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Way Too Many Vanities (Updated)
March 29, 2003 | Admin Moderator

Posted on 03/29/2003 4:52:10 PM PST by Admin Moderator

Edited on 03/31/2003 3:26:01 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

There have been way too many vanities lately. The news forum is being overrun with them. We have been spending a lot of time moving them to the General Interest ("Chat") forum. With the increased volume we have seen with the war starting, we have been missing mail and other moderator duties, such as zots. So, here's some guidelines for vanities. Of course, there are exceptions to these guidelines. We have seen some great vanities.

Vanities are never posted in breaking news. Exceptions will be from valid news sources where breaking news is happening immediately. Such as 'CNN just reported Baghdad has been overrun by coalition forces'. Or, 'Fox reports that WMD have been discovered in Saddam's palace by embedded reporter'.

Your one line vanites, for the most part can be posted as a comment on an existing thread. If you want to post a one line vanity, post it in the chat forum. One line vanities consist of but are not limited to, 'Did you just hear that guy on KASD?'. Or, 'Does anyone know where that thread is about that women who said something about chemical weapons'. They will be deleted unless they are posted in the chat forum.

Most emails are not valid sources of news. Who knows where they originated from. They will be deleted unless they are posted in the chat forum.

Most humor threads should go to the chat forum, unless they are relevent to current events and news. Jokes and 'caption this' are also included. They will be deleted unless they are posted in the chat forum.

Freep this polls will be moved to chat depending on their revelance to current events.

Thanks for helping. Free Republic is growing faster than ever right now!


WHERE IS CHAT?

At the upper right hand side of the latest posts or latest thread, you will see a menu which looks something like this:

Campaign Central
General Interest (also known as 'chat')
News/Activism
Religion
RLC Liberty Caucus
The Smokey Backroom
VetsCoR

To post an article in any of these forums, just click on that forum, and post your article. They all work the same way.


Reference threads:

On War Images
Announcement Regarding the Breaking News Posting Category
New Numbers for the Curious (or FR Traffic Stats)
Loose Lips Sinks Ships
Welcome, and Thanks [Newbies Especially, Please Read]
Help us out, please search before posting an article.
Regarding Graphics During Heavy Free Republic Traffic
Topic Abuse, Particularly Activism
Traffic Rank for freerepublic.com (alexa)
a colorful comparison of daily site statistics
The Ultimate Sidebar Management Thread


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KEYWORDS: adminlectureseries; faq; vanities; zot
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I'm sure you all will have more questions, so fire away!
1 posted on 03/29/2003 4:52:10 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Uhhhh...Isn't this like the Mother of All Vanities?

That's trademarked BTW, so no one else use it!

NeverGore :^)
2 posted on 03/29/2003 4:54:37 PM PST by nevergore (If stupidity hurt, Frenchmen would be writhing in pain....)
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To: Admin Moderator
I'm sure you all will have more questions, so fire away!

Are We There Yet?

3 posted on 03/29/2003 4:56:21 PM PST by Mo1 (Can I ask the media stupid questions?)
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To: Admin Moderator
'CNN just reported Baghdad has been overrun by coalition forces'.

I'm sure that's one we'd all like to see.

This is another:

Body found burned in bunker positivly identified as that of Saddam; bullet hole in head.

4 posted on 03/29/2003 4:57:15 PM PST by South40
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To: Admin Moderator
You guys REALLY need to rename the General Interest forum the Chat forum.

Either that, or quit referring to it as chat. Many people, especially new members, have NO idea where to find the illusory Chat forum.

5 posted on 03/29/2003 4:58:45 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Admin Moderator
You've been posting nothing but vanities. First the War Images one and now this. Keep it up and you're gonna get reported mister.

j/k...please don't ban me
6 posted on 03/29/2003 4:59:09 PM PST by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Admin Moderator
Was wondering when you would remind us of what Jim said a bit ago about breaking news. You guys/gals are doing a great job! I get a lot of intial info from FR because I don't watch TV, and am very glad to have access to it. Thanks again!
7 posted on 03/29/2003 4:59:51 PM PST by gracex7 (The LORD is not slack concerning His promise....but is longsuffering to us-ward. 2 Peter 3:9)
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To: Admin Moderator
I seldom post, but have posted several vanities over the past few days. I do apologize for wasting valuable bandwidth as I am certain that the servers are probably strained these days.

I will be happy to take any info/questions I have to the "chat" section as soon as I see where it is.

