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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Fri Dec 09th 2011, 06:39 PM
As part of our switchover to DU3 we will be importing all of your user data from DU2. When you log into DU3 for the first time, you will need to enter your username and the current password that you use to log in to DU2.

If you are logged into DU but do not know your password, click the "Options" icon at the top of this page, then click the "Change your password" link on the left side. You will be given the opportunity to enter a new password. This is the password that you will use to log in to DU3 once the new site launches.

You should also ensure that your email address is up to date. If you have any trouble logging into DU3, you can request a new password which will be sent to the email address that we have on file for you. To update your email address, click the "Options" icon at the top of this page, then click the "Edit account information" link on the left side. You will be given the opportunity to update your email address.

Please note that following these steps will not grant you access to the DU3 Preview if you have been having trouble logging in there. However it will ensure that you can log into DU3 when the site goes live, which is going to happen soon.

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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Wed Aug 24th 2011, 01:34 PM
We are still in the process of looking for folks with a bit of spare time on their hands to serve as a volunteer moderators for the next few months -- and we've streamlined our application process this time, so it's easier than ever to apply. To learn more, visit this post:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...

I'll be honest: serving as a DU moderator can be a challenge. You have to make tough decisions about people's posts, not everyone will appreciate the work you're doing, and you don't even get paid. But our community would not be able to exist without the vital work performed by the great people who are selected to serve.

If you can spare some time to help us out, please feel free to apply. Whether you choose to apply or not, please kick & rec this thread so everyone gets a chance to see it.

Thanks for reading,

EarlG
DU Admin

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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Thu Aug 18th 2011, 04:45 PM















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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Wed Aug 17th 2011, 12:35 PM
It's time for us to bring on some new moderators -- but before you roll your eyes and click away from this page, please hear me out.

As you all know, DU is an incredibly busy discussion forum and we rely on the help of dedicated volunteers to keep the place running as smoothly as possible. Moderating discussions on DU is a challenge -- judging alerted posts can be more of an art than a science, and not everyone will appreciate the work you're doing. Meanwhile, having a Democrat in the White House has definitely shifted DU's focus over the past three years, from mostly-united GOP-bashing to internecine feuds over the direction of the Democratic party and the country. We expect this to change somewhat as the Republican presidential field solidifies and we move closer to the 2012 elections. But in the meantime, moderating these debates is no easy task.

Despite the challenges, the good people who serve as DU moderators continue to perform vital work on behalf of our community. But the fact is that we are currently short on coverage at certain times of the day and we need extra help sorting through alerts during those times. If you are on DU regularly during weekday afternoons, or in the middle of the night, we could really use your help. Otherwise alerts get backed up, people get ticked off, and the whole community suffers.

So if you can spare a few hours a day -- if you are on DU already, posting, or just reading -- then we would very much appreciate it if you would consider serving as a moderator for the next few months.

We have streamlined our application process -- to learn more about how to become a DU moderator, click here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...

Thanks for reading, and please kick & recommend this thread so as many people as possible get a chance to see it.

EarlG
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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Sat May 21st 2011, 11:10 PM
And the winner is...

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Could you win the next one?


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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Fri May 20th 2011, 11:24 AM
berni_mccoy!

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We're more than halfway through the contest now and eight lucky DUers already have their virtual Golden Tickets. There are just seven tickets left. Could you win the next one?



This week is our 2nd Quarter Fund Drive, which means it's time for our third annual Grand Giveaway. During this fund drive we will hold a random drawing every 12 hours and the winner of each drawing will receive a virtual "Golden Ticket". If you donate at any time during the fund drive, you will be automatically entered into the next drawing. At the end of the week the Golden Ticket winners will be entered into another drawing to determine which of them will win the 64 GB iPad 2 with WiFi+3G. All Golden Ticket winners will also receive a Democratic Underground T-shirt.

We'll be announcing the Golden Ticket winners shortly after 11am EDT and 11pm EDT every day this week, and the grand prize winner will be announced on Monday May 23rd. So don't delay, donate today!

NEXT DRAWING IN 12 HOURS: Friday, 11pm ET (8pm PT)!



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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Thu May 19th 2011, 11:08 AM
The winner of the sixth Golden Ticket is...



Patiod will receive a DU T-shirt, and will be entered into the grand prize drawing -- a chance to win a 64GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G!

