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Topic Abuse is Getting Out of Hand
Free Republic | 04/04/2003 | xm177e2

Posted on 04/03/2003 5:49:36 PM PST by xm177e2

Take a look at the articles with the topic "Philosophy"--less than half of these articles can reasonably be described as relating to philosophy.

"Soldier Is Relieved for Streaking on Base" or news of a dozen different bomb attacks--those are not philosophical threads!

The same goes for "Constitution/Conservatism" and "Crime/Corruption." These are supposed to be, respectively, "Discussion of conservatism and conservative principles and issues" and "News and discussion of crime, corruption government abuse, power grabs, and scandal."

Miscellaneous is probably the most-abused topic. Miscellaneous is for "Anything which doesn't fit into another category"--so if you've already put your thread in one category, DON'T ADD MISCELLANEOUS. This is pretty simple.

Breaking News--the worst category, in terms of abuse. DO NOT PUT OLD CRAP into breaking news. Breaking news is for NEW news. If it has been posted before on FR, IT IS NOT BREAKING NEWS. It also has to be IMPORTANT news.

Front Page News: this is for IMPORTANT news. I don't see much abuse of this topic.

Anthrax and WoT should be pretty easy to figure out.

States: this is news about specific states. DO NOT PING EVERY SINGLE STATE TO YOUR THREAD. That is incredibly stupid. PLEASE do not do that.

Before you post a vanity or miscellaneous thread, consider if it would not be more appropriate in the chat/general interest forum.

And of course, no discussion would be complete without mentioning the LEAST-ABUSED category: Vanity ("Your Opinion/Questions"). When you make a vanity post here, you MUST put it in this category.


TOPICS: Free Republic; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: bitchinandmoanin; guywithslowmodem; hughseriesgriping; spatulas; topicnazi; xm177e2
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Note: The only topics I subscribed this thread to are "FR" and "Vanity" ("Your Opinion/Questions"). If any others are here, they were added by someone else.
1 posted on 04/03/2003 5:49:36 PM PST by xm177e2
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To: xm177e2
Not to mention those who have figured out that they can get their stupid vanity posts at the top of the sidebar list by posting them in "Activism."
2 posted on 04/03/2003 5:50:44 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: xm177e2
You have too much time on your hands.
3 posted on 04/03/2003 5:51:10 PM PST by cynicom
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To: xm177e2
Oh, and be advised that you're going to get flamed big-time by the "children" on FR that think rules don't apply to them.
4 posted on 04/03/2003 5:51:28 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: Illbay
Frankly, this is the one and only "worthless" thread I've seen on FR.
5 posted on 04/03/2003 5:53:06 PM PST by Scoop (It's An Inside Joke, Ladies)
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To: Scoop
Robinson owns the forum, if his name aint on it, its vanity looking for an audience.
6 posted on 04/03/2003 5:57:56 PM PST by cynicom
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To: xm177e2
PLUS:

Right now, the only threads which are supposed to be posted to Breaking News are war-related breaking stories.

This comes from Jim himself.

Announcement Regarding the Breaking News Posting Category

This and other important issues are referenced in this thread:

Way Too Many Vanities (Updated)

7 posted on 04/03/2003 5:58:20 PM PST by petuniasevan (cogito, ergo spud: I think, therefore I yam...)
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To: Scoop
You haven't been here long enough.

If you follow Illbay around, you'll see a few (at least in his opinion).
8 posted on 04/03/2003 5:59:53 PM PST by petuniasevan (cogito, ergo spud: I think, therefore I yam...)
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To: petuniasevan

9 posted on 04/03/2003 6:01:17 PM PST by ALS
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To: petuniasevan
This from someone who thinks a "spud" is a "yam."
10 posted on 04/03/2003 6:02:37 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: ALS
No, not me. Just listing related threads (and explaining why posters' non-war threads disappear from breaking news).

Illbay is your source for 24/7 thread monitoring.
11 posted on 04/03/2003 6:02:57 PM PST by petuniasevan (cogito, ergo spud: I think, therefore I yam...)
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To: xm177e2
Anthrax and WoT should be pretty easy to figure out.

I'll bite; what's a "WoT"?

12 posted on 04/03/2003 6:03:31 PM PST by thinktwice
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To: Scoop
Frankly, this is the one and only "worthless" thread I've seen on FR.

So I guess you think this is a worthless vanity, also?

13 posted on 04/03/2003 6:04:35 PM PST by TomServo
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To: thinktwice
Sorry, it's short for "War on Terror" (it gives the full name in the list of topics)
14 posted on 04/03/2003 6:05:03 PM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: Illbay
Hey. The tagline is just a pun. And I don't like yams (or sweet potatoes, for that matter).

:-P
15 posted on 04/03/2003 6:06:25 PM PST by petuniasevan (Wisconsin springtime: freezing rain and sleet.)
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To: xm177e2
Topic abuse is a serious problem and must be stopped ...file this under spatulas
16 posted on 04/03/2003 6:06:38 PM PST by woofie
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To: xm177e2
I have to agree. FR these days is 50% vanity and 40% argument. Still, the remaining 10% keeps me coming back.
17 posted on 04/03/2003 6:10:10 PM PST by BradyLS
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To: petuniasevan
Agreed.

Hilarious tagline!
18 posted on 04/03/2003 6:10:16 PM PST by k2blader ("Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful." - C. S. Lewis)
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To: Scoop
Frankly, this is the one and only "worthless" thread I've seen on FR.

