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How to post a thread and other interesting facts. (Welcome Newbies)
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.

And, away we go!


If it's a breaking news topic, check breaking news first, it's probably already posted. Check the breaking news sidebar first. Don't try to be the first one with the story, you've already been beaten by about eight threads.

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, "Cindy Sheehan is a witch in a ditch", start with 'Cindy' for the key word. If it is a hot topic, you might want to use two or more keywords, in this case, try 'Cindy Sheehan'. For an effective search, select 'match all words' and select 'order by post time'.

Search "Cindy Sheehan.

If your thread title has a unique word, like 'moonbat' try using that word first in your search. Again, use the "order by post time" option to see the latest threads posted.

Vanities and General Interest.


All non-sourced non-news threads are posted here. All fluff stories are posted here. We are a political forum, not a pit bull, SUV or porno site. Keep your threads to a political nature. There are of course exceptions, but post those to the General/Chat forum. This doesn’t mean your one thought is a thread by itself, and your vanities should be substantial to be considered a news forum thread. Others will be moved to the various forums. 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/Chat. Vanities should be limited to the mission of Free Republic.

Free Republic is the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web. We're working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption, and to champion causes which further conservatism in America. And we always have fun doing it. Hoo-yah!

Free Republic is huge, we're pushing 250,000 registered posters, so don't clutter up our news forum with your one thought lines, local interest aligator stories, or whatever floats your boat. Jim and John have worked hard to keep us current, let's utilize the tools they've built. There are areas to have fun discussions as well, but let's keep the news forum dedicated to news. And at times we'll let something fun in news, move something you think is important to chat, and variations of. We're trying to run a forum, not dis you as a poster. Nothing personal, it's just business, and we have to cater to a multitude of personalities. If you disagree, the fastest way to contact us is hit the abuse link, state your name and other usefull stuff, like a link. We're human, we make mistakes. And we can't always read inflection into posts.

Bloggers & Personal

For all of you who have blogs or personal web sites that you would like to discuss or promote on Free Republic, here's the place to do it.

Our Bloggers & Personal forum is for:

Click on the "Bloggers & Personal" forum link on the Forums sidebar of the latest posts pages.

We know many of you think your blog is special. There are some blogs out there worthy of news, like Little Green Footballs. If your blog scoops something, and we blog it, again, let us know. We see most all articles posted, we can analyze your content and compare it to similar threads. We aren't personally trying to 'trash' you. We're trying to keep FR optimized. You have a problem, just ask, we'll work with you. Again, the fastest way, use the abuse function, leave your name and we'll try to get back to you as fast as we can. You can always FR mail us, but that might take longer. Remember, there are 12 of us and 30,000+ posts daily. We don't see it all.

Other sidebars

Only one of these topics will show up in a sidebar, posting to multiple topics will still only show one topic.

Activism/Chapters - Activism, protests, news and business of Free Republic Chapters. Freep this poll should be placed in vanity. General news stories about activism should be place in news. After action reports from Freeps are allowed here.

Announcements – Notifications of Activism events, FR business

Breaking News - Not every story is breaking news. Breaking news should be news that affects most of us. There are some exceptions. If there is a hot current event happening, check breaking news. Most likely, it's there already, please check first, then use our search function. (Explained below)

Editorial - Editorials are opinions. Some vanities, if well written and thought out can be considered editorial material.

Extended News - Extended news is for stories which have been posted previously and have updated or newer information.

Free Republic - This category is reserved for Free Republic business.

Front Page News - Front page is for stories which are not breaking news, but would be found on the front page of a newspaper.

These are just some of the topics that you may use two or more. Do not go out of your way to put in more topics just to try to get more views for your thread. Doing so makes the topics less usable for everyone. Also, do not list every state on your thread. It is unnecessary. Please limit the state topics to those states that the story pertains to.

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Government - News and discussion of all branches of government, departments, agencies, law, policy, legislation, processes and judiciary.

Miscellaneous - Anything which doesn't fit into another category.

News/Current Events - News and discussion of current events.

Philosophy - Discussions of philosophy and ideology.

Political Humor/Cartoons - Funny stuff

Politics/Elections - Discussions of politics and elections.

Unclassified - Articles awaiting re-classification.

Any State or Country - Do not spam every single state or country, please use only those that pertain to your article.

And lastly, please bookmark this excerpt only list, Jim updates frequently.

Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints

Don't think you are being sly or tricky, the mods have seen every trick in the book, so don't try to get around the posting rules with creative antics, your thread will be deleted. We have these rules for a reason. We want Free Republic to be on the internet, not shut down by liberals trying to silence our voices. Please, if you post an article and get an excerpt rule, follow it.

We will pull unlinked threads that might violate the excerpt rules.

Other links:

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Jim and the Mod threads (cool band name)

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KEYWORDS: adminlectureseries; faq; fr; lexicon; newbies; posting; postingguidelines
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To: cgk


41 posted on 02/01/2006 2:25:19 PM PST by kitkat
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To: Admin Moderator
I notice that oddly "", McClatchy's syndicated news service, is not listed on the restricted list even though many articles from McClatchy's staff writers are first avaliable on Scripts Howard and then later, with slightly altered titles, are published on sites from our restricted list (, and

What's the rule? Thanks.

42 posted on 02/01/2006 2:26:43 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

I didn't hear you, I was in the shower.

43 posted on 02/01/2006 2:27:11 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

And close your tags!!!!
(Just got kind of nostalgic there for a moment).

44 posted on 02/01/2006 2:27:13 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Chuck Cooperstein is a tool.)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

And set the sensitivity of your sarcasm detector to MAX!

45 posted on 02/01/2006 2:28:04 PM PST by OSHA (Liberal Utopia: When they shoot people going over the wall.)
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To: Admin Moderator


46 posted on 02/01/2006 2:28:08 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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That's probably a good hint to those who don't appreciate the sarcasm game...but I was raised to it, so I forget....

47 posted on 02/01/2006 2:29:06 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Admin Moderator

Place Marker!

48 posted on 02/01/2006 2:30:22 PM PST by aShepard
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To: Admin Moderator

THank you!

49 posted on 02/01/2006 2:31:24 PM PST by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: icwhatudo

It depends who you select to 'reply' to.

50 posted on 02/01/2006 2:31:29 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Dacula; Admin Moderator
Why is it when I post a comment the thread seams to automatically stop?

Because you are a thread killer, and can't spell seems.


Just joking...there was a vanity thread on this subject a few years back. Everyone has been the last poster on a thread.

51 posted on 02/01/2006 2:33:51 PM PST by fanfan (Ask me how to do Folding@Home!)
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To: Admin Moderator

How do I post pictures and put stuff in italics?

52 posted on 02/01/2006 2:34:50 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: Admin Moderator
....and I'm on the left....LOL
53 posted on 02/01/2006 2:35:06 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife.....toughest job in the military)
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To: Admin Moderator
I'd add the following advice:

Concision is crucial in this bandwidth-limited medium. Hence, do not post separate threads when one master rant on, say, gay darwinist pedophilic neoconfederate Mac users who hate Elian, Terri Shiavo, and M1911A pistols come together to praise Bill Gates, Tom Cruise, Mark Morford, and Hillary Clinton. Did I cover everything?

Oh, and do post ID threads, lots of 'em. One thing this site needs is more ID Threads...

54 posted on 02/01/2006 2:35:25 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: razoroccam

Whatever you saye

55 posted on 02/01/2006 2:36:21 PM PST by dirtboy (My new years resolution is to quit using taglines...)
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To: Dacula
I keep the FReep Lexicon bookmarked as a reference to use when I run into acronyms. If I remember correctly, it was recently helpful for "IIRC".

If you're really stuck and can't find what you're looking for in the Lexicon, a friendly "private reply" to a poster who used a particular acronym will usually get you a helpful reply while not clogging up a thread.
56 posted on 02/01/2006 2:36:55 PM PST by Pirate21 ("Leadership is about action, not just position." - Lord Taylor of Warwick)
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To: icwhatudo

***Why is it when many people reply with a general comment, their replys go to the article poster (the one who started the thread) rather than the last person to make a post? ***

Because your comment to the last poster may not have anything to do with what he/she said, and may cause hard feelings, confusion and a case of hives. (It also fills up the last poster's personal page with things that have nothing to do with him/her) THAT's why.

57 posted on 02/01/2006 2:37:49 PM PST by kitkat
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To: SirChas
You forgot to tell them that they must be wearing pajamas to post.

You mean we can't post in the nude?
I'm in BIIIIIGG trouble. I don't wear pajamas.

58 posted on 02/01/2006 2:38:12 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Admin Moderator; trooprally

Thanks for the info.

ping for later read

59 posted on 02/01/2006 2:41:28 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Amerigomag; Jim Robinson

If they're restricted, please let Jim know, he can add them to the list.

60 posted on 02/01/2006 2:41:41 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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