This week is our 2nd Quarter Fund Drive, which means it's time for our third annual Grand Giveaway. During this fund drive we will hold a random drawing every 12 hours and the winner of each drawing will receive a virtual "Golden Ticket". If you donate at any time during the fund drive, you will be automatically entered into the next drawing. At the end of the week the Golden Ticket winners will be entered into another drawing to determine which of them will win the 64 GB iPad 2 with WiFi+3G. All Golden Ticket winners will also receive a Democratic Underground T-shirt.

We'll be announcing the Golden Ticket winners shortly after 11am EDT and 11pm EDT every day this week, and the grand prize winner will be announced on Monday May 23rd. So don't delay, donate today!

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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Tue May 17th 2011, 11:20 AM
ProfessorGAC!


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We'll be announcing the Golden Ticket winners shortly after 11am EDT and 11pm EDT every day this week, and the grand prize winner will be announced on Monday May 23rd. So don't delay, donate today!

NEXT DRAWING IN 12 HOURS: Tuesday, 11pm ET (8pm PT)!




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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Wed May 04th 2011, 02:12 AM


"When I was a kid I remember that they used to put out there in the old west, a wanted poster. It said: 'Wanted, Dead or Alive.' All I want and America wants him brought to justice. That's what we want."

-- George W. Bush, September 17, 2001

"We have an abiding interest in finding Osama bin Laden and the leaders of al Qaeda ... We want to round them up, we want to bring them to justice."

-- Dick Cheney, November 15, 2001

"I don't know whether it's going to be tomorrow, but (Gen.) Tommy (Franks) will tell you that I haven't said, Tommy, get him tomorrow. I said, just get him. And we will. We will bring him to justice."

-- George W. Bush, December 28, 2001

"A fellow came the other day to the office, and said, well, are you worried about Mr. bin Laden? I said, no, I'm not too worried about him. He's the guy that needs to be worried."

-- George W. Bush, January 22, 2002

"We clearly want to get Osama bin Laden, and we expect to get him. I think eventually there's no question we will run him to ground."

-- Dick Cheney, January 27, 2002

"I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. ... I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him."

-- George W. Bush, March 13, 2002

"I don't know if the man's living or the man's dead. But one thing is for certain; the war on terror is a lot bigger than one person."

-- George W. Bush, July 8, 2002

"Vis-a-vis Osama bin Laden, there remains a worldwide hunt out -- not only for Osama bin Laden, but for all the top lieutenants of the al Qaeda organization. The hunt has been successful in many places, but obviously there remain people who are at large."

-- Ari Fleischer, February 18, 2003

"You know, I assume that if we are so fortunate to bring -- to find Osama bin Laden, that is going to happen with one of those middle of the night phone calls like I got about Saddam Hussein, and I will be perfectly happy to take it. But he's a very difficult target. We continue to work. It's basically a business of having people to help you to find him, and the good news is we have a lot of Afghans and others who work with us, and eventually, we will."

-- Condoleeza Rice, February 28, 2004

"Of course, we're going to find Osama bin Laden. We've already got 75 percent of his people, and we're on the hunt for him."

-- George W. Bush, October 9, 2004

"Osama bin Laden has been a prime focus of our interest, obviously, since before 9/11, really. And we have not let up for a minute. John Kerry suggested somehow we are not aggressively pursuing Osama bin Laden because we've got other interests. That's just not the case."

-- Dick Cheney, October 23, 2004

"We continue to pursue him. He will be brought to justice."

-- Scott McClellan, July 26, 2005

"I think one of the difficulties we've got is that a number of the prominent folks on the other side -- and I don't question their patriotism or their loyalty -- but I do think many of them what I call a pre-9/11 mind set. They've got a tendency to look at the terrorist attacks, for example, in terms of law enforcement and only law enforcement. ... I don't think they believe that the aggressive kind of posture we've been pursuing is the right one. I happen to disagree with them."

-- Dick Cheney, March 29, 2006

A CIA unit that had hunted for Osama bin Laden and his top deputies for a decade has been disbanded, according to a published report. ... A former CIA official who once led the unit, Michael Scheuer, told the Times that its shutdown was a mistake. "This will clearly denigrate our operations against al-Qaida," he said. "These days at the agency, bin Laden and al-Qaida appear to be treated merely as first among equals."

-- Associated Press, July 4, 2006

"All I can tell you is, is that when Osama bin Laden is found, he will be brought to justice."

