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How to post a thread and other interesting facts. (Welcome Newbies)
Admin Lecture Series ^ | February 1, 2006 | Olive

Posted on 02/01/2006 2:00:18 PM PST by Admin Moderator

Edited on 02/01/2006 2:49:56 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Hi everyone, Olive here, it's been awhile since we had a refresher course on the posting guidelines. We've had a lot of newbies sign up! Welcome Aboard! The more the merrier! And it doesn't hurt you longtimes to re-read this. As always, we're here to help. Ask questions, we'll do our best to answer.

And, away we go!


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Search "Cindy Sheehan.

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We all hope you enjoy FR, and we want to continue to provide good service to you. It's not always black and white, but, we're not the big bullies either. I'm on the right...Olive, the other Reindeer...

1 posted on 02/01/2006 2:00:20 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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2 posted on 02/01/2006 2:02:19 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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ibtz ;^)

Seriously, thanks for all you all do...

3 posted on 02/01/2006 2:02:31 PM PST by eureka! (Hey Lefties and 'Rats: Over 3 more years of W. Hehehehe....)
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Another tip : Please use the spell check. For example, it is alligator and not aligator.

4 posted on 02/01/2006 2:02:59 PM PST by razoroccam (Then in the name of Allah, they will let loose the Germs of War (
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I think I'm going to click the abuse button.

5 posted on 02/01/2006 2:03:18 PM PST by Xenophobic Alien (At a higher altitude with flag unfurled We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world)
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6 posted on 02/01/2006 2:03:23 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K virus -only without the handy deadline.)
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You will earn eternal diety status with that picture.

7 posted on 02/01/2006 2:03:34 PM PST by pissant
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you are one hot ...... ummmmm .... FReeper

8 posted on 02/01/2006 2:04:19 PM PST by rface ("...the most schizoid freeper I've ever seen" - New Bloomfield, Missouri)
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You are numero uno.

9 posted on 02/01/2006 2:04:41 PM PST by 300magnum (We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity, and returns to strike us)
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No mention of the Kitties? Sheeesh..

10 posted on 02/01/2006 2:05:20 PM PST by Zavien Doombringer (13th AF, 3rd TFW, 3rd AGS, 3rd AMU - ESC The Blue Screw will get you too! 86-89)
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Another tip:

KEYWORDS are your friends.

If the story has something to do with Iran, enter IRAN.

11 posted on 02/01/2006 2:05:31 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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Ask questions, we'll do our best to answer.

Who is on the left?....

12 posted on 02/01/2006 2:05:43 PM PST by ARealMothersSonForever
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13 posted on 02/01/2006 2:06:50 PM PST by Cruz
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Are you logged in?

14 posted on 02/01/2006 2:06:54 PM PST by adam_az (It's the border, stupid!)
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Bush's Fault!

15 posted on 02/01/2006 2:07:53 PM PST by JimWforBush (3 things I won't discuss...Politics, Religion and The Great Pumpkin)
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This is very helpful.

Why is it when I post a comment the thread seams to automatically stop?

And what in blazes does BTTT mean?


16 posted on 02/01/2006 2:09:01 PM PST by Dacula
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And remember: They're not PETA fanatics. They're PETAphiles.

17 posted on 02/01/2006 2:09:30 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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18 posted on 02/01/2006 2:11:45 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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Already posted here.
19 posted on 02/01/2006 2:12:44 PM PST by Glenn (What I've dared, I've willed; and what I've willed, I'll do!)
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You forgot to tell them that they must be wearing pajamas to post.

20 posted on 02/01/2006 2:13:19 PM PST by SirChas (I seem to be rapidly approaching the apex of my mediocre career)
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