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3-19-03 | Admin Moderator

Posted on 03/19/2003 8:25:49 AM PST by Admin Moderator

There have been too many duplicate threads lately. A search is easy to do, but is not 100% foolproof, nonetheless, it is very effective. The Free Republic search feature only looks at words in the title (words from within the article will not work). That is why it is imperative to use the original title. To avoid having duplicate posts, prior to posting an article, search a keyword from the title only. The main search page can be found here:

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The best method to search is to pick a key word or two from the title. If the article you are posting is, "'Blixie Chicks' Blame Conservative Web Site", start with 'Chicks' for the key word. If it is a hot topic, you might want to use two keywords, in this case, try Chicks and Blixie. For an effective search, select 'match all words' and select 'order by post time'.

Search using 'chicks' only.

Search using 'blixie chicks'.

Three words or more can also be used. Be aware, three letter words will NOT search. You must use four or more letters per word. So searching for FBI, CIA, ABC, FOX will result in no matches.

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Please see this message from Jim, posted last night (3-18-03).

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1 posted on 03/19/2003 8:25:50 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Can FR initiate a filter that would spot when someone is about to post something with a link to the same URL of the article that someone else may have posted, and then they would get an 'error' message that this article has already been posted? Might be an idea. Might be problems with that approach, though.
2 posted on 03/19/2003 8:27:13 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sorry if I can't answer everyone right away on Japan/Korea freepmail questions. I'm swamped! :-)
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To: Admin Moderator
Part of the trouble is, I have found, that often two different newspapers will run the exact same article under different titles.
3 posted on 03/19/2003 8:27:17 AM PST by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: Admin Moderator
I'm trying to find a link to yesterday's Ari Fletcher Press Conference, where I understand Helen Thomas got slapped around a little. My searching has failed. Can anyone help me?
4 posted on 03/19/2003 8:28:10 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: Admin Moderator
bttt
5 posted on 03/19/2003 8:28:44 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (Let's Roll)
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To: Admin Moderator
This has been posted before. ;)

J/K...by the way, I got a GREAT email from a friend last night about a letter Ted Nugent wrote called "I Am A BAD American"...can't wait for y'all to see it; it'll be posted in a minute...

6 posted on 03/19/2003 8:30:12 AM PST by TheBigB (How do I set a laser printer to stun?)
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To: freedomlover
bttt

Let me add to my previous post - I'm trying to find a link a FR thread relating to yesterday's Ari Fletcher Press Conference, where I understand Helen Thomas got slapped around a little. My searching has failed. Can anyone help me?

7 posted on 03/19/2003 8:31:01 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: Admin Moderator
What about if something was posted at 1:30 in the morning, and that afternoon you'd like people to see it. Is it okay to repost?
8 posted on 03/19/2003 8:31:53 AM PST by 7 x 77
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To: Admin Moderator
I think this or the breaking news announcement from last night needs to go up on the top of the section before tonight, because people havent seen the message from last night.
9 posted on 03/19/2003 8:32:46 AM PST by ewing
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To: 7 x 77
Do a search for the article. If you find it, bump it.
10 posted on 03/19/2003 8:32:56 AM PST by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
I ALWAYS do a search, but lately the same article posted earlier does NOT show up on the search, twice when both had the same title. Don't know why.
11 posted on 03/19/2003 8:33:33 AM PST by EggsAckley ( Hannibal Lechter: "I love the French. They taste like chicken.")
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To: Admin Moderator
In the past it was possible to search not only on words in the article title, but also on the author's name. Many articles of interest are published in more than one newspaper or other media. Unfortunately, titles to articles may differ from forum to forum. However, the author's name is a constant. When that was still a possibility on Free Republic, I found it to be the most reliable way to be sure an article was not previously posted. Why isn't it possible to restore that capability?
12 posted on 03/19/2003 8:34:06 AM PST by FairWitness
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To: wimpycat
Yes, that is a problem, expecially AP. We do the best we can, and we appreciate everyone's help with the heads up. Thanks.
13 posted on 03/19/2003 8:34:13 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: AmericanInTokyo; John Robinson
Let's see what John has to say.
14 posted on 03/19/2003 8:34:44 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: freedomlover
Maybe if you spelled Ari's name right you might have better success. FLEISCHER.
15 posted on 03/19/2003 8:35:59 AM PST by EggsAckley ( Hannibal Lechter: "I love the French. They taste like chicken.")
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To: Admin Moderator
thanks
16 posted on 03/19/2003 8:36:35 AM PST by OperationFreedom (Push your own buttons for a change!)
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To: TheBigB
I heard right here on FR, it was the tourist guy who wrote it.
17 posted on 03/19/2003 8:37:13 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: 7 x 77
We generally let duplicates go if they are 5-6 hours apart or more, but it is considered old news by then, and will be removed from breaking news.
18 posted on 03/19/2003 8:39:01 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
bttt
19 posted on 03/19/2003 8:39:01 AM PST by FourPeas
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To: Admin Moderator
BUMP.

