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Vanity On Duplicate Threads

Posted on 05/17/2002 8:17:18 AM PDT by Admin Moderator

This is just a reminder that before one posts an article, one should check to see if the article has been previously posted in order to avoid duplication.

Duplication causes several problems. Just like the old Monty Python skit about spam, if the same thing is posted over and over, it can drown out other valid posts. It needlessly consumes system resources. It fragments discussion.

In general, moderators will pull duplicate postings when we are alerted to them or when we notice them. This has the benefit of eliminating the "spam" effect and it helps keep discussion from being fragmented. However, it does not really save system resources, and it can be frustrating when one is about to reply to a thread and it vanishes (due to being a duplicate). A better solution is for people to take care to ensure they are not posting a duplicate.

To avoid duplicate postings, some things can help. First, when posting, search to see if the article has already been posted. Load up the "Latest Posts" page and scroll down it to see if the same article is there. Check the sidebars. And use the FR search engine.

Second, do not change the title of an article when posting it. Doing so makes it less likely that another searching to see if an article was posted will find the earlier copy.

Third, don't be in a rush to "be the first" to get an article up. Really, is there a big need to do so?

Also, here is a tip for using the FR search engine. Only words that are four or more letters are examined, so searching on "Pim" or on "CIA" will not accomplish anything.

Finally, I will add that not all duplicates are removed. On the day an article is published, if several hours (four or more) have passed since the article had last been posted, we will tend to leave it up if it is reposted (unless it is still visibile in a sidebar) to make it so that people who don't scroll back several pages will not miss an article of current relevancy. However, this should not be overdone or abused or this may change.


TOPICS: Announcements; Free Republic; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: duplicates; pulling; searching
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Duplication is by far the most common reason for an article being pulled. With everyone's help, we can cut down on this tremendously.

Thank you.

1 posted on 05/17/2002 8:17:19 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Must you continue these duplicate messages?

; )

2 posted on 05/17/2002 8:20:12 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun
Not only that, it's a vanity. This must be stopped....

;^)

3 posted on 05/17/2002 8:22:09 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: Admin Moderator
Already Posted Here
4 posted on 05/17/2002 8:23:23 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Admin Moderator
Bump...
5 posted on 05/17/2002 8:26:35 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
Bring back "THE HOBBIT HOLE"!!!!!!
6 posted on 05/17/2002 8:27:21 AM PDT by soozla
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To: AppyPappy
Different source (I am not Jim), different text, not within the last four hours, and not being done force an agenda down the throats of Freepers. ;-)
7 posted on 05/17/2002 8:27:22 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Already posted here, here, here, here, and the best one is here.

Also, check the search link before you post, OK? Search

(notice: I'm just teasing, at least I didn't post a picture of spam.....)

8 posted on 05/17/2002 8:27:48 AM PDT by WIMom
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To: AppyPappy
Previously posted here.
9 posted on 05/17/2002 8:28:18 AM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: Admin Moderator
not being done force an agenda down the throats of Freepers. ;-)

I know you. You're Yoda!

10 posted on 05/17/2002 8:29:13 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Admin Moderator
...when posting, search to see if the article has already been posted. Load up the "Latest Posts" page and scroll down it to see if the same article is there.

I wish there was one page of 1 1/2 line spacing and three columns that listed 1) the article title, 2) the source, and 3) the original author.

With such a set-up, one could quickly scan the recent postings to see if someone has already posted the item but with perhaps a different title.

Perhaps put this page in the sequence necessary to post a new article.

My two euros.

11 posted on 05/17/2002 8:35:01 AM PDT by jigsaw
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To: Admin Moderator
Sir, yes sir, sir!

Thanks for the reminder!

12 posted on 05/17/2002 8:36:24 AM PDT by buffyt
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To: Admin Moderator
I think that I have read this before. I will do a search.
13 posted on 05/17/2002 8:49:33 AM PDT by Deguello
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To: Admin Moderator
Yeah, well OK...but look at this one I found from Ted Nugent...
14 posted on 05/17/2002 8:55:17 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Admin Moderator
"use the FR search engine"

And search, seperately, both "News/activism" and "General Interest" (aka "The Dead Zone") if it could be in "General Interest".

15 posted on 05/17/2002 9:00:19 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: Admin Moderator
Third, don't be in a rush to "be the first" to get an article up. Really, is there a big need to do so?

It's an ego thing, rather than an informative thing. How about suspending repeat offender posting privs for 30 days? It is really just a few posters that do most of the duplicate posting.

16 posted on 05/17/2002 9:01:56 AM PDT by Random Access
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To: Deguello
I think that I have read this before. I will do a search.

You might want to go Here to find out...

