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Topic Abuse, Particularly Activism

Posted on 03/03/2003 7:47:11 AM PST by Admin Moderator

Hi all.

When posting articles, please limit the topics to those which are apparent for the article. 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.

Possibly the worst examples can be found in the "Activism" topic. I think just showing some examples here will make the point:

Gov:(Mitt Romney of MA) Budget will change, taxes promise will not was posted to Activism. It is understandable that the poster wanted to see some activism result from the article, but this is not in and of itself activism. This article did not belong in the activism topic.

Transcript: Sen. Pat Roberts on Fox News Sunday (Are Republicans prepared to fight for Estrada) was posted to activism. Again, it is understandable that the poster wanted to see some activism result from the article, but this is not in and of itself activism. This article did not belong in the activism topic.

FReep this poll is an example of a type of thread posted frequently to the activism topic. While a very loose interpretation of activism might lead one to put these here, they really don't accomplish much and should probably be put in vanity.

How the Laci Peterson story has any relevance to activism is beyond me.

The Spoils of Glory (France) is not activism.

I am just giving some examples there from the most recent dozen posts. I would estimate that about 75% of what is being posted to the activism topic has nothing to do with activism of any sort.

Only you can prevent topic abuse.

Thanks, AM


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1 posted on 03/03/2003 7:47:11 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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And yes, I did remove those from activism. Thanks, AM
2 posted on 03/03/2003 7:51:40 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
they really don't accomplish much

But if it feels like something is getting done, that's all that matters, right? ;-)

3 posted on 03/03/2003 7:52:08 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Admin Moderator
Yeah, but isn't this Breaking News abuse? :^)
4 posted on 03/03/2003 7:53:21 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Sir Gawain
What are we, liberals? ;-D
5 posted on 03/03/2003 7:53:45 AM PST by Hawkeye's Girl
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To: Admin Moderator

 

Speaking of tropics abuse ...

6 posted on 03/03/2003 7:54:27 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (Let's Roll)
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To: Admin Moderator
Why are posts on Laci Peterson allowed at all?
7 posted on 03/03/2003 7:59:53 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: Admin Moderator
And how about making an 'Activism' sidebar, so the 'Breaking News' doesn't get clogged up with:

'FREEP Schumer at Noon Today!'

'Rally to Support the Confederate Flag'

'Patriot March For Justice in Minot, S. Dakota'

8 posted on 03/03/2003 8:03:21 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: Admin Moderator
I have been unable to get the new "technical" topic forum to work for me in the last several attempts (It did work for me once, and some others still are able to post to it). The custom topic is a great idea, and would like to see it working and expanded.

Please tell me the status of this feature, if possible.
9 posted on 03/03/2003 8:04:06 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Admin Moderator
Question: Yesterday I posted a photo essay about Seattle's Million American March Saturday and included Activism. Does that fit within your definition?
10 posted on 03/03/2003 8:05:30 AM PST by Eala
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To: Admin Moderator
ZOT is good activism.
11 posted on 03/03/2003 8:06:02 AM PST by Neets
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To: Neets
Brown-nosing is good activism, too, lol! : ) (Just kidding).
12 posted on 03/03/2003 8:07:05 AM PST by nicmarlo (** UNDER GOD **)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
There is one. As a matter of fact, ANY topic can be a sidebar.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/@activism/browse?subscribe=yes is how to make the activism topic a sidebar for you.

Actually, that URL works for any topic in the News/Activism forum, just change @activism to @whatevertopicyouwanttobeasidebar

Similarly, you can add any topic from any forum as a sidebar. To add one from General Interest (aka chat), you would change /news/ to /chat/ in that URL and change @activism to @whatevertopicyouwanttobeasidebar. To add one from religion, /news/ would be /religion/ and so forth. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/my/subscriptions is a link to where you can change the order of your subscribed sidebars, and how many articles show up in each of them.

13 posted on 03/03/2003 8:07:45 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Does this mean I can't put "Michael Jackson" threads on the activism forum?

I AM HUMAN!

