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Admin Lecture Series ^ | February 3, 2005 | Olive

Posted on 02/03/2005 11:21:36 AM PST by Admin Moderator

Edited on 05/17/2005 10:09:50 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

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1 posted on 02/03/2005 11:21:36 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Shouldn't this be breaking news?


2 posted on 02/03/2005 11:24:22 AM PST by aynrandfreak (If 9/11 didn't change you, you're a bad human being)
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To: Admin Moderator

It's Bush's Fault.


3 posted on 02/03/2005 11:28:46 AM PST by JimWforBush
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To: Admin Moderator
Already posted!
4 posted on 02/03/2005 11:29:06 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Prepare for Fierce Allegiance day, Feb 9th.)
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To: All
Also when posting articles by Ann Coulter or Michele Malkin please post pictures..

Also when posting articles about Protest Warrior please post the Belly Girl picture..
5 posted on 02/03/2005 11:29:32 AM PST by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: JimWforBush

I question the timing of this thread.


6 posted on 02/03/2005 11:30:03 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Prepare for Fierce Allegiance day, Feb 9th.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Great, another vanity post :-)


7 posted on 02/03/2005 11:30:13 AM PST by Modernman (What is moral is what you feel good after. - Ernest Hemingway)
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To: Admin Moderator
HELLO
8 posted on 02/03/2005 11:30:19 AM PST by kingattax
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To: Admin Moderator

TIP: If you are from Ireland and you've been banned 17 times before, it's probably a good idea to wait a few weeks before signing up again.


9 posted on 02/03/2005 11:30:45 AM PST by ElkGroveDan
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To: Admin Moderator
Are you the mod on the left or right?


10 posted on 02/03/2005 11:31:12 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Prepare for Fierce Allegiance day, Feb 9th.)
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To: JimWforBush
It's Bush's Fault.

For a change it is,if he hadn't given the State of the Union address DU would still be accepting postings and the trolls would not of had to wander over here to stir up trouble.
11 posted on 02/03/2005 11:31:20 AM PST by boxerblues
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To: aynrandfreak; Admin Moderator

aynrand don't try to pull seniority (7/18/2001)

the admin moderator has only been here since 9/3/2001, which might explain the oversight (ha ha)


12 posted on 02/03/2005 11:31:46 AM PST by highflight (from a distance - buzzards might appear as eagles.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Wow...this is really series!

I'd rate it a 10, other than the fact that there are no moose or cheese references.

I mean...I like cheese...do you like cheese?

13 posted on 02/03/2005 11:32:02 AM PST by BureaucratusMaximus ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" - Hillary Clinton)
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To: anniegetyourgun; dansangel; William Terrell; onyx; johniegrad

10


14 posted on 02/03/2005 11:32:05 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Prepare for Fierce Allegiance day, Feb 9th.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

I'm on the right.


15 posted on 02/03/2005 11:32:07 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Fierce Allegiance

To quote you, it's been "scarambled"


16 posted on 02/03/2005 11:32:08 AM PST by JimWforBush
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To: KevinDavis

Also I believe you must post pictures of Catherine Zeta Jones in any Maureen Dowd thread.


(hey, where are the pics for us ladies?)


17 posted on 02/03/2005 11:32:16 AM PST by RushCrush (If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with. No more appeasement. - Reagan)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks.

Sometimes I feel I am "hijacking" thread by including somewhat related, but possibly off-topic, thoughts on someone else's thread. But I don't post vanities anymore. Maybe if something really, really needs it I will.

I doubt little ol' me could cause much of a ruckus here anyway. :)

Thanks for reminder, though.


18 posted on 02/03/2005 11:32:29 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: BureaucratusMaximus

Check out our page for moose.


19 posted on 02/03/2005 11:32:48 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: KevinDavis
"Also when posting articles by Ann Coulter or Michele Malkin please post pictures..

Also when posting articles about Protest Warrior please post the Belly Girl picture.."


20 posted on 02/03/2005 11:33:12 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: JimWforBush

HURRY, SCARMABLE!


