The Unofficial RedState Frequently Asked Questions List
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OK, I've finally been inspired enough to proceed with an FAQ for the RedState viewership. In no particular order, here are a number of FAQs that I've gathered during my somewhat short (~6 months) stint here.
What is "NT"?
Well, in some contexts, it stands for "New Testament," but not here at RedState. "NT", sometimes stated as
What is "5"?
When someone uses "5" as a posting title, or some other derivative, such as "55555" or "5!" or "5**5", they are ranking the comment/diary as a "5 out of 5". In the olden days of RedState, it was possible to rank comments and/or diaries, but that capability was removed due to (as I understand it) some abuses that occurred. When someone ranks your diary or comment as a "5", it's a compliment.
What is "Reply To This"?
The "Reply To This" link is found at the end of each posting in a discussion thread. It is used to create threaded responses in a discussion. Use it! It makes reading threaded conversations far easier, and it makes it clear who a responder is responding TO.
Below, please find a much more thorough explanation of the "Reply To This" feature, provided by fellow RSer, civil truth.
What is "Blam!"?
"Blam" is used by (at least some) RedState moderators to indicate that they've banned a user. Why are users banned? For many reasons, but primarily because they've used excessive foul language, they've re-registered after being banned previously, or in recent weeks, because RonPaul™ boosters have been too obnoxious in their religious rants about their favorite candidate. Consult the RedState Posting Rules for more information.
What is "HWNSNBU"?
This acronym stands for "He Whose Name Shall Not Be Uttered". Along with "HWSNBN" (He Who Shall Not Be Named) and a few other similar combinations, it refers to 2008 POTUS candidate Ron Paul. When Paul's minions began spamming RedState and other sites, many swore to not even bring up his name, lest the troublemakers appear.
What is PULLING A KOWALSKI? (ht: kowalski himself...)
"Pulling a Kowalski" is an eponymous term and a euphamism for replying to your own comment with another comment. I do it because my blogging brain works in a strange, asynchronous manner -- thoughts I would rather have placed in their proper order during execution are mysteriously delayed "in flight" while my brain parses them, and arrive out-of-order in the output stream. It is left to you, Dear Reader, to read re-parse all the comments and reassemble them into a coherent thought, if possible. I have to do this myself a lot of the time, alas.
I also do it sometimes because I am of different minds on a given subject, or because part of the subject is tangential to the rest, but that is rarer. Everyone knows I was a leftist before I became a Republican and the resulting schizophrenia is diminishing, but I fear will never be completely dormant. I don't do it to take up space deliberately or to annoy people, and I'm glad that most around here have found it to be endearing enough to name the practice after me.
What is a "moby"?
The word "moby," as used here, refers to the musician, who in 2004 encouraged the pathetic, tone-deaf trolls who listen to his work to go on conservative boards and be so over-the-top that it would serve to discredit conservatives and Republicans. We now use it for anyone pretending (badly) to be a Republican or conservative, who is instead trolling for no reason we know or care. Once identified, they get tossed.
What is a "troll"?
A "troll" is described on the following sites:
Periodically RedState will get hit by a major wave (dozens, or even hundreds of them showing up around the same time) of leftist trolls. Trolls can be rather annoying, but most of them are easy to spot and are usually banned within minutes. In consequence to past attempts at trolling RedStaters often pay a lot of attention to the membership history of posters, and commentors (long established members are less likely to be trolls). This is why occasionally a new registrant will be treated somewhat harshly...there is natural suspicion that they've registered simply to "troll." (thanks to Herodotus for the info)
What is "The Hinz Rule"?
This "rule" originates from a diary by RSer David Hinz, where he encouraged us to not "feed the trolls." When someone invokes the Hinz Rule, it says "OK, folks, that's enough, let's not encourage this troll-like person to continue". But what's a troll, you ask? "Troll" is a common term used to describe Internet message-board troublemakers...see more about it here, in Wikipedia.
What is REDHOT?
Redhot entries are created by RedState moderators, contributors and Directors who have brief postings to share, and just wish to interact with the other mods. They usually cannot be commented upon, although on occasion a moderator will open comments on a particular entry.
Who are the directors?
The directors are those who founded and set direction for Redstate.com. They are Erick, Ben Domenech, Thomas, and Jeff Emanuel. They also act as contributors and moderators (see below).
