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How to post a thread and other interesting facts, part II. (Welcome Newbies)
April 7, 2006 | Olive

Posted on 04/07/2006 2:12:34 PM PDT by Admin Moderator

Hi everyone, 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
But, we know when a developing hot story is in the works,

Like when you moved recently a modest 're-title' post request from me into breaking news, +8000 views later?  ;-)

51 posted on 04/07/2006 3:22:29 PM PDT by quantim (If the Constitution were perfect, it wouldn't have included the Senate.)
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To: SmithL
There are html codes that can do the greater than and less than symbols, and a bunch of other stuff.

mash here

& #60 ;(remove spaces) is less than
& #62 ;(remove spaces) is greater than

Incorporate that into your html, and poof, instant < or >

52 posted on 04/07/2006 3:23:11 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: AmeriBrit

It might be newsworty, as a 'saga'.


53 posted on 04/07/2006 3:25:01 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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Comment #55 Removed by Moderator

To: Admin Moderator
The 1/3 rule sounds fine to me,will do.The rule is a fair one.

Personally, I try not to post from those sites..

Don't confuse the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.The Trib is one of the best conservative newspapers in the country, while the Post-Gazette is just another liberal rag.

You know better than I, but I'd be surprised if the Trib gets "bitchy" about posting their stuff on FR.

Thanks for the guidance! :-)

56 posted on 04/07/2006 3:36:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing (FIRE MURTHA-Support Diana Irey--http://www.irey.com)
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To: Admin Moderator
<Too Cool!>

Thank You, I've bookmarked that one.

57 posted on 04/07/2006 4:12:21 PM PDT by SmithL (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Regarding the bitchy newspapers, I hate giving hits to papers like the Tennessean, who won't even let us excerpt. Sometimes, though, they're the only ones carrying a story that I've already classified (in my own mind) as newsworthy.

That's my biggest concern with the sale of Knight-Ridder. McClatchy does allow excerpting, but they're not keeping all the papers, including my local paper. Lord help us if Gannett ends up with a fresh bunch of papers.

58 posted on 04/07/2006 4:24:44 PM PDT by SmithL (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you. As a newbie, though getting better at posting and some basic HTML, all the information was noted and this page link added to my browser favorites. I'm not sure how to "bookmark" on FR yet.

Because the Iran keyword link disappeared today (later put back by Admin) I learned how to search using the "keyword" drop down search menu option. Finding out everything I need to know does seem to depend on "experience" over time.

Some of us still need all the help we can get. :-))




59 posted on 04/07/2006 4:36:00 PM PDT by FARS
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To: FreedomFarmer
AWWWWWW That's cute
60 posted on 04/07/2006 4:36:33 PM PDT by Cheapskate (America , -- -- -- -- Yeah!)
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To: Admin Moderator

bttt - for later filing


61 posted on 04/07/2006 4:40:04 PM PDT by aShepard
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To: FARS
Go to the top of the article, there is a bookmark link, right above post #1, hit that, that will end up in your personal links section. You can store your favorite threads there.
62 posted on 04/07/2006 4:44:29 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Bush_Democrat
Image hosting by Photobucket

Cool! Me in Wyoming. No I gotta figure out how to make them smaller.

63 posted on 04/07/2006 4:46:29 PM PDT by Doomonyou (FR doesn't suffer fools lightly.)
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To: upchuck; Admin Moderator
Do not excerpt an article unless necessary.

I too, like seeing entire articles on FR, especially if the newspaper site requires registration to read the whole article.

I have heard, from writers that I respect, that by posting an entire column we deprive them of a hit on their site. Sometimes, when legacy media is anticipating job cuts, the number of hits determines who goes and who stays on the payroll.

64 posted on 04/07/2006 4:47:45 PM PDT by SmithL (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Doomonyou
Insert the height and width variables, adjust as necessary.

<img src="http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g8/Doomonyou/Wyoming2005hunt051.jpg" height = 400 width = 500>


65 posted on 04/07/2006 4:52:12 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Thanks for this. I've been around here for several years, but I didn't know the difference between "Extended" and "Front Page" news until reading this.

Thanks again.

66 posted on 04/07/2006 5:01:02 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: Admin Moderator

Don't know if I'll post much; having too much fun lurking and watching.

Thanks for the advice. I'll print this out for later.


67 posted on 04/07/2006 5:05:38 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet ("Antique" MSM infers some remaining functionality; IMO they're the zombie media.)
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To: Doomonyou
see this


68 posted on 04/07/2006 5:06:32 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: NewJerseyJoe

You're welcome!


69 posted on 04/07/2006 5:07:23 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Musket
> Good grief, that's HUGE!

Actually, it's hugh.

No really, I'm series.

70 posted on 04/07/2006 5:12:45 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: SmithL
ThePythonicCow pointed out that &amp produces "&".

That's significant because it enables me to explain in HTML that

The primary use I find for that is in the </sarcasm> (&lt;/sarcasm&gt;) pseudo HTML tag closure.
71 posted on 04/07/2006 5:20:17 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
ThePythonicCow pointed out that &amp; produces "&".
72 posted on 04/07/2006 5:23:45 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

&lt
&gt


73 posted on 04/07/2006 5:35:08 PM PDT by Toby06
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
where did i go wrong above? < > OK, I think I have it now.
74 posted on 04/07/2006 5:37:05 PM PDT by Toby06
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To: SmithL
I have heard, from writers that I respect, that by posting an entire column we deprive them of a hit on their site.

Then put a note in the first post asking us to give them a hit.

