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PD

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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 4:07:43 PM

Some updates to Newsville on what's allowed and what isn't.

Three strikes and you're out, and since I moderate newsville, I'm the one tasked with judgement. There are contributors to newsville that have never had an article removed, and here are some rules to make sure it doesn't happen to you:

Most importantly: misrepresenting the source or headline of an article may lead to more than one strike, depending on severity.
1) Do not post stories from less than credible or un-heard of sources
2) Do not post blogs or magazine articles from any site (OilPrice.net, Jalopnik, Wired, AutoBlog, etc)
3) Do not post opinion, guest, editorial, or opinion pieces
4) Do not post pieces that don't have a significant impact on a majority of our users (IE- clean energy in Europe, UK gas taxes, car chases, gas station accidents)
5) Do not post articles/news from sites that require memberships or subscriptions
6) Do not post articles from the following blacklisted sites:
newswithviews.com, oilprice.net, oilprice.com, nrdc.org, heritage.org, consumerenergyreport.com [more may be added]
7) Do not post articles that are mostly political or from sources that are clearly marked as political, such as Conservative Crusader, or Democrat Today, etc.

IF YOUR ARTICLE IS GONE, it is likely because it was a near or exact duplicate of a previous article. It may be because it was viewed as too opinionated, or the information was wrong, too political, or something else. If you didn't get a warning, don't sweat it! If you got a warning, please re-read the rules carefully.

You may be warned via Whiteboard, private message, or email if you've violated the rules more than once. Once you've hit three warnings, your ability to post news will be limited or removed. We are not allowing members to flag other members and are not reading messages from members about policing or articles to remove. Article removal will be solely decided by myself or other moderators. Bad articles may take several hours to remove, subject to other tasks and duties.

Thanks for complying and participating.

Check back periodically for updates.

Replies to this topic may be removed, and this post will change to reflect good additions to this topic made by posts which are subsequently moved.



[Edited by: PD at 8/26/2014 11:41:01 PM EST]
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BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 8:45:54 AM

"Replies to this topic may be removed, and this post will change to reflect good additions to this topic made by posts which are subsequently moved."

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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 6:47:31 AM

I think your job would be easier if you just put the two PD blogs up and link to news. Maybe folks would look past the top five and actually find there ARE other news items. Or, take the poster's name off the submission - at least from showing on the front page, or limit the pumps so they have to be selective, or make it available to pump up or down. Personally, I like the idea of rotating the news through or just the blogs and the link to news.

I think a lot of folks have given up on the newsville and just click for points now and don't bother looking beyond the top five. I suspect a lot have also given up on finding and posting news.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 8/27/2014 6:49:05 AM EST]
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PD
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 11:42:24 PM

I do my best to catch articles that do not belong. I do have other functions that keep me busy.
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pzini
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 7:20:34 AM

......... like today's article, "Feds aren’t protecting pipelines from cartels, Texas regulator says", which fails on two counts: 1) It is a blog (right in the URL), and, 2) the source is intentionally misrepresented- it is actually from "Fuelfix", not The Houston Chronicle.

or yesterdays article, "Anti-energy activists cause more problems than they solve", an Op-Ed piece.

or Thursday's "Blinded by the glare of green energy — a threat to over 40 million airplane passengers", right off the Opinion page of the Washington Times.

or Wednesday's "Will EPA Kill Texas’ Energy Revolution", which, again, is an opinion piece, misrepresented as from The Houston Chronicle, but actually from Feulfix.

3 strikes?
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pzini
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 11:15:14 AM

PD- I'm not sure why the article I posted was removed: "Deep Pollution Cuts Needed by 2050 to Limit Global Warming". It was not a blog or opinion piece, was published on a non-political website- Scientific American- and relates to gas prices in the certainly obvious aspect of how restricting carbon-based fuels will definitely impact energy prices over the long term.

Meanwhile, certain members post op-ed articles almost daily, and often post articles blatantly lying about the source, with no rebuke.

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bar1035
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 9:37:04 AM

We could start with a list of those really good stories from real sites with real facts. :)
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teafortwo
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:56:59 PM


Excellent question Jayburt. I too would like to hear the answer to that one ;0}
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Jayburt
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:52:53 PM

Confused how the posts by dallfo are staying up when they link to The Washington Post,a known rightwing rag,and the day before the one linking to the Texas Heritage Foundation piece that was obviously a editorial at best, both against submission requirements for news articles. The bad part is many members have found some really good stories leading to real sites with real facts that never have a chance because of this stuff
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PD
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 10:02:08 AM

My attitude about politics infiltrating newsville: The world doesn't need politics infiltrating every issue. And that's why I continue to "clean up" newsville. I'm sick of people on BOTH sides trying to push their agenda on people.

