Skip to comments.It's time for another posting refresher course - Volume 3 (Welcome Newbies)
Posted on 07/23/2004 6:27:46 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
It's time again for another posting refresher course. Please take a moment to read. Thanks for your cooperation.
Only one of these topics will show up in a sidebar, posting to multiple topics will still only show one topic.
Activism/Chapters - Activism, protests, news and business of Free Republic Chapters. Freep this poll should be placed in vanity. General news stories about activism should be place in news. After action reports from Freeps are allowed here.
Announcements Notifications of Activism events, FR business
Breaking News - Not every story is breaking news. Breaking news should be news that affects most of us. There are some exceptions. If there is a hot current event happening, check breaking news. Most likely, it's there already, please check first, then use our search function. (explained below)
Editorial - Editorials are opinions. Some vanities, if well written and thought out can be considered editorial material.
Extended News - Extended news is for stories which have been posted previously and have updated or newer information.
Free Republic - This categories is reserved for Free Republic business.
Front Page News - Front page is for stories which are not breaking news, but would be found on the front page of a newspaper.
These are just some of the topics that you may use two or more. Do not go out of your way to put in more topics just to try to get more views for your thread. Doing so makes the topics less usable for everyone. Also, do not list every state on your thread. It is unnecessary. Please limit the state topics to those states that the story pertains to.
Business/Economy - Business, industry, financial, markets, trade, banking, budget, debt, taxes and economy news.
Constitution/Conservatism - Discussion of conservatism and conservative principles and issues.
Crime/Corruption News and discussion of crime, corruption government abuse, power grabs, and scandal.
Culture/Society - Discussion of health, education, welfare, drugs, abortion, environment, housing, unions, employment, social security, religion, arts, humanity, sports, and other cultural and societal issues.
Foreign Affairs - News and discussion of international politics, foreign affairs, diplomacy, national security, war, military, defense and armed forces issues.
Government - News and discussion of all branches of government, departments, agencies, law, policy, legislation, processes and judiciary.
Miscellaneous - Anything which doesn't fit into another category.
News/Current Events - News and discussion of current events.
Philosophy - Discussions of philosophy and ideology.
Political Humor/Cartoons - Funny stuff
Politics/Elections - Discussions of politics and elections.
Unclassified - Articles awaiting re-classification.
Any State or Country - Do not spam every single state or country, please use only those that pertain to your article.
Vanities and General Interest.
Your Opinion/Questions - All non-sourced non-news threads are posted here. This doesnt mean your one thought is a thread by itself. Lately, we have been seeing articles posted that should be comments made on the main article. Your comment/vanity article will be pulled or moved to General Interest. Vanities should be limited to the mission of Free Republic.
General interest (Chat)
Is for discussions of news and interest topics unrelated to the news forum. We will move articles unrelated to the news forum here.
For all of you who have blogs or personal web sites or personal news or opinion or forum sites that you would like to discuss or promote on Free Republic, here's the place to do it.
Our new Bloggers & Personal forum is for:
Click on the "Bloggers & Personal" forum link on the Forums sidebar of the latest posts pages.
Hopefully, this will become a very popular forum for promoting and or discussing blogs and personal opinion/news/forum pages.
If it's a breaking news topic, check breaking news first, it's probably already posted.
To avoid duplicate posts, please search before posting. The best method to search is to pick a key word or two from the title. If the article you are posting is, "Funny Video, This Land", start with 'Land' for the key word. If it is a hot topic, you might want to use two or more keywords, in this case, try 'Jib'. For an effective search, select 'match any words' and select 'order by post time'.
Search Land jib
Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints
FYI: The New York Times is not on the excerpt list.
Thank you for posting this.
bump for lots of info
But the list available STILL has some glaring omissions: China, France, Puerto Rico, Korea, India, Italy, Spain, just to name a few.
That's John's area.
I think it would be helpful if a link to the Excerpt List was provided on the "Posting new thread" page. Would be a reminder for us all, and would be plainly visible for newbies.
Areday posted here:
I must not post until I've read this. I must not post until I've read this. I must not...
Cool! There's a whole lotta FR history in these links.
thanks for this information.
What kills me is the freepers who start posting threads their very first day here!
