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Welcome, and Thanks [Newbies Especially, Please Read]

Posted on 03/20/2003 4:30:30 AM PST by Admin Moderator

Welcome to Free Republic!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of writing the following:

Yesterday was, by the measure of distinct posters, the busiest day ever in the history of Free Republic, as 4,282 distinct usernames posted. Fan-freepin'-tastic. This beat the previous record by a dozen or two.

Even more impressive, yesterday was the busiest day in the history of Free Republic as measured by total articles + replies, with a whopping 31,153. The previous record was somewhat below 30,000.

Signups had their 8th highest day ever, behind 7 consecutive days after the 2000 elections.

I am happy to say that yesterday was even busier, with 4,313 distinct posters, an all-time high. The posts+replies measure just missed duplicating the previous day's record, with the tally at 31,069. 333 new signups were made (the 4th highest one day total ever), and although some of these were trolls, the vast majority were not.

I would like to thank everyone on behalf of the rest of the staff for everyone's help in making things continue to run smoothly, for pointing out disruptors, and for keeping the discussion lively but (for the most part) civil. Abuse has not increased with load, and for that we are grateful.

To all the new posters, welcome. If you have questions about how things work, feel free to ask them on this thread. I am sure many freepers will be happy to chime in with help.

Some recent threads which might be helpful to newbies:

HTML help can be found on this thread and this thread.

At one time, someone had started collecting information for a Free Republic FAQ. The effort died, but there is some good information on that thread here.

Some information about graphics etiquette can be found on this thread.

The site's owner, Jim Robinson, has asked for some consideration regarding posting articles to the sidebars. More here.

Speaking of sidebars, this thread has all you need to configure which topics show up for you as sidebars, and in what order. More here.

What are vanities? They are posts that start threads, where instead of being an article from another source, the article is written by the person posting the thread. What do you need to know about vanities? This thread should help. It also has some words on types of posts that are not welcome here.

I forgot to add one of the most important things. Be careful about Loose Lips posts. Sometimes this gets controversial and some don't see the point, but we would rather err on the side of caution when it comes to our military. Thanks.

We are enjoined, due to a settlement reached in a lawsuit, from having postings of anything more than brief excerpts from the Washington Post or LA Times or anything they own. See this thread for more information.

Welcome aboard, and God Bless our troops!

PS: Search before posting.


TOPICS: Free Republic
KEYWORDS: adminlectureseries; faq; fr; lexicon
Some Help for the Newbies J


1 posted on 03/20/2003 4:30:30 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: 2ndIDVet; Wobbly Tide; Silverhawk; mustangz; kkcc93; PChristopher; kyokushin; tolayedback; ...
Welcome. Hopefully this thread will be helpful.
2 posted on 03/20/2003 4:33:03 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: joesixpak; bkr4mdr; DJGodden; Johnnythesaint; heritage; one8kevin; war_cat; AJM085; ...
Welcome. Hopefully this thread will be helpful.
3 posted on 03/20/2003 4:35:42 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
We beat the record again yesterday with 4,313 distinct posters. I expect the record will be broken again today.
4 posted on 03/20/2003 4:41:21 AM PST by Celtjew Libertarian (No more will we pretend that our desire/For liberty is number-cold and has no fire.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Most kewl AM...glad to see you on your toes this morning...I for one would like to THANK YOU!!! for what you do to keep this place in shape
5 posted on 03/20/2003 4:42:47 AM PST by Neets (Mess with me and you'll be introduced to my big ole can of MOAB.)
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To: Celtjew Libertarian
I bet you are right.

Maybe some of those thousands of posters will decide today is a good day to make a donation to Free Republic. It sure would be nice to get to the point where we don't have to do any fundraisers, you know?

6 posted on 03/20/2003 4:43:43 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Welcome to all our pro-America newbies!!!

