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.

  32. Robyn

    Right thinking will be as quickly rewarded.

    — The Keeper

  33. buhdydharma

    Just when the curtain is about to go up some bigwig wants to come in and change all the scenery!

    A sneak preview! Here is one of the quotes I am using in the launch essay…

    They might not be fully cognizant of the nature of their mission. They’d contemplate it to be sure, and argue over it, but it would be dynamic, a work in progress, ever subject to change. Only the weak and dull of the world knew where they were going, and it was rarely worth the trip.

    Tom Robbins, Fierce invalids home from hot climates

    Plenty of time for tweaking!

  34. homo neurotic

    1 – pony plop?

    (a ‘horse shit’ alternative)

  35. Turkana

    is wrong.

  36. Turkana

    you don’t have an email on your dk page.

  37. Robyn
  38. Robyn

    When I played basketball, I wore 34.

  39. netguyct
  40. YetiMonk

    at gmail. Good to see you here as well, user 6!

  41. buhdydharma

    I have come to DESPISE people who don’t have public e-mail!

    Almost as much as I despise people who don’t answer their public e-mail!

    Howdy Yeti!

  42. Turkana

    yeah- buhdy purposely saved that for me. just to give me something impossible to shoot for.

  43. buhdydharma

    And if all else fails….we can whip the……naw, that’s not a good line, lets’ just go to the video!

  44. srkp23


  45. Turkana

    #43, to me.

  46. buhdydharma

    everyone here is a perfect 10!

    Which makes melvin our very own Jerome Armstrong!

  47. BruceMcF

    … and yet so far.

  48. Lisa Lockwood

    not a day over 39 😉

  49. Turkana

    that we’re all jerome armstrong!

  50. Turkana

    we need a 0.5- or maybe -1, for turkana’s law!

  51. YetiMonk

    I like your ban/tr and allowable topics policy, btw.

    Talked to Kalee yet? I haven’t had time.

  52. buhdydharma

    melvin just more so

  53. mango

    I’m Irish.

  54. buhdydharma

    A GOOD sign!

  55. LoE

    …it was mostly on the letter sorting machines.  And we had a sound system, of sorts, where you could plug in your headphones and listen while you typed 60 zip codes a minute into the machine.  (It fed the letters, so you had to go that fast – like Lucy at the candy factory.)

    Anyhow, this song was a hit at the time.  And we’d always signal around – quick flip three fingers up in 0.3 seconds between keying – so everyone would switch to Channel 3.  And we’d get the person assigned to load more letters onto the consoles to pass the word, too.

    Anyhow, when it got to the chorus, we’d all howl in unison, trying to scare/surprise/annoy the supervisors.  Anyhow, it somehow seemed to fit here.  So here it is:

  56. pfiore8

    i like the idea of odd 4.33s and such… instead of the nice round uncomplicated numbers…

  57. Turkana

    you republican troll!

  58. pfiore8

    but all you can do is WRONG me or HIDE me… can’t label me a troll


  59. pfiore8


  60. aek all over

    Muckin’ around.

    Gimme another forkful.

    Dump yer load.

    Yuk, yuk, yuk.

  61. Turkana

    maybe 0 should be: fuck off and die!

    heh- surprised peeder didn’t think of that!

  62. pfiore8

    4. Have a Pony (this is what buhdy always says. . .and i like it when he says it)

    which means the lame label should be:
    1. NO pony for you

    now that would really sting… don’t you think?

  63. pfiore8

    a gentle goodbye or a more ramped up version? it’s kind of like that lever shifting thing in a perverse way

    now that would be innovative!

  64. Turkana

    only allows a single term for each rating. but i think it does allow a 0.5, so turkana’s law is still possible!

  65. buhdydharma
  66. Zwoof

    I’m not at all surprised to see you here.

  67. SherriG

    srkp23!  I see that you decided not to change your screen name… 😉

  68. melvin
  69. buhdydharma

    You know you love em.

    How bout that executive washroom, huh? Pretty fancy!

    Have you seen your parking place yet?

  70. aek all over

    Or for
    1.  Muck bucket and fork. Clean it up yourself.

  71. srkp23

    Not at all surprised to see the Z here … but happy!

  72. Robyn

    Than to fade away

  73. 73rd virgin

    i love stickin it to the man!

  74. pfiore8

    0.5 rating

  75. aek all over

    Especially a feature post that gives a snapshot of the FP folks – issues near and dear to their hearts, and credentials, where they apply (for example, lawyers writing about lawyerly stuff, epidemiologists writing about public health, educators writing about teaching/learning, etc.).

  76. pfiore8

    let’s do it then!

  77. melvin
  78. mango

    I’m here too.

  79. condoleaser

    I see now…but I tried to include an underlined word, here, with html tags as above, and the preview showed only: null 

  80. mango

    nice here!  Good to see you.

  81. melvin
  82. melvin

  83. condoleaser

    delicious number!

    cuarenta y tres

  84. bumblebums

  85. ek hornbeck

    Well, they did work when I wrote the above.

    Embeddage works.  Grab the HTML from the lower box.  Trash everything before <embed and after <⁄embed>.

  86. ab ovo

    you get a donkey here! Special place, no?  I plan on liking it here.


  87. condoleaser

    why I can’t figure this out

    is there a way to have images appear…?



  88. ek hornbeck

    Unfortunately I don’t have the right proportions, but it’s basically the same as at dK

    <a href=”http:⁄⁄i76.photobucket.com/albums/j20/condoleaser/b31045d0.jpg” title=”Photo Sharing”><img src=”http:⁄⁄i76.photobucket.com/albums/j20/condoleaser/b31045d0.jpg” width=”75″ height=”70″ alt=”monkey”><⁄a>


  89. ek hornbeck

    after too much OND.  Now fixed.

  90. ek hornbeck

    But if you have a reason and get permission I don’t see why not.

  91. condoleaser

    ok! dkos html works, but first there’s a

    left-pointing thingy, then img, then space, then src=” then a SPACE, then your pic url, then a SPACE, then a quote mark, slash and rightward thingy:


      et voila! teh wet t-shirt runner-up!

  92. Moody Loner

    to get an account for Ms. Korobase, that I may disturb my fellow Dharmics more efficiently.

    Oh, and one for my lovely p00ka wife as well, but she can do that her own damn self.

  93. escapee

  94. escapee
  95. ek hornbeck

    Hmm… have to consult.  Of course your wife can sign up.

  96. Moody Loner

    Figured I’d better mention p00ka though, in case she does, as we’ll be sharing at least one IP address.

  97. melvin
  98. ek hornbeck

    Personally directed at you.

    Last night I personally set the Essay time limit at 1 day so we could avoid being flooded with ‘Hello’ essays the same day as the sign up crush.

    I am bad for DocuDharma, budhy should fire me.

  99. andgarden
  100. ek hornbeck

    Well, that wasn’t exactly the intent.  The controls for setting that threshold are not what I expected, still I suspect you’ll have it back sooner than most.

    I did some tightening up last night in anticipation, can’t have everyone a TU the day after they join now can you.

    I’ll be very interested to know when it comes back.  As I said in the Essay I set it at 11.

  101. andgarden

    to get it back. . .

  102. melvin
  103. ek hornbeck

    I don’t know that it will be a permanent thing, but I did it to cut down on “Hello World” Essays.

  104. ek hornbeck

    Here you steal the code from the second box, trash everything before <embed and everything after <⁄embed>.

    ps. that works on dK too.

  105. srkp23

    nope, I’m still srkp23! I emailed you the other day. hope all is well with you, SherriG. Good to see you here! :)

  106. fatdave

    I’ll give it a go later.

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