Since Oct 30, 2001
You've posted a total of 0 threads and 3,804 replies.
We're just newbies too.... LOL!
Since Sep 3, 2001
"You've posted a total of 92 threads and 4,699 replies."
Yes, but we're better looking and far smarter than the older fellows.
Hint to newbies: the proper reply is "thank you sir, may I have another?"
We leave that for you guys. We can't take all the fun.
Thank you. Bookmarked
If we post from a blog, can we include other topics besides just "bloggers"?
I know the answer (I think), just want to see it here.
Blogs, IMO, are not breaking news, front page news or anything else but opinion.
"This doesn't mean your one thought is a thread by itself"Worth repeating
At the upper left hand corner, directly under the blue Free Republic link, is a gray Bloggers & Personal link. Click that.
That will open a new page, click on Topics for a list of available topics to add to your articles.
Every forum has this same feature.
Thanks for posting this. I'm not quite a newbie, but didn't know much about the html formatting stuff. Will have to practice some.
Oops, I detect a loophole! How about thought fragments? I've seen a few of those posted as whole threads, too. :-)
Half-awake/half-alive Darksheare bump.
I have THOUSANDS of them.
And they're all weird.
Heck.. it'd be an Admin lecture series thread on "bad ideas in posting" with myself as an example..
Strangely, I sound like I'm making sense but probably am not.
Save a troll leg for me please.
Bump for moderator and for the filing system.
In my day, you couldn't start a post until you'd responded to several threads!!! If you tried to start a post, lightning would come out of your computer screen and melt your face and clicking finger off!!!
And, weeeeee LIKED IT!!!
And another thing:
If you think you've seen the image of a host on the sun, don't start a thread about it!
That's what it's there for. To practice and ask questions. Ask anything here if you'd like, I'll try to help, or try direct you where help is available.
I must be on the "I understand you" list.
That's me on the right....
I am not a newbie by any stretch of the imagination, but I *still* don't understand the whole "vanity" thing. It says above that "Your comment/vanity article will be pulled or moved to General Interest." Does that mean that if you post a vanity in say, "Breaking News" section or "Education" that it will be moved to "General Interest" because that's where it should be in the first place?
Then it says that vanities "should be limited to the mission of Free Republic." So, that makes me think that I shouldn't come to FR looking for help with my son's programming questions. But, then it says this: "General interest (Chat) Is for discussions of news and interest topics unrelated to the news forum. We will move articles unrelated to the news forum here. " Well, isn't that a description of something that is outside of the "mission of Free Republic"?
This has always driven me crazy. The above statement seems to say NO VANITIES and PUT YOUR VANITIES HERE at the same time. I can't tell how you scared I get (hee hee) when I want to post a vanity. I'm never sure if it's OK to do so. One time I made the mistake of asking what had happened to "Freeper So and So" and I got raked over the coals. Well, asking what happened to someone seems to me to fall into the category of "interest topics unrelated to the news forum."
I'm SOOOO confused!!!!
Also, taglines are tax deductible.
Is there a FReeper Lore thread? I want to send a link to vanderleun, he writes for American Digest and posts his articles here...;-D iirc he also writes (or wrote) a column for the NYT.
Just curious, why does that bother you? Once you are registered, you are a member and allowed to post threads aren't you? I have never posted one actually, and may never!!! I know I would mess it all up!
We are trying to accommodate everyone by providing the chat and bloggers forums. We are a family, and we sometimes tangent to other topics, aka, my son, but that is not our primary goal. Hence the different forums. Many think the other forums are a banishment, but that's not so. Anyone can set their setting to the 'browse all' settings located at the top right hand side of any latest threads or posts page.
In the old days, it was fine having everyone post everything to one forum, but as technology changes, so must we. It is no longer feasible, first with the number of posters, second with the advent of blogs, etc. We have to categorize. Some are pissed about that. Then again, some were pissed about bringing in mods. Sorry to say, if we weren't here, Jim would be working 43/7, and wouldn't be able to take a road trip to visit different chapters. He totally deserves some time to vacation. FR is too big for one man today.
So, Jim and John have provided areas for those topics to be discussed, we move threads based upon current events criteria. The primary focus of FR is to remove liberals from power and restore our constitution, sorry to say, your son's computer troubles aren't high on that priority list.