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Admin Lecture Series ^ | February 1, 2006 | Olive

Posted on 02/01/2006 2:00:18 PM PST by Admin Moderator

Edited on 02/01/2006 2:49:56 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Hi everyone, Olive here, it's been awhile since we had a refresher course on the posting guidelines. We've had a lot of newbies sign up! Welcome Aboard! The more the merrier! And it doesn't hurt you longtimes to re-read this. As always, we're here to help. Ask questions, we'll do our best to answer.



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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks Olive! With all those rules I'm surprised I'm still able to post lol

You all who keep this site flowing do a remarkable job! This is the best political forum on the 'net, by far! Thank you, thank you JimRob, and thank you freepers all!


101 posted on 02/01/2006 3:27:12 PM PST by be-baw
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To: Admin Moderator
OK, I now have seen the absolute final proof that we will win! I dare anybody, ANYBODY over at Daily K, DU_whatever or any of the other "drinking the koolaide" sites to match our moderator. Never have I seen such poise, such beauty and capability. If it came to it, I'd bet my house on her smoking any other steenkin moderator of the opposition.

I mean, those look like match quality pistols and I'd love to see her and her cohorts go through a combat course.

PS you did know that I was talking about her weaponry, right?

102 posted on 02/01/2006 3:29:26 PM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: Admin Moderator
In order to prevent any confusion, not all of moderators are women.

Only the good-looking ones.


Tease. I demand pictures as proof.
;-)
103 posted on 02/01/2006 3:31:09 PM PST by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: Jim Robinson
Should the Scripts Howard News Service (shns.com) be on our restricted list?

To date, I've been excerpting since it's a McClathchy syndicate. Is that necessary?

104 posted on 02/01/2006 3:31:54 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

I can't beleive the word "clymer" has fell out of favor.


105 posted on 02/01/2006 3:33:06 PM PST by stylin19a (God does not apply to your alloted time, the hours spent playing golf.)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

I can't believe the word "clymer" has fell out of favor.


106 posted on 02/01/2006 3:33:28 PM PST by stylin19a (God does not apply to your alloted time, the hours spent playing golf.)
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To: Admin Moderator
You got that right! The hemods look something like this....


107 posted on 02/01/2006 3:34:38 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Amerigomag

If it's McClatchy that would be a yes.


108 posted on 02/01/2006 3:35:42 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Admin Moderator

And may I add: preview, preview, preview your posts.

So ya don't make the mistakes I have made.


109 posted on 02/01/2006 3:36:57 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: FreedomNeocon

We'll evaluate blogs on a case by case basis. Just because it's posted by a blogger doesn't make it news. Just like rehashes of news stories by bloggers doesn't make in anymore newsworthy.


110 posted on 02/01/2006 3:39:05 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks. I'll continue excerpting.


111 posted on 02/01/2006 3:42:22 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: SES1066

Sucking up works....


112 posted on 02/01/2006 3:42:43 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: razoroccam
it is alligator and not aligator.

And it's there, their and they're. And it's should HAVE not should OF. And it's its or it's. And it's..., oh well.

How about a grammar and usage sandbox so we don't look so much like liberal DUmmies? LOL.

113 posted on 02/01/2006 3:46:00 PM PST by groanup (Shred for Ian)
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To: Sam Hill

Great, that's wonderful! See, a little persistence paysoff, doesn't it? I am glad you are happy now. And be sure to bookmark this thread for later reference when you get confused about posting information.

Glad to help.


114 posted on 02/01/2006 3:48:57 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Admin Moderator

Whenever I see women Like you, makes me all warm and fuzzy...
I am proud to be an American.it would be a crime covering you in a burka.


115 posted on 02/01/2006 3:53:54 PM PST by Yorlik803 ( A moose once bit my sister.Mind you, an moose bite can be pretty nasty)
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To: Admin Moderator

What about all the web-based news sites I listed?

Of course anything on blogspot or simliar would be considered a blog and viewed on a case by case basis.

Do you consider Debka, Geostrategydirect, globalsecurity, terroristwatch, csn, memri, etc 'offical' enough to be worthy of the 'news' page, or are they effectively 'blogs' in the mod's eyes?

If so, can we get a list of sites, or allow users to compile a list of sites that mods consider not worthy?


116 posted on 02/01/2006 3:54:31 PM PST by FreedomNeocon (I'm in no Al-Samood for this Shi'ite.)
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson
We'll evaluate blogs on a case by case basis.

That's probably the best policy, what with the otherwise delightful decline of the dinosaur mainstream media and all... trib and gay lady's stocks are inching toward serious face down mode. heh heh

117 posted on 02/01/2006 3:57:58 PM PST by glock rocks (Real engineers don't answer "why" questions.)
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To: Admin Moderator

It's against FR rules to post girly pics and not post guy pics.

Let's not let this happen again or I'll have to pull out the whip.


118 posted on 02/01/2006 4:01:03 PM PST by Nita Nupress (proud enforcer of the Equal Eye-Kandy (EEK) rule)
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To: Admin Moderator

Oh, pretty catchy rig there. I've had a couple hot casings bounce on me at the range... I'd bet um

nevermind.


119 posted on 02/01/2006 4:01:11 PM PST by glock rocks (Real engineers don't answer "why" questions.)
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To: Admin Moderator

And no... Jackie Gleason is NOT eye-candy.


120 posted on 02/01/2006 4:01:52 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you!


