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    I'm a newbie, and was always the fall guy in grade school anyway, here I go with the dumb questions which will animate the gut laughs...

    You write

    "By being calm, interested, and respectful, your dignity is uplifted, and you further our project"

    Is there a specific project?  I do understand that the majority of people here are concerned with jump starting the democratic party and sometimes I manifest the attitude of a mortician towards national electoral politics...  but then again I can't find thematic instruction in the diary rules.

    Also, I don't find the site too easy to figure out.  It took about six weeks to get the comments deal, and even now I don't think I understand things.

    This "subscribe" button next to names... I keep clicking it, but is there a way of configuring your homepage to bring up diaries from those whom you've "subscribed?"  

    I also couldn't edit stories for about two months.  Finally one time it started working.  I think there may have been an error in creating my personal page.  But all my queries to tech support brought exactly zero emails back.

    This is determination talking...

    "He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither" ... Benjamin Franklin

    by stonemason on Wed Jan 18, 2006 at 05:40:27 AM PST

    •  Helplike stuff (none)
      When you subscribe to a persons diary it will appear in Your Hotlist.

      There's a link for it on the right side of every page under the word "Tools" it will have a link saying Your Hotlist which will take you there.

      Once you're on that page you should see a list of names under "Diary watchlist" with links to each actual diary of the people whose diaries you've subscribed to under the name.

      If you don't see this then just click the link "Diary watchlist". You may need to click on "Hotlist" first to close the hotlist.

      As for a specific project I'm not an official spokesperson, but the basic assumption seems to be to try and drag the democratic party enough to the left (ie back towards the center left) that they have a chance of being elected and to get the radical right out of office before they destroy the world.

      Hope that helped.

      ps. Are you still having trouble editing your diaries? Or is that working now?

      •  whew (none)
        finally, the editing function began doing as commanded:  "update."  Before it just threw me out, back onto the home page.  Go figure, maybe they got serious once I coughed up $$ and subscribed.  Until then zero anything from tech support.

        Thanks for this.  I have not quite understood the hotlist, have been clicking on articles.  I guess I don't understand the different effects of a) clicking the +/- sign after each title (thought that put the article alone on the hotlist) and clicking the "subscribe" button.  If I've understood you, I guess they are equivalent?

        Also the "new comments" thing rarely functions on my "hotlist" page.  Once I click a single comment, the entire cluster disappears.  Does this happen to everyone?

        "He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither" ... Benjamin Franklin

        by stonemason on Wed Jan 18, 2006 at 06:32:46 AM PST

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        •  Hotlist (none)
          The +/- buttons add a story to the "hotlist" while the subscribe link adds the user who wrote the story to the "Diary Watchlist" both of which are on the "Your Hotlist" page...

          Does that make sense?

          Not sure why the entire cluster of comments would disappear unless you're clicking on the link to the story instead of the link to the comment.

          The "new comments" thing works by finding any comments that are tagged with the "[new]" tag on the page. Once you look at the whole page any "[new]" comment tags disappear. So if you're clicking on the story instead of the comment title itself then all of the comments on that cluster will dissapear.

          On another topic, one useful thing to do when browsing an article you've already looked at is to use your browsers search function APPLE+F on a mac or CONTROL+F on a PC and search for "[new]" you can scroll through the rest of the new comments by hitting APPLE+G or CONTROL+G to repeat the search.

          •  tx (none)
            for tech support.

            They owe you a check.

            "He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither" ... Benjamin Franklin

            by stonemason on Wed Jan 18, 2006 at 06:57:02 AM PST

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            •  one other (none)
              nagging question, how do the "hidden Comments" work?

              One, when I click on the hc button, it gives me a list, not associating it with the text.

              How does a person post a hidden comment?

              Is there a way to make hidden comments weave into the comment thread, so things show context?

              "He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither" ... Benjamin Franklin

              by stonemason on Wed Jan 18, 2006 at 09:38:19 AM PST

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              •  Sorry (none)
                This one I can't answer, having  never had Trusted User status on here.
              •  Ah, the hidden comments! (4.00)
                About a month after I became a user at dKos, the hidden comments button mysteriously appeared on the right hand column.  I was at a loss as to what this meant, because I didn't remember info about it when I signed up.  After reading through the FAQ a few times, I finally figured out that I had become a trusted user.  Hidden comments were not little love notes passed furtively between trusted users, but comments by suspected trolls that trusted users considered so nasty that they did not deserve to see the light of day.  A comment needs to receive a rating averaging below 1 to be hidden.  It takes at least two users, one of them trusted with the power of giving zeros, to hide a comment.

                On Bush's Brain: "What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is."

                by Rusty Pipes on Wed Jan 18, 2006 at 10:28:25 AM PST

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