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Eric Twocents

02 Oct, 2011 05:22 PM

I am a new subsciber to Daily Kos and can't find any real tutorials about how to go about using the site and making contributions. Do I just start writing diaries and generaly blundering around?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by elfling on 04 Oct, 2011 01:19 AM

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  2. 2 Posted by Eric Twocents on 05 Oct, 2011 12:28 AM

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    Thanks. I read those before posing my question. I'm looking for other information, such as;
    What's the difference between a comment and a reply? Why are some comments hidden and not others? Why is the number of hidden comments limited and by whom?
    What, if any, rules apply for attribution, source material, etc.
    How are titles given to diaries?
    Who decides where the "fold" is going?
    I like to know where I'm going before I step off. Any help is appreciated.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by elfling on 05 Oct, 2011 04:58 AM

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    Difference between a comment and a reply:

    None, really; all replies are comments. Generally a reply is a reply to another comment. If you're wondering about the "recent replies" list, that means comments that reply to one of your comments.

    Hidden Comments:

    Comments are hidden when multiple users vote to hide it. The rule is that comments that are damaging to the community (not merely disagreeing) can be hidden. Examples might be abusive language, nonsensical conspiracies, personal attacks, a comment obviously posted for the purpose of stirring up trouble, spam, etc.

    Only "trusted users" - which generally involves being an active participant in the community for a long time - can hide comments or view hidden comments. Users are limited to voting to hide 5 comments a day; few people hide that many in a whole year.

    What, if any, rules apply for attribution, source material, etc.

    Generally, you should attribute quotes and include links. Diaries should not quote more than three paragraphs as a general rule of thumb, unless you are reposting your own material. Quote and then add your own analysis. Photographs must either be your copyright or otherwise within your rights to use. There is a separate FAQ about photograph sourcing and attribution.

    Titles for diaries

    You write the title. Aside from the length, you can pretty much choose what you want. We prefer that you not use curse words in titles.

    Who decides where the "fold" is going?

    You do! Everything in the first text box in the editor is "above the fold" and everything in the second text box is "below the fold."

    Hope that helps. Specific questions make it easier for me to answer intelligently. :-)

  4. 4 Posted by Eric Twocents on 06 Oct, 2011 12:34 AM

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    Thank you Elfling, that explains a lot. I hope the powers-that-be are used to few clinkers from new contributors before they get the hang of it. Thanks again.

  5. 5 Posted by ej25 on 06 Oct, 2011 12:59 AM

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    I remember when I first started looking at Daily Kos and I didn't understand what a diary was and I didn't know that near the bottom of the front page you could keep going. Now I have written a few diaries of my own.

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