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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 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'.

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All non-sourced non-news threads are posted here. This doesn’t 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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To: 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?


51 posted on 09/11/2004 12:57:18 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: jriemer

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?


52 posted on 09/11/2004 12:58:06 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
You know, there wouldnt be this problem if you kept the rules for EVERYONE as the same, it seems as if SOME people can post Vanities but others cant

I say if some can then so can others

53 posted on 09/11/2004 12:58:55 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: BoBToMatoE

We were all new once.


54 posted on 09/11/2004 1:00:23 PM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: Admin Moderator

Who do you think will win tonight at Richmond?

You're the cool mod, aren't you?


55 posted on 09/11/2004 1:01:48 PM PDT by glock rocks (There's nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat.)
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To: Admin Moderator

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.


56 posted on 09/11/2004 1:02:07 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Gun-control is leftist mind-control.)
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To: Admin Moderator
I'm a girl mod, the one on the right.

You can pull my thread any time you like.

57 posted on 09/11/2004 1:03:05 PM PDT by PatrickHenry
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To: Admin Moderator

OMG!
You noticed too?

Bless your heart.


58 posted on 09/11/2004 1:04:28 PM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: quantim

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.


59 posted on 09/11/2004 1:04:45 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: AlexW
"I wish I could get a text only download."

Set your browswer to dis-regard loading graphics. After the thread loads, save it as a textfile. Speedy like Alka-Seltzer.

60 posted on 09/11/2004 1:06:22 PM PDT by Eastbound ("Ne'er a Scrooge or a Patsy Be")
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To: Admin Moderator
This is an auto-visual age. Here is short movie that can be used to teach newbies about posting.

PostingGuide.swf

61 posted on 09/11/2004 1:08:29 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Remember: Benedict Arnold was a "war hero," too.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Of course, you do realize that you've just started a 1,000+ thread...

;-)


62 posted on 09/11/2004 1:08:51 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism)
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To: Admin Moderator

Can we have an option to search for articles by author?


63 posted on 09/11/2004 1:09:16 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Dick Cheney is MY dark, macho, paranoid Vice President!)
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To: Admin Moderator
"No that's one of the guys, I'm a girl mod, the one on the right.:

An my wife is the one on the left!

64 posted on 09/11/2004 1:09:52 PM PDT by LuigiBasco (It's LONG past time to restart The Crusades.)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
We try to be fair. Again, a lot depends upon the content. Rarely do we look and say "stuck_in_new_orleans" posted a vanity, let's pull it. Unless you're posting only vanities all the time. We've had some post 6-10 vanities a day. Some post them occasionally. Some vanities are good, some generate a lot of discussion and are though provoking. Same with blogs. Other vanities are one line thoughts that more appropriately belong on an existing thread. Like I said, this is not a static forum, it's very dynamic and we have to adjust accordingly. If you see something you think should be in the news forum, just contact us using the abuse report function, let us know what thread, (a link is great) and we will review the thread and make a decision. We are more than happy to correct our mistakes. And believe me, we've made many over the years.
65 posted on 09/11/2004 1:10:46 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
What good would a block do on a troll that signed up in 1997?

Nothing. It's the whole super-premeditated nature of the trolling that ticks me off. The ones that come in for a drive-by Trolling are really immature and impulsive. The one who have been waiting in the woodwork for +6 years to Troll is another level of liberal insanity altogether.

66 posted on 09/11/2004 1:10:55 PM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: glock rocks

I'm the cool mod, but not that cool.


67 posted on 09/11/2004 1:11:15 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: onyx

Noticed? You should see what our abuse report page looks like!


68 posted on 09/11/2004 1:12:21 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Jeff Gordon

That has been added to our profile. It's perfect.


69 posted on 09/11/2004 1:18:18 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

I didn't "think" about THAT!

A hurricane of your own, huh?


70 posted on 09/11/2004 1:19:01 PM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: Tax-chick; John Robinson

Moderators do not have any control over the coding, that's strictly John's area.