14 posted on 03/03/2003 8:07:50 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Admin Moderator
Why is this in Activism? ;0)
15 posted on 03/03/2003 8:08:02 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks (Matt: "Ye should salt the Earth, lest it lose it's flavour")
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To: Fractal Trader
Are you putting in 'technical' as the topic? It goes by 'tech'. If you use 'tech' it should work. Thanks, AM
16 posted on 03/03/2003 8:09:11 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I think possibly some folks may be posting 'activism' after Laci's family put out the call for volunteers to search, just a guess.
17 posted on 03/03/2003 8:11:45 AM PST by ewing
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To: Eala
Yes, reports about activism fit. Thanks, AM
18 posted on 03/03/2003 8:11:58 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
I used "tech" this morning on an article and it did not show up on the "Technical" sidebar. Have tried many times, but did not work after the first couple of times (a week or so ago). Some are able to post to this forum and have it show up, but I don't know what they are doing differently. Haven't seen any new stuff, recently.

Why don't you try a test post yourself? -- Or I could, but that might be topic abuse : - )
19 posted on 03/03/2003 8:16:20 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Careful, I got my nads flamed off when I articulated a similar concern. Lots of people in Chandra-withdrawal out there.
20 posted on 03/03/2003 8:17:39 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: Fractal Trader
I am not sure what the problem is- I check the technical topic and I see your post. Granted, there have been a lot of posts to that topic since so it would not be in the sidebar now (it would have scrolled off) but it looks to me like it was there for a short while after you posted it: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/t-tech/browse?more=1605702
21 posted on 03/03/2003 8:27:41 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
And how about making an 'Activism' sidebar, so the 'Breaking News' doesn't get clogged up with: 'FREEP Schumer at Noon Today!' 'Rally to Support the Confederate Flag' 'Patriot March For Justice in Minot, S. Dakota'

Amen to that.

22 posted on 03/03/2003 9:52:23 AM PST by Go Gordon
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To: Go Gordon
As I mentioned above, there is such a thing- you just have to click a link to add it to your setup.

That said, Jim does want to assist in helping foster conservative activism, so announcements for rallies will probably still find a home in the BN sidebar from time to time.

Thanks, AM

23 posted on 03/03/2003 9:56:21 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
I just changed the following article New Economy Recedes in Pacific Northwest to technical, and it is not showing up in the Technical forum on my computer.
24 posted on 03/03/2003 10:09:26 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Admin Moderator
"Woodstock II"
(To be sung to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Woodstock")

Well, I came upon a dude named Rush...
He was talkin' about Left's 'Ho-oh-oh...
And I asked him, "Tell me where we are goin'?!"
Limbaugh told me...

Said, "We're goin' to the DeeCee Mall...
Gonna join in The Patriots' Stand...
Rebuild Reagan's Shinin' City on the Hill...yeah!!"

We are starvin'...fer some Boldness...
RE-IMPEACH...Senate shall CONVICT!!
Folks, we must now DETHRONE Slick the Evil Tyrant!!!

Folks, show the Left what Right is...
Lib'rals shall recoil in FRight!!
Yes, they'll cower from Lord's Justice...
Waco's burnin'...
Democrats're the Party of Fear...
FReepers, ain't it time we Make Our Stand?!
Just IGNORE the Med'yuh Spin...
Them Leftist Whores ain't winnin'!!!

We're God's Warriors...Right's emboldened!!
Just INDICT...Sheeple Shall CONVICT!!
Patriots shall now DETHRONE Left's Chi-Com Whore...yeah!!!

(Guitar Jammin')

We're the Right-Wing...we're emboldened...
We'll git Slick...you know it, too, Rush!!
We shall then INDICT Clinton...CONVICT! IMPRISON!!

By the time we got to Abe's spot...
We were o'er One Million Strong...
Poker Face cranked righteous songs...Whatta Celebration!!!
Yes, we FReep because we love this Great Land...
Takin' MY guns?! That won't fly...
Demand Justice fer Slick's lies[SPIES?]...
Lord, Save Our Nation!!

Git Out, Lib'rals!! Yer time's OVER!!
Yer payin' up fer yer Devil's Bargain!!
'Cuz we got to get ourselves back to the Gah-ah-ah-arden!!

Mudboy Slim
20 September 2000

FReepers, we've got one great chance to rile up the Sheeple before ThanksGiving 2001...please join us in DeeCee on the 17th of November at the Lincoln Monument for a wonderful day of patriotic speeches and music!!

