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It's time for another posting refresher course - Volume 3 (Welcome Newbies)
Admin Lecture Series ^ | 7-23-04

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.

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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 doesn’t 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.


Bloggers & Personal

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.


SEARCH

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


And lastly, please bookmark this excerpt only list, Jim updates frequently.

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.


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Additional threads by Jim and the Mods

1 posted on 07/23/2004 6:27:48 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

bump...


2 posted on 07/23/2004 6:30:03 PM PDT by TomServo ("I'm so upset that I'll binge on a Saltine.")
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To: Admin Moderator
One more item: If you want to view all forums, use the Forums (Browse All) located at the top right side of the latest posts page.
3 posted on 07/23/2004 6:30:19 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

**bump**


4 posted on 07/23/2004 6:31:58 PM PDT by FourPeas (In spoonerism John Kerry is Kon Jerry.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you for posting this.


5 posted on 07/23/2004 6:34:10 PM PDT by EggsAckley (You can't be pro small business and pro trial lawyer at the same time! ** George W. Bush **)
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To: Admin Moderator
This doesn’t mean your one thought is a thread by itself.

ROTF!

Newbie bump

6 posted on 07/23/2004 6:34:39 PM PDT by grellis (No payments, no interest until June 2005! Hurry now and SAVE!)
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To: Admin Moderator

bump for lots of info

thanks :)


7 posted on 07/23/2004 6:43:15 PM PDT by backinthefold (ask me if I care...... go ahead, ask me)
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To: Admin Moderator
Any State or Country - Do not spam every single state or country, please use only those that pertain to your article.

But the list available STILL has some glaring omissions: China, France, Puerto Rico, Korea, India, Italy, Spain, just to name a few.

8 posted on 07/23/2004 6:44:18 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Willie Green; John Robinson

That's John's area.


9 posted on 07/23/2004 6:45:08 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson

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.


10 posted on 07/23/2004 6:46:51 PM PDT by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: Admin Moderator

BTTT!


11 posted on 07/23/2004 6:48:27 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Sure glad I was old enough to vote for President Reagan!!!)
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To: gitmo

Thanks!


12 posted on 07/23/2004 6:49:58 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Areday posted here:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1177448/posts

;)


13 posted on 07/23/2004 6:52:40 PM PDT by Bogey78O (Counter offer. All prisoners are to be killed unless he is released)
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To: Admin Moderator

I must not post until I've read this. I must not post until I've read this. I must not...


14 posted on 07/23/2004 6:53:31 PM PDT by Graymatter (Cowboys make the best presidents)
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To: Admin Moderator

bump


15 posted on 07/23/2004 6:56:04 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Admin Moderator

Cool! There's a whole lotta FR history in these links.


16 posted on 07/23/2004 6:56:52 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Why Indeed Not Destroy Our Work Stations)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thanks for the post. It answered some of the questions I had.

And a big thank you for Free Republic and the moderators. It's nice to be able to go to a board and share conservative thoughts, opinions, etc. without having to worry about trolls. I have wound up abandoning numerous sites due to the DUmmies invading them.
17 posted on 07/23/2004 6:56:54 PM PDT by MissyMa
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To: Admin Moderator

thanks for this information.

What kills me is the freepers who start posting threads their very first day here!


18 posted on 07/23/2004 6:58:32 PM PDT by JockoManning (preview, preview, preview)
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To: Admin Moderator
It’s also wise to be a member for a few days before you start a thread that might be important only to you.

Since Oct 30, 2001

You've posted a total of 0 threads and 3,804 replies.

19 posted on 07/23/2004 7:01:23 PM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon

We're just newbies too.... LOL!

Admin Moderator
Since Sep 3, 2001

"You've posted a total of 92 threads and 4,699 replies."


20 posted on 07/23/2004 7:04:51 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
We're just newbies too.... LOL!

Yes, but we're better looking and far smarter than the older fellows.

21 posted on 07/23/2004 7:08:02 PM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon
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To: Admin Moderator
BTT. You didn't tell them about the initiation.

Hint to newbies: the proper reply is "thank you sir, may I have another?"

22 posted on 07/23/2004 7:08:33 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: TomServo
"hiccup"
23 posted on 07/23/2004 7:09:04 PM PDT by vetvetdoug (In memory of T/Sgt. Secundino "Dean" Baldonado, Jarles, NM-KIA Bien Hoa AFB, RVN 1965)
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Another handy link for newbies. Someone should update this one.