-- George W. Bush, September 22, 2006

"Well, we're going to find him. I mean, we -- he said all along we're going to find him. ... Certainly, we would love to find Osama bin Laden; that has not changed."

-- Tony Snow, September 11, 2007

"What I can assure you is that there are people all around the world that are united in trying to hunt down Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda."

-- Dana Perino, April 26, 2007

"We're not backpedaling. We're not backpedaling. Again, look, we'd be delighted -- and if anybody has a suggestion of a quick and easy way to get bin Laden, the phone lines are open."

-- Tony Snow, July 13, 2007

"I'm not going to try to make a prediction. It is obviously very difficult business. But make no mistake about it, we're determined to get bin Laden, we're determined to get Zawahiri, we're determined to get senior leadership of al Qaeda. ... So to roll this all together, again, obviously we want to get bin Laden, and the sooner the better."

-- Tony Snow, July 18, 2007

"There's been an all-out push to get bin Laden since about September 11, 2001. And I will tell you that Mike Hayden comes into the Oval Office on Thursday every morning as part of the intel brief to update the President on operational things that the CIA is doing. And every time, the President says, so how are we doing on number one and number two -- bin Laden and Zawahiri. This has been a focus for the President and focus for the administration for years and will continue to be so."

-- Stephen Hadley, June 15, 2008

"Tomorrow is obviously a very sober anniversary for Americans. Many of you were probably here that day seven years ago. And the President thinks about 9/11 every single day. When he wakes up and before he goes to bed this is what he's concerned about."

-- Dana Perino, September 10, 2008

Well this is clearly going nowhere. Why don't we give someone else a turn?



"We will kill bin Laden."

-- Barack Obama, October 7, 2008

"Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden."

-- Barack Obama, May 1, 2011

Oh, so that's how it's done.
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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Mon May 02nd 2011, 12:18 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGmnz5Ow-o

"Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not ... I don't know where he is. Nor do I -- you know, I just don't spend that much time on him to be honest with you." -- George W. Bush, 2002
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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Tue Mar 15th 2011, 02:30 PM
We are looking for DU members to serve as moderators from the end of March 2011 until the end of June 2011. If you have never served as a moderator before but would like to volunteer some time to help keep our discussion forum running smoothly, now is your chance. Please be aware that this is, unfortunately, an unpaid role.

Here are some things to bear in mind before you apply:
  • Your political ideology is not important... We need centrists and leftists and everyone in between to serve as moderators.

  • We prefer people who have been members for a while, and have made at least a few hundred posts. You must be at least 18 years old. You must have donated at least one time to Democratic Underground using your own name.

  • You must be able to log on to DU regularly, and should not take any long vacations between now and the end of the term.

  • We prefer people with a generally positive outlook on life, who can be fair and evenhanded, and who don't get easily frustrated. If you sign up to moderate, we expect you to stay as a moderator for the full term. You must understand that it is perfectly normal for the admins to occasionally overturn your decisions, or to make specific requests regarding the manner in which you participate on DU while you are a moderator.

  • We prefer that moderators avoid highly controversial topics, or at least moderate their behavior significantly when participating in such discussions. If you have a history of rhetorically hot postings on controversial issues, we may not choose you to serve.

  • If you know that you aren't very good at controlling your behavior or your emotions, or if you know that you can't be fair to a particular group of people, please do not sign up to be a moderator. There is no obligation to serve as a mod, and we won't hold it against you if you choose not to.
Here's how to volunteer:

STEP 1: FILL OUT, SIGN, AND MAIL THE MODERATOR CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT

The moderator confidentiality agreement is here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/forum...

Fill it out and send it in to the address provided ASAP. If you prefer, you may scan the completed form and email a digital copy along with your moderator application email (see below). Don't forget to sign the form.

We hope to receive completed forms from all applicants *before* the new moderator term begins. If we do not receive your form before then, you may still be chosen to serve as a moderator, but we may not be able to give you full access to all the moderator tools at the beginning of the moderator term.

We will keep the moderator confidentiality agreement forms on file, so once you mail the form to us you should not have to send it again if you apply to serve in future terms.

STEP 2: SEND US AN APPLICATION EMAIL WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION

Send an email to earlg@democraticunderground.com with the word "moderator" in the subject line. By volunteering to serve as a moderator, you are giving us permission to take all necessary measures to verify your identity. Include the following information:

- Your real name

- Your forum username

- Your address

- Your telephone number

- How much time you spend on Democratic Underground

- A brief statement which generally outlines your political views

- Are you taking any extended vacations during the the next three months?

