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  •  question from another newbie (none)
    I geniunely spend some time and a lot of thought to my diary entries.  I'm not saying my words are manna from heaven or anything, but I know I do try to make them original and I also steer away from "hey, look at this breaking news from Google", cuz I figure there's a lot of other here who have that stuff covered.

    What I get a little disappointed about is my diary is "up" for maybe 20 minutes or so if I'm lucky, then just gets pushed back into obscurity.

    I'm new, so I just wanted to know if this is something others have feelings about as well, and if I'm out of line for feeling a little disheartened when it looks like something I may have spent a considerable amount of time on is only available for folks to look at for a very short amount of time.

    Noli nothis permittere te terere.

    by grannyhelen on Thu Nov 18, 2004 at 03:51:48 PM PST

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    •  Diaries (none)
      Unfortunately, this is an as-yet unsolved problem here on DKos. The diaries come so fast and furious, it's hard for them to get attention. I think that some people have luck with getting a lot of recommended diaries because their names are well-known.

      So if you want to have better luck with getting your diaries on the reco list, I'd try building up your profile as a commenter first.

      Then again, I've been on this site for over two years and I haven't had a reco diary yet. So who knows?

      Swing State Project - Analyzing the 2004 battleground states.

      by David Nir on Thu Nov 18, 2004 at 04:23:05 PM PST

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    •  It happens to all of us. (none)
      Frustrating, ain't it?

      A few things you can do:  post at a time when not too many other people are posting.  Usually around midday, diaries are coming by as fast as one per minute.  Yuck.  Earlier or later in the day, things are a little better.  If you consistently post high-quality diaries, people will eventually get to know you, and know to read whatever you write.

      If the diary took a lot of work, you can let people know about it by posting a comment on the current open thread.  This is known as "diary whoring", but is generally met with tolerance if your diary is really big and special.  As in, took hours to write.

      (A note for largely everyone here: at the bottom of the diary list on the home page is a box for "Show [n] diaries".  Set this box for 50, if you haven't already, and you will see a brand-new site.  Diaries are visible for far longer; you can have conversations at a more leisurely pace.)

      •  Good advice...and I had an idea (none)
        Being new, I don't want to come across as little-miss-Nancy-know-it-all...but I had a thought on fixing this.

        Can there be subdivisions of diaries, so that a diary will stay alive in its own subdivision for a longer period of time?  For instance, there could be different categories for breaking news, elections/voter fraud, middle east issues..etc.

        I know Kos has this set up for his diaries.  Can this system be incorporated for the rest of us?  Not only would this keep a diary "alive" for a lot longer, but I think it would also resolve the problem of multiple, multiple diaries on the same subject, especially in the "breaking news" category.

        Noli nothis permittere te terere.

        by grannyhelen on Thu Nov 18, 2004 at 05:16:12 PM PST

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        •  I know it's being pondered. (none)
          I don't know quite what options are being considered, but the fact that good diaries get lost so quickly is an ongoing concern, and has been for some time now.

          Hopefully when things settle down we'll have some discussion threads about possible ideas, and some ideas from the programmers behind the site on what they think they could easily whip up.

        •  asdf (none)
          What a super idea!  This would also allow members to look at only topics of interest to them.  I would love that!

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