If your article has too much political garbage, it's getting removed. If it's done in a balanced way when necessary, that's fine. Oh, and no matter what side of the aisle, lies or articles that misrepresent the truth or facts will NOT be tolerated and removed.
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BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 6:03:15 AM


PD 2016
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PD
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:32:40 PM

I'm not interested in pursuing people who pump others. Since I'll try to keep an eye on articles, if someone posts a biased article and others pump it, it'll get removed anyway. The articles that are left are ones that I deem OK, and I don't have a preference for which ones get pumped more than others. Some people may like to see their name on the front page and get upset, but it's about educating users and keeping them updated with articles, not seeing your own name.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 6:41:55 AM

<<<I continue to lobby for this single site change: the click on any of the top 5 news stories should take you to Newsville, not to the actual story. Increase traffic in Newsville, increase the vote totals, and dilute the power of a voting clique. >>>

I like this idea.

Also, the above by PD needs to be at the top of NEWSVILLE on the Home Page clarifying the rules and here
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 2:26:23 PM

As long as 50 some votes is all it takes to win the day, I don't see the "pump problem" as being the issue. That is, so long as the pumps are coming from different members and not a smaller group of members using alias accounts.

But even if it's the latter, the answer is for more of the "doesers" (a term coined by a buddy for the folks who consistently post, "what does this story have to do with this site", to news articles) to start voting.

I continue to lobby for this single site change: the click on any of the top 5 news stories should take you to Newsville, not to the actual story. Increase traffic in Newsville, increase the vote totals, and dilute the power of a voting clique.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 7:20:47 AM

Yeah bar...not only posting on the mods boards asking to pump their articles but also posting against the rules. Even when apparently coming off a posting ban.

Next to the pump up should be a pump down and a REPORT.

And, if you read white boards you can find them asking others to pump up (I have been solicited in the past) feuds, and people responding back that they pump based on the ARTICLE not their clique.

This will be a full time job for PD unless they change the process. I also would not be surprised if some of them have duplicate IDs.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 8/14/2014 7:25:47 AM EST]
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9:24:32 PM

What is really funny (at least to me) is that the pump buddies are posting on PD's whiteboard that they pumped him and even asking that he pump articles. My thanks to PD for getting Newsville cleaned up again.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 7:28:25 PM

Hey PD, I see some of the Pump Friends articles group had their WB posting curtailed (good because they were quite annoying at times asking others to pump their articles). But, it looks like the rest of the clique will just pick it up and post on WBs for them.

Maybe a limit to the number of articles anyone can pump in a 24 hour period, so that they have to use their pumps more judiciously?

I know many of us have been approached out of the blue on our white boards to pump an article because of WHO posted it rather than content.
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PD
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 10:27:22 AM

teenitup,

Please don't post articles here that don't meet rules. I'm on it.

Also, the Keystone XL pipeline article was quite interesting and written by a more credible source (AP) than some of the other articles, so I allowed it to stay.
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 9:10:41 AM

24
votes
Keystone XL could create 4 times more global warming than previous estimates
AP -- WASHINGTON — The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global-warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes.

The U.S. estimates didn’t take into account that the added oil from the pipeline would drop prices by about $3 a barrel, spurring consumption that would create more pollution, the researchers said.

Read the Full Article

Submitted Yesterday By: DirtDauber Back To News
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 7:17:45 PM

Thank you!
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PD
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 11:22:31 AM

Several articles removed today.
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Jayburt
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 12:21:09 AM

Very glad your back PD, and hope everything is well. It has been disturbing lately with all the news items being posted that go to links that are against Gasbuddy Submission Requirements, especially those listed in item 2)..and the ones you've listed here. It's to bad some have to make it a political forum, linking to either rightwing OR leftwing sites, as we should be spared from seeing either in "News" that hits the Home page.
The current 'pump it'up club makes it so that some very good stories from our members never get seen on the home page.

