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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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1 posted on 09/11/2004 12:24:17 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Amen!


2 posted on 09/11/2004 12:25:38 PM PDT by toupsie
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To: Admin Moderator

BUMP!


3 posted on 09/11/2004 12:27:18 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: Admin Moderator

already posted

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1179671/posts


4 posted on 09/11/2004 12:27:38 PM PDT by stylin19a (when the situation calls for panic, never let it be said I did nothing)
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To: All

Admin Lecture Series Bump


5 posted on 09/11/2004 12:27:42 PM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: Admin Moderator
THANK YOU!

BUT - There are also a lot of vanities from Freepers who've been here long enough to know better.
IHMO, they're only doing that because they're attention wh*res.

6 posted on 09/11/2004 12:27:54 PM PDT by Constitution Day (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: Admin Moderator
What do you do when a blog, such as Powerline Blog has more credibility than CBS?
Can you tell I'm really enjoying this?
7 posted on 09/11/2004 12:30:53 PM PDT by Maigrey (Kerry: Up-the-Mekong-without-a-paddle... - Mark Steyn)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks for addressing this. Yesterday the forum was deluged by threads from newbies, obviously triggered by the mention of FR in the media. The deluge caused the site to flow very slowly; today, thankfully, the speed is back up to normal.

I'm glad to see so many new sign-ups; hoping that by the next fundraiser, the newbies will respond generously. Of course, we've encountered more than the usual number of trolls, and still will. But it just proves the growing power of FR.


8 posted on 09/11/2004 12:31:53 PM PDT by EggsAckley (.......John Kerry suffers from delusions of adequacy........)
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To: Admin Moderator

Don't forget to mention, no freestylin' with the title of the article.


9 posted on 09/11/2004 12:32:10 PM PDT by Redcoat LI ("I am the great and powerful Kerry! Look at my medals!")
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To: Maigrey

We punt. It all depends upon the content. Is it well written, are there credible sources, etc. There are no hard fast rules. Some blogs are better than others.


10 posted on 09/11/2004 12:33:13 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: EggsAckley

Tell us about it!


11 posted on 09/11/2004 12:33:39 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: stylin19a

Rolling on the Floor Laughing My Arse Off! GOOD ONE!

Duplicate!!!!!!


12 posted on 09/11/2004 12:33:48 PM PDT by NEBO (If we don't take care of the terrorists, we certainly won't have to worry about the economy.)
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To: Admin Moderator

We've also had way too much thread pulling of articles that have similar headlines, but differing content.


13 posted on 09/11/2004 12:33:50 PM PDT by ambrose (Rather Lied -- and the Kerry Campaign Died)
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To: Admin Moderator

Dont be a posting girlie man


14 posted on 09/11/2004 12:34:10 PM PDT by treeclimber ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." GWB 2001)
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To: Redcoat LI
"Don't forget to mention, no freestylin' with the title of the article."

Right, makes it hard to find on a search.

Or at least use the real title (then add your freestylin in parenthesis if space permits)

Welcome New FReepers!

:-)

15 posted on 09/11/2004 12:35:08 PM PDT by No Blue States
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To: Admin Moderator

Other pet peeve is when some blog leaks rumors of upcoming poll numbers, and it gets posted... yet when the actual real news article on those poll numbers are posted, such article is pulled and labeled a "duplicate".


16 posted on 09/11/2004 12:35:37 PM PDT by ambrose (Rather Lied -- and the Kerry Campaign Died)
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To: Admin Moderator
Blog posts related to the CBS memo controversy, specifically blog posts offering new information/theories about the controversy, are allowed in the news forum, right? The chat forum is for personal stuff, for opinions that people got sick of reading in the news section. But the RatherGate posts with valuable information would be considered fair for the news section, right?

I mean, the first web site to point out that the memos could be duplicated exactly with the default settings of MS Word was LGF, a blog. Shouldn't that go into the news section (which is after all called "news/ACTIVISM") instead of being lost in vanity-land?