As an aside, these incessant Elizabeth Smart/Laci Peterson/other true crime threads are going to drive me to drink.
</ rant>

20 posted on 03/19/2003 8:39:16 AM PST by Constitution Day (** RALLY FOR AMERICA: Raleigh, NC ** http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/861481/posts)
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To: Admin Moderator
Make a sticky post and put it at the top of each forum. Short and with pertinent info.

Might help newbies a lot.

snooker
21 posted on 03/19/2003 8:39:29 AM PST by snooker
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To: EggsAckley
Maybe if you spelled Ari's name right you might have better success. FLEISCHER.

You are right but I still don't find anything. I can't believe there wasn't a thread on it.

22 posted on 03/19/2003 8:39:40 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: ewing
We've been moving them back up periodically for that reason.
23 posted on 03/19/2003 8:40:45 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: 7 x 77
I believe that all you have to do, is, go to your original post and post to your article by typing bttt, (bump to the top.) That will bring your article to the top of the page and avoid you from having to actually post the article again.


24 posted on 03/19/2003 8:41:43 AM PST by IamHD
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To: FairWitness
Programming questions have to be directed to John. I know he's been working on lots of new features, what order, when or if they'll be implemented, I'm not sure. The mods do not have any ability to program FR.
25 posted on 03/19/2003 8:43:09 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Can we get the "airhead celebrity" threads - Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Martin Sheen, Walter Cronkite (heh) - moved to "General Interest"? These airheads aren't worth our time.
26 posted on 03/19/2003 8:43:59 AM PST by willieroe
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To: TomServo
Do a search for the article. If you find it, bump it.

How does that give others a chance to see it? Maybe I don't understand fully what's entailed by "bumping".

27 posted on 03/19/2003 8:44:13 AM PST by 7 x 77
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To: wimpycat
Part of the trouble is, I have found, that often two different newspapers will run the exact same article under different titles.

I've seen a lot of duplicates lately, and in my experience disjoint titles accounts for relatively few duplicates. (Though one I posted a few days ago about a slow "quake" was repeated today with "earthquake".)

But I've seen at least several cases of the same article from the exact same source reposted within a very few hours.

28 posted on 03/19/2003 8:46:38 AM PST by Eala
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To: 7 x 77
If you are checking latest posts, you might catch it. Not so if you are checking latest articles.
29 posted on 03/19/2003 8:46:38 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: freedomlover
I think that conference where Ari ripped Helen a new one was actually about a month ago.
30 posted on 03/19/2003 8:47:07 AM PST by EggsAckley ( Hannibal Lechter: "I love the French. They taste like chicken.")
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To: 7 x 77
if you post a comment it will go back to the top of latest threads.
MY QUESTION: How about warning these dudes that post all the dups, then banning them from posting new articles. or posting. i feel like a moderator and i AM NOT! drives me nuts, i've been living her lately, and every couple of hours someone will post the same article. IF they would read FR before looking elsewhere they would SEE it's been posted.
31 posted on 03/19/2003 8:47:37 AM PST by libbylu
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To: EggsAckley
Something about "you and I Helen are never going to agree on this so lets move on ..." My wife told me about it and I thought it was yesterdays.

If I could find the thread I could check for myself.

32 posted on 03/19/2003 8:49:22 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: TheBigB
I got a GREAT email from a friend last night about a letter Ted Nugent wrote called "I Am A BAD American"...can't wait for y'all to see it; it'll be posted in a minute...

