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Posted on 02/09/2005 6:25:49 PM PST by Tarpaulin

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KEYWORDS: adminlectureseries; alreadyposted; duplicate; faq; fr; lexicon; newbie; repeat; triplicate; trysearch
Just great. It may have taken a post from a newbie to get you to read this.

Howdy, Y'all!

(Read the damned post!)

1 posted on 02/09/2005 6:25:50 PM PST by Tarpaulin
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To: Tarpaulin
Already posted here.
2 posted on 02/09/2005 6:26:50 PM PST by Redcloak (More cleverly arranged 1's and 0's)
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To: Tarpaulin; All

Please read this post..PLEASE!


3 posted on 02/09/2005 6:27:43 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Tarpaulin

Every time a thread liek this comes up, I learn something new.

Thanks, Tarp!


4 posted on 02/09/2005 6:27:43 PM PST by Old Sarge (In for a penny, in for a pound, saddlin' up and Baghdad-bound!)
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To: Tarpaulin

Do I smell ozone? Kitties? Burnt Kitties?

N00b, you will be toasted for your impudence!!!


5 posted on 02/09/2005 6:28:33 PM PST by dandelion (http://thequestionfairy.blogspot.com/)
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To: Tarpaulin
Your Attention, Please [Regarding Keywords]

-Eric

6 posted on 02/09/2005 6:29:07 PM PST by E Rocc (Leftists look at liberty the way Christians look at sin.)
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To: Tarpaulin

"...ask any questions.

When I want to stop my computer, why do I have open up that thingy that says "start"?


7 posted on 02/09/2005 6:30:17 PM PST by KrisKrinkle
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To: E Rocc

Now that was funny!


8 posted on 02/09/2005 6:30:40 PM PST by Tarpaulin (Look it up.)
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To: Tarpaulin

Good time for this. Only problem is there are a ton of trolls in the woods right now, and they don't pay any attention to the niceties...


9 posted on 02/09/2005 6:33:09 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Freedom. Brought to you by the grace of God and the Red, White and Blue...)
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To: Tarpaulin

suggestion......

perhaps FR's software could be tweaked so that when someone begins a new thread with an already-been-posted article the duplicate (source) URL would redirect the poster to the existing thread.


10 posted on 02/09/2005 6:36:08 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Tarpaulin
Uhhhh ... this is all well and good ... but ... I'm still trying to log in.

Am I logged in yet?

...and what's the difference between logging in and logging on?

11 posted on 02/09/2005 6:37:18 PM PST by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: EternalVigilance

No kidding about the trolls - you're on late at night like I am, have you noticed a LOT of fresh sign-ups and trollposts lately?

I'm curious as to what the impetus is... we get a bunch right before each major election, and if legislation is going down. But what is the reason for it now?? Inquiring minds want to know...


12 posted on 02/09/2005 6:37:33 PM PST by dandelion (http://thequestionfairy.blogspot.com/)
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To: Tarpaulin

I think im the pulled thread king. lol.. Good read.. maybe ill make 3rd place next time :)


13 posted on 02/09/2005 6:37:34 PM PST by Next_Time_NJ (NJ demorat exterminator)
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To: Tarpaulin
We've had a lot of new folks join up recently.

Tarpaulin
Since Nov 15, 2004

14 posted on 02/09/2005 6:39:58 PM PST by PAR35
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To: dandelion

Yes. There is.

I think it is a concerted effort by the DNC and their allies to attack anybody they can.

Probably orchestrated from their basement.


15 posted on 02/09/2005 6:41:05 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Freedom. Brought to you by the grace of God and the Red, White and Blue...)
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To: Tarpaulin
Here's a good example of what not to post...
16 posted on 02/09/2005 6:41:32 PM PST by b4its2late (Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear.)
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To: Tarpaulin
These links may help as well

HTML Help Threads for Newbies
(And Anyone Else Who Needs It)




17 posted on 02/09/2005 6:42:30 PM PST by Rightly Biased (I believe If you can't say something good about somebody your probably talking about Hillary Clinton)
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To: EternalVigilance
Only problem is there are a ton of trolls in the woods right now, and they don't pay any attention to the niceties...

They may be trolls but more precisely they're the new breed of conservative, the compassionate conservative, the Republican moderate.