The real problem is that "bloggers" should not be in the name of the chat forum. Blog posts can be hard news, or be thoughtful enough to belong in the news section. It should be a judgement call by FReepers/admins as to in which forum a blog post belongs (the same way certain vanity threads are allowed in the news section of FR, such as "After Action Reports" from FReeps)

17 posted on 09/11/2004 12:35:53 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: EggsAckley

THANKFULLY this is being addressed! I thought I had lost my mind over the past few days and could simply not believe all the threads I was popping into with one liners as the story posted! I just mentioned this to hubby last night and asked what in the world is going on with FR!!

I also welcome all the new people who have found this great site. It takes a while to know how it works perhaps but I honestly thought many of the old timers were being extremely patient and so I did not say anything either. But I also wondered at first it I had missed something new that was allowed as it was reckless abandon posting and reckless abandon posting replies to those threads to keep them going. UGH! :o)


18 posted on 09/11/2004 12:36:50 PM PDT by BlueHorseShoe
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you!


19 posted on 09/11/2004 12:38:42 PM PDT by mhking
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To: Admin Moderator
Promoting your personal web site.

Except Jeff Head.

20 posted on 09/11/2004 12:38:58 PM PDT by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: ambrose
If that happens, just hit abuse on any thread and let us know which thread it is. It's quicker to contact us that way instead of pings or freepmail. We will make errors, and we try to correct them as soon as it is brought to our attention. There are about 1000 threads and over 30,000 posts per day. It's impossible for 8-9 of us to go through that volume, so we are relying on everyone's help.
21 posted on 09/11/2004 12:39:13 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: No Blue States
Or at least use the real title (then add your freestylin in parenthesis if space permits)

Exactly.

22 posted on 09/11/2004 12:39:41 PM PDT by Redcoat LI ("I am the great and powerful Kerry! Look at my medals!")
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To: treeclimber
Have you seen our self portrait?


23 posted on 09/11/2004 12:40:12 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
HTML Help Threads for Newbies
(And Anyone Else Who Needs It)


24 posted on 09/11/2004 12:40:20 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Constitution Day
BUT - There are also a lot of vanities from Freepers who've been here long enough to know better. IHMO, they're only doing that because they're attention wh*res.

You've got my attention.

25 posted on 09/11/2004 12:42:26 PM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: ambrose

We try to include a link when we pull duplicates. If you see a duplicate, it's handy for us if you include the duplicate thread url. We get about 700 abuse reports a day, give or take a hundred or so.


26 posted on 09/11/2004 12:42:28 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

this has probably been asked before, but can you rig things so that a new person cant post for a week? that way maybe we all would not have to wade through all that zot stuff.


27 posted on 09/11/2004 12:42:32 PM PDT by isom35
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To: Fiddlstix

from a FR newbie. Thank you. We need help.


28 posted on 09/11/2004 12:42:35 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: jriemer

:)


29 posted on 09/11/2004 12:43:39 PM PDT by Constitution Day (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: BoBToMatoE
You're welcome J
30 posted on 09/11/2004 12:45:16 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Admin Moderator

Hey, was that you outside Madison Square Garden last week?


31 posted on 09/11/2004 12:45:54 PM PDT by treeclimber ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." GWB 2001)
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To: isom35
Actually, we've had relatively few zots lately. (knock on wood) I guess they are on suicide watch right now. Moderators have no control over the coding of FR, so the limitations on newbies would be John's area.
32 posted on 09/11/2004 12:46:52 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Remarkable likeness! ~</;o)


One thing about blogs that **I** think should be discouraged is for the poster to excerpt their own blog, just for the purpose of luring Freepers to their blogsite. We are required to do enough excerpting already, so I don't approve of bloggers doing it to acquire "hits."


JMHO.