I do not see any area labeled chat. Advise requested.
8 posted on 03/29/2003 5:00:20 PM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc
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To: Dog Gone
That's John's area. If you look at the URL, it says chat. When we are busy, chat is much easier to type than General Interest. We tried GI, but chat just stuck.
9 posted on 03/29/2003 5:00:32 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Arrrrrrrrrr...........Aye, Cap'n.
10 posted on 03/29/2003 5:00:52 PM PST by DoctorMichael (Liberalism = Evil)
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To: Bogey78O
Guilty. Can I ban me?
11 posted on 03/29/2003 5:01:17 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Dog Gone
Thank you. I didn't see your message regarding chat area until after I posted my message to the moderator.
12 posted on 03/29/2003 5:01:37 PM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc
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To: Mo1
Are We There Yet?

Stop it! He's series!
13 posted on 03/29/2003 5:02:51 PM PST by Gamecock (IF YOU HAVE TO BE ONE, BE A BIG RED ONE! No Mission too Difficult! No Sacrifice too Great!)
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To: Admin Moderator
What is the sound of one admin zotting?
14 posted on 03/29/2003 5:03:25 PM PST by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Admin Moderator
Keep up the good work, Sir.

As someone noted above, too bad that the "Chat" forum goes under the name "General Interest". One more of life's little confusions.

15 posted on 03/29/2003 5:05:28 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: Gamecock
He's series and about to shower!
16 posted on 03/29/2003 5:06:35 PM PST by OldFriend (without the brave, there would be no land of the free)
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To: Admin Moderator
Where's the Chat Forum?
17 posted on 03/29/2003 5:06:51 PM PST by swheats
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To: Admin Moderator
Quite so. And yes, it's embedded in the URL. If the text on the front page was changed from "General Interest" to "General Interest (Chat)" that would help.
18 posted on 03/29/2003 5:07:41 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: Mo1
Are We There Yet?

NO!

19 posted on 03/29/2003 5:08:01 PM PST by swheats
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To: John Robinson
Hey, John, the AM is trying to pass the buck here.

The crowd is saying that you either need to change the name of the General Interest forum, or you need to yell at the Admin Mods to use the proper terminology.

It's a bit much to ask new members to examine URLs in order to find the Chat section.

(My suggestion is to change the name AND yell at the admins. Just for fun.)

20 posted on 03/29/2003 5:08:24 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: LouisianaJoanof Arc
It's not the bandwidth, it's clogging up the breaking news categories, of which I have been guilty.
21 posted on 03/29/2003 5:08:35 PM PST by Bob J
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To: Admin Moderator
You know, yours is a usually-thankless job. So thank you.
22 posted on 03/29/2003 5:08:47 PM PST by ChemistCat (My new bumper sticker: MY OTHER DRIVER IS A ROCKET SCIENTIST)
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To: Admin Moderator
Most of them are arm-chair generals trying to explain why we should surrender or why were getting our arse kicked.

I say, zot their poor excuse for a post and send them back to their parents basement with their comic books.

23 posted on 03/29/2003 5:08:53 PM PST by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: LouisianaJoanof Arc
I've updated the main body of the thread. Please take a look and see if that answers your questions. Otherwise, I'll be here to clear up your questions.
24 posted on 03/29/2003 5:09:06 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Dog Gone
Either that, or quit referring to it as chat. Many people, especially new members, have NO idea where to find the illusory Chat forum.

I've been here since 1998, check this forum several times a day and I had no idea there was a chat forum.

25 posted on 03/29/2003 5:09:52 PM PST by cantfindagoodscreenname (You're unique--just like everyone else.)
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To: LouisianaJoanof Arc; Admin Moderator
I do not see any area labeled chat. Advice requested.

Agreed that there is a little "haze" on Freep. I've started a few threads with the idea of NOT being under 'breaking', and not seeing them under breaking, yet getting flack from the Illbays of the forum.

A one paragraph tutorial might just be in order.

26 posted on 03/29/2003 5:10:14 PM PST by ErnBatavia ((bumperootus!))
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To: Admin Moderator
For repeat offenders, I would suggest one warning then a ban for a determined time. Sit in a thinking corner for a while before being given posting rights.

My 2 pence.

I detest the clutter on my FR

27 posted on 03/29/2003 5:10:15 PM PST by don-o
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To: Bogey78O
AM's can't ban AM's, trust me, I tried. LOL!
28 posted on 03/29/2003 5:10:39 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Wellll....maybe one question, or it might be a suggestion. How about an "editorial" (aka vanity) forum, along with the general, smokey, etc. forums? Some vanities are really good and worthy of attention--but I'll admit a larger number of them are not.