71 posted on 09/11/2004 1:19:40 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

I just want to jump in here and say to YOU and all the ADMIN MODERATORS, "Thank you for the job you do. We appreciate you, we love you and we bless you." Now go forth and smite.


72 posted on 09/11/2004 1:19:58 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks, just thought I'd ask :-). It would help with the duplicates on editorials, although maybe not with the AP unless they list an author.


73 posted on 09/11/2004 1:21:40 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Dick Cheney is MY dark, macho, paranoid Vice President!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Mods have posted this same thing from time to time in the past, yet it continues. Perhaps it is time to start sanctions against some of the chronic vanity offenders. How about a 30 day posting priv suspension? Even better, how about a 10 day posting priv suspension for everyone that replies to one of these mindless vanities?


74 posted on 09/11/2004 1:22:46 PM PDT by Blue Screen of Death (/i)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks, we all need a refresher from time to time.


75 posted on 09/11/2004 1:23:50 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: jriemer

I agree, but, there is nothing we can do to prevent them from trolling. Unless they sign up with a really stupid screen name. Believe me, we see some incredibly stupid names. "Ihateconservatives" got the boot before he even got a chance to active his account. Then, the rocket scientist signed up with "Ihateconservatives2". And that's a mild name. You should see some of the profain names people try to get away with.


76 posted on 09/11/2004 1:24:14 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: AlexW

Youcn turn auto-loadng of pictures off in almost any browser. What are you using?


77 posted on 09/11/2004 1:24:45 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I want to die in my sleep like Gramps -- not yelling and screaming like those in his car)
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To: WVNan
Thanks.

PS, the bank cleared your check.

78 posted on 09/11/2004 1:25:27 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Blue Screen of Death
We get lots of new signups every day. Check the sign ups. It would be different if we never had a newbie.
79 posted on 09/11/2004 1:27:15 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Bookmarked for future use.


80 posted on 09/11/2004 1:29:09 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Admin Moderator
We try to be fair. Again, a lot depends upon the content. So when you start to make "differences" in vanities then you have already given up on policing them all together. What may seem important or relevant in YOUR mind or others may not seem the same in others minds and therefore that creates the double standard.

All Im saying is you should have a zero tolerance rule, until then, you're going to keep saying the same thing and telling people to stop posting vanities month after month

81 posted on 09/11/2004 1:29:09 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
We try to be fair.

Again, a lot depends upon the content. So when you start to make "differences" in vanities then you have already given up on policing them all together. What may seem important or relevant in YOUR mind or others may not seem the same in others minds and therefore that creates the double standard.

All Im saying is you should have a zero tolerance rule, until then, you're going to keep saying the same thing and telling people to stop posting vanities month after month

82 posted on 09/11/2004 1:29:44 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Maigrey; Shermy; Allan; Khan Noonian Singh; Petronski; apokatastasis; maestro; okie01
What do you do when a blog, such as Powerline Blog has more credibility than CBS?

This in a nutshell is the biggest long-term consequence of this forgery, bigger even than the consequences for this election.

A lot of us have known this for quite some time, of course, but this will now become the general perception (and rightly so).

83 posted on 09/11/2004 1:35:54 PM PDT by Mitchell
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To: Admin Moderator

Daaaammmnnnn ... a smokin' hot blonde with a 9mm strapped to her hip. I'm in loooovvveeee.


84 posted on 09/11/2004 1:36:04 PM PDT by CPL BAUM (for the greater glory of God, Country & Corps)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
It's not just my mind, it's 8-9 other mods and Jim reviewing these threads. We keep posting this information because of all the newbies signing up. We don't have that many vanities from old timers, but newbies are just getting their feet wet. We don't want to completely stop vanities, some are very good. Some are one liners that should be placed on an existing thread.
85 posted on 09/11/2004 1:36:26 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: stylin19a
Same thing posted here
86 posted on 09/11/2004 1:42:29 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Admin Moderator

Bless you!! I am so glad to see that I was not the only one getting pissed off with the duplicate threads, the vanities and the general abuse of posting guideliness and netiquette in general.

