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Admin Lecture Series ^ | 9-11-04 | Friendly Neighborhood Mods

Posted on 09/11/2004 12:24:17 PM PDT by Admin Moderator

Edited 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.


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To: Admin Moderator
Ok, so you will allow NASCAR threads (which have nothing to do with politics or the point of this website) but then you're going to get onto newbies for posting their opinions?

????

151 posted on 09/11/2004 5:11:54 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: AmishDude

Don't forget batboy. He's our mascot.


152 posted on 09/11/2004 5:20:37 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

You'll have to take that one up with Jim. He's the final say so on everything.


153 posted on 09/11/2004 5:21:29 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: quantim; Admin Moderator
I have seen the exact same AP article under different titles around the world. Why is this? Are different news organizations doing this or does AP 'retitle and re-release' the same piece? This causes duplicate posts under different titles. Is there another way to cross-check this?

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!

154 posted on 09/11/2004 5:57:01 PM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: Lonely Bull

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.


155 posted on 09/11/2004 6:05:49 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

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)


156 posted on 09/11/2004 6:17:19 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Mitchell
This in a nutshell is the biggest long-term consequence of this forgery, bigger even than the consequences for this election.

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...

157 posted on 09/11/2004 6:25:04 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Admin Moderator
" but every so often a classic would emerge"

They were the best too.

158 posted on 09/11/2004 6:30:28 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

BUMP (again).

Sheesh, I've seen 3 duplicates of the same article in a 24-hour period...


159 posted on 09/11/2004 7:01:22 PM PDT by k2blader (It is neither compassionate nor conservative to support the expansion of socialism.)
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To: k2blader

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.


160 posted on 09/11/2004 7:04:50 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator; ActiveDutyUSMC; dakine; bkwells; chookter; Hacksaw434; thumperusn; Hostel; ...
Important Free Republic Posting Guidelines
161 posted on 09/11/2004 9:14:39 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (MAKE SURE YOUR YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED AND VOTE Nov 2nd!)
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To: Admin Moderator

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.


162 posted on 09/11/2004 9:16:23 PM PDT by Casloy (qs)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

I have flunked HTML boot camp twice. I am a lost cause.


163 posted on 09/11/2004 9:16:55 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks Tonk!


164 posted on 09/11/2004 9:19:04 PM PDT by amom
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To: Admin Moderator; All

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?


165 posted on 09/11/2004 9:19:15 PM PDT by airborne (2/504 PIR - 'Devils In Baggy Pants')
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

bump and thanks.


166 posted on 09/11/2004 9:19:30 PM PDT by Soaring Feather (Poetry is my forte.)
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To: Admin Moderator

I want my mommy. Right now though, I'll be sitting here sucking my thumb from the posting lecture. :) HA!


167 posted on 09/11/2004 9:20:19 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Admin Moderator

bump


168 posted on 09/11/2004 9:20:42 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Secularization of America ALERT)
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To: Admin Moderator

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 :-)


169 posted on 09/11/2004 9:23:19 PM PDT by Tamzee (Free Republic .... Partisan Pajama People)
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To: Admin Moderator

I don't blog I FReep...


170 posted on 09/11/2004 9:25:26 PM PDT by Porterville (Men have learned to shoot without missing ...and I have learned to fly without perching on a twig)
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To: BOBWADE; Mrs Zip

bookmark


171 posted on 09/11/2004 9:26:37 PM PDT by zip ((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans))
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To: Admin Moderator

OMG


173 posted on 09/11/2004 9:34:03 PM PDT by zip ((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans))
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To: zip

Jealous?


174 posted on 09/11/2004 9:34:29 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Casloy

Heck, you've been here long enough, just don't post a thread about trading spaces and you'll be fine.


175 posted on 09/11/2004 9:36:41 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: airborne

They haven't been reponding to their food. I think we need a new brand. Maybe Science-Diet?


176 posted on 09/11/2004 9:38:03 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: jriemer
it's the ultra-lurk trolls that signed up in 1998-97 that really irk me.

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)

177 posted on 09/11/2004 9:39:01 PM PDT by zip ((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans))
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Admin Moderator; John Robinson

Bump.

