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Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:19 PM

You've found the new Welcome & Help forum. I'm Skinner, one of the Administrators here at DU.

We've been here on our new software for a few months now, and the admins have been focused on making a bunch of upgrades and fixes to the software. But now we want to focus on doing things to help foster a sense of community -- to get to know each other, to welcome new members into the fold, and to provide help and support to each other. With this in mind, we have created this new Welcome & Help Forum. We hope all of our members -- both new and old -- will take some time to introduce yourselves and to say hello to other DUers who have taken the time to post in here as well. Be sure to make a special effort to welcome our new members.

My name is David, but here on DU I generally prefer to go by my username Skinner. I am the owner of Democratic Underground, and one of the three Administrators here on DU. (The other two are EarlG and Elad.) Here's the classic DU Admin photo, which was taken years ago and has been posted here a hundred times:



Democratic Underground was launched many years ago, on the very day George W. Bush took the oath of office to become President. For our first eight years, our shared contempt for the illegitimate, unelected moron in the White House was the glue that held our community together. Now he is long gone (Thank God), but DU is still here. The election of President Obama in 2008 represented a fairly significant change for our country and for Democratic Underground as well, where we have found ourselves in the unfamiliar position of picking sides and disagreeing about the president. Personally, I am a big fan of President Obama, and I think he's done a good job in his first term. I am very much looking forward to voting for him again, and I can't wait for his second term (fingers crossed).

I have spent a quarter of my life running this website, and I intend to spend much more time doing so. I was 29 years old when DU started, and I am 40 now. Over the last 11 years since DU was founded, I got married to an amazing woman, and had three sons. Here is a recent pic of my boys:



Jack (left) is 3; Isaac (middle) is 9 months; Lucas (right) is 5. And we've still got this guy:



Romeo is 12 or 13 years old now, and these days he spends most of his time lounging outside in the sun.

I love my job, and I am so thankful for all the great people we have here on DU. I look forward to getting to know all of you.

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Reply You've found the new Welcome & Help forum. I'm Skinner, one of the Administrators here at DU. (Original post)
Skinner May 2012 OP
cliffordu May 2012 #1
grantcart May 2012 #77
uppityperson May 2012 #2
Renew Deal May 2012 #3
William769 May 2012 #4
Vanje May 2012 #5
boston bean May 2012 #6
Skinner May 2012 #8
boston bean May 2012 #9
yodermon May 2012 #10
Skinner May 2012 #14
hunter May 2012 #15
lillypaddle May 2012 #81
Ruby the Liberal May 2012 #7
FedUp_Queer May 2012 #11
JDPriestly May 2012 #21
dixiegrrrrl May 2012 #27
JDPriestly May 2012 #45
eomer May 2012 #80
zeemike May 2012 #28
JDPriestly May 2012 #44
OriginalGeek May 2012 #58
Beartracks May 2012 #61
GOTV May 2012 #84
dixiegrrrrl May 2012 #24
FedUp_Queer May 2012 #41
gateley May 2012 #69
gateley May 2012 #68
urgk May 2012 #82
FedUp_Queer May 2012 #87
pacalo May 2012 #12
Skinner May 2012 #13
glinda May 2012 #16
zeemike May 2012 #30
pacalo May 2012 #31
gateley May 2012 #70
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murielm99 May 2012 #18
dmr May 2012 #19
Kali May 2012 #20
FailureToCommunicate May 2012 #22
Swede May 2012 #23
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Maeve May 2012 #26
Skinner May 2012 #29
EarlG May 2012 #43
msanthrope May 2012 #60
zeemike May 2012 #32
lpbk2713 May 2012 #33
12AngryBorneoWildmen May 2012 #34
Tikki May 2012 #35
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AverageJoe90 May 2012 #37
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ProfessionalLeftist May 2012 #39
Scuba May 2012 #40
hifiguy May 2012 #42
Autumn May 2012 #46
Rex May 2012 #47
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SheServed May 2012 #49
Skinner May 2012 #54
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chknltl May 2012 #52
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ScreamingMeemie May 2012 #55
Ron Obvious May 2012 #56
ellisonz May 2012 #63
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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:23 PM

1. Great idea to form this forum!!

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Response to cliffordu (Reply #1)

Wed May 23, 2012, 03:27 AM

77. Something is missing in the announcement but I can't put my finger on it

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:24 PM

2. Great idea Skinner, thanks. Good to see Romeo is still hanging in there, and your boys, how cute.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:25 PM

3. Good job Skinner!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:37 PM

4. Nice introduction.

Love the picture of your kids.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:38 PM

5. Tanks!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:43 PM

6. nice, but you guys gotta update that pic!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #6)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:46 PM

8. It's the official DU Admin pic.



We are frozen in time forever...