21 posted on 02/03/2005 11:33:50 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Prepare for Fierce Allegiance day, Feb 9th.)
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To: KevinDavis

As an aside, we DON'T need pictures of hillary or helen thomas.


22 posted on 02/03/2005 11:34:50 AM PST by Texagirl4W (Father, bless the person reading this in whatever it is that You know they are needing this day!)
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To: Texagirl4W; All

Thank you for adding that..


23 posted on 02/03/2005 11:35:42 AM PST by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: Admin Moderator

*jaw hits floor*

I am your servant...


24 posted on 02/03/2005 11:35:55 AM PST by Darksheare (Trolls beware, the icy hands of the forum wraith are behind you!)
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To: Fierce Allegiance; NordP

Don't believe the admin mod.....that's a photo of me and Nord.....


25 posted on 02/03/2005 11:36:23 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: JimWforBush

From this thread:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/1318595/posts


26 posted on 02/03/2005 11:36:26 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Prepare for Fierce Allegiance day, Feb 9th.)
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To: Admin Moderator

[insert glib smart-alecky BS blurb here]


[marvel at my wit and creativity here]


27 posted on 02/03/2005 11:36:28 AM PST by Petronski (Lately I haven't been all that cranky. I'll tell you about it someday.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you....

Oh yes, thank you.

28 posted on 02/03/2005 11:37:13 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Texagirl4W

I agree, yuck.


29 posted on 02/03/2005 11:38:25 AM PST by JimWforBush
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To: KevinDavis
You broke your own rule...


30 posted on 02/03/2005 11:39:15 AM PST by pageonetoo (you'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Not enough moosen. I'm series. If your sister had been bitten you'd be as stuned as I was, 'cuz the beebers were supposed to go off even in the shower, especially since I never get to the zots in time.


31 posted on 02/03/2005 11:39:53 AM PST by ColoCdn (Neco eos omnes, Deus suos agnoset)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Yeah, I was lookking for it to try to get the "right" spelling, but couldn't find it, thanks.


32 posted on 02/03/2005 11:39:53 AM PST by JimWforBush
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To: JimWforBush

Can I just see the belly girl one time


34 posted on 02/03/2005 11:41:37 AM PST by UnionCountyYoungRepublican
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To: Admin Moderator

Two questions:

1. How do you attach pictures, etc.? Cut, copy and paste commands don't seem to work when posting things.

2. What does "ZOT" and "LOL" mean? Is there a glossary out there somewhere?


35 posted on 02/03/2005 11:42:49 AM PST by Airborne1986 (Well, You can do what you want to us, but we're not going to sit here while you badmouth the U.S.A.)
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To: Airborne1986; Fiddlstix

Click on the admin mods name and you will find a history of zot (click on most peoples name and you can see their "about" page)

Fiddlstix has a great post for teching how to post pics, stand by.


36 posted on 02/03/2005 11:44:37 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Prepare for Fierce Allegiance day, Feb 9th.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Perhaps you could consider revising the Post prep page to include an admonition to NOT CHANGE THE TITLE!

(Just a thought;'}
37 posted on 02/03/2005 11:45:25 AM PST by rockrr (Revote or Revolt! It's up to you Washington!)
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To: highflight; aynrandfreak
the admin moderator has only been here since 9/3/2001

If we were in Europe, that would be March 9, 2001. Thus the Admin Mod would have seniority. ;o)

38 posted on 02/03/2005 11:46:25 AM PST by NautiNurse (Osama bin Laden has more tapes than Steely Dan)
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To: Airborne1986
Scroll up to the thread, there is a link called 'html sandbox'. You can practice all sorts of html tricks, including posting pictures. Click on my name for 'zot', scroll down a little. This thread, Fifth Edition of the Lexicon of FreeRepublic * * A helpful FR dictionary for newcomers * *, will give you a good list of lingo. LOL is "Laugh out Loud"
39 posted on 02/03/2005 11:50:55 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: pageonetoo
Already posted here.
40 posted on 02/03/2005 11:51:14 AM PST by JusPasenThru (http://giinthesky.blogspot.com/)
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To: Airborne1986

LOL = Laugh out loud

ZOT = (stolen from moderators site)

The history of "Zot".

