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You may remember me from such recommended tip jar dairies as How to pre-post (a.k.a. personalize) your "Tip Jar". Consider this a sequel of sorts.

So you worked hard on a diary using a sockpuppet group account, and are ready to publish. Why publish the diary without first posting a tip jar using your own handle? Why let the non-person get all your mojo due to the auto tip jar?

Here's how to ensure YOU, not some fictitious moniker, get all the tips from the work you have put in.

   It's just like pre-posting your tip jar in a normal diary, except you can't see the diary. I prefer to use another browser so I don't have to log out.

      1. Copy link of draft diary

      2. Paste into browser

      3. Post comment

This diary began as a comment in the kOscars series, but I have heard rumblings that it is not quite as simple as it might seem to some of us.

If you go back to that diary and check the time stamp of the comment and diary, you'll see that indeed the comment, posted as myself, came first.

So are you confused yet?


Captain Basic here will


First of all, it helps if you know how to personalize your tip jar. Remedial students should go back and review that diary before proceeding.

OK? Are we solid there? Good.

Now, the trickier part.

You must use the link to the draft diary, the one that says "?new=true" at the end, to make this work.

There are 2 ways to do it.

I prefer to use a different browser than the one I normally use for Daily Kos. That way I am always logged in as LaughingPlanet there, and I don't get duped into posting comments as someone else.

You paste the link into the browser, and hit enter. You will see something like this:


Don't panic.
You are looking at your draft diary BEFORE it has been published.
Whoever the heck "B" is does not matter.
An empty page does not matter.

You can still click the POST COMMENT link at the bottom and it will allow you to post your tip jar.


The way I learned this trick was accidental. I had found that you can "pre-pimp" your own diary's link in Open threads and the like, and someone clicked my link and jumped my tip jar (on accident). Good times.

OK, where was I?

Right. Two ways to do this.

The 2nd way-

If you absolutely insist on always using only one browser, you can still make this work. Simply

  1. copy the link mentioned above.
  1. Log out.
  1. Log in as "yourself" (not the sockpuppet)
  1. paste link
  1. Enter tip jar comment
  1. Log out.
  1. Log back in as the sockpuppet
  1. Paste link into browser (again) & watch your comment magically appear.

Do you see why I prefer using 2 browsers?

So there you have it.

I feel this is very basic stuff, but yet I almost never see people who are otherwise Dkos/HTML demons using this handy method. With DK4 (Newly announced release date: March 2027), we will find the mojo is more important than it is here with DK3. I encourage people to spread the word and rid this site of comments from non-user users.

For the record, I never rarely tip sockpuppets group accounts. I want only those who have EARNED their trusted user privledge to have TU status.

Also, I don't want some fake TU stalking/HR'ing me and reading hidden comments. And don't think people don't abuse the system; they do.

Group accounts should always be used for ONE THING and ONE THING ONLY*: Posting diaries. (NOT recommending diaries, etc.)

*In rare cases, people would rather not use their real name in the comments. Metoer Baldes has approved that one exception to the rule.



Originally posted to The Laughing Planet on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 04:00 PM PST.


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