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One of our old friends, Drama Queen, brought up a question today that deserves a good answer. How do entries get to the front page of BlueNC?

There are basically two ways things get front-paged around here. First, they can be recommended to the front page by people visiting the site, and second, they can be promoted to the front page by "front-pagers."

The first path is community-driven. When a few people click the "Recommend to front page" box at the bottom of the entry, presto! The entry will automatically show up on the front page in chronological order. This is similar to the system at Daily Kos, on a much smaller scale.

The second path is a bit more arbitrary. We currently have five active front-pagers (like me) who write stuff specifically for the front page and regularly promote entries from others. In my case, I promote entries based on the writing, the content, the timing, the quality of the outrage, the swearing, the graphics, and whatever other considerations seem to make sense. As I said, it's somewhat arbitrary, and we all have our own unique approaches.

I encourage you to keep the "recommended" box in mind when you're reading new entries, and use your vote to push stories to the front-page when you feel that's warranted.

While I have the floor, so to speak, I'd like to plant my own question for a future conversation: What should BlueNC be doing to help build a more powerful progressive community here in North Carolina? The site is now attracting roughly 1100 visitors a day. Some are lurkers from the Dark Side, but even so, it feels like we're building a critical mass. That's great, but it also raises the question of where we go from here.

As I said, that's a question for a future conversation. Because the only thing that matters right now is removing the Party of Torture and Perverts from power. Thanks so much for all you do.

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Thanks Anglico

It's been a while since anyone went over that. I rely entirely on the reader voting, only front-paging my own pieces and adding my vote to the posts that meet (roughly) the criteria you use, Anglico.

As far as the future goes, I think that the relationships we're all forming through the BlueNC experience will allow us to grow as writers, participants, activists, and citizens. I think the quality of our collective work will continue to improve, and the excellent structure of this blog will facilitate it.

I'm all for a BlueNC dinner date, where we can all talk about it all.

How's November 17th?

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Well...if you weren't going out of town.......................

to some exotic locale....................

Many of us are converging at Converge South. I don't think I can do November dates, but I'll check and see.




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I too...

will be leaving town. But, not to an exotic locale - just Atlanta. That hellhole, that cesspool. Hey, Lance, you live there right?

: )

We should get dinner.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I have to agree with Screwy on this one....

Just like Screwy stated, all of us here are in the growing process, as writers and most important as friends!!! You made a good point over there in Hoolieville Screwy!

Dan Siler
Graham County Democrat Party
Robbinsville,NC

Especially the swearing

I've been working on mine. Mom just read the piece where I accused Tim Whitmire of having his head up Carolyn Hern's ass. She was not pleased....sigh. Thank goodness I'm 44 yrs old and only listen to her on odd numbered days.


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Heh.

One of our jobs is what I call "ruthless ridicule" and sometimes that calls for swearing. Nothing we say is anywhere near as obscene as the actual policy and practices of the Party of Torture and Perversion.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

As a side note...

I have found that once your entry makes it to the front page, editing it will dump it off. So make sure your grammer is up to snuff!

This has happened to both articles I had on the front page. Immeditely after editing, they disappear.
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Just let one of us know and we'll put it back up




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Yesterday...

... it seemed like I couldn't use a question mark to save my life.

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threshold

Not asking for any secrets, but what is the threshold for the community to front page? Maybe we should rethink that level?

I dont know, I only use the "Recent blog entries" and "recent replies" bars to navigate....

HelpLarry.com

"Keep the Faith"

SECRET: Dispose of Blue South

Dear cabal:
I have marked this super-top-secret so that the peons will not be able to read it. Blue South has begun asking too many questions. Dispose of him.

: )

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I confess

to not knowing. I've had only one conversation with Lance and I THINK it's a function of "points."

Front pagers have 3 points, I think. Registered users have 2 or 1. And I think it takes only 5 points to get promoted. Which means one front pager and two others voting for a particular entry would do the job.

Then again, knowing Lance it could be WAY more complicated like:

P = [3a(rt) + .6h + $13.99]

where P = promoted

a = age of the writer

r = current heartrate

t = length of time required to write the entry

h = half-life of plutonium

$13.99 = cost of getting your entry promoted (paid in unmarked bills)

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Wow...you do know Lance




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but....

it would be written in perl with lots of
$/|/ a$=>user ID
if x=5;

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me