Can't wait to see it so make sure you post it under breaking!

33 posted on 03/19/2003 8:50:30 AM PST by leadpencil1
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To: leadpencil1
I got a GREAT email from a friend last night about a letter Ted Nugent wrote called "I Am A BAD American"...can't wait for y'all to see it; it'll be posted in a minute...

(sigh) EVERYBODY knows George Carlin said that. I'm series.

34 posted on 03/19/2003 8:51:59 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: leadpencil1
Absolutely! I also heard some rumors about this band called, I think, the "Dixie Chicks" saying some nasty stuff. If I find out any more info, I'll get that out, too...
35 posted on 03/19/2003 8:52:59 AM PST by TheBigB (How do I set a laser printer to stun?)
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To: freedomlover
Use the words "Fleischer, Helen Thomas"

I think that's the article.
36 posted on 03/19/2003 9:00:18 AM PST by EggsAckley ( Hannibal Lechter: "I love the French. They taste like chicken.")
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To: freedomlover
Use the words "Fleischer, Helen Thomas"

I think that's the article.
37 posted on 03/19/2003 9:06:47 AM PST by EggsAckley ( Hannibal Lechter: "I love the French. They taste like chicken.")
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To: EggsAckley
Thanks I'm still going through it. I found the charade/Frence banter but still looking for the "we never will agree" bit.

Any time Ari smacks that Clinton sockpuppet around I would like to know about it. It's not like I'll see it on CNN or something (yeah, like I watch CNN).

38 posted on 03/19/2003 9:07:44 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: 7 x 77
How does that give others a chance to see it? Maybe I don't understand fully what's entailed by "bumping".

Post a reply to the article. When a reply is made, it automatically goes to the top of the articles list.

39 posted on 03/19/2003 9:10:11 AM PST by TomServo
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To: freedomlover
(sigh) EVERYBODY knows George Carlin said that. I'm series.

Ooops. Sorry for that hugh mistake.

40 posted on 03/19/2003 9:14:49 AM PST by leadpencil1
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To: AmericanInTokyo
It's a good idea, but it has to be a warning not an error. Some news sources recycle URLs or aggregate all news on one page.
41 posted on 03/19/2003 9:32:25 AM PST by John Robinson
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To: Admin Moderator
BTTT
42 posted on 03/19/2003 3:15:49 PM PST by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: wimpycat
Headlines aside, comparing the bodies of the articles will confirm if they are duplicates or not.
43 posted on 03/19/2003 3:17:58 PM PST by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: Admin Moderator
BUMP!!!!!!!!!!
44 posted on 03/19/2003 3:38:46 PM PST by lawgirl (Running from the Grand Ennui - Nez)
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To: Admin Moderator
All right, I give up...

I know this question has been asked and answered 147,496,369,342,174 times on this forum - and I know I saved the answer at one time, and **I** **CAN'T** **FIND** **IT**, and I feel REALLY dumb, and I probably am looking right at it.

But that said... HOW can I search for postings (by poster, in this case) going back to, say, 1999 or 2000?

Any search I do, turns up 50 postings, and that's it.

Okay... now if anybody wants to subject me to some choice invective ordinarily reserved only for Demoncrats and other single-celled life forms, NOW'S YOUR CHANCE - I've got it coming.

< < GRRRRRRRRrr... HOW COME I CAN'T FIND THIS... > >

45 posted on 03/19/2003 5:01:06 PM PST by fire_eye
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To: lodwick
We didn't understand the abuse report you submitted regarding post 4. I am guessing it wasn't about that one, so what was it about? Thanks, AM
46 posted on 03/19/2003 5:05:47 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: fire_eye
Because there is no way to do what you want through the FR search engine, at this time. Sorry, AM

PS: I would love to have that too.

47 posted on 03/19/2003 5:06:49 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: wimpycat
Try reading the first and last paragraphs of the article. Compare author names, if they're posted...
48 posted on 03/19/2003 5:07:22 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Admin Moderator
Can we please post the phoney baloney email about which oil companies to boycott another 200 times? Puhleeze?
49 posted on 03/19/2003 5:09:14 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: freedomlover
White House Press Briefings
50 posted on 03/19/2003 6:53:42 PM PST by SpookBrat
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