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Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:28 AM

Question about the Latest Breaking News forum and its definition.

I'm sorta confused about this. There's a thread in the News forum about AOC characterizing attacks on Rep Omar as hurtful that was locked because it was deemed "Not important news of national interest." I'll readily admit that I'm no authority on news reportage, but that was a widely reported story that ardent supporters of Rep AOC, of which I am one, most certainly do find interesting.

My question is this: What criteria is used to determine which news stories are "important" and of "national interest"?

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jcmaine72 Mar 6 OP
Polly Hennessey Mar 6 #1
procon Mar 6 #2
jcmaine72 Mar 7 #3
discntnt_irny_srcsm Mar 7 #4
jcmaine72 Mar 7 #5
discntnt_irny_srcsm Mar 7 #6
jcmaine72 Mar 7 #7
discntnt_irny_srcsm Mar 7 #8
jcmaine72 Mar 7 #9

Response to jcmaine72 (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 10:22 AM

1. I wonder why you have received no answer..

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Response to jcmaine72 (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 12:21 PM

2. The rulings puzzle me as well

Hope TPTB will respond to what sometimes seems a capricious decision.

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Response to jcmaine72 (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 04:13 AM

3. Nothing?

And for the record, I'm not trying to be a smartass here. I was merely curious after seeing a thread regarding a widely reported news item that garnered a lot of interest (Everything AOC does or says sparks interest ) get shut down for the stated reason it did.

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Response to jcmaine72 (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 08:10 AM

4. Just a suggestion

DU mail the host who locked the thread listed in post #38: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142280067#post38

AFAIK you can also send an email to the locking host to unlock. As a former host I suggest forming your message as an explanation of why the thread fits the forum SOP:
Post the latest news from reputable mainstream news websites and blogs. Important news of national interest only. No analysis or opinion pieces. No duplicates. News stories must have been published within the last 12 hours. Use the published title of the story as the title of the discussion thread.


IMHO, arguing with a host could be deemed interfering with forum moderation. DU mail rather than open post discussion is the way to go.

Also, I've seen newsworthy threads locked because they are actually opinions pieces. I haven't looked at the story but just a thought to consider.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:16 AM

5. Thanks for the info.

And for the record, I wasn't arguing anything. I was genuinely curious and simply asked a question.

At any rate, I'm rapidly getting the vibe here that I best drop this subject. I just wanted to give you the courtesy of a reply.

Thanks again.

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Response to jcmaine72 (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:28 AM

6. I absolutely understood that you were pursuing information and not arguing

No problem. I have personal experience with things written taken as other than as intended. I write for a living. I know it's often tough seeing that what you write can mean something different to a reader.

IMHO, you seem like a concerned and interested member. When you hit 1,000 posts and maintain your current no hides for 90 days status you can elect to be a main forums host if you want: https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=about&forum=1014

Have a great day.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:38 AM

7. Cool. Thanks!

Apropos of this, I served on my first jury last night as well. That said...whew! One thousand posts? That seems like a lot. I've been here a couple of years and just reached five hundred, and that because I'm home sick with a whopper of a cold. I'll get there one of these years, though.

Thanks again!

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Response to jcmaine72 (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:43 AM

8. Feel better soon

My daughter had it for about 10 days.

Best of luck.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:50 AM

9. Thank you!

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