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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.
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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:
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- Promoting your blog.
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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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Damn right you're a girl!!!
Most browsers have a preference to 'shut' off graphics. That might help.
Not exactly a newbie (2002) but I was looking for some of this the other day. THANK YOU
I remember that well J
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.
A "sticky" article feature is needed so this, or something like this, could stay at the top for a period of time.
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!
FR Welcome Thread for Newbies and Lurkers.
For your perusal.
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.
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?
Trolls eventually show their true colors. Jim takes care of them quickly. What good would a block do on a troll that signed up in 1997?
I say if some can then so can others
We were all new once.
Who do you think will win tonight at Richmond?
You're the cool mod, aren't you?
I definitely agree. People need to quit posting a new thread every time a thought pops into their head. The Dan Rather memo-gate story should have a couple dozen threads, not the literally hundreds that it does right now.
You can pull my thread any time you like.
You noticed too?
Bless your heart.
AP posts an article, other sources pick it up and change the title. IMO, they are the worst offenders. Then, posters here will faithfully search and post it, only to find out it's been posted 3-4 times already. The exact same article, different titles. If the articles are posted within 4 hours, we generally will link them. Our guideline is after 4 hours, we'll leave them up. A lot depends upon how often they were posted, how hot the topic is, how many posters are actively posting on the duplicate. It's not an exact science, and it's not set in stone. That's the dynamics of this place.
Set your browswer to dis-regard loading graphics. After the thread loads, save it as a textfile. Speedy like Alka-Seltzer.
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