(we'll tolerate those who aren't, too... just play nice ... at least moderately nice ... LOL)
7 posted on 03/20/2003 4:56:48 AM PST by AFPhys (((PRAYING for: President Bush & advisors, troops & families, Americans)))
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To: Admin Moderator
With volume of posts anticipated today, this post will rapidly scroll off the browse screen. You should consider putting this post on Front Page to be seen by other Freepers, and updating occasionally.
8 posted on 03/20/2003 5:01:41 AM PST by CedarDave (MOAB: Mother Of All Bombs)
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To: CedarDave
Yes, it will scroll off. But I am trying to set a good example and use the sidebars for their proper function. Breaking News for Breaking News, FR for Free Republic, and so forth.

I am pinging the newbies to this thread, so they will see it. Thanks, AM

9 posted on 03/20/2003 5:03:25 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
bump to ref.
10 posted on 03/20/2003 5:03:38 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Admin Moderator
Thanks for posting this. I was wondering how to do the italics & post articles. most of the veteran freepers are VERY willing to help with this stuff. This is a great, comprehensive resource, and I am sure i will refer back to it.

11 posted on 03/20/2003 5:27:24 AM PST by ctlpdad
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you for this information...... valuable to newbies like myself. Glad I found this site.
12 posted on 03/20/2003 5:28:11 AM PST by bart99
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To: bart99
Welcome bart99 and all newbies. This site works well for all of us when we follow the aforementioned ; please take time to acquaint yourself with the house rules. V's wife.
13 posted on 03/20/2003 5:32:05 AM PST by ventana
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To: Admin Moderator
Index Bump!
14 posted on 03/20/2003 5:34:46 AM PST by Nora
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To: Admin Moderator
Here's hoping many of you new Freepers will join us for Pro-American rally this weekend!! Especially those in New York on Sunday!!
15 posted on 03/20/2003 5:54:27 AM PST by God luvs America
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To: Admin Moderator
Helluva job, AM. Hats off to you and the Robinsons. FR ran quick yesterday in the midst of a heavy traffic blitz.
16 posted on 03/20/2003 5:58:00 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Curtis Loew was the finest picker who ever played the Blues)
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To: Admin Moderator
And a lot of newbies there are. I've been checking in on the signups and it has gone from 150+ a day to 300+ yesterday. Hopefully, come the next fundraiser (*duck*) we'll be golden....
17 posted on 03/20/2003 6:39:38 AM PST by eureka! (WELCOME NEWBIES AND LURKERS, ONE AND ALL.......)
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To: Admin Moderator
You should also give advice about proper etiquette on moose and cheese threads, how not to get too series about showers, and how to handle people who hate ping lists. Oh, and you really should have warned them about that Fred Mertz fellow...
18 posted on 03/20/2003 12:04:29 PM PST by dirtboy (Render yourself invisible to the media - attend a Rally for America today!)
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To: Admin Moderator
If you really cared about the newbies, you would include this one as an, "Oh, and by the way..."

You Know You're A FReepin' Addict When...

;-)

19 posted on 03/20/2003 2:01:34 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Arthur McGowan; dirtboy
Thought you may want to say hi to the newbies.
20 posted on 03/20/2003 2:04:09 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Nita Nuprez
Thought you may want to say hi to the newbies.

Fresh Fish! Fresh Fish! Fresh Fish!

(gotta quit watching so many reruns of Shawshank Redemption...)

21 posted on 03/20/2003 2:06:39 PM PST by dirtboy (Render yourself invisible to the media - attend a Rally for America today!)
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To: dirtboy; Fred Mertz
Oh, and you really should have warned them about that Fred Mertz fellow...

Hey! What's wrong with Fred?
And, BTW, you know that you're supposed to ping the person you're talking about. ;^)

22 posted on 03/20/2003 2:07:47 PM PST by Just another Joe (FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Admin Moderator
Welcome, and Thanks [Newbies Especially, Please Read]

Hey, AM. Have a little PC sensitivity here. They're not newbies, they're signup-date challenged...

23 posted on 03/20/2003 2:08:23 PM PST by dirtboy (Render yourself invisible to the media - attend a Rally for America today!)
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To: Admin Moderator
Hey! You Have Stolen My Post From Yesterday!