NEWCOMERS: Welcome Center and Information Desk

24 posted on 07/23/2004 7:10:33 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
Tell me about it. Did you see the photo of the Girl Moderators?
25 posted on 07/23/2004 7:11:53 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Billthedrill

We leave that for you guys. We can't take all the fun.


26 posted on 07/23/2004 7:12:32 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you. Bookmarked


27 posted on 07/23/2004 7:12:50 PM PDT by Salvation (ÜWith God all things are possible.Ü)
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To: Admin Moderator

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.


28 posted on 07/23/2004 7:43:40 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Admin Moderator
"This doesn't mean your one thought is a thread by itself"

Worth repeating
29 posted on 07/23/2004 7:48:05 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Yes, click on the blog forum.

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.

30 posted on 07/23/2004 7:49:38 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

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.


31 posted on 07/23/2004 8:28:44 PM PDT by beaureguard
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To: Admin Moderator
This doesn’t mean your one thought is a thread by itself.

Oops, I detect a loophole! How about thought fragments? I've seen a few of those posted as whole threads, too. :-)

32 posted on 07/23/2004 8:30:59 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Fragments are incoherent, they get pulled. They're under the 'you didn't really want to post that, did you, because if we leave this up, you're going to get your a** handed to you on a silver platter?' category. (newbies are exempt, longtimers get the pass)
33 posted on 07/23/2004 8:34:19 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Half-awake/half-alive Darksheare bump.


34 posted on 07/23/2004 8:51:35 PM PDT by Darksheare (Road Killed Beeber Association, paving the world, one troll at a time...)
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To: LibWhacker; Admin Moderator

Thought fragments?
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.
G'nite all.
Save a troll leg for me please.


35 posted on 07/23/2004 8:54:18 PM PDT by Darksheare (Road Killed Beeber Association, paving the world, one troll at a time...)
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To: Darksheare

Bump for moderator and for the filing system.


36 posted on 07/23/2004 9:00:25 PM PDT by Quick_Rod
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To: FourPeas

Newbeeees. Baaah!

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!!!

37 posted on 07/23/2004 9:00:28 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Free Brigitte Bardot.)
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To: grellis; Constitution Day

And another thing:
If you think you've seen the image of a host on the sun, don't start a thread about it!


38 posted on 07/23/2004 9:02:11 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Free Brigitte Bardot.)
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To: Admin Moderator

#25. Excellent!!!!:-)


Best FReegards,

D2


39 posted on 07/23/2004 9:03:05 PM PDT by Defender2 (Defending Our Bill of Rights, Our Constitution, Our Country and Our Freedom!!!!)
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To: Admin Moderator

BUMP

Bump!

BTTT!

*


40 posted on 07/23/2004 9:13:38 PM PDT by The Mayor (By one Manís obedience many will be made righteous.)
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To: beaureguard

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.


41 posted on 07/23/2004 9:18:01 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Darksheare

I must be on the "I understand you" list.


42 posted on 07/23/2004 9:18:58 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: hispanarepublicana
The History of Free Republic: Freepathon Thread 29. This is a must read Lazamataz thread.
43 posted on 07/23/2004 9:21:05 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Defender2

That's me on the right....


44 posted on 07/23/2004 9:21:43 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator; The Scourge of Yazid

ping hehehehe


45 posted on 07/23/2004 9:22:21 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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Vanities and General Interest. Your Opinion/Questions - All non-sourced non-news threads are posted here. This doesn’t 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.

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!!!!

46 posted on 07/23/2004 9:27:00 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname
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To: Admin Moderator

Also, taglines are tax deductible.


47 posted on 07/23/2004 9:36:21 PM PDT by jigsaw (May God Bless Our Troops.)
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To: Admin Moderator

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.


48 posted on 07/23/2004 9:40:45 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Just another Bush-bot biddy drinking that Republican KoolAid.)
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To: JockoManning
What kills me is the freepers who start posting threads their very first day here!

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!

49 posted on 07/23/2004 9:46:23 PM PDT by ladyinred (What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?)
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname
First, your son's computer problems aren't huge in the scope of the FR mission, to remove liberals from power. Because FR has become so huge, we have posters who ask questions and just want to 'talk', aka, son's programming trouble. How does that equate to removing liberal senators or congressman from office? Or nominating conservative judges? See the difference? We are trying to accommodate everyone. But, the primary focus of Free Republic is removing liberals from power.

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.

50 posted on 07/23/2004 9:48:07 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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