18 posted on 02/09/2005 6:45:18 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: Tarpaulin
May I add two other requests?

1. Please post the entire article if possible. Sometimes the article's original web site will pull the article and the only copy left is here on FR.

The software controlling the posting page will automatically insist you excerpt an article if needed. So, post all of of and let the software do its job.

2. If you must excerpt, please link to the printer friendly version of the article if possible. Many FReepers, including yours truly, are stuck in 56K dialup He11. Loading the printer friendly version takes considerably less time than the graphics intensive version.

Thanks!!

19 posted on 02/09/2005 6:45:31 PM PST by upchuck ("If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: PAR35; Tarpaulin
Tarpaulin
Since Nov 15, 2004

He also said "dam*ed".

That's not nice.

20 posted on 02/09/2005 6:49:22 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: All
I often reply using the below DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON SEARCHING when someone has posted a duplicate. I'm polite, but, on rare occasions, some take it the wrong way.

(Usually those who get mad are people who are too inconsiderate to do a search, people who think that they are above the guidelines, or people who are too ignorant to figure out how to do a search.)

-------- FORM TO RESPOND TO DUPLICATES, I INSERT SEARCH THAT SHOWS THAT THE ORIGINAL POST IS A DUPLICATE -----------

Please don't take offense. No ill will is intended towards you, but this was posted previously. Click on my search link a few paragraphs down to find the previous posting(s) of this.

If you did search before posting using the original title words and it didn't work right, I understand. It may happen sometimes.

The best way to search to avoid duplicate posts is as follows. Go to http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search. You may want to bookmark for future use. Use one or more important words (each word MUST have more than 3 letters) from the title, select "quick" (unless the article is quite old and you seek a thread from more than about a month ago, select "match all words," select "order by post time," and click search.

If the title words are common words and you get too many false hits or if the search results show about 20 threads and do not include results from before the date that the article was available, it's better to use 2, 3, 4 or more words.

If you did not perform a search, please be so kind as to search before posting a new thread. Thanks!

See my search here: [SUBSTITUTE SPECIFIC SEARCH HERE]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?s=FBI+inhumane&ok=Search&q=quick&m=all&o=time

See also below guidelines from the admin moderator with emphasis added by me to sentence about duplicates.

Way too many duplicates and vanities. Please read - again. (Welcome Newbies)
Volume 3 ^ | 7-27-04 | AM

Posted on 07/27/2004 1:11:46 PM PDT by Admin Moderator

We are asking that you all follow these simple posting rules, search before posting, use links and sources when possible, and excerpt as required. Please take a moment to read. We need your cooperation.

[snip]

SEARCH

If it's a breaking news topic, check breaking news first, it's probably already posted.

To avoid duplicate posts, please search before posting. The best method to search is to pick a key word or two from the title. If the article you are posting is, "Funny Video, This Land", start with 'Land' for the key word. If it is a hot topic, you might want to use two or more keywords, in this case, try 'Jib'. For an effective search, select 'match any words' and select 'order by post time'.

Search Land jib

CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THAT THREAD


21 posted on 02/09/2005 6:51:50 PM PST by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: KrisKrinkle
When I want to stop my computer, why do I have open up that thingy that says "start"?

Because it's from Microsoft.

22 posted on 02/09/2005 6:51:59 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Tarpaulin

Are the vanities running rampant?


23 posted on 02/09/2005 6:53:53 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: Tarpaulin

BUMP


24 posted on 02/09/2005 6:57:10 PM PST by kitkat (Our Founding Fathers are proud of Pres. George Walker Bush)
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To: writer33

Um I posted a semi/newsy sorta thingy that wasn't a vanity but self penned.

I was a bit confused about what squares to check.

So I just posted it anyway, and then called an Admin Mod to delete if applicable! *L*


25 posted on 02/09/2005 7:02:26 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Happygal

The trick is to click on the right place in the sidebar..chat/general or bloggers/personal before you start to post.


26 posted on 02/09/2005 7:09:07 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Happygal
I was a bit confused about what squares to check.

I just check them all...:-)

27 posted on 02/09/2005 7:11:39 PM PST by Dog
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To: MEG33

I figure..when in doubt, always post in 'chat'! *L*


28 posted on 02/09/2005 7:11:48 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: kitkat

Are we feeling over vanitized, kitkat? :)


29 posted on 02/09/2005 7:11:53 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: MEG33
You following me around MEG?