I disagree. I appreciate this post, the topics are abused and I've noticed that it's been more of a problem since the war started.

19 posted on 04/03/2003 6:10:51 PM PST by Jean S
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To: petuniasevan
Well, I love yams. And Spuds.

And I went to college in Wisconsin, so I know what you mean about the freezing rain and sleet.
20 posted on 04/03/2003 6:11:16 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: xm177e2
Topic abuse? As in topical abuse?

What about subcuteanous abuse?

Intramusculer abuse?

A loading dose of abuse?

21 posted on 04/03/2003 6:11:59 PM PST by Fury
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To: Fury
ABUSE ABUSE?
22 posted on 04/03/2003 6:15:20 PM PST by woofie
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To: xm177e2
What category is this post?
23 posted on 04/03/2003 6:16:53 PM PST by yooper
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To: woofie
I admit it. I suffer from topic abuse envy...
24 posted on 04/03/2003 6:18:38 PM PST by Fury
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To: Fury
Spatulas is very SERIES!


25 posted on 04/03/2003 6:18:44 PM PST by ALS
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To: ALS
I wonder if that hurts...
26 posted on 04/03/2003 6:20:12 PM PST by Fury
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To: yooper
How can you explain the miscategorization of posts with this post? Then again, how can you you not explain the miscategorization of posts without posting a miscategorized post? Joseph Heller is laughing out there somewhere!

Catch-22!

27 posted on 04/03/2003 6:21:18 PM PST by yooper
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To: xm177e2
And your irritated because of?
28 posted on 04/03/2003 6:21:39 PM PST by antaresequity
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To: xm177e2
I NEVER look at topics. I just look at the 50 latest posts which is what 95% of Freepers do. I don't "subscribe" to jack.
29 posted on 04/03/2003 6:21:39 PM PST by dennisw
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To: Illbay
It may be difficult to get to work in the AM.

It's only 1/2 mile BUT the ice is horrible - chunks of it are coming off my ash trees and raining down on the roof and deck.

There are (occasionally) times I wish I were back in California. This is one of them.
31 posted on 04/03/2003 6:22:29 PM PST by petuniasevan (Wisconsin springtime: freezing rain and sleet.)
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To: dennisw
Who Took My Beer ???????
32 posted on 04/03/2003 6:23:45 PM PST by cmsgop ( Arby's says no more Horsey Sauce for Scott Ritter !!!!)
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To: Fury
A steady drip of abuse?
33 posted on 04/03/2003 6:24:21 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom
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To: seamole
I'm psychic.
36 posted on 04/03/2003 6:28:40 PM PST by dennisw
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To: Scoop
"Frankly, this is the one and only "worthless" thread I've seen on FR."

No kidding. Pretty ironic, too, considering the "topic".

37 posted on 04/03/2003 6:29:08 PM PST by tuna_battle_slight_return
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To: petuniasevan
Living in Southeast Texas, I'm just jealous of anyone who has seasons.
38 posted on 04/03/2003 6:30:06 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: xm177e2
Can someone add topics to any thread? I always thought only the original threads poster could.

R U an admin moderator that came out as xm, or just wanted to vent?
39 posted on 04/03/2003 6:31:00 PM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: xm177e2
you just had to "share" this with us didn't you? Why don't you just not go to philosophy if you don't approve.
40 posted on 04/03/2003 6:32:42 PM PST by mc10
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To: dennisw
We are all automatically subscribed to jack.
41 posted on 04/03/2003 6:34:35 PM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Illbay
Seasons we got in abundance.

Winter for 6 months

Spring for 6 days

Then Road Construction until Winter
42 posted on 04/03/2003 6:34:53 PM PST by petuniasevan (4 years in Louisiana (Barksdale AFB) taught me what humidity really is)
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To: xm177e2
you just had to "share" this with us didn't you? Why don't you just not go to philosophy if you don't approve.
43 posted on 04/03/2003 6:35:57 PM PST by mc10
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To: petuniasevan
...And 1 week of bright fall colors until vicious gales rip the leaves off the trees.
44 posted on 04/03/2003 6:36:52 PM PST by petuniasevan (4 years in Louisiana (Barksdale AFB) taught me what humidity really is)
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To: xm177e2
Why did you post this in the "Kinky Interspecies Sex" topic area? That's the only one I'm subscribed to.
45 posted on 04/03/2003 6:37:38 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: ALS
Oh grow up
46 posted on 04/03/2003 6:39:54 PM PST by pooh fan
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
A steady drip of abuse?

This is abuse - mainlined...

47 posted on 04/03/2003 6:41:06 PM PST by Fury
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Take a look at the articles with the topic "Philosophy"--less than half of these articles can reasonably be described as relating to philosophy.

This could explain the "C" I received in Intro to Philosophy.

48 posted on 04/03/2003 6:43:36 PM PST by Fury
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"Soldier Is Relieved for Streaking on Base" or news of a dozen different bomb attacks--those are not philosophical threads!

Obviously the "streaking" soldier has a philosophy. Just because it doesn't match yours does that mean that his is meaningless, or irrelevant?

I think that you need to reassess your own "philosophy". Perhaps you are a bit intolerant. Perhaps you are a bit more than intolerant. Perhaps you are a philosophobe.

49 posted on 04/03/2003 6:43:39 PM PST by jackbill (i)
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To: jackbill
Don't do that! I spit up soda through my nose!
50 posted on 04/03/2003 6:45:49 PM PST by Fury
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