Can't tell you how many times I have been burned because people use STUPID keywords.
Exaggerating a little...(but not by much)...an Ann Coulter post would have "ANNIE, BABEALICIOUS, etc."
If your post is about "COULTER," use "COULTER," fer cryin' out loud!!!! If it's about Michael Moore, use "MOORE," however you might be tempted to use "FAT COMMIE PIG!!!"
You banned Ann Coulter??
We generally use a 4 hour rule for duplicates, unless a thread is overkill, ie, "Terror in the skies, again". If a thread is posted over 4 hours, we usually let it go. If it's a breaking news item, in the breaking news sidebar, we pull it because it's still in the first couple positions in the breaking news sidebar. What we're trying to do is eliminate multiple posts within an hour or two. Today for example, we had a ton of "ann coulter was banned" threads. When a simple search for 'coulter' would have turned up hits.I understand, and that seems like a reasonable rule. I just feel like the site is not as useful as a breaking news tracker as it used to be (I've been here as a lurker since 1998). What we really need is the ability for an author to append to his original post.