- Have you read, and do you agree to follow, the Message Board Rules and the Moderator Guidelines?

- Have you filled out, signed, and mailed the Moderator Confidentiality Agreement?

We hope to select a new group of moderators on Tuesday March 29, 2011. There will be a free conference call for new moderators on the following night.

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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Fri Feb 18th 2011, 12:32 PM
Those features and more are already available on our new message board software, DU3, which you can check out at http://www.du3preview.com

The software is still in development so there are many bugs and missing features, but here's some good stuff that is currently working:

DU3 standard format (the new "fixed" format)
Wide format (pages stretch to fit your monitor, like DU2)
Mobile format (for smartphones and other mobile devices)
My Posts (now with unlimited viewing time)
Upgraded Latest page (now with various ways to sort and filter the list of threads)
RSS feeds for every forum and group, and for the Latest page
Inline alerts (send alerts without leaving the page)
Unlimited editing time
Avatars
Signature lines
Emoticons (with some new ones added)

Members who registered before January 19, 2011, can log in and test out the software at http://www.du3preview.com

And of course here's a quick plug for the fund drive! We don't have much time left to make our goal so if you haven't already, please donate today! Thank you!
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Posted by EarlG in General Discussion
Wed Jan 05th 2011, 02:01 PM
Hi everyone,

You may recall that late last year we proposed a new way for the moderators to deal with rule-breaking posts here at DU. In a nutshell, the Edit Request system works like this: rather than deleting a message which breaks the rules, the moderators will request that the member who posted the message go back and edit it. The message in question will be temporarily hidden from view until the member makes a good faith effort to fix it. The Edit Request system is now ready for testing and we will be rolling it out today.

Please note that at this time we are going to be testing the system on copyright violations only. While we are testing the system, all other rule violations will be dealt with by the moderators in the same way they always have been. That is to say: if there is consensus among the moderators on duty that a post breaks the rules, it will be deleted.

However, if the moderators determine that you have posted a message which breaks our rules for copyrighted material, the new system will kick in and you will be asked to go back and edit the post so that it complies with the rules.

What will happen if I am asked to edit a message?

If the moderators request that you edit one of your messages, you will be notified automatically via private message. During this time you will be blocked from using certain site features: for example you will not be able to post new messages, send private messages, or use the recommend function. If you attempt to do any of these things you'll be informed that you have a pending edit request which needs to be taken care of first.

These notifications will provide you with a link to your Edit Requests page (which can also be found in your Options section). On your Edit Requests page, you will be able to see any pending edit requests, along with the reason for the requests and straightforward options for dealing with them.

As soon as you have edited a message, it will be reappear in the discussion thread exactly where you posted it. Please note that at this time an alert will be sent automatically to the moderators. If your edited version no longer breaks the rules, great -- everyone can move on. However, if your edited version still breaks the rules you will be given no option but to self-delete the message along with a brief 15 minute timeout penalty.

What will I see if other people are asked to edit a message?

When a member is asked to edit a message, the message will be temporarily hidden until they have taken care of the edit request. If you encounter one of these messages, you will see that the subject line has been changed to "Edit requested" and the body of the message has been replaced with some brief explanatory text indicating why the message is currently hidden.

If the member chooses to edit the message, it will reappear on the board as if nothing had happened (as noted above, an automated alert will be sent to the moderators so they can make sure the newly-edited message no longer breaks the rules). If the member chooses to self-delete the message, the subject line will change to "Self-deleted by member" and the body of the message will indicate that the message has been self-deleted.

If the message in question is an OP (Original or Opening Post -- the first message in a thread) then the thread will be temporarily locked while the member takes care of the edit request. If the member chooses to self-delete the OP, the thread will then be permanently locked.

In conclusion

My apologies if any of this seems confusing at the moment -- just know that the system is almost entirely automated and is quite straightforward when you see it working.

Since we are initially using the system for copyright violations only, we do not expect much disruption while we test it out. Hopefully this will be a good way for everyone to get used to seeing the system in action, and ideally it will help to educate people about our copyright rules and we'll actually see fewer rule violations going forward.

I know this is a lot to take in, so please feel free to ask any questions about the new system right here in this thread.

Thanks for reading!

EarlG (DU Admin)
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