RE-IMPEACH. CONVICT. DETHRONE. DISBAR. DE-PENSION. INDICT. CONVICT. IMPRISON. DISCARD KEY.

FReegards...MUD

1 Posted on 09/20/2000 06:54:03 PDT by Mudboy Slim (Justice Shall Be Ours!!!)

Vuja De (all over again)...MUD


274 posted on 09/26/2001 5:04 PM EDT by Mudboy Slim (17 November 2001...Washington DeeCee...March Fer Justice III...Be There!!!)

25 posted on 03/03/2003 10:26:36 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (The A.N.S.W.E.R., my FRiends..."KorruptKlintonKlan DemonRATS LOATHE America and Liberty!!")
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To: Fractal Trader
When I look at this URL, it is the very first article I see.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/t-tech/browse

Same when I look at this URL.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/@tech/browse

Is your browser showing you something it previously cached rather than the latest copy?

26 posted on 03/03/2003 10:48:54 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
"FReep this poll is an example of a type of thread posted frequently to the activism topic. While a very loose interpretation of activism might lead one to put these here, they really don't accomplish much and should probably be put in vanity."

YESS!! I hate it when one of my Freeper Friends ping me to Freep a newspoll. We just make the mainstream media seem accurate by participating in their unscientific polls. Far from accomplishing much good, I think they do harm by Freeping polls.
27 posted on 03/03/2003 10:51:23 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Admin Moderator
I see the article posted at both URLs that you provided, and they indicate that I have subscribed to the forum. However, it does not show up on the "Technical" sidebar after multiple refreshes.
28 posted on 03/03/2003 10:55:05 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader
it's there - i just logged back on after being gone all morning and yours is at the top of the tech list...
29 posted on 03/03/2003 11:13:52 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Fractal Trader
nope, take that back !

that article's there, but it was posted by 'sarcasm'.

30 posted on 03/03/2003 11:17:41 AM PST by tomkat
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To: tomkat; Admin Moderator
The article was indeed posted by "sarcasm." I moved it to "technical" using the "Add Topics" feature to test the new functionality. As I said, the article show up in the forum itself, but not the sidebar.
31 posted on 03/03/2003 11:22:42 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Admin Moderator
On this subject I wish an explanation for the following. I posted this about twenty minutes ago, fresh from CBSmarketwatch. I posted it in breaking news because it is, as we speak. Turkey is being POUNDED in the financial markets due to their decision to not allow our troops access.

Now I know war is a small matter here on FR and in the US, not worthy of breaking news status, particularly when its initiation will conceivably be put off by two weeks or more because of Turkey's idiotic decision. But just for grins, can you tell me why this little tidbit is not breaking news?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/855908/posts

32 posted on 03/03/2003 11:28:10 AM PST by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: Fractal Trader
i'm seeing it in my tech sidebar :-( if you're running a flavor of windows, you might wanna try checking the following option:
(under 'tools' on the IE menu bar)


33 posted on 03/03/2003 11:32:48 AM PST by tomkat
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To: tomkat
I made the change, restarted IE, turned off my firweall (Norton Internet Security) and STILL can't see it : - (.

I even launched Opera, and still cannot see article in sidebar.

I'm sorry that such a neat feature seems so susceptible to browser settings. If we can get this feature to work (and add lots of custom topics to replace the dreaded "ping lists") FR will really rock!!!
34 posted on 03/03/2003 11:41:29 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader
I do not know what to tell you. I added tech as a sidebar to my account and then loaded the latest posts page, and here is the top of the sidebar I get:
News / Activism Technical
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New Economy Recedes in Pacific Northwest

In other words, it works for me. Strange.
35 posted on 03/03/2003 11:49:42 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Fractal Trader; johnrob
there seems to be something i'm forgetting, but damned if i can think what it is.
in the meantime, click your username on the main page, go to 'my subscriptions',
and see if yours looks something like the following:


Subscriptions are useful links to threads and other assorted data. Use this page to manage your subscriptions... change the order, number of entries shown, and unsubscribe.

Order is a numerical value between 0 and 255. Smaller values sort topics higher on the sidebar. Two or more topics with the same value are further sorted by the time the last thread was added to the topic (new news on top.)