29 posted on 03/29/2003 5:10:57 PM PST by MizSterious ("The truth takes only seconds to tell."--Jack Straw)
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To: Admin Moderator
Hey, I finally got a password for the Nupress name, but now if I start using it again, I'll miss any pings to Nuprez because that's what people are used to now. I guess I'll just have to miss them. You guys do me a favor and tell anyone trying to use the Nuprez name that she kicked the bucket and is using Nupress again, okay?

Maybe I should start a vanity...
30 posted on 03/29/2003 5:11:43 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: swheats
Check the main body of the thread, "General Interest" is also known as "Chat"
31 posted on 03/29/2003 5:11:59 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
"...I'm sure you all will have more questions, so fire away!..."
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Why do we park in our driveways;
and drive on our parkways?

Why, if you send something by car its called a ship-ment;
but if you send something by ship its called car-go?
32 posted on 03/29/2003 5:12:09 PM PST by error99 ("I believe stupidity should hurt."...used by permission from null and void all copyrights apply...)
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To: Admin Moderator
If you are interested in just how busy FR actually is right now. Click the links at right for more stats.
33 posted on 03/29/2003 5:12:58 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (http://www.angelfire.com/ultra/terroristcorecard/index.html)
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To: Dog Gone; John Robinson
Now there's a novel idea, yell at the moderators ;) John, please consider changing the name 'general interest' to 'chat'.
34 posted on 03/29/2003 5:14:00 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: swheats
Oh...

well, will we there soon?
35 posted on 03/29/2003 5:14:16 PM PST by Mo1 (Can I ask the media stupid questions?)
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To: Admin Moderator
No, I am sorry, what do you mean updated the main body of the thread.
36 posted on 03/29/2003 5:15:57 PM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc
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To: Mo1
I've only been hearing that for the last week with my son's homer simpson watch. I'm hoping the battery is not an energizer.
37 posted on 03/29/2003 5:16:12 PM PST by swheats
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To: ChemistCat; All
Thanks, we appreciate everyone's kind words and especially your patience. (not that we ever get crabby)
38 posted on 03/29/2003 5:16:19 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
This reminds me of when our Pastor was makes announcements......He says..

"We are having way too much movement during the sermon, if you have to use the restroom, or have any other business to take care of, please do it now before the preaching starts."

For the next two to three weeks people are darting in and out of the service, cell phones are going off, kids are crying, etc.
39 posted on 03/29/2003 5:17:42 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: John Robinson
Thank you for being such a sweetie and putting up with me.

[..ahem..] What are the chances I could Nuprez's April 10, 1998 "member since" date on this name? Is that possible? Do you know any computer software experts who could do that for me? [..tossing hair back..] I'm sure it would take someone who REALLY knows what they're doing, huh? Someone who really knows what they're doing.

You probably aren't even online right now to answer this question. Maybe I should start a vanity to ask people that question.

40 posted on 03/29/2003 5:19:18 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: LouisianaJoanof Arc
ooops! okay general interest = chat........
41 posted on 03/29/2003 5:19:28 PM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc
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To: Admin Moderator
This is a bit off-topic but -

The Find in Forum by Title search function has changed, and now defaults to Order by Relevance, instead of Order by Date.

The result will be more duplicate posts.

42 posted on 03/29/2003 5:20:00 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: MizSterious
We agree. Some vanities are excellent. We have some great authors here. There have been so many vanities lately though, we've just been moving them all. If everyone helps, we can keep the really good ones in news. Maybe move them to editorial or humor, depending on they type of vanity.
43 posted on 03/29/2003 5:20:10 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Nita Nuprez
...and is using Nupress again...

Would you please make up your mind already?

5.56mm

44 posted on 03/29/2003 5:20:42 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Dog Gone
Either that, or quit referring to it as chat. Many people, especially new members, have NO idea where to find the illusory Chat forum.

Oh, my gosh. Don't I feel dumb.

45 posted on 03/29/2003 5:21:16 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Nita Nuprez
Of course, post it in breaking news. Have you considered a revival of your freeper addict thread? It's a FR classic, and with the number of new posters, it might be worth a revisit.
46 posted on 03/29/2003 5:22:24 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Straight Vermonter
Check the reference threads I've included. There's a new one John created.
47 posted on 03/29/2003 5:23:21 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Nita Nupress; John Robinson
Of course it can be done. We old timers stick together.

Come on John, do right for Nita

48 posted on 03/29/2003 5:23:53 PM PST by don-o
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname
I don't think I've ever told you this, but I think you have one of the best screen names here. I remember when I was trying to find an untaken name, I almost named myself, "Well, sh*t." That was back when I cussed a lot.
49 posted on 03/29/2003 5:24:09 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Nita Nupress
You forgot one.

[...batting eyelashes...]

50 posted on 03/29/2003 5:25:25 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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