There are one or two individuals who, for whatever reason, enjoy signing up new accounts here every single day to post leftist drivel. Sometimes they are vanities from DemocraticUnderground. Sometimes they are articles from other far-left sources. Sometimes they are nothing but vile doctored images or profanity laced tirades. Sometimes they are from legitimate sources but happen to strike the eye of the poster as being something that would infuriate conservatives.

The posters in question always post the articles, and then don't reply. They then post other articles, again not replying. This was going on for months. Jim would confirm by looking at the IP addresses and other aspects of the user's 'footprint' that it was the returning troll, and we would nuke the accounts. This went on for months.

Then some of the opportunists who wanted to harm the forum started a whispering campaign, complaining about articles being deleted. They would play off of the fact that the trolls' articles were being pulled to complain that there was some sort of agenda of squelching legitimate conservative postings going on by the moderators.

One day I decided to try something new. I decided, instead of letting the trolls get what they want and have their posts up as flame bait, and instead of pulling the threads outright, I would move their post aside and replace it with something that hopefully others would find humorous. I would do this out in the forum for all to see. The original piece would be available through the history link for the curious, who could see if there was some sort of censorship campaign going on. And the freepers could have fun mocking the troll if they so liked.

It so happens that the way I did it the first time was using a screen shot from Caddyshack, where the pastor gets hit by a lightning bolt. Being a bit of a fan of the comic strip "B.C." I captioned the photo with the lightning bolt sound that Johnny Hart used in his strip- ZOT! That is where the term Zot originated.

Now, sometimes we "zot", and sometimes we simply pull it. It depends on a number of factors, including how busy we are at the time. But whenever you see a Zot, you can be sure that the user was a 'newbie' who was doing their hit-and-run posting, and that if you as a well-established freeper thought the article would have made an interesting discussion, then you could probably post the same piece yourself without incident (although the most vile of the stuff probably would get pulled, and Jim reserves the right to remove anyone who he feels is constantly trying to push leftist propaganda on the forum). Anyway, that is the history and background behind zotting.


41 posted on 02/03/2005 11:51:39 AM PST by scab4faa (Holy crap! I didn't sign on for this!)
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To: UnionCountyYoungRepublican

42 posted on 02/03/2005 11:51:41 AM PST by soccer_linux_mozilla (I believe in the potential of Open Source software: Linux, Mozilla, Firefox, OpenOffice,etc)
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To: Admin Moderator; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...
Newbies should take some time out to "play" in the

HTML SANDBOX . It's a fun place to visit, even for the more experienced.

Welcome All to Free Republic!

Catholic Ping - please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


43 posted on 02/03/2005 11:52:52 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: NautiNurse

I hope you are bending my mind from home and not pretending to be working in a place of employment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol


44 posted on 02/03/2005 11:53:27 AM PST by highflight (from a distance - buzzards might appear as eagles.)
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To: NYer

Thanks, your link is newer than mine. I'll update my thread.


45 posted on 02/03/2005 11:55:43 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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BTTT


46 posted on 02/03/2005 11:57:16 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Admin Moderator
I have not ever, nor do I now have any interest in visiting Blogs of any kind. I am happy to see that, at least in theory, I can continue to do so.
The beauty of this forum is that it discusses News ideas and articles which are not likely to be covered in the mainstream media.

That's what makes it special and unique.

I have found that opinions are 90% junk, and blogs have their place. Just not here.

47 posted on 02/03/2005 11:57:48 AM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen, ignorance and stupidity.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Ey ey, 2nd in command.....


48 posted on 02/03/2005 11:58:27 AM PST by b4its2late (The Lord made man before woman to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.)
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To: KevinDavis; UnionCountyYoungRepublican
Well¿¿¿¿¿¿


49 posted on 02/03/2005 11:58:33 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for," - Howard Dean 01/29/2005)
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To: GreenEggsNHam

html ping


50 posted on 02/03/2005 11:58:37 AM PST by GreenEggsNHam (Hey... what if the hokey pokey really IS what it's all about?)
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