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Why does this site edit head lines when it says it does not.
http://www.freerepublic.com/ ^ | 12/05/2003 | ME

Posted on 12/05/2003 6:22:27 AM PST by kerouacbal

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The guildlines say they do not edit or censor but they change my post's title from
Is CNN trying to stop the economic growth
to
Officials concerned about holiday terror threat
1 posted on 12/05/2003 6:22:28 AM PST by kerouacbal
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To: kerouacbal
How long with this stay up I wonder
2 posted on 12/05/2003 6:23:21 AM PST by kerouacbal (I'm right your left out)
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To: kerouacbal
That's because your headline was not the original. Original headlines help people search for posts and avoid duplicate posts of the same story. Calm down.
3 posted on 12/05/2003 6:24:01 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: kerouacbal
What was the source title of the article you posted?
4 posted on 12/05/2003 6:24:07 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: All
Has this happened to anyone else.
5 posted on 12/05/2003 6:24:12 AM PST by kerouacbal (I'm right your left out)
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To: kerouacbal
Don't know the specific post, but you're supposed to use the actual headline if it's not an original post. Facilitates searches and helps eliminate duplicate posts. If you want to create your own headline, put it in parentheses next to the real one. Sometimes people just try to be too clever by half, and it muddles up the postings.
6 posted on 12/05/2003 6:24:29 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: Fred Mertz
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1034469/posts?page=1
7 posted on 12/05/2003 6:24:43 AM PST by kerouacbal (I'm right your left out)
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To: kerouacbal
YOU cannot edit headlines. When you do, the mods will likely change it to the original, and true, headline in the publication or media source you are quoting.

For archival purposes, posting any headline you feel like is a nightmare.

8 posted on 12/05/2003 6:24:50 AM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: Mr. Bird
Thanks I could not find anything in the guild lines that said that. Thanks again for the heads up
9 posted on 12/05/2003 6:26:00 AM PST by kerouacbal (I'm right your left out)
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To: kerouacbal
Sure, it's happened to other people WHO DON'T POST THE ORIGINAL HEADLINE. You can put your own title in parentheses, if you want, after the REAL title.
10 posted on 12/05/2003 6:26:11 AM PST by Judith Anne (Send a message to the Democrat traitors--ROCKEFELLER MUST RESIGN!)
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To: kerouacbal
Don't look now, but they've changed your post's title again. Now it's:

"Why does this site edit head lines when it says it does not"

11 posted on 12/05/2003 6:26:17 AM PST by kevao
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To: kerouacbal
Thanks I could not find anything in the guild lines that said that.

Read it again.

12 posted on 12/05/2003 6:26:48 AM PST by TomServo ("That felt good... Now I'm going to turn my daughter into a woodchuck.")
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To: kerouacbal
Have you tried logging in?
13 posted on 12/05/2003 6:27:15 AM PST by carpio
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To: TomServo
"Thanks I could not find anything in the guild lines that said that."

We have a guild now?

Are we affiliated to the Masons?

14 posted on 12/05/2003 6:29:23 AM PST by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsenspåånkængrüppen ØberKømmååndø (EMØØK))
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To: BlueLancer
We, actually we do. But I think he meant "guide".
15 posted on 12/05/2003 6:30:11 AM PST by TomServo ("That felt good... Now I'm going to turn my daughter into a woodchuck.")
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To: BlueLancer
Shhh!!! Pretty soon we'll be stirring up that FReeper Illuminati business again! :-)
16 posted on 12/05/2003 6:30:34 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: kerouacbal
Because it doesn't want ~you~ editing the headlines either.... That would make it edited from the original wouldn't it?

Use the original headline...
17 posted on 12/05/2003 6:31:23 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: kerouacbal
"Why does this site edit head lines"

Quite a number of years ago, I was watching the news, and there was a story about how Ted Turner had bought the rights to a whole bunch of classic movies from the days of black and white, and that he was going to colorize them and re-release them or broadcast them.

It caused a bit of a stir.

Now I do not like Ted Turner one bit. But the local news interviewed him about it, and asked him why he was doing this. His answer?

"Because I want to and I can."