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Response to Skinner (Reply #8)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:56 PM

9. I will admit, the picture of Elad sort of reminds me of this



And that's not a bad thing!!

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Response to Skinner (Reply #8)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:58 PM

10. Who's the ghost on the wall behind Elad ? n/t

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Response to yodermon (Reply #10)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:05 PM

14. It's a radio antenna.

Back in the days when we actually got our radio over the air.

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Response to yodermon (Reply #10)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:06 PM

15. That's the intern.


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Response to Skinner (Reply #8)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:34 AM

81. Yes, but

Who's gonna trust 3 teenagers????

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:44 PM

7. Ack - those boys are absolutely adorable!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:59 PM

11. Internet Jargon

 

Hello all. I've posted a lot here and elsewhere, but I constantly run into things I don't know what they mean. Would someone please give a hand (no, not applause), and tell me what these mean?

"Fanned"

"Faved"

"Fanned and Faved"

"EOM"

"K&R"

There are others but I will stop here.

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Reply #11)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:02 PM

21. I've been here a long time, and I don't know all of those.

"K&R" means Kicked and Recommended, that is a way of saying you like something and you want to push the thread up and maybe get it to go to the Greatest Page and be shared with more people.

I have Googled "EOM" many times and just don't get the concept. I think it means "it's the end of the line" or, in other words, "that's all I have to say", but why it is needed is beyond me.

I too would like to know what "fanned" means.

I figure "Faved" is short for favored, approved or admired.

Welcome to DU. Hope you enjoy it here.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #21)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:23 PM

27. "why it is needed is beyond me."

Actually, I have used it for years, verbally and online, to mean:
" I will not discuss this any further".
Sorta like hanging up the phone on an argumentative person.
Matter of fact, I used it yesterday, here on DU.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #27)

Tue May 22, 2012, 05:47 PM

45. Oohhh! That's what it means. I had not understood it that way at all. Probably because

it takes a lot to get me to shut up. I love a good "discussion."

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #45)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:18 AM

80. It's normally used in the title to save the reader from clicking just to see an empty body. (eom)

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #21)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:36 PM

28. I think it stands for End Of Message.

Same as saying that is all I have to say.

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Response to zeemike (Reply #28)

Tue May 22, 2012, 05:46 PM

44. Seems unnecessary to me, but then, maybe it makes sense if you are sending a text message.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #44)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:12 PM

58. It's useful in long threads

if you see it in a subject line you know you don't need to click on the message - all that is said is there in the subject.

same as nt (no text)

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #44)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:58 PM

61. Maybe like the "stop" inserted in telegrams.

eom

lol

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #21)

Wed May 23, 2012, 09:20 AM

84. EOM is end of message and this is how it's meant to be used

I was going to be clever and put EOM on the title and just leave the body blank but I decided to be more clear and less clever.

People put EOM at teh end of a title (or nt or n/t) to say that the complete message is in the header and there's no need to look at the body. It's more appropriate for email where it might take a few seconds to open the email just to see no additional text. But it is helpful in a forum if you are just scanning the titles. If you see a title like

Correlation is not causation eom

You may understand the point or you may not but you know there's no point in opening the body of the message to get clarification because there is none there.

On edit: I should have read the rest of the thread because now I've seen this has already been explained adequately.

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Reply #11)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:19 PM

24. EOM= End of Message

altho there may be other meanings.

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Reply #11)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:58 PM

41. Thanks all.

 

Someone "fanned" something I wrote on HuffPo. I didn't know if that was bad or good. I still don't.

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Reply #41)

Wed May 23, 2012, 12:00 AM

69. Sounds positive to me! nt

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Reply #11)

Tue May 22, 2012, 11:57 PM

68. Hiya -- I don't know what fanned or faved are, but EOM means "End of Message"

You'd use it in the subject line, for instance, if you had a quick pithy remark and you didn't type anything in the body. That way people know they don't have to click to see more of what you wrote -- they know by the EOM there IS no more.

For example: I so agree with the Original Post! EOM

See? also nt or n/t (probably others) stands for "no text" - which means the same thing.

