


24 posted on 05/11/2011 10:01:22 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: mikrofon

I think it is great if I post ten words.


25 posted on 05/11/2011 10:01:58 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Larry Lucido; Responsibility2nd
Well, I once heard someone say that...

(Excerpt) Read more at mytotallyawesomewonderfulamazingblog.blogspot.com

26 posted on 05/11/2011 10:02:57 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Rather than putting the emphasis on how much is or isn’t excerpted, the initiator of a thread can help the readers even more by using Comment #1 to summarize what they think is important about the story they have linked.

Two of the most irritating posting habits around FR:

1. Links to articles with no description of what is contained in the article.

2. Even worse, links to videos with no description of the subject matter and value of the video. You can’t scan a video. I almost never follow video links unless there is some description of what is in the video.

Those two can be included in either the heading to a thread or in comments of a thread.


27 posted on 05/11/2011 10:05:17 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Responsibility2nd

Many folks have set out with a mission to herd the cats. I have yet to see it done.

Can’t blame ya for trying, though.


28 posted on 05/11/2011 10:07:51 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: humblegunner

Yep. Lol


29 posted on 05/11/2011 10:10:17 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Free Vulcan

I also excerpt when it’s not required. Often times a piece will be endless filler. No need for that, eats bandwidth and makes it harder to read too.


30 posted on 05/11/2011 10:11:01 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: don-o

Herding cats or herding blogpimps. Its a never ending task.

I plan on linking this thread to future thread posters who use the lazy 10 word excerpt agenda.


31 posted on 05/11/2011 10:13:05 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: Will88

Agreed. I’m a news junkie and look at every post on FR. Don’t have time or interest in everything posted. It’s nice when things have descriptions so I don’t miss anything. Don’t have the time to waste following mystery links either.


32 posted on 05/11/2011 10:13:25 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Also, if it is your own article, don’t excerpt it. :-)

Of course, if you have given up the article copyright, then it's only your article in the sense of authorship. In the legal sense, you may then still need to excerpt it for posting on FR.

33 posted on 05/11/2011 10:13:54 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Free Vulcan
Have you noticed the

Skip to comments.

on the line immediately above the article's title?

34 posted on 05/11/2011 10:14:50 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Responsibility2nd

More advice for posting articles:

Don’t just search the title, also search the major keyword. Often the same article will be posted by ten different sources with ten different titles.

Add keywords. Name of country, government department, main person’s last name. Tons of threads never get seen by those of us that look for articles by keyword.

Go to the original source. If HotMess.Blog posts a short blurb about an article from a newspaper, post the original article, not the blog blurb. I hate that. We all hate that.


35 posted on 05/11/2011 10:17:11 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: NEMDF
if what you are posting is a link to a video or other site, please give some background info and outline the topic/story a bit

Absolutely! I can't watch videos at work--I don't have the software--and I always forget to look at them at home.

36 posted on 05/11/2011 10:19:08 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (To paraphrase Sarah Palin: "I love when the liberals get all wee-wee'd up.")
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To: Free Vulcan
I don't agree. If we want discussion of the article on Free Republic, we should bring as much of the content as possible to Free Republic.

If bandwidth of text is an issue I would expect Jim Robinson to address it. Instead I see Jim being against bloggers trying to use Free Republic to drive traffic to their blog.

37 posted on 05/11/2011 10:22:42 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: Responsibility2nd

Are you series? This is hugh.

Meanwhile....I think a moose bit my sister.

Ugh... ;)


38 posted on 05/11/2011 10:23:38 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Jobs? Nope! Economy? Nope! Disarm the U.S? Yep! Impeach the treasonous Marxist Muslim usurper bast)
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To: Will88
Two of the most irritating posting habits around FR:

1. Links to articles with no description of what is contained in the article.

2. Even worse, links to videos with no description of the subject matter and value of the video.

BTTT

39 posted on 05/11/2011 10:24:09 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: Will88
Two of the most irritating posting habits around FR:

Another annoyance is linking to the home page of a blog or news source instead of the actual article. A link to a home page will break the next time the blogger posts or the news source goes to a new lead story. Instead, one should click through to the article by itself and then link to that page. Or look around for a an explicitly labeled permalink and copy its target URL.

40 posted on 05/11/2011 10:24:30 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Responsibility2nd

They excerpt to get us to click on their site so they get hits...


41 posted on 05/11/2011 10:27:31 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (OBL's death is President Bush's fault! ..... thanks GWB!)
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To: humblegunner

Often excruciatingly entertaining as well.


42 posted on 05/11/2011 10:30:14 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Responsibility2nd

syllables
book learnin wordin
need quite less


43 posted on 05/11/2011 10:31:42 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Responsibility2nd
How about doing it like see my next FR post for the answer...
44 posted on 05/11/2011 10:38:13 AM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: ImaGraftedBranch

hmmm.


45 posted on 05/11/2011 10:38:46 AM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: ImaGraftedBranch

...this? (see post 44 for those that are confused. I pimped my own FR post to 2 entries down.)


46 posted on 05/11/2011 10:39:42 AM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: FourPeas
Often excruciatingly entertaining as well.

Not, apparently, for the blogpimps themselves.
I can list several who were driven insane and had foaming public meltdowns.
Which was indeed excruciatingly entertaining to observe.

It could all be avoided by simply posting the full content.

It's crazy, yes it is.

47 posted on 05/11/2011 10:45:50 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: evets
Isn't Photoshop a blast!

The original was published a year and a half before the advent of the Won.

BTW, here's another famous self-portrait to tape up next to the canvas for additional inspiration.


Frida Kahlo

It's of a famous Mexican commie and personal friend of Trotsky.

48 posted on 05/11/2011 10:48:59 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: subterfuge
"I normally just move on if they insist I click the link, anymore."

Smart move. There's usually a lot of crap - sometimes dangerous - waiting for you at the link.

Two weeks ago, a fellow FReeper had an e-mail address harvested by one of these excerpting bloggers. There has been trouble with that e-mail account ever since.
49 posted on 05/11/2011 10:50:23 AM PDT by shibumi (Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way)
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To: humblegunner
,p>

"Yeah. And there'll be grief, too."
50 posted on 05/11/2011 10:54:06 AM PDT by shibumi (Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way)
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