We have a better reason though for why we changed your headline- namely that you changed the headline from what CNN had. This is discouraged for a few reasons. First, altered headlines result in duplicate posts. People generally search for an article before posting it (or in theory, they are supposed to do so), and if a title has been changed they won't find it. Then the discussion ends up fragmented between two or more threads. Second, it causes confusion because some come away with the mistaken impression that a site used that title to begin with.

So don't post with made up titles. If you really must editorialize in the headline, do it in parenthesis after the original title- but be aware if the parenthetical title is a grenade, we'll likely chop that off.

Thanks, LM

18 posted on 12/05/2003 6:31:53 AM PST by Lead Moderator
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To: Lead Moderator
You ever thought of being a diplomat?
19 posted on 12/05/2003 6:33:41 AM PST by TomServo ("That felt good... Now I'm going to turn my daughter into a woodchuck.")
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To: carpio
She didnt get her top secret FreeRepublic headline decoder ring. I got mine right here.
20 posted on 12/05/2003 6:34:24 AM PST by BureaucratusMaximus (if we're not going to act like a constitutional republic...lets be the best empire we can be...)
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To: Lead Moderator
Ok from now I will do so. Thank you
21 posted on 12/05/2003 6:35:09 AM PST by kerouacbal (I'm right your left out)
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To: BureaucratusMaximus
Thanks Ms. BureaucratusMaximus
22 posted on 12/05/2003 6:36:26 AM PST by kerouacbal (I'm right your left out)
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To: JennysCool
"Shhh!!! Pretty soon we'll be stirring up that FReeper Illuminati business again! :-)"

(Grinning sheepishly ... or Møøsely)


23 posted on 12/05/2003 6:37:01 AM PST by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsenspåånkængrüppen ØberKømmååndø (EMØØK))
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To: BlueLancer
This could be series.
24 posted on 12/05/2003 6:38:10 AM PST by ducman
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To: kerouacbal
Has this happened to anyone else?

Yes, but they're all gone now.

I wouldn't get any 'kerouacbal' coffee mugs or note-paper, if I were you!

25 posted on 12/05/2003 6:38:45 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: JennysCool
BINGO:

That's because your headline was not the original. Original headlines help people search for posts and avoid duplicate posts of the same story. Calm down.

26 posted on 12/05/2003 6:39:00 AM PST by GOPJ
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To: BureaucratusMaximus

D-r-i-n-k m-o-r-e O-v-a-l-t-i-n-e

27 posted on 12/05/2003 6:40:27 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
You'll shoot your eye out, kid...
28 posted on 12/05/2003 6:44:26 AM PST by danneskjold
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To: kerouacbal; kattracks
Never happened to me...and I post prolly 4 or 5 articles/week.

Kattracks, has it happened to a megaposter like you?
29 posted on 12/05/2003 6:46:59 AM PST by Pharmboy (Dems lie 'cause they have to...)
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To: kerouacbal
Has this happened to anyone else.

Yes- routinely when people make up their own titles.

A good rule of thumb is to put your spin on the title in parentheses such as:

Why does this site edit head lines when it says it does not. (Am I logged in???)

30 posted on 12/05/2003 6:47:42 AM PST by Lil'freeper
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To: kerouacbal; kevao
Don't look now, but someone's changed your post's title and your screen name. ;)

Click to scroll to commentary.

Why don't this site edit head lines when it says it do?
http://www.freerepublic.com/ ^ | 12/05/2003 | ME

Posted on 12/05/2003 6:22:27 AM PST by balkerouac ("The Freeper formerly known as kerouacbal")

I think you have a good sense of humor, otherwise, I wouldn't be doing this....

I hope you have a good sense of humor, otherwise, I wouldn't be doing this....

If you didn't have a good sense of humor, I still would be doing this....