17 posted on 05/17/2002 9:06:35 AM PDT by in the Arena
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To: Admin Moderator
I believe that the solution is for the supplied URL to be checked for duplication before the post is put up.
18 posted on 05/17/2002 9:23:14 AM PDT by spqrzilla9
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To: Admin Moderator
This Thread is now Unlocked. Posters may post additional comments anywhere they dang well please.
19 posted on 05/17/2002 11:11:32 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
bttt.....
20 posted on 05/17/2002 12:14:59 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: TomServo
Bump.
21 posted on 05/17/2002 1:55:57 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Admin Moderator
Duplicate thread
22 posted on 05/17/2002 2:00:37 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: JeanS
Bttt....;-)
23 posted on 05/17/2002 3:02:07 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
Saturday mornin' bump...
24 posted on 05/18/2002 8:49:17 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
BTT
...don't be in a rush to "be the first" to get an article up."

I concur with a previous poster's recommendation of a 30 day banning for repeat offenders.

25 posted on 05/18/2002 8:59:30 AM PDT by ofMagog
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To: Admin Moderator
Shouldn't this be in Breaking News?
26 posted on 05/18/2002 9:00:30 AM PDT by Glenn
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To: spqrzilla9
I believe that the solution is for the supplied URL to be checked for duplication before the post is put up.

Simple. Brilliant. Bravo!

27 posted on 05/18/2002 9:02:44 AM PDT by Glenn
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To: Admin Moderator
Only words that are four or more letters are examined

thats just silly..

28 posted on 05/18/2002 9:14:59 AM PDT by AM2000
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To: Admin Moderator
Sunday mornin' bump....
29 posted on 05/19/2002 8:20:33 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
and not being done force an agenda down the throats of Freepers. ;-)

I think the freepers who are only willing to rant and not discuss is a bigger problem than vanities, duplicate posts etc. It makes the normal people want to walk away from this site.

30 posted on 05/21/2002 7:44:20 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Admin Moderator
The Free Republic Secret Police have spoken.

-archy-/-

31 posted on 05/21/2002 2:04:31 PM PDT by archy
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To: staytrue
Ha! Normal people don't even know where this site is. Normality is overrated anyhow and may well be an affliction or at least a disability. ;-)
32 posted on 05/21/2002 7:50:53 PM PDT by Twodees
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To: Admin Moderator
bttt....
33 posted on 07/15/2002 11:05:49 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
What do you think this is? Groundhog Day??? I mean really, Darryl..is this the best you can do??? (or is it Tim?)
34 posted on 07/15/2002 11:08:31 AM PDT by Neets
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To: OneidaM
Ha!

Yeah, I wrote this.

But I wrote it months ago. Looks like TomServo decided to bump it for some reason. Thanks.

35 posted on 07/15/2002 11:09:35 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Just as a reminder to some folks 'round here....;-)
36 posted on 07/15/2002 12:01:39 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
BTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
37 posted on 10/17/2002 10:48:17 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: All
For those of us who still haven't figured out how to do a search.
38 posted on 10/31/2002 9:02:55 AM PST by TomServo
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To: All
Another reminder.....sheesh....
39 posted on 01/07/2003 3:16:21 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
Once more - with love...
40 posted on 02/07/2003 9:55:38 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
Bump...
41 posted on 03/16/2003 8:35:25 AM PST by TomServo
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A "me first, me first, everybody look at me - I got the story out first" bump.....
An "I don't carehow many times it's been posted, I haven't see it yet" bump
42 posted on 03/23/2003 9:44:37 PM PST by TomServo
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To: TomServo
And the "sorry if already posted" bump - which means "I really didn't bother to do a search" bump "because the search engine doesn't work" bump
43 posted on 03/23/2003 9:47:09 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
I'm just gonna keep doing this until everybody learns...
44 posted on 04/04/2003 9:10:44 AM PST by TomServo
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To: TomServo
You've been noticing alot of that too lately eh???
45 posted on 04/04/2003 9:12:45 AM PST by Neets (Mess with me and you'll be introduced to my big ole can of MOAB.)
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To: Neets
You've been noticing alot of that too lately eh???

Yeah. It's such a simple thing to do. Takes very little time or effort.

46 posted on 04/04/2003 9:14:14 AM PST by TomServo
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To: AppyPappy
"Yeah, but it's worth reposting 'cause I didn't see it before, and FR is all about me because I give them money."
47 posted on 04/20/2003 7:37:40 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: .cnI redruM
This bumps for you...
48 posted on 10/27/2003 7:13:26 PM PST by TomServo ("Steve's dead now. From here on, Steve's death will be represented by the oboe.")
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To: Admin Moderator
An annoying bump...;-)
49 posted on 03/01/2004 10:00:48 AM PST by TomServo (Stay together, cheeks...)
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To: anniegetyourgun
Check out this thread... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088414/posts
50 posted on 03/01/2004 10:14:25 AM PST by Preech1 (There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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