K&R means Kicked and Recommended. Just the mere fact of posting "kicks" a thread up. When you like a post and you want to Recommend it but don't feel like actually saying anything, a K&R will do.

I am the worst at explaining things, but I noticed no one had responded. Hope someone more concise and clear comes along.

See you around!!

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Reply #11)

Wed May 23, 2012, 08:53 AM

82. I can help with two. :)

Fanned : "I like this comment so much, I have become a "fan" of yours." On HuffPo, someone who has said that has hit the button to "follow" you, or "become a fan," I forget which.

Faved: "I have hit the "favorite" button." This one seems redundant, unless somebody has both "fanned & faved" a comment.

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Response to urgk (Reply #82)

Wed May 23, 2012, 07:09 PM

87. Thanks.

 

I think I was overthinking "fanned." I was thinking it was like fanning the flames, as though I'd built a fire and they were making it bigger. Thanks for the kick in the head. Now I totally get it. Thanks!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:03 PM

12. One thing about me: I love children & I hope you savor those young ages, Skinner.

The time flies by too quickly. Your sons are all adorable & I know they must be very entertaining.

And here's something for Romeo:




Thanks so much, Skinner!!!


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Response to pacalo (Reply #12)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:05 PM

13. Rofl

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Response to pacalo (Reply #12)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:31 PM

16. cuuuuute!

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Response to pacalo (Reply #12)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:40 PM

30. Hey!! Hey!....Romeo is a senior citizen dog

You want to give him a heart attack?

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Response to zeemike (Reply #30)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:41 PM

31. Chiquita will put some spring back into Romeo. She does love to dance.



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Response to pacalo (Reply #12)

Wed May 23, 2012, 12:01 AM

70. I am SCREAMING at the dog, pacalo! So cute and so funny!! nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:45 PM

17. congrats

DU is a site I check every day -- thanks for the good work.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:47 PM

18. This forum is a great idea.

But I didn't know you let that picture of yourselves get out in the open any more.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:51 PM

19. Hi Skinner!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:01 PM

20. OMG!

You have 3 squids now??!! It's like real life when your neighbors' kids start sending graduation announcements and wedding invites. Even though your kids are grown it seems impossible other peoples kids you knew as babies could be anywhere near as old!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:10 PM

22. Handsome sons you have there! Savor every moment with them...

before you know it they'll be graduating high school (like our twins are in about two weeks)

Thank you so much for all your work, and also Earl and Elad, and others, that makes DU such a great site! It's the first place many of us turn to for news, feedback, analysis, spouting off, and dare I say it 'community' (I know, sad huh?)

I would add to that insightful group: my fellow DUers... who know so much more than I, and usually restrain from telling me... (but I KNOW their eyes are rolling!)

I will think about writing up a brief intro soon, but for now

THANKS



Cheers,
F2C
Failur2Communicate



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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:16 PM

23. Hi Skinner.

This is a good idea,having this forum.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:20 PM

25. We love you too Skinner...well

except the troll, Paulites, Republicans, birthers, troublemakers and assorted other cranks.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:21 PM

26. Right now, this feels like the Lounge did back in the day....

We used to do a lot of 'welcome' and help threads in those first couple of DU1 years.

Thanks for the memories and the place to hang out all this time, Boss!

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Response to Maeve (Reply #26)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:38 PM

29. It does feel a little like that. Remember when we used to "spank" newbies?



I seem to remember that EarlG had a giant spank graphic somewhere. I'll have to ask him if he knows where it went.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #29)

Tue May 22, 2012, 05:25 PM

43. You mean this?

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Response to Skinner (Reply #29)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:48 PM

60. "Giant Spank Graphic"

My brain scrambled those words....wasn't expecting a mere smilie....

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:53 PM

32. to hear that you are 40 just blows me away

Has it really been that long?
I remember first seeing you penned in the "free speech" cage holding a sign that said Democraticunderground.com...and it made me go there...I think it was you but it could have been EarlG...

What a long strange trip it has been...and some times the lights all shining on me...other times I can hardly see...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:56 PM

33. Good move, Admins




This place keeps getting better all the time.


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:58 PM

34. Very grateful for your work but, …...

now I know where all the funding goes………….Your Wardrobes!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:05 PM

35. There are some grand postings here from some of the newer DUer's.

They jumped straight in with sharing.

I make a pledge to read a newer DUers post's each day.