ROFLMAO!
(P.S. I'm flattered) J
(Keep up the good work)

24 posted on 03/20/2003 2:09:02 PM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Admin Moderator
BTTT
25 posted on 03/20/2003 2:10:10 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: dirtboy
LOL!
26 posted on 03/20/2003 2:13:14 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Admin Moderator
So am I still a newbie? bump
27 posted on 03/20/2003 2:19:50 PM PST by stands2reason
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To: Admin Moderator
THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH for this thread and, most of all, for this site. I was hooked in, like 3 nanosecs. I'll help out as soon as I can.

I'm a part-time stay@home mom and freelance graphic designer. Let me know if you could use any help from me at all. I'm grateful to have a place to discuss something other than Barney, The Wiggles, or potty training. LOL

Thanks again, A patriot in Kentucky
28 posted on 03/20/2003 2:31:00 PM PST by kimmie7 (Proud sis of a Cpt. at Ft. Dix - Proud daughter (and daughter-in-law) of WW2 vets)
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To: Admin Moderator
Newbie bookmark bump. And a thank you for your patience.
29 posted on 03/20/2003 5:06:18 PM PST by Kudsman (LETS GET IT ON!!! The price of freedom is vigilance. Tyranny is free of charge.)
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To: Bunzii
ping
30 posted on 03/21/2003 10:06:00 AM PST by dirtboy (Render yourself invisible to the media - attend a Rally for America today!)
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To: Admin Moderator
bump for all our new posters
31 posted on 03/21/2003 10:41:17 AM PST by dirtboy (Render yourself invisible to the media - attend a Rally for America today!)
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To: dirtboy; Jael; TLBSHOW; Wallaby; thinden; mancini; rubbertramp; T'wit; Budge
Welcome newbie pod people!

Where is NDCORUP(RIP) these days?
32 posted on 03/21/2003 1:51:45 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz
Where is NDCORUP(RIP) these days?

Probably mooning Saddam and bin Laden.

33 posted on 03/21/2003 1:53:48 PM PST by dirtboy (Render yourself invisible to the media - attend a Rally for America today!)
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To: All
Welcome to FreeRepublic the #1 News Forum on the internet!
34 posted on 03/21/2003 1:54:10 PM PST by TLBSHOW (The gift is to see the truth......)
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To: Fred Mertz
Thanks for the ping.

You have Freep mail and I hope new posters have heard about Freep Mail too!
35 posted on 03/21/2003 1:55:47 PM PST by TLBSHOW (The gift is to see the truth......)
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To: dirtboy; Fred Mertz; rubbertramp; mancini
former poster rdavis84 had this to say to me just yesterday about NDCORUP (RIP):

Just Thank God that NDCORUP is dead and gone and buried and worm-eaten and................

Never did like that guy. Or his Pocket Protector style!!

36 posted on 03/21/2003 2:14:35 PM PST by thinden
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To: Fred Mertz
Welcome to the newbies!

Man, ol' ND (RIP) bought a "No-Limit hunting license" and is after ol' Sad-dam, I think.

37 posted on 03/21/2003 5:44:46 PM PST by Budge (God Bless FReepers!)
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To: thinden
I still pine for metalbird1 but you'll do in a pinch thinden. Metal saw through the disinfo. NDCorup specialized in Branson and banking ..but that nerdy pocket protector..sheesh.

Newbies: There are pockets of wisdom on this site if you can get past the jingoistic bigots. Your blogs are saved in perpetuity on various search engines...which is the good part. The bad part is that there are foreign governments' clandestine agencies that have been empowered to kill you should you hold views that go against their world agenda.

38 posted on 03/22/2003 5:02:13 AM PST by rubbertramp
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To: Do the Dew
newbie ping
39 posted on 03/29/2003 5:07:10 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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bttt
40 posted on 07/26/2003 8:08:33 AM PDT by GretchenEE (If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your future plans.)
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