The archive function is one of the more valuable parts of FR. So often new sites rearrange things so that the article vanishes into the ozone. Sometimes deliberately.

75 posted on 04/07/2006 5:40:23 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Sign up to donate monthly and you will be automatically entered in our "Win a Bear Hug Contest")
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To: Admin Moderator
Hope this helps.

Thanks for all the kind background info. I'm a huge fan of The Belmont Club -- that blog has war news and analysis that's light years ahead of the MSM. I like to post it here at FR to share it, and get other views.

FR is a really wonderful place -- thanks in large measure to the folks behind the scenes who keep it all running smoothy. Great work.

76 posted on 04/07/2006 5:40:26 PM PDT by 68skylark
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To: Admin Moderator

bkmrk & bttt


77 posted on 04/07/2006 5:40:53 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Bush_Democrat
img src=Image hosting by Photobucket I think I'm getting it....Thanks ???
78 posted on 04/07/2006 6:09:47 PM PDT by Jeffrey_D.
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To: Admin Moderator

A lot of good info. Is it okay if I don't post anything original but just make smart-aleck comments about what has already been posted?


79 posted on 04/07/2006 7:28:30 PM PDT by KarinG1 (Some of us are trying to engage in philosophical discourse. Please don't allow us to interrupt you.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Hey, that helps!

Thanks....


80 posted on 04/07/2006 8:37:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: KarinG1
Smart-aleck comments are our specialty - that at cute pictures of the Viking Kitties!!

Image hosting by Photobucket

81 posted on 04/07/2006 9:15:58 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*)
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To: Admin Moderator

Done. Thank you kindly.


82 posted on 04/08/2006 11:46:58 AM PDT by FARS
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To: Admin Moderator

ka-BUMP!


83 posted on 04/08/2006 5:54:40 PM PDT by Palpatine (The lesson of modern politics is that no class is less fit to govern than that which governs us now)
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To: mysterio
seen this?

R. Lee Ermey website

84 posted on 04/08/2006 5:57:07 PM PDT by Palpatine (The lesson of modern politics is that no class is less fit to govern than that which governs us now)
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To: Palpatine

Awesome.


85 posted on 04/08/2006 7:56:06 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank You Sir! Noted!


86 posted on 04/08/2006 8:08:30 PM PDT by Doomonyou (FR doesn't suffer fools lightly.)
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To: Auntbee
How do you attach a picture?

PLEASE....No more posting of Helen Thomas' pictures.
lets' start them out right....

:D

87 posted on 04/09/2006 6:24:04 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you....... :^)
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To: jazusamo
Proc for next line
continue type Proc for next paragraph

continue type Proc for Bold type Proc for Italic type Proc for

Center
of line
88 posted on 04/22/2006 8:53:24 AM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: jazusamo
continue type Proc for next paragraph

Line is now Italic

Italic is now underlined and bold

Good day

89 posted on 04/22/2006 9:07:04 AM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: Admin Moderator
Bump for those who don't realize that

Activism/Chapters - Activism, protests, news and business of Free Republic Chapters.


90 posted on 05/09/2006 8:27:48 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you for this info page. I am learning my way through after years of inactivity. I am addicted to Free Republic?

Is that normal?
91 posted on 06/06/2006 8:57:53 PM PDT by garbageseeker (Vincit Omnia Vertas- translation:Truth Conquers All.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you for this info page. I am learning my way through after years of inactivity. I am addicted to Free Republic?

Is that normal?
92 posted on 06/06/2006 8:57:55 PM PDT by garbageseeker (Vincit Omnia Vertas- translation:Truth Conquers All.)
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To: Admin Moderator

bttt...


93 posted on 06/27/2006 12:29:20 PM PDT by TomServo ("Uh, Donner, party of three please.")
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To: Admin Moderator

Bump for later


94 posted on 06/27/2006 12:36:21 PM PDT by DakotaRed
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To: Admin Moderator

What is this ''bump'', ''ping'' and ''bttp'' stuff?

Also, can I use regular quotes when posting or do I have to replace all regular quotes double-single quotes?

Do you have any instructions more detailed than the newbie FAQ?

Tinian


95 posted on 06/30/2006 4:51:16 PM PDT by Tinian
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To: Tinian
Here's an helpful tutorial for HTML.
HTML Sandbox

Ping is used to page other posters to the thread. Bump and bttt are used to keep a thread near the top of the latest comments page.

I hope that helps.

96 posted on 06/30/2006 5:08:03 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks for the ping and bump info. I pretty much figured out what they meant but wasn't quite sure.

As for the HTML stuff, I'm leetz. I got mad html skillz. But no matter how many ''intro to HTML'' pages you read, every board has its own quirks that aren't covered in any of them. So it's off to trial and error land again with my best buddy--the preview button.

Thanks again for your help.


97 posted on 06/30/2006 7:03:49 PM PDT by Tinian
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To: Admin Moderator
I have having problems linking and excerpting an article such as the NY Times.Could you please point out where I can do this.
98 posted on 07/05/2006 5:06:28 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: mysterio

If I'm not mistaken I thought I heard his voice as the Army jeep in Cars - anybody else hear that? And yes, I agree pure comedic brilliance -me and my kids love his show.


99 posted on 07/07/2006 3:00:49 PM PDT by Cyclone59 ("Yahyoo, he's my sisters' kid. Personally, I think he's a retard.")
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To: SnarlinCubBear


100 posted on 07/10/2006 12:25:09 PM PDT by SnarlinCubBear (I snarl, therefore I am)
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