Tikki

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:06 PM

36. Have you considered a more up-to-date picture?

The site has matured over the years and acquired a certain amount of gravitas. I've gotten old, fat and half-bald. At least have the decency to show a few grey hairs.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:13 PM

37. Hey Skinner. Those are some cute kids there. nt =)

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:25 PM

38. Great forum idea.

I hardly ever go to the lounge so I'll try to check in here more often. At the end of March I realized I'd been coming here for 10 years! That's longer than I've lived in some cities.

Your kids certainly are cute. My baby (35) had a baby. Gotta shower them w/ hugs, love & kisses.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:48 PM

39. Well damn...

....you guys are way handsome and the little Democrats are adorable - both the two and four-legged ones! Love the torn shirt, Elad! Doesn't Skinner pay you enough money to at least get a new T-shirt? LOL!

I joined DU shortly after the fly-drawing turd known as George W. was appointed king - back in - I dunno, 2001 or so? I used to be known as 'Triana' here until Gibbers decided to toss a bitter comment at Obama's more progressive supporters calling them "Professional Leftists" because he felt we picked on Obama so badly. After that, I adopted the Professionalleftist handle in protest, or sarcasm, or whatever. I can't smack Gibbers upside the head physically, so that will have to do.

I've been here long enough to know that without a shred of doubt you guys have done an amazing job here! Incredible. Congratulations on the success of this site and all you've accomplished both professionally (leftist even) and personally.



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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:52 PM

40. Thanks for all you do Skinner!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 04:50 PM

42. Thank you, Elad and Earl G for everything you do.



Where else would we all go if not for DU?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 07:04 PM

46. I had forgotten how precious Romeo is.

Cute kids and crew there too.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 07:06 PM

47. Skinner

You might want to pin this thread to the top...just for a while.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 07:56 PM

48. Howdy guys!

Best site on the intertubes.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:10 PM

49. So new I can't post to tell you I'm new!!

Glad to find this and looking forward to finding all the hidden gems of your site!! I'm in California - very active politically here. I am a Cold War era veteran and a member of quite a few liberal veteran groups.

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Response to SheServed (Reply #49)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:44 PM

54. Welcome to DU!

We're glad to have you here!

When you get up to 10 posts, I hope you will please come start your own thread in this Welcome forum so we can all give you a proper welcome.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:10 PM

50. Locking...

 

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:23 PM

51. Nice. You know it's about a week shy of newyawker99's birthday.

Seems appropriate to mention. Well done.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:23 PM

52. thanks for DU, You three are patriots....

not pandering, just stating a fact. KnR

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:43 PM

53. Many thanks, Skinner

Adorable kids and chihuahua! Thanks for creating, molding, and maintaining DU--it's the best! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:49 PM

55. Time flies...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:49 PM

56. What about the username?

I've recently started watching the x-files? Is that where you got your username?

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #56)

Tue May 22, 2012, 10:30 PM

63. The Simpsons

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #63)

Tue May 22, 2012, 11:02 PM

64. Thanks!

Thanks! As you might have guessed from my previous posts, I usually wait around a decade or two before watching TV shows and I haven't gotten around to the Simpsons yet. Seriously! This way I only watch proven quality, but it makes me speak as though I came from a time capsule.

I got the first season of Lost in the mail and hope to start soon. Don't spoil it for me

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #64)

Tue May 22, 2012, 11:10 PM

66. You're welcome!

The Simpsons has been on TV for 2 decades. It's probably the greatest animated television show of all time (Charlie Brown excepted)

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:10 PM

57. I discovered DU after the 2004 election, and I have to tell you, Skinner, since I live in a red

state, I credit DU with helping me hold on to what little sanity I still possess. Keep up the good work. You guys are great!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:19 PM

59. Holy Crap Batman..were getting old on DU.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 10:19 PM

62. Beautiful boys

And Romeo is sweet too.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 11:07 PM

65. What I've found is a popularity contest in a new Forum. Not impressed!

 

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 11:54 PM

67. Oh My God. This place is run by...nerds!

Cute nerds, but...

I feel like a relative newcomer at jiust four years or so, but I can't say enough about how well you guys wrangle us all. Thank you mightily.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 12:04 AM

71. Hard to believe you've all

been at this for so long and you're still motivated and involved.

And the kids are adorable!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 12:19 AM

72. So let me get this straight...

if it weren't for * getting elected in 2000, this site wouldn't have existed? I guess we owe him a big thank you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 12:31 AM

73. OMG, your kids are ADORABLE, Skinner!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 01:01 AM

74. Hell, it seems like only yesterday when Romeo was your only "son" ... and then Lucas came along.

It's been a short 10 years since I "found" y'all ... and still haven't made it to DC to do brewskis with ya. Soon. (Hopefully.)