Allow new members "reply" status, but restrict "Thread" starting status for thirty days or so.


178 posted on 09/11/2004 9:39:59 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional.)
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To: BoBToMatoE

Welcome aboard.
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. :-)


179 posted on 09/11/2004 9:41:24 PM PDT by Valin (I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for posting!


180 posted on 09/11/2004 9:41:26 PM PDT by JLO
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks Tonk, I'm still a' learnin'!


181 posted on 09/11/2004 9:42:53 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Eye strain! Whoooooeee


182 posted on 09/11/2004 9:43:46 PM PDT by zip ((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans))
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you very much for the insight.


183 posted on 09/11/2004 9:46:41 PM PDT by JLO
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To: brityank; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Admin Moderator; John Robinson
Allow new members "reply" status, but restrict "Thread" starting status for thirty days or so.

Excellent idea.

184 posted on 09/11/2004 9:46:44 PM PDT by zip ((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans))
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To: Admin Moderator

Yeay right, that's the ticket!

Shades of CGEB syndrome!


185 posted on 09/11/2004 9:51:15 PM PDT by NYTexan (Fear Mongering is the soul of Liberalism!)
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To: zip

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.


186 posted on 09/11/2004 10:02:05 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: zip; Admin Moderator

187 posted on 09/11/2004 10:04:45 PM PDT by uglybiker (EGO sum non taedium pardus)
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To: NYTexan

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)


188 posted on 09/11/2004 10:05:24 PM PDT by Original Kamaaina
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To: Original Kamaaina
What's a troll/trolling? A person posting statements designed to bring about confrontation or disruption of a thread.

Zot = getting posting privileges revoked for being a Troll.

Lurking = watching and listening instead of spouting off. (a good thing for newbies!)

Vanity = posting a new thread that has nothing to do with sourcing a news article, but rather your opinion, request, or generally something that has to do with nothing.

Have fun and be carefull if ya want to stick around!
189 posted on 09/11/2004 10:16:52 PM PDT by NYTexan (Fear Mongering is the soul of Liberalism!)
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To: NYTexan

Where's your colored font? You got it all wrong. Try again. We'll give you a mulligan.


190 posted on 09/11/2004 10:17:06 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: zip

You are jealous! No wonder all you guys have a **** ** *** *** girl mods. I'm mod on the right.


191 posted on 09/11/2004 10:19:30 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: uglybiker

Just remember, I'm the cool girl mod on the right. Thanks.


192 posted on 09/11/2004 10:21:21 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
How many shades do you need?
193 posted on 09/11/2004 10:21:39 PM PDT by NYTexan (Fear Mongering is the soul of Liberalism!)
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To: stylin19a

ROTFL!


194 posted on 09/11/2004 10:21:57 PM PDT by ladyinred ("John Kerry reporting for spitball and typewriter duty.")
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To: Constitution Day

Ah, you hadda go and say that?


195 posted on 09/11/2004 10:23:16 PM PDT by ladyinred ("John Kerry reporting for spitball and typewriter duty.")
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To: Original Kamaaina
You know, we have a real old HUGH 'dictionary'. Someone needs to SERIES update our glossary.

Fifth Edition of the Lexicon of FreeRepublic * * A helpful FR dictionary for newcomers * *

196 posted on 09/11/2004 10:25:04 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: AlexW
I wish I could get a text only download.

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.

197 posted on 09/11/2004 10:28:24 PM PDT by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
(SOB) You're picking on me! How could you infer I was such a gratutious ego hound as to post my BLOG all the time like that!! Boo hoo readmyblog@HOOOO!!!
198 posted on 09/11/2004 10:28:36 PM PDT by dandelion (http://johnkerryquestionfairy.blogspot.com/)
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To: Admin Moderator
And some sign up as trolls just to be ZOTTED by you, I'm sure!

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!!"

199 posted on 09/11/2004 10:29:11 PM PDT by uglybiker (EGO sum non taedium pardus)
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To: Admin Moderator

BTW What's the Admin Mod on the left doin' next Saturday night? Can I have her phone number?


200 posted on 09/11/2004 10:31:23 PM PDT by uglybiker (EGO sum non taedium pardus)
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