33 posted on 09/11/2004 12:47:58 PM PDT by EggsAckley (.......John Kerry suffers from delusions of adequacy........)
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To: treeclimber
No that's one of the guys, I'm a girl mod, the one on the right.


34 posted on 09/11/2004 12:48:11 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Dang you! I was working on my welcome newbies post when you did this!


35 posted on 09/11/2004 12:48:30 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Partisan Political Operative)
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To: Admin Moderator

BUMP! Glad to see the rosters are growing. Set beebers to stune!


36 posted on 09/11/2004 12:48:38 PM PDT by shezza
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To: Admin Moderator
I would like to add, I am in Romania for the next 2 weeks, and I use FR as my only link to news.
The problem, I am on a very bad dial-up and old computer.
I try to download threads for viewing offline, but the silly
graphics and photos, which are often repeats , make it hard to do.
I am not saying that they are bad...I love them, but the silly repeats of burning toast and other overused graphics add nothing.
I wish I could get a text only download.
37 posted on 09/11/2004 12:49:05 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Fiddlstix
What? Are we looking a similiar influx of newbies as when the L place went nuclear?

That was a lot of fun - as I recall, in the midst of a Freepathon; and they became givers.

38 posted on 09/11/2004 12:49:28 PM PDT by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: Rebelbase

Post it here. It would make a good reference.


39 posted on 09/11/2004 12:50:00 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

You are my hero! I was slammed the other day when complaining about too many vanities taking up space that were just someone's opinion that should have been on a thread not separate.

Thank you so much for posting this -- it was getting very annoying!


40 posted on 09/11/2004 12:50:17 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Oklahoma is Reagan Country and now Bush Country -- Kerry is DOOMED!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Damn right you're a girl!!!


41 posted on 09/11/2004 12:50:24 PM PDT by treeclimber ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." GWB 2001)
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To: AlexW

Most browsers have a preference to 'shut' off graphics. That might help.


42 posted on 09/11/2004 12:50:52 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Not exactly a newbie (2002) but I was looking for some of this the other day. THANK YOU


43 posted on 09/11/2004 12:51:08 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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To: don-o
......as I recall, in the midst of a Freepathon; and they became givers.

I remember that well J

44 posted on 09/11/2004 12:51:42 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Admin Moderator
Actually, we've had relatively few zots lately. (knock on wood) I guess they are on suicide watch right now. Moderators have no control over the coding of FR, so the limitations on newbies would be John's area.

Newbies are fine.

An easily identifable minority will run of afoul the ZOT; however, it's the ultra-lurk trolls that signed up in 1998-97 that really irk me.

45 posted on 09/11/2004 12:53:42 PM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Admin Moderator

A "sticky" article feature is needed so this, or something like this, could stay at the top for a period of time.


46 posted on 09/11/2004 12:54:20 PM PDT by kpp_kpp
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To: AlexW

Alex, you can use the Tools/Internet Options Pull-down menu to set your browser to not load pictures. It is a menu selection that you can turn on and off...of course, I'm assuming you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Click the "Advanced" tab to the far right of the options box, then look under the Multimedia section for the selection that says "show pictures". Uncheck that box and viola! No more pictures.

Go back and check it to start seeing pictures again.

Other browsers have similar options, I just don't know where to find them!


47 posted on 09/11/2004 12:54:58 PM PDT by HiJinx (Bush-Cheney '04 - Fit for Command - Piper's Pick!)
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To: Admin Moderator

FR Welcome Thread for Newbies and Lurkers.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1213319/posts


48 posted on 09/11/2004 12:55:00 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Partisan Political Operative)
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To: QQQQQ

For your perusal.


49 posted on 09/11/2004 12:55:21 PM PDT by Netizen
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

You can always click on our profile page, and click on the link "Admin Lecture Series" at the top, that will bring up all the previous moderator threads. I've got it linked at the bottom of this article too.


50 posted on 09/11/2004 12:56:33 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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