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 01:39 AM

75. Hello Skinner. Thanks for this new forum. It will be a good thing.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 02:13 AM

76. Has DU made enough money yet to get Elad a new shirt?

If not, I think we should take up a collection...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #76)

Thu May 24, 2012, 03:41 PM

89. Or for Skinner and EarlG to get decent haircuts?

Looks like those 2 were using pinking shears on each others' hair and Elad was spending his money at the barber shop.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #89)

Sat May 26, 2012, 03:20 PM

93. Or a flowbee, LOL.

I'll chip in for the shirt and I'm sure somebody here does hair...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 03:33 AM

78. What a brilliant idea for a forum


It is synonymous with

Einstein, ability, accomplishment, acumen, acuteness, adept, aptitude, aptness, astuteness, bent, brain, brilliance, capability, capacity, creativity, discernment, endowment, expert, faculty, flair, grasp, head, imagination, inclination, ingenuity, inspiration, intelligence, inventiveness, knack, mature, originality, percipience, perspicacity, power, precocity, prodigy, propensity, prowess, reach, sagacity, superability, talent, turn, understanding, virtuoso, wisdom in its conception.

Really, its a great idea, just can't say enough about how great an idea it is.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:12 AM

79. Hi Skinner, is it just me or is this your twin?


Ashley Hames, British TV presenter and wannabe porn star.

Warning: Any Google searches on his name are likely to be NSFW

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 08:58 AM

83. As a Canuck I don't bother too much with the politics

very much on here. I have been here quite a while and rarely post, but it is the first site I check for news and other great stuff that this site has to offer. Every issue is explored whether political or not and it's a great resource for information and is chock full of intelligent people posting and debating things they know a great deal about. I have learned a lot reading these forums and the links people offer in the posts. Keep it up Skinner, Elad and EarlG!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 09:55 AM

85. Have been a member for several years now... I love the DU folks... and,



you have three adorable boys, what more can you ask for?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 12:02 PM

86. Beautiful kids and a great dog - all started with an amazing woman and you! How lucky can one man

be? I've been around for a long time, not sure of the date but probably after * was appointed. Haven't been able to post much in the last 2 years. I've been taking care of my daughter during that time 24/7. She's so ill and bedridden it breaks my heart. The medical community has not been helpful. I wonder what happened to intellectual or professional curiosity - they all seem to have none. If they can't treat it with a pill or it doesn't show up on a test - it doesn't exist. Amen, next patient.

I'm on here daily, mostly to keep my sanity about the crap I read and hear. The real shame is our kids/grand kids will never know how great this country was and still can be.

To all three of you, my gratitude and admiration. Keep up the great work.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:56 AM

88. From a grateful old-time DU-er...

I can never thank you enough for this site, Skinner. You and DU helped me survive the B*sh years; those awful, awful years...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 01:37 PM

90. Beautiful family, Skinner!

Thanks for posting the pics and for DU as well.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 09:21 PM

91. Will someone please buy poor Elad a new shirt? n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2012, 01:11 PM

92. Hello, and thank you for setting this forum up!

It's a really good idea...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sun May 27, 2012, 02:29 PM

94. I got my first post at DU hidden, so I'm off to a great start!

 



Guess I shouldn't have wandered straight into Meta - and the big gravedancing thread that's currently all the rage, to boot. I guess my post was a bit over the top, but it felt good getting it off my chest.

Well, for my second post I figured I should say hello, but turns out I couldn't start my own topic here yet:

"You don't have enough posts to start new threads. Please reply to some threads first."


So I guess this thread is the next best thing: HELLO! I'm a South Dakota woman who currently lives abroad and who has been reading DU off and on for several years; probably since around the '08 election, and pretty much regularly since last fall. I never cared too much for posting stuff, and I still don't, but maybe you'll see me jumping in at times. Aside from the main forums, probably in my state forum, a few of the gender forums, and maybe also the Media forum since that's my line of work (I'm a print journalist, but that's all I'm gonna say, since I want to keep my DU identity separate from my real one. And no, I'm not somebody even remotely famous).

