Welcome New Users

Welcome New Users to DocuDharma.  We expect there will be a lot of you today.

DocuDharma is a Soapblox blog with Ajax comments.  If you’re here from someplace else like My Left Wing or Never In Our Names I expect most of our controls will be familiar to you.  If you’re visiting from Daily Kos or Booman Tribune some of them may be confusing.

Any HTML that works at Daily Kos will also work here.  There are no fancy format buttons or autoformatting shortcuts (*bold* for instance), no ordered or unordered lists either.  Here is a table of the most common formatting tags-

Formatting Tags

    Bold          == <b><⁄b> == <b>Bold<⁄b>
    Italic        == <i><⁄i> == <i>Italic<⁄i>
    Underline     == <u><⁄u> == <u>Underline<⁄u>
    Strikethrough == <s><⁄s> == <s>Strikethrough<⁄s>

Linky Links

The only autoformat tags that work are the link brackets ‘[]’-  [Your Link Label Here http:⁄⁄www.yourlinkhere.com].

Of course you can use old school <a href=”http:⁄⁄www.yourlinkhere.com”>Your Link Label Here<⁄a> too.

Oh and there is no ‘literal’ character.  You have to use the HTML special character equivalent.  &hearts; still == ♥ though.

Speaking of-

This is a Community Moderated site.  Just as at Daily Kos how your comments are rated determines whether Regular Users can see them or not.  Over time your average ratings determine whether you become a Trusted User or not, at budhy’s direction I have ramped them up to 11 (but don’t worry, this amp goes up to 15).

We have a three tiered ratings system-


    Pony   == 4 == Excellent!
    Wrong! == 1 == Your statement leads me to question your motives and/or intelligence.
    Hide   == 0 == Beyond Wrong!.  Should be hidden.

Be excellent to each other.


When you are authorized for Essays you get 2 (count ’em two) Essays a day.  All Essayists are expected to stand by their words.

For Regular and Trusted Users this means you are expected to comment in your Essay (tip jar) and respond to the comments of others for at least 90 minutes.  Contributing Editors are likewise expected to stand by their words and actions, but need not post a formal tip jar because some of their Essays will be timed publications.

Who’s Who?

So happy you asked-


* buhdydharma
* On The Bus
* Turkana
* Armando
* ek hornbeck


Guest Bloggers-

* Jerome a Paris
* kestrel9000

Contributing Editors

* 73rd virgin
* breathingstill
* Cronesense
* exmearden
* Jay Elias
* jillian
* ksh01
* LithiumCola
* LoE
* Magnifico
* melvin
* Nightprowlkitty
* noweasels]
* occams hatchet
* pfiore8
* pico
* pinche tejano
* pyrrho
* Robyn
* srkp23
* theevolutionarysieve
* Turing Test
* Unitary Moonbat


Suspension of privileges.

Immediately to stop misbehavior, longer periods for punishment.  budhydharma reviews all disciplinary actions and his word is final.

Fun Stuff

Three times a day, at 9 am, 12 noon, and 6 pm Eastern, there are Pony Party Essays (Open Threads) where you can chat and hang out.  No subject is off topic.  These appear in the ‘Recent Essays’ List.  pfiore8 and crew host.

Also for your chatting pleasure-

Monday – Friday 6 am Muse in the Morning– Robyn Serven favors us with some art and poetry.  This is an Open Thread.

7:30 am The Morning News– I’ll be handling this for now.  This is an Open Thread.

4:00 pm 4 at 4– Magnifico gives us just 4 stories of importance.  This is an Open Thread.

Monday – Thursday 12 midnight Midnight Cowboy– pinche tejano provides some late night thoughts.  This is a semi-Open Thread.

Some final thoughts

If words are the kind of things that can hurt you, perhaps you need a new hobby, like crochet.

Around here there are sharp tongues and sharp minds.  Ridicule and derision are only to be expected, snark is the common language.