Who are the moderators?
They are the ones who enforce the rules and keep things from getting out of hand. Be nice to them and follow their instructions! Moderators are the Directors (see above), plus streiff, Leon H Wolf, Robert A Hahn, Moe Lane, Adam C, and maybe one or two others who I am not aware of. Moderators are also contributors (see below)
Who are the "contributors"?
Contributors are individuals who are able to create front-page stories and REDHOT entries. They have been blessed with this privilege by the Directors of RS. There are far more "contributors" than there are "moderators" and/or "Directors."
How can I contribute?
Unless you're stunningly brilliant and the RS Directors realize that immediately, you'll probably just start off as a lowly blogger like the rest of us. To create your own blog content, a) register for RS, b) sign on, and c) create a blog via the link in the tan block above "RECENT BLOGS", on the right side of the page. If your content is worthy, you may see some comment responses, and perhaps even recommendations. My advice: lurk for a while - don't post any blogs or even any comments before you've read RS for a couple of weeks. Get used to the kind of content that is acceptable and the tone of how you interact with the rest of the community.
Why doesn't my stuff show up on the front page?
Only contributors and/or Directors can post items to the front page. Occasionally a diary will be "promoted" to the front page, if the contributors/Directors see a worthy entry.
How do I do those cool HTML tricks?
Comments and diary/blog entries can be created with just plain text, or by using HTML to augment an entry. Neil Stevens has been kind enough to create a number of different "tutorials" on how to use HTML at RedState. Read Neil's hints and tips and you'll be far better equipped to post here. Also, socrates (well, not THE socrates - OUR socrates) posted a diary on formatting that provides some good hints.
How do I create a signature?
Click on "My account" in the tan box on the right side of the page, towards the bottom. Click on the "Edit" tab, then update the "Signature" field. You can use HTML in that field, per the instructions in the prior FAQ.
What's up with the "Recommend" button?
If you have registered for RedState and you are reading a blog entry that you are particularly fond of, you can recommend it by clicking the Recommend button (right hand side of the page). This does some kind of voodoo magic behind the scenes and can boost that blog entry into the "RECOMMENDED BLOGS" list on the right. A secret algorithm determines where the recommended blog goes on the list and how long it remains there. If they told us the algorithm, they'd have to shoot us. NOTE: DO NOT recommend your own blog entry! It is bad manners, it is against the posting rules, and it is greatly frowned upon by the rest of the RS community.
What determines the order of the Recommenders in the "RECOMMEND THIS BLOG ENTRY" box?
This is a little bit of trivia, but I always wondered why my nickname wound up floating towards the bottom of the list of recommenders when I punched the "Recommend" button. The list is sorted by longevity on RedState. Those who have been on RS longest (based on registration date) float to the top of the list of recommenders, and the short-timers go to the bottom. I suspect this has something to do with the database query that is done to populate the list...but I'd have to defer to the RS programmer who built the app for a confirmation.
How do I follow recent comments to RedState?
Everyone has their own technique to read RedState. However, one of the most efficient (in this reader's opinion) ways to follow new postings is to use the "recent posts" link, aka the Tracker. You'll find this in the tan box on the right side of the page. This allows you to view new blog entries and see a count of new comments that have been added to each blog entry. When you use "recent posts" and click on a blog entry with new comments, you'll automatically be scrolled to the first of the most recent comments. When you return to the "recent posts" list, it will reset the new posts count for that particular blog you've viewed.
I have a beef with RedState - where do I go to complain?
Click on the "Contact" link at the top of the page. You can fill out the feedback form, and someone will contact you via email...at least that's how it's worked for me in the past. You can also email Erick or Jeff directly at their first name (at) RedState.com. As the form says, don't use it for help with passwords, etc. - go to http://help.redstatenetwork.com for technical assistance.
Who the heck is "Franz"?
Franz is RedState's resident canine candidate. He has yet to declare, but we understand it'll happen any day now.
For additional information...
Adam C wrote a nice entry, similar to this one, back a year or so ago. It has some excellent information on etiquette, abbreviations, etc. Please check out his writeup as well.
That's all I can think of for now. I know I've missed something. I will update the FAQ as I think of new items, or as our esteemed contributors and bloggers provide their ideas and/or criticisms of my list.
bs (and it doesn't stand for what you think...)