For the last year, Daily Kos has been working hard to improve an already powerful tool for activists and bloggers, even supporting an effort to take the Daily Kos experience offline with the new “Connect! Unite! Act!” team. The upcoming version (DK5) is being designed to make publishing your writing even easier. Soon anybody with a story to tell or breaking news to share will be able to post a diary more easily. All these new improvements will likely tempt more Democrats and activists to signup.
And all the questions are overwhelming. GirlSwimmingInASeaofRed is swimming in a sea of questions with her diary, “New girl and I have questions about questionable ads that I get here?” I refused to read the diary; I’m not the Shell Answer Man. Who is going to answer all these questions?
New user InFlagrante was caught in the act while trying to spread Fox News spam with the diary, “Why a lot of Fox is good for us.” At least that is what I got from the title. Many people seemed to be taken in by this tricky newbie, but you’re not going to catch me watching Fox News. Can we really trust all these new users?
Well, according to the Top Comment crew, I guess so. Do they realize they give credibility to the newbies when they include comments like 1988HawksFan’s first ever comment in the list of top comments of the day?
An even more disturbing trend I see, is a gang of experienced users who have been conspiring to help the newbies. Gang leader nomandates of New Diarists along with cohorts JaxDem and MKSinSA, recently provided technical and editorial advice helping brand new user Wolfbrooks infiltrate the Recommended list, and that was just part 1 of a 3 part series. Should newbies like Wolfbrooks even be allowed on the Recommended list?
A big shoutout to those who helped find today's cast of exemplary new users; smileycreek, nomandates and peregrine kate. Thank you much!Below you will find helpful information that I was forced to include by the powers that be.
Wanna follow us around or send us a kosmail?
Click the ♥ to follow us in your Stream, or click Send Message to send us a private kosmail. Please note you must be a registered user for one week before you can send kosmail.
Please also check out the buddy system over at the New Diarists group. While WNU and New Diarists do quite a bit of cross-pollinating, there is one essential difference between us: Over at New Diarists you can request a mentor who will help you learn how to write and publish a diary that won't get you publicly consigned to Worst Diary Hell at the GOS (Great Orange Satan, as we are affectionately known among wingnuts). Just send them a kosmail asking for an invite! Also check out their Resource Diaries. Note: The New Diarists groups also welcomes experienced diarists who would like to be mentors.
Got questions? Comments? Ideas? We're all ears-- just join us in the comments. And remember: Since this diary is for New Users no question is too basic, no matter how long you've been here!
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Everyone is encouraged to review some of the previously written goodness that survives here in the DKos archives, going back to WNU founder ek hornbeck and including the list of teaching diaries republished to our Group page.