31 posted on 12/05/2003 6:49:07 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim
FOTFLMAO!!!
32 posted on 12/05/2003 6:52:05 AM PST by kevao
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To: kerouacbal
I guess this is a safe place to post this pic:


33 posted on 12/05/2003 7:02:53 AM PST by Skooz (We keep you alive to serve this ship. Row well, and live.)
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To: bwteim; Admin Moderator
LMBO!! PRICELESS!! You guys rock!
34 posted on 12/05/2003 7:03:20 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: kerouacbal
"...please use the original titles on your article posts. Do NOT edit the titles. Do NOT use "My Title" titles. This will also help to reduce the number of duplicates."
~ Jim Robinson (click here to read it)

35 posted on 12/05/2003 7:05:12 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: kerouacbal
Thanks I could not find anything in the guild lines that said that. Thanks again for the heads up

Please review the posting guidelines ...

"* Do include the original title - When you post an article, be sure to include the original title where appropriate. This helps users find the article and lessens the chance of a double post."

36 posted on 12/05/2003 7:07:47 AM PST by cinFLA
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To: kerouacbal
Have you heard about courduroy pillows?
37 posted on 12/05/2003 7:21:34 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (They're making headlines all over!)
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To: kerouacbal
I'm personally not fond of those who make fun of the writer's name, or who puts "L.A.Slimes" for the source, etc, either. It could place the Freep at more risk of the LAT/WP type actions. If we want to go after the writer or source, fine, we can in the comments. The article itself should be left pure.

38 posted on 12/05/2003 7:26:57 AM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered. ©)
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To: kerouacbal
All your headlines are belong to us :)
39 posted on 12/05/2003 7:35:58 AM PST by borisbob69 (This space available...)
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To: bwteim
Why don't this site edit head lines when it says it do?

Obviously you've been in this country a long distance.

40 posted on 12/05/2003 7:41:35 AM PST by curmudgeonII
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To: kerouacbal
Did you read the described below?
41 posted on 12/05/2003 7:43:54 AM PST by FourPeas
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To: kerouacbal
They alter the text, too. Why, just the other day I was posting that I thought that the entire government should be executed and the total means of production seized by the state, to be run by workers' committees organized into Soviets in every major manufacturing industry, children mobilized into Hillary Youth battalions, and all of those little grocery store cards that now transfer information to the CIA turned into ration cards, to be vetted monthly by neighborhood Democratic Party commissars, and the Lead Moderator kindly condensed the whole thing for me to "Happy Thanksgiving, FReepers!" Honestly, it's what I was really trying to say...
42 posted on 12/05/2003 7:49:46 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: kerouacbal
The (unofficial) correct way is to post the original headline with your version or comments in parens. Example:

Officials concerned with economic growth (Is CNN trying to stop economic growth?)

If this was already posted, please forgive and check my tag line.

43 posted on 12/05/2003 7:50:41 AM PST by BSunday (Too lazy to read the whole thread, or even past the first couple.)
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To: kerouacbal
I believe you need a question (?) mark at the end of your title. :)
44 posted on 12/05/2003 7:55:27 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: curmudgeonII; kerouacbal
"Obviously you've been in this country a long distance."

I done been here three meters already.... thank you very much....

PS: kerouacbal, did you read the white printed text in

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1034486/posts?page=31#31 as well?


bw
45 posted on 12/05/2003 8:40:39 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Actually, I am surprised the thread is still up....;)
46 posted on 12/05/2003 8:43:43 AM PST by bwteim ("Pardon me, young man, but is this the non-smoking section of the life boat?")
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To: kerouacbal
I'm sorry if this has already been covered, but I just got out of ther shower. Is this the thread raising a seriesly hugh question about FR editing headlines when it says it does not?

If so, I would like to inform you that President Bush carried around a turkey on Thanksgiving which was not eaten by the troops. Some people say he was trying to steal it.

47 posted on 12/05/2003 8:46:41 AM PST by San Jacinto
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To: kerouacbal
Maybe it's because some folks don't punctuate their thread titles correctly.
48 posted on 12/05/2003 8:50:46 AM PST by hispanarepublicana (Mr. Fox, give us our water!!!)
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To: kerouacbal
I do not know who the Posting Police are, it is an old maxim, give a person a little authority and they will stretch it a mile.
49 posted on 12/05/2003 8:52:19 AM PST by cynicom
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To: JennysCool
What Freeper Guild Rank do you need to attain before you learn the secret handshake?
50 posted on 12/05/2003 8:55:37 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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