Max is a numerical value between 0 and 50. It is the maximum number of entries to list. For various reasons the actual number of entries displayed may be less than this value.

Your subscriptions are listed with a checkmark. Uncheck to unsubscribe.

To save your changes, click Update.

Subscription Order Max
News/Activism Breaking News Subscribed
News/Activism Technical Subscribed
News/Activism US: Pennsylvania Subscribed

36 posted on 03/03/2003 11:49:53 AM PST by tomkat (<-- knows *just* enough to be dangerous)
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To: tomkat
My subscriptions are fine, and sidebars show up in order specified. I get the "Technical" sidebar, but can't see new posts.
37 posted on 03/03/2003 11:52:20 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: BOBTHENAILER
It looks to me like one of the other moderators restored it, but the reason I had removed it was that hours earlier, there had been a thread in the breaking news sidebar about it here.

In general, if something had already been in breaking but had scrolled off the page, we consider it to no longer be breaking. I suppose this one would be a good example of a counter argument, because the beating the Turkish market is taking is still evolving.

Thanks, AM

38 posted on 03/03/2003 11:53:19 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
sorry dude/ette, don't mean to abuse your topic abuse topic by changing same ...


39 posted on 03/03/2003 11:54:18 AM PST by tomkat (... snicker ...)
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To: John Robinson; Fractal Trader
John,

Maybe you can help figure out what the issue is here?

Thanks, AM

40 posted on 03/03/2003 11:54:32 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
I thought the Admin Moderator *was* John Robinson ; - )
41 posted on 03/03/2003 11:56:54 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader
see the tagline in #36.
i'm tempted to tell you to log off here,wipe all your temp net files, reboot, and try again.

but then, that could hose up somethin' else for ya, and that would not be a good thing.
[/martha]


42 posted on 03/03/2003 11:57:52 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Admin Moderator
It looks to me like one of the other moderators restored it, but the reason I had removed it was that hours earlier, there had been a thread in the breaking news sidebar about it here.

Thanks for the explanation. I searched for the title I posted but didn't see the previous post. Now I somewhat understand, although I appreciate the restoration and agree that it is still evolving.

Thanks....BTN

43 posted on 03/03/2003 11:59:44 AM PST by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: tomkat
We need a solution that will work on all browser without major reconfiguation here. Also, had same problem on Opera -- how can you explain that?

You sound like one of those ne'er do well tech support types -- just format your hard drive and all will be fine! : - )
44 posted on 03/03/2003 12:00:28 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader
actually, that's my night job ...

bwaahaha !

(the apple fruits told me to say that :^)

actually, setting your browser to wipe temp net files on shutdown is something you can do to help keep things nice and tidy (among others)

45 posted on 03/03/2003 12:03:53 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Admin Moderator
How about a daily thread of "Do the Poll Thingy" and the ones that have their links can just add them all to the one thread? It would be easier to get our input that way.
46 posted on 03/03/2003 12:10:53 PM PST by Mark (Treason doeth never prosper, for if it prosper, NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thanks for your reply.

Is there a way to REMOVE certain topics from our Breaking News sidebar?

For instance, how do I get rid of the 'FREEPER March in Washinton DC,' the 'Last Chance for a state room on the Freeper Cruise,' etc. from my Breaking News sidebar?

I prefer to keep my news seperate from these miscellaneous items.

'Breaking News' for me ideally would only include the hard news stories of the day... Estrada, N. Korea, shuttle disaster, etc.

Thanks.
47 posted on 03/03/2003 12:14:41 PM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: tomkat
If you check out f*ckedmicrosoft.com (or something like that) you will find that these files are NEVER erased, only hidden. It may help with some of the problem, but it is a definite privacy error on the part of MS. I think they call these "super secret" hidden files, or something like that.
48 posted on 03/03/2003 12:18:37 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader
super secret


49 posted on 03/03/2003 12:23:55 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Mark
Re#46 --I now saw this one:"IHOP Special offer on French Toast-(Freep for name change)"-- maybe I need to rethink the idea.
50 posted on 03/03/2003 12:29:24 PM PST by Mark (Treason doeth never prosper, for if it prosper, NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.)
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