:-)

30 posted on 02/09/2005 7:12:30 PM PST by Dog
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To: Happygal
Um I posted a semi/newsy sorta thingy that wasn't a vanity but self penned.

Oh, Lord. The last thing we need is an Irish gal posting vanities. But that was a good idea.

31 posted on 02/09/2005 7:13:00 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: Dog

You be a bit braver than I ! *L*


32 posted on 02/09/2005 7:13:15 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Dog

#3.. ;)


33 posted on 02/09/2005 7:14:45 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Dog

#3.. ;)


34 posted on 02/09/2005 7:14:45 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: writer33
The last thing we need is an Irish gal posting vanities.

One of these days I'm gonna get really and truly liquoured up and post the vanity to end all vanities. Frank McCourts 'Angelas Ashes' will be like a Harlequin bodice-ripper by comparison! *LOL*

35 posted on 02/09/2005 7:15:03 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Happygal

Would you ping me? ;)


36 posted on 02/09/2005 7:16:19 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Happygal
One of these days I'm gonna get really and truly liquoured up and post the vanity to end all vanities. Frank McCourts 'Angelas Ashes' will be like a Harlequin bodice-ripper by comparison! *LOL*

Please ping me..

37 posted on 02/09/2005 7:16:24 PM PST by Dog
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To: Tarpaulin
I couldn't disagree more. If you don't prime the wood properly you'll find that even the best paint will tend to peel off once it is exposed to sunlight and weather. It's one of those penny-wise, pound-foolish things. Believe me. Take the time. You won't regret it.

What do you mean "read the post?"

38 posted on 02/09/2005 7:16:50 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Dog; MEG33

Hmmmm...maybe I should just write a book, and charge ye for the priviledge! *ROFLMAO*


39 posted on 02/09/2005 7:17:58 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Happygal
One of these days I'm gonna get really and truly liquoured up and post the vanity to end all vanities. Frank McCourts 'Angelas Ashes' will be like a Harlequin bodice-ripper by comparison! *LOL*

It'd have to be racy to beat Harlequin.

40 posted on 02/09/2005 7:18:20 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: writer33

I can be racy....um..well, maybe not. Joggy, maybe! *LOL*


41 posted on 02/09/2005 7:22:42 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: MEG33

Sidebars? My screen don't gots no steenkin' sidebars!


42 posted on 02/09/2005 7:23:44 PM PST by TXnMA (Attention, ACLU: There is no constitutionally protected right to NOT be offended -- Shove It!)
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To: Billthedrill

LOL!!!


43 posted on 02/09/2005 7:26:04 PM PST by TXnMA (Attention, ACLU: There is no constitutionally protected right to NOT be offended -- Shove It!)
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To: Happygal
I can be racy....

That's the rumor. :) I'm just kidding!

44 posted on 02/09/2005 7:26:56 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: writer33
That's the rumor. :)

To paraphrase another Irish 'queen', Oscar Wilde...'There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is NOT being talked about.'

45 posted on 02/09/2005 7:29:17 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Happygal

So how left is it on the other side of the pond?


46 posted on 02/09/2005 7:33:03 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: writer33

At the moment myself and the Catholic Church are trying to keep the tide out with a spoon. But we carry on, regardless.

Seriously, you'd be surprised at how conservative some young people are. It's promising. A good economy boosts conservatism.


47 posted on 02/09/2005 7:36:44 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Tarpaulin
<Pet Peeve>
So-and-so software package has released a patch does not belong in News/Current Events.
</Pet Peeve>
48 posted on 02/09/2005 7:37:27 PM PST by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: Happygal
Seriously, you'd be surprised at how conservative some young people are. It's promising. A good economy boosts conservatism.

It does boost conservatism.

49 posted on 02/09/2005 7:58:22 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: dandelion
The Washington Compost and the Baltimore Pravda have both posted live links to FR recently. It seems that a less-than-swift aide to the Guv posted to a rumor thread about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley from a state government-owned computer. The libtards are squawking about that to distract attention from O'Malley's really asinine comments about the President.
50 posted on 02/09/2005 8:13:21 PM PST by RebelBanker (To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!)
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