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Mod Lecture Series- Filtering Content on FR
Darth Mod

Posted on 01/12/2010 12:41:22 PM PST by Admin Moderator

Edited on 01/12/2010 12:52:41 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

FreeRepublic has many options that allow all users to view specific topic categories the way they want.

For example, if you want to view all categories, link to this page:
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/*/index

If you, however, don’t want to see blogs, chit chat, religion, etc, link to this page:
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/news-forum/index

If you are only interested in a specific subject, let’s say 2nd Amendment Issues, you can also sort just by keywords like this:
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/banglist/index?tab=articles

The architecture of this site allows for the end user to see the content he wants in the way he wants more than most other forum platforms. This site also has XML feeds on which, you can use various widgets around the web to actually feed you information you want. For example, if you want a feed of just breaking news articles, you can link to it using the RSS link at the bottom of the page like this:
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/breaking-news/feed.rss

You can even use these feeds to display custom content on a mobile device that is formatted best for that device if you like. For example, if you have a Blackberry, you can use this app with the RSS feed of the content you like.
http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/NewsGatorGo/Default.aspx

Speaking of mobile devices, we’ve had a lot of reports from members that the architecture of this site allows it to work far better on most mobile devices than other forum platforms.

We have one member who has actually created a desktop AIR application he uses to give him a custom view of the site’s content he wants to see using these feeds.


TOPICS: Announcements; Free Republic; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: adminlectureseries; faq; filtering; freerepublic; mods
Because of how this site works, we know many people who have customized the way they view and use this site.

As you can see, you can do a lot with this site and filter what you want. This isn’t a one-size fits all site. A little exploring and you can get exactly the content you want delivered to you the way you want.

We give you the tools and information, but we aren't Nanny State Mods who will do it for you.

1 posted on 01/12/2010 12:41:22 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Might it ever be possible to get FR on an iPhone?


2 posted on 01/12/2010 12:44:11 PM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From Barack Hussein Al-Obama. Amen.)
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To: Admin Moderator

How do I filter out those darn Admin Mod vanities?!
(woohoo! *ducking and running*)


3 posted on 01/12/2010 12:45:03 PM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr; Admin Moderator

FR actually works fine on an iPhone/iTouch just by typing in the URL into the browser. At that, it is one of the only forums I’m on that does work on it.

I’ve also used it on a Droid and BlackBerry Storm with no problems.


4 posted on 01/12/2010 12:47:06 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Admin Moderator

Oops! Typo.
What I meant to say was “Thank you for that information, Mr. Admin Moderator.”


5 posted on 01/12/2010 12:47:22 PM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: Admin Moderator

I guess this means I have to share my AIR app?


6 posted on 01/12/2010 12:47:42 PM PST by mnehring
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

Check it out on this emulator:

http://www.testiphone.com/

The only problem is you can’t change that to landscape view.


7 posted on 01/12/2010 12:49:12 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Admin Moderator

When one clicks vies all why cant one see the the forum topic, blogger and personal,religion, etc. right there next to each article?


8 posted on 01/12/2010 12:54:04 PM PST by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how.)
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To: VaRepublican

sorry “view all”


9 posted on 01/12/2010 12:56:32 PM PST by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Sample AIR app similar to what I have that lives on my desktop and feeds me just what I want to see.

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/marketplace/index.cfm?event=marketplace.offering&marketplaceid=1&offeringid=10205


10 posted on 01/12/2010 12:58:12 PM PST by mnehring
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To: astyanax

Is there some sort of widget I can use with FR in order to ONLY see vanities and opuses?


11 posted on 01/12/2010 12:59:37 PM PST by library user
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To: Admin Moderator

Free beer and pretzels would be great!


12 posted on 01/12/2010 12:59:43 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: VaRepublican

Noting to pass along. Good idea.


13 posted on 01/12/2010 1:00:20 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Question:

How do you say eliminate or block maybe two forums from being displayed? It’s either all or one isn’t it? In other words say I’d like to follow all but Religion and chit chat. How do you do that?


14 posted on 01/12/2010 1:02:44 PM PST by deport (49 DAYS UNTIL THE TEXAS PRIMARY....... MARCH 2, 2010)
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To: library user
Is there some sort of widget I can use with FR in order to ONLY see vanities and opuses?

Use any RSS reader with these two links:


15 posted on 01/12/2010 1:03:36 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
How about a filter for the racist/antisemitic/Paulbot posts?
16 posted on 01/12/2010 1:04:14 PM PST by iowamark
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To: library user
Is there some sort of widget I can use with FR in order to ONLY see vanities and opuses?
LOL! Some of the funniest things I've read were after doing a title search for "opus"...
17 posted on 01/12/2010 1:06:49 PM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: Admin Moderator

we aren’t Nanny State Mods who will do it for you.

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Damn and you’re not for hire either? .. and here we just sprung for a Internet capable HDTV,, I wish you could help me figure it all out,, I hope I can at least get RSS feed working but I know you’re kind of busy too. So many options yet people are crying for even more. I’m just gonna spend the bucks and go wireless all around.. :-]

Go figure. lol


18 posted on 01/12/2010 1:08:51 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: Admin Moderator

OK, that’s easy - thanks!