The Buddha would not save you if he could, your path is yours to walk.  If your cup of wisdom is not full perhaps you might learn something.  If it’s already overflowing some of it may be spilled.


In a reply to aek, condoleaser used some HTML that screwed up the page and I wasn’t able to delete just his comment, I had to delete aek’s too.

It’s all good.  Stuff happens.  I just didn’t want you wondering if you were already hidden or something.

Update 2

There is no automatic refresh like at Daily Kos, you need to hit the refresh button on your browser periodically otherwise the page remains static.

I’ve also noticed the pages don’t always render properly.  A good first step in trying to figure out if it’s a real problem is to hit the refresh button once or twice.


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  1. Turkana

    1- wrong!


    1- lame

  2. YetiMonk
  3. Zwoof

    of this number.

  4. pfiore8

    and New User essays, ek

    kinda makes the place really feel like home now…

  5. LoE

    I posted a list on my very first post here.

    • So
    • you
    • might
    • just
    • be
    • wrong
    • about
    • that

    Jest sayin’

  6. Armando

    I will not run.

    If elected, I will not serve.

    The title is an honorific in my case.

    I just write.

  7. melvin

    There are blogs linking here already. And there are people out there who don’t read dkos.

    Possible introduction of people linking to writing, thus:


    pinche tejano

    etc. for those unfamiliar.

  8. byteb

    for this place and your hard work in getting it up and running.

    Good luck and peace!

  9. 73rd virgin

    gettin’ the party started off right, i see.

    thanks, ek, for your tireless efforts.

  10. buddabelly

    Now I have to come here also. Oh well it’s not like I don’t have the time…

    Good to see the people I have so far and hopefully this grows and flourishes.

  11. pinche tejano

    Editted the post.

  12. MKinTN

    Hee hee…just what I needed…another site to swallow up my time like a black hole.  I like it!

  13. mariachi mama

    Nice place!

  14. edwardssl

    Is the bar still open?

  15. condoleaser

    and embeddage, etc. – can do…?

  16. NearlyNormal

    Nice cast of writers and thinkers.  Very cool Buhdy.  Placed in favorites right next to European Tribune.  I hope we can build the same sense of community that they have there.

  17. ab ovo

    It’s an honor to be here with all you fine folks.  I’m seconding edwardssl, is the bar still open? Drinks are on me!

  18. bumblebums

    I like donkeys.

  19. sbdenmon

    With this bunch of admins, what could *possibly* go wrong?

    Congrats and good luck, everyone; looks great so far.

  20. Dreaming of Better Days

    everyone, on the launch of your new venture.

    I’ve signed up (obviously) and hope to be able to contribute something meaningful and positive to this wonderful new blog.

    As always, thank you ek, for this valuable, helpful diary.  (Another in the many I’ve saved.)

  21. Caneel

    and “Congrats” to all you clever developers of this site.

  22. Moody Loner

    Only because y’all asked.

  23. condoleaser

    “Suspension of priviliges.”


  24. Moody Loner

    what’s the multiple account policy?

    Yes, I read the FAQ.

  25. moodyinsavannah

    I’m definitely raising a glass of champagne to your new venture!

  26. claude

    is there a waiting time for new users before we get esay posting privileges?

  27. Pandoras Box


  28. spoon or no spoon

    Hey what is the deal, discrimination man, against 3-digit UIDs, can’t post an essay. Its a plot, I tell you it is a PLOT.

  29. SherriG

    done with the place…faaabulous dahling.
    Thanks for the invite.

  30. fatdave

    You Tube links – I tried to send a humorous snippet on budhy’s first page. I entered this:

    ((youtube ChQ2yFCiXj8))

    like you do – and it showed up as this:

    ((youtube ChQ2yFCiXj8))

    Anybody tell me where I’m going wrong?

  31. ANKOSS

    Just asking. It’s not in the FAQ.

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