[Edited by: Jayburt at 8/10/2014 12:21:37 AM EST]
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PD
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 10:37:49 PM

Back from some time off- down to business:

I must make one point VERY clear: do NOT post garbage. Don't do it to prove a point, don't do it because you can, just don't do it. It takes time away from removing and dealing with real issues. We're adults here, yes the problem is annoying, but adding to the problem does not help it go away. If you do, expect harsher action than those posting (who generally are less aware of the etiquette in newsville).
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 10:35:07 PM

Thanks PD.
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:22:45 PM

Thank you PD!

It will be good to read real on topic news of interest, not opinion and endless climate talk.
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PD
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 11:26:57 AM

Maddog- There's no reason not to post MSNBC if it's not an opinion article. Same with Fox. Everyone has an agenda, people should be able to judge that for themselves. If it's too crazy or not factual (from ANY outlet) I reserve the right to delete it. I have little patience for either side of the line spinning issues or stories.
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PD
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 11:11:36 AM

Guys, I'm starting to grow tired again of climate change/weather/other issues besides gas/oil prices, I'm going to start removing posting ability if people aren't following. And don't think for one moment because someone else is doing it and not getting caught that you won't. I don't have patience for people who are posting in this thread but continue to post deliberately bad articles.

Thanks :)
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 1:53:56 PM

>> 1) Do not post stories from less than credible or un-heard of sources <<

Rather subjective....I would say that would leave out MSNBC in the "less than credible" area.
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 8:21:31 PM

or followed or enforced.
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pmurray63
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 6:57:13 PM

Wow, these are actually some pretty good guidelines. Too bad they are not more widely known.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2014 5:19:48 PM

Clearly reasonable.
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2014 12:31:11 PM

Today seemed especially problematic with stories absolutely unrelated to the theme, i.e., the history of Friday the 13th, or so tenuous that you really don't see a direct connection, i.e., Obama's reaction to the Iraq situation. If that article was something like Impact of Iraq situation on world oil prices, then okay.
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Message Posted: May 31, 2014 6:30:32 AM

Articles are posted daily from AutoEvolution which fall under #2 or #3.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 3:02:04 PM

Clearly people do not scroll down the screen to find the answer to the question before they post...

See my May 1 post to find what happened to the news and blogs.

xoxo

[Edited by: ProfDude at 5/4/2014 3:02:38 PM EST]
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gcalleja
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 11:57:24 PM

What happened to news?
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 4:22:40 PM

HEY MODS! Maybe you can have the programmers fix the stickies so that they show when they have been updated!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 9:43:31 AM

The rules are fair. If I say more Scoutmaster with the red car might try to get this removed. He makes remarks about me all the time on here and hope he sees this one. lol
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rosyLI
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 6:28:43 AM

What happen to the news articles?
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 6:27:09 AM

Interesting that they didn't update their sticky --
Secondly, if they did, folks wouldn't realize there was new activity because they don't update the last activity time stamp on their stickies [DUH]
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:07:41 AM


Quite true ProfDude. Perhaps it will reduce the submittal of editorials, opinion pieces, industry press releases, political non-news pieces, and blog items. A better change would be the elimination of votes and the Top Five. This rearrangement certainly hides it among the flashing obnoxious and invasive ads that are fed by the cookies on our PCs. The NSA has nothing on the invasion of privacy here.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:15:01 PM

SO it appears that the news articles have been moved to the right side of the home page, everyone!

Look between the ads and there you will find a smaller and less obvious connection to the news and blog.

Wow! this was hard to find and poorly thought out IMHO.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:07:56 PM

so now we get our way of making points on the news articles removed now???
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bklynse
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:14:29 AM

What happened to the news articles???

They are no longer on the home page...

I can reply to articles... but cannot read the original source article...
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:32:03 AM

Yes, where are the news articles?
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thirstyauto
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 3:33:50 AM

What happened to the news articles??
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 12:34:42 PM

>what is newsville? <

Newsville is presently a full web page of articles in order of submission to the site.

The term was coined by teafortwo in a long since closed thread where discussion led to improvements in the GB News, including the eventual development of submission guidelines.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2013 7:38:24 PM

So when do the updates begin?
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 1:38:00 AM

what is newsville?
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 7:12:37 AM

good info
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reb4
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2013 7:27:40 AM

this is a nice news article, but i dont think the gas used to prompt catapulting syria in the news is what gas buddy had in mind!

Re-instate privelages to mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2013 6:48:24 PM


This (News Posting Tips) should be moved to the FAQ or What's New so it gets more visibility. I remembered seeing it before but had to search around for it today when I needed to refer to it.
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