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Posted on 09/11/2004 12:24:17 PM PDT by Admin ModeratorEdited on 09/11/2004 8:05:54 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
We've had a lot of new folks join up recently. Welcome aboard, this thread is a gentle reminder of some basic posting guidelines. (And for some of you old timers as well) Please read the follow, and ask any questions. We will all try to help you out.
If it's a breaking news topic, check breaking news first, it's probably already posted.
To avoid duplicate posts, please search before posting. Use the published article title to prevent duplicates. The best method to search is to pick a key word or two from the title. If the article you are posting is, "Dan Rather Memo", start with 'Memo' for the key word. If it is a hot topic, you might want to use two or more keywords, in this case, try 'memo rather'. For an effective search, select 'match all words' and select 'order by post time'.
General Interest (Chat)
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 (Chat). Vanities should be limited to the mission of Free Republic.
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:
- Posting from your blog.
- Posting from other peoples blogs.
- Posting your from your personal web site.
- Posting from other peoples personal web sites.
- Promoting your blog.
- Promoting other peoples blogs.
- Promoting your personal web site.
- Promoting your favorite web sites.
- Posting from your favorite outside forums.
- Posting from your favorite lefty forums or sites (DUh and the like).
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.
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Don't forget batboy. He's our mascot.
You'll have to take that one up with Jim. He's the final say so on everything.
What I do (and I've avoided duplicates this way) is search for bits of body text on Google News. You'll find duplicates, even if the two titles are totally different verbally.
For example, looking with the phrase "Swiftboat Vets," I found a story entitled
"Swiftboat vets, Kerry supporters speak in Greenville"
After searching for the body phrase "Two men who served with John Kerry," I then found another story, entitled
"Vietnam vets back Kerry's bid"
Only one word is common to both titles (FR's search function treats "Kerry" and "Kerry's" as different), but the text that I skimmed was identical or nearly so.
This method, while not foolproof, is a start. And while there are valid reasons for changing titles, I don't care much for changing them around just for variation or whatever. :p
Oh, and thanks, moderators!
That works (and I do it often, google news is pretty good, I personally like it better than yahoo news...plus they don't have the (search-web) thing that is really annoying), only if you don't mind not being the first in breaking news. In my normal life, I post threads, and faithfully search, I've only had a couple dupes, and yes, they were pulled as duplicates. I can't have the wraith of the mods on me, so maybe I'm overly cautious... I figure, it's posted, why bother again. But, then, I'm looking at it from a mod's point of view.
What so many users don't understand is that FR started out discussing A news article, and the same thread might go on for weeks with new info being added as replies.
Over time, with new members, we've gotten away from that.
Change may be good, but the old way kept all the discussion on a news story in one place
Vanity posts were rare in those days, but every so often a classic would emerge.
(A different AM)
Agreed. This election is essentially being fought between the two halves of the sixties generation -- between those who never grew up and those who did.
The radical left and its creations -- the Viet Nam Syndrome and the Mainstream Media, among others -- may all be casualties of this election.
And the country will be the better for it...
They were the best too.
Sheesh, I've seen 3 duplicates of the same article in a 24-hour period...
You all have to notify us. There is no way 8-9 of us can spot them all. Hit abuse with the link. We can sort it out from there.
Thanks, been very reluctant to post a thread for fear of making a mistake and inciting the wrath of the oldtimers. May give it a shot one of these days.
I have flunked HTML boot camp twice. I am a lost cause.
And remember, not every newbie is a troll. BTW, how come we don't get to play with 'em as much before we eat 'em?
bump and thanks.
I want my mommy. Right now though, I'll be sitting here sucking my thumb from the posting lecture. :) HA!
It's been an amazing couple of days on FR and I thought you all did an awesome job keeping it all running so smoothly. You were quick on the draw with pushing trolls out of the way, too!
Thanks for everything you all do so we can go forth and make a difference for our beautiful America :-)
I don't blog I FReep...
Heck, you've been here long enough, just don't post a thread about trading spaces and you'll be fine.
They haven't been reponding to their food. I think we need a new brand. Maybe Science-Diet?
And we are seeing more of those this year. (almost 100 percent have no profile page - a good indication to search for posts by the screenname)
Allow new members "reply" status, but restrict "Thread" starting status for thirty days or so.
There is an old saying here that a person is not a REAL freeper until you've been flamed. Soooo...
You snail-skulled little rabbit. Would that a hawk pick you up, drive its beak into your brain, and upon finding it rancid set you loose to fly briefly before spattering the ocean rocks with the frothy pink shame of your ignoble blood.
There That's done. :-)
Thanks for posting!
Thanks Tonk, I'm still a' learnin'!
Eye strain! Whoooooeee
Thank you very much for the insight.
Yeay right, that's the ticket!
Shades of CGEB syndrome!
Sounds good. Were you a long time lurker, and just had to register to post that post, or post that article you know wasn't posted and why didn't anyone post that article? There are so many good newbies out there. You were one. I was one, we all were new. The good outweigh the bad 40 to one. The few that are trolls we take care of, and if they have an especially 'interesting' thread, we'll let you all know. Give the genuine newbies a break. We were all new at one time. I'd rather give them the benefit of the doubt if they err on their first or second post or thread, and not zot them immediately. If they are trolls (we'll all know soon enough), let's let them dig their grave. It's so much more fun if the zots have a little history anyway.
Desperately need a glossary here! What's a troll/trolling? ZOT? Lurk/lurking? Vanity?
I haven't been around here long enough to divine this. And, BTW, isn't 34567 a bogus address? (yuk, yuk)
Where's your colored font? You got it all wrong. Try again. We'll give you a mulligan.
You are jealous! No wonder all you guys have a **** ** *** *** girl mods. I'm mod on the right.
Just remember, I'm the cool girl mod on the right. Thanks.
Ah, you hadda go and say that?
Easy, tell your browser to not load images. Netscape can do it:
Edit, Preferences, Privacy & Security, and click on the radio button: "Do not load any images".
Can't speak to M$ Internet Exploder since I haven't used it, like forever.
I can see the post over at DUh right now:
"Duuuuuuudes! Like, I just got nuked by this like, really hot Admin Mod babe! Oh man!!"
BTW What's the Admin Mod on the left doin' next Saturday night? Can I have her phone number?