121 posted on 02/01/2006 4:03:50 PM PST by Toby06 (Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing is not a strategy)
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To: Admin Moderator; Chi-townChief

LOL!


122 posted on 02/01/2006 4:53:02 PM PST by fanfan (Ask me how to do Folding@Home!)
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To: mystery-ak

Ahhh...so that's the mystery!
Top, you lucky dog...


123 posted on 02/01/2006 4:56:38 PM PST by HiJinx (~ Seal the Border ~ Fine the Employers ~ Deport the Illegals ~ Problem Solved ~)
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To: Disambiguator; ferri
I would like to add that I get really tired of all the loosers who don't know the difference between "lose" and "loose".

I did that once.

On a thread I posted.

From a city in Canada.

I'm not making this up.

We're not allowed to make this stuff up.

124 posted on 02/01/2006 4:56:48 PM PST by fanfan (Ask me how to do Folding@Home!)
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To: HiJinx
Top, you lucky dog.............. He wishes.....this is really me...LOL
125 posted on 02/01/2006 5:00:32 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife.....toughest job in the military)
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To: mystery-ak

Well, I don't know who the real you is, but I'll tell you what I do know.

Army wives ROCK!!

Speaking of whom, I need to go visit mine in the hospital. She's recovering from knee surgery, and it's about time I headed over that way...see y'all later!

Give my best to Top...why can't I remember his screenname? Oh well...


126 posted on 02/01/2006 5:04:16 PM PST by HiJinx (~ Seal the Border ~ Fine the Employers ~ Deport the Illegals ~ Problem Solved ~)
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To: Admin Moderator

jim should write a script where all new users are freepmailed this thread.... just an idea


127 posted on 02/01/2006 5:06:03 PM PST by jern
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To: HiJinx

Sorry to hear about your wife...I hope she recovers fast,,,,hubby's screen name is mike1sg..


128 posted on 02/01/2006 5:08:52 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife.....toughest job in the military)
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To: Admin Moderator

just finished reading The History of FR .........loved it ........like I said earlier,you learn something new every time


129 posted on 02/01/2006 5:10:00 PM PST by shooter223 (the government should fear the citizens......not the other way around)
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To: Admin Moderator
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130 posted on 02/01/2006 5:13:58 PM PST by b4its2late (I'm not insensitive, I just don't care.)
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To: groanup
"it is alligator and not aligator."

And it's there, their and they're. And it's should HAVE not should OF. And it's its or it's. And it's..., oh well.

How about a grammar and usage sandbox so we don't look so much like liberal DUmmies? LOL.



That's a good idea!

A wonderful, good idea!

:-)

(will you ping me to it?)

131 posted on 02/01/2006 5:23:33 PM PST by fanfan (Ask me how to do Folding@Home!)
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To: groanup

"groan"...


132 posted on 02/01/2006 5:29:58 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: shooter223

This is one of those 'keepers'


133 posted on 02/01/2006 5:36:44 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Nita Nupress
Looks like he's eying you...He was handsome in his younger days...


134 posted on 02/01/2006 5:42:33 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: fanfan

My pet peeve is noone.


135 posted on 02/01/2006 5:43:42 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
As in one word ....."noone"?

You've seen that?

Heh.
136 posted on 02/01/2006 5:45:32 PM PST by fanfan
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To: fanfan

as in no one, it really bugs me.


137 posted on 02/01/2006 5:48:19 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Admin Moderator

just so I can see the rules


138 posted on 02/01/2006 5:51:48 PM PST by deadmenvote (Pay bills via USPS postage. It pisses off utilities and saves a few jobs.)
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To: ARealMothersSonForever

Who is?


139 posted on 02/01/2006 5:55:21 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Admin Moderator

definitely a keeper ........it seems I enjoy FR more every time ........BTW,where is the shooting range? I have been known to spend a day making empty brass now and then(then I get to go in the basement and fill it up again ........a vicious circle)


141 posted on 02/01/2006 6:03:50 PM PST by shooter223 (the government should fear the citizens......not the other way around)
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To: All
Posting and YOU!
142 posted on 02/01/2006 6:04:02 PM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Admin Moderator

Ping-ing-ing-innnngggg


143 posted on 02/01/2006 6:04:19 PM PST by RedCell
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To: Admin Moderator
My My... them cupcakes are dangerous..
Had to put my Xenalyte Shades on.. HOO-WEE...
Caution: Code Bodacious.. bet them thingys be smart too..
144 posted on 02/01/2006 6:05:38 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: glock rocks

All your cheese are belong in chat

(except for Nascar, of course)


145 posted on 02/01/2006 6:09:33 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: All

Please fill me in on the lingo... bump??


146 posted on 02/01/2006 6:14:29 PM PST by RebekahT ("Government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Admin Moderator

What's this in Breaking Newz?


147 posted on 02/01/2006 6:25:37 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2006, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: Admin Moderator
It's back!! :)

YEEEAAAGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

148 posted on 02/01/2006 6:28:49 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: NormsRevenge; tubebender

What in the world was this thread about? I'm giving up dirndl as a cause. Bring back lycra!


149 posted on 02/01/2006 6:48:19 PM PST by glock rocks (Real engineers don't answer "why" questions.)
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To: Admin Moderator
"groan"...

C'mon now, is that the same thing you said when the sixth grade teacher made you open your English book? :^)

150 posted on 02/01/2006 7:01:37 PM PST by groanup (Shred for Ian)
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