In my state, I don't have much to hope for in this election year. I live in one of the very few solidly Democratic counties, but it's probably a pipe dream to think Obama could carry the state. And neither Thune or the Palin clone we sent to the House are up for re-election and thus can't be given the boot. Still, I hope Obama will get re-elected, and I think he probably will. Like Skinner I think he's done a good job overall, but I do harbor some disappointment over opportunities lost, and what I view to be an in some cases almost maddeningly poor record on civil liberties. It's probably nothing I will go into further though, since I didn't come here to post negative things about our president in an election year - and I view the alternative to Obama as too terrifying to think I really have a choice as to how I will vote.

So, here's hoping for an exciting remainder of the year, and that DU - along with all other Democrats - will have reason to celebrate come November!


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Response to Riveting Rosie (Reply #94)

Tue May 29, 2012, 01:36 AM

95. Let me be the first to

welcome you to DU.
You already know it gets a little crazy, but it's a good ride.

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Response to Riveting Rosie (Reply #94)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 10:53 AM

99. You don't have enough posts to start new threads

Here goes my first post then :

I wanted to start a new thread just asking "is DU.com right for me?"
I like the site, the threads are informative, lively, some times the debates get so hot they burn a hole in my monitor, compulsive reading.

My question "is DU.com right for me?" just comes from that it seems to concentrate on your domestic issues. That's kinda understandable as your mostly all (i think) in USA. But theres a big world beyond the USA. Your armed forces have seen most of it, respect to them.

I'm watching your election but have little faith in a country that chose G.W.Bush.
Obama got elected for the wrong reason but he seems to be trying to do the best he can of a bad lot.

So anyways .. i wanted to find unbiased, read between the lines news or views on news after reading nothing but my Dads right wing newspaper (The Daily Mail, he just bought the paper, he's not Rupert Murdoch).

Aljazeera.net gives alternative news and more world wide than my TV news : The BBC think the world has stopped to watch the Olympics. More going on in the world than people who can run fast, jump far?

To repeat .. i love this site. But is there any debates not USA specific? maybe i just in the wrong section. Back to work ..... anyone know how to un-block a sink?
Plunger dont work, chemicals dont work.

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Response to Sid Smells (Reply #99)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 02:20 PM

100. It depends what you're interested in.

Go to the tab that says "Forums and Groups" and have a browse around.


Here's the UK Group, for example: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1088

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Response to Sid Smells (Reply #99)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 04:17 AM

102. There is a forum here specifically for the UK

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1088

And there are forums on lots of specific issues. And 'LatestBreakingNews' gives headlines about news from all over the world, not just America.

I think if someone's not interested in American politics at all, this may not be the forum for you, as it is primarily an American, pro-Democrat forum, though many other issues come up. From a more British perspective you may be interested in Liberal Conspiracy (a leftwing blog; confusingly 'liberal' seems to be used here in the American sense), or in the campaigning organization 38 Degrees.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #96)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:22 AM

98. Thanks for that!!!

I missed the first year. Whatever happened to the intern?????

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2012, 11:24 PM

97. i had no idea you were up to three boys now!

i feel a bit for mrs. skinner

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 03:31 PM

101. Help me start a new Thread

We are 2 weeks away from Mitt Romney being crowned the head GOP clown.

In 2001 - Bain Capital did some very bad things and I was there.
They are hiding from felony acts.

Would you please consider starting a new Thread?

Mitt Romney's Secrets & Lies

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Response to laserhaas (Reply #101)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 01:39 PM

103. Here, here.

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Response to Stardust (Reply #103)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:25 PM

105. here here - Where

du Huh???

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:15 AM

104. Jury panel members need another option...

Instead of Leave It or Hide It, there should also be an option to move it.

Might have been last year; I was worried about the deep snow in Feb because the returning robins could find nothing to eat. So I went to GD and asked people to throw grapes out for the robins knowing that many people don't read "Pets"..

My post was taken and moved to "Pets" or somewhere, because it wasn't suitable for GD. I thought it was a damned emergency and our robins ate every grape I threw out....

I had to vote in a panel today where an instance came up where I wanted an option to move the thread, but did not want to hide it, but did not have that choice. So it stayed 3 - 3 and it really should have been moved. How come, Skinner?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 06:13 PM

106. cool

I'm 18 yo and just graduated HS and am trying to find my political niche so I'm lurking.

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Response to JoshRuiz94 (Reply #106)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 09:15 PM

107. Lurk away, Josh! Thank you for being politically curious at

your age!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 04:35 AM

108. Testpost

 

Hello.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:54 PM

109. Testpost 2

 

Welcome aboard

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