Now, can we have just one Hurricane (Hurricane nane here) thread, one Kerry is going down thread and one forged documents thread? Don't people understand the purpose of focused discussion?

It is good to see that you are whipping people into shape now. The next several weeks are going to be brutal on you Mods. Thanks in advance for your work.


87 posted on 09/11/2004 1:43:29 PM PDT by Unknown Freeper
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you. The duplicates have been driving me crazy lately. And the poster always says they searched before posting -- even when it's plainly the next article below theirs in Breaking News.

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!


88 posted on 09/11/2004 1:53:51 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: Mitchell

Not to mention the fact
that the millions of people
who use Microsoft Word
all know what an uppercase th looks like
understand the issue
perfectly well
and realize
CBS has been treating them as morons.


89 posted on 09/11/2004 1:54:47 PM PDT by Allan
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To: Admin Moderator; All

Thanks for this restatement of posting and such.

Also, a Heads Up for the Nascar race later today,, I'll be bumping it to Breaking News about 3 pm PT as Rummy will be on deck for a 9/11 tribute scheduled for the 4pm PT time window..

That should give folks lots of time to see what is already there and maybe save you' all a little work.

If you want to move it to frontpage after wards, once the race starts ,, that would be A OK. Thanks from the FR Pit CRew!

I have already freepmailed this to the AM queue and Jim a yesterday an hadn't received a No Go so.. :-)

Hope no one else goes hog wild and starts posting a bunch of threads abut Rummy being there , but I know there will be some others posted anyway. ;-)

I have another title ready to roll that I may ask to have inserted and then have it changed it back after the tribute.

By the way, nice piece you're packing in that shot earlier. ;-) Uff and Daaaa !!!


90 posted on 09/11/2004 1:55:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative ..... Sign up today!)
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To: Allan

sorry
I meant superscript th
of course.


91 posted on 09/11/2004 1:55:50 PM PDT by Allan
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To: Admin Moderator
Oh my, what a BOD for MOD!!


92 posted on 09/11/2004 2:01:39 PM PDT by unixfox (Close the borders, problems solved!)
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To: Mitchell; Shermy
The gate-keepers are dying. The Internet is a highway that bypasses their gates. Meantime, the rot inside those once-sturdy gates has reached the surface, and they are now crumbling.

Le roi est mort. Good-bye and good-riddance.

93 posted on 09/11/2004 2:21:45 PM PDT by Khan Noonian Singh
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To: isom35; Admin Moderator

that way maybe we all would not have to wade through all that zot stuff.



Just curious..... do you have a guess as to the average number of zot threads per day and the number of zotted posters each day?


94 posted on 09/11/2004 2:25:46 PM PDT by deport (In politics, as in fishing, you don't have to be a genius. You just have to be smarter than the fish)
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To: Admin Moderator
Previously posted here and here for starters.

Seriesly, JohnRob needs to set something up so this gets posted about once a quarter.

95 posted on 09/11/2004 2:30:23 PM PDT by steveegg (C-BS, w/Dan Blather - the official network and anchor of the Clintonistas and Ketchup/Breck)
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To: deport
Best guestimate, probably 2-3 zot threads (depending upon how high the ridicule factor is - some trolls aren't worthy of a good zot), maybe 10 trolls per day. Some days there are coordinated attacks, sometimes one poster keeps trolling all day.
96 posted on 09/11/2004 2:33:06 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator; martin_fierro
I suggest using this handy graphic to welcome all newbies:


97 posted on 09/11/2004 2:43:10 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (Calvinism Fever: Catch It! (Or don't. It's not like it's going to change anything anyway...))
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To: Admin Moderator

Even Free Republic veterans sometimes make honest mistakes, too.


98 posted on 09/11/2004 2:44:53 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: AlexW

Depending on your browser you should be able to save as a text file.


99 posted on 09/11/2004 2:46:35 PM PDT by visualops (Nothing is fool-proof to a talented fool.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Great post... but I must of missed the part where you warn the newbies about Laz. :)


100 posted on 09/11/2004 2:46:54 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Post #47: Note to Big Brother... the Memory Hole is Officialy CLOSED!)
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