19 posted on 01/12/2010 1:10:03 PM PST by library user
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To: library user

in The Graduate

it was ‘plastics’

today .. it’s ‘widgets’


20 posted on 01/12/2010 1:11:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL!


21 posted on 01/12/2010 1:18:43 PM PST by library user
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To: Admin Moderator

Absolutely, FR works incredibly well on my BlackBerry!


22 posted on 01/12/2010 1:29:34 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: John Robinson; Jim Robinson

Ping if you want to add any notes or tips


23 posted on 01/12/2010 1:37:42 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

How about a filter to filter out the idiots who want to have a discussion on the state announcement board. Why don’t they just start a thread? (along the lines of get a room for God’s sake)/rant off


24 posted on 01/12/2010 1:38:19 PM PST by scottteng (IMPEACH OBAMA I am Jim Thompson)
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To: Admin Moderator

How about running this stuff past Jim Thompson next time, before you just go posting it....??

Tank yew!


25 posted on 01/12/2010 1:46:26 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts....)
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To: All
Already posted here and here
  
So why was this posted here and here?
 
Because of Blog pimps.
 
Most items posted in Bloggers/Personal are FReepworthy. But way too many are not. I will not ignore Bloggers/Personal just because of a few morons, but we need to clean house of more than a few (mostly newbies) idiot bloggers who post a 10 word article in a lame attempt to have you click their blogs, just so they can get the google ad revenue.


26 posted on 01/12/2010 2:05:29 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: library user

Opus:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/opus/feed.rss

Vanity:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/vanity/feed.rss


27 posted on 01/12/2010 2:22:00 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: Responsibility2nd

I wholeheartedly agree with you, the freaking blogpimps are ruining an integral feature of FR’s relevance, archival links to original documentation and original mainstream media news reports along with discussion based upon those sources.

Many if not all of the blogpimps will eventually remove/abandon/reorganize the content of their blog urls. Leaving FR with a archive of discussions on source material that is disconnected and probably permanently severed from the Freeper discussions/threads on the source.

Zero value long term for FR.

Very high short term value to blogpimps in their push for unique visitors, long tail authority ratings on technorati and thuthlaidbear etc, advertising click through revenues, and etc.


28 posted on 01/12/2010 2:30:05 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

I get it on my Blackberry, but it only does one column at a time, so I have to drop to the bottom to get the News/Activism and topics. Responding is easy, too.


29 posted on 01/12/2010 2:51:15 PM PST by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: Admin Moderator

I read this on a desktop computer, scrolling through all the topics and pings; and I communicate by email, or posts. I guess I’m hopelessly out of date. **sigh**


30 posted on 01/12/2010 3:06:40 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: library user
You actually could do something like that with iGoogle.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/zot/index?
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/vanity/index?

31 posted on 01/12/2010 4:21:16 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Me too; hopelessly out of date. I just set my preference on "Latest Posts" and read everything that looks interesting. But then, I've been here through all the many changes over the years. Every time Jim changes something, I break out in hives. Most of the time I am amazed that I ever learned how to pretty much do whatever I need to do to enjoy the site. Which reminds me;

EVERYBODY DONATE TO FEED THE GERBILS!!!!

32 posted on 01/12/2010 4:28:44 PM PST by WVNan
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
This is a conservative site. Work for your own beer and share if you want to.

You can get free beer and pretzels at DU, but the beer is skunky, the pretzels are stale and both are rationed.

33 posted on 01/12/2010 4:41:23 PM PST by magslinger (Cry MALAISE! and let slip the dogs of incompetence.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Is there a way I can see only the posts where Lazamataz posts “I’d hit it” about ugly or dead women?


34 posted on 01/12/2010 4:46:49 PM PST by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Petronski; Lazamataz

You said: “Is there a way I can see only the posts where Lazamataz posts “I’d hit it” about ugly or dead women?”
______________________________________________________

Absolutely,
Simply enter this URL into a feed reader tool.

http://news.google.com/news?um=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=site%3Afreerepublic.com+Lazamataz+%2BI%27d+Hit+It&cf=all&output=rss


35 posted on 01/12/2010 5:07:05 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

You.

Are.

A.

God.


36 posted on 01/12/2010 6:23:08 PM PST by Lazamataz (America has been dead for a while; It's interesting to watch the cadaver cool.)
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To: Admin Moderator

bookmark for later, maybe much later...


37 posted on 01/12/2010 11:34:31 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: Admin Moderator; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...
Thank you for keeping us all informed.

FYI: my FR front page view from a few months ago. Don't ask how I did it a could of yrs ago. I could never figure out how to do it again, 'cause it is confusing to non-left brains like me. I love it and won't change it, as it's a very comprehensive view of the site.

I'm sure one of our many trusty techies on FR can give tips for those who'd like them.


38 posted on 01/13/2010 11:37:20 AM PST by STARWISE (.They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Blog pimps.

LOL!

Blog pimps...someone has got to come up with a graphic for that term. Very funny!

39 posted on 01/13/2010 3:33:50 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: deport

I have been waiting for that answer. sorry I’m not an http expert.


40 posted on 01/14/2010 12:46:20 PM PST by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how.)
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