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Thu Oct 11, 2018, 09:29 PM

Newbie wants to know best forum for posting Political/Social Satire

Hello everyone! I'm new to DU and I am just thrilled to have found an outlet so filled with both news and creative expression from like-minded people.

I am a writer, researcher, former college professor, and student of various forms of the English language. Many moons ago I had careers in marketing and advertising. I do not maintain a social media footprint (intentionally), but I am highly skilled in performing online research.

As a matter of fact, I discovered DU as a result of a recent project that required me to wade through the muck of many (too many) conservative websites cataloging particular phrases. I was struck by the number of sites I came across that lift whole sections of DU and, instead of focusing on their own articles and stories, seem to spend an inordinate amount of energy writing often juvenile and even downright infantile replies to DU threads on their own sites. This struck me as such an "against-the-ropes" defensive posturing on their part that, of course, I had to check out what they were so scared of---and so, here I am.

Anyway, I am a long-form writer, so you are not likely to see short, quippy posts from me. However, what I can contribute are serious explorations of topics I am knowledgeable and passionate about. For example, I just spent the past two days writing a political/social satire piece that I would like to post to DU. Can anyone tell me what the best forum would be to post such a story? Also, is there a maximum word or letter count that I need to be aware of?

Thanks in advance for your response.

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Reply Newbie wants to know best forum for posting Political/Social Satire (Original post)
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 OP
Va Lefty Oct 2018 #1
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #16
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #28
femmedem Oct 2018 #2
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #17
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #29
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2018 #3
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #18
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2018 #20
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #26
femmedem Oct 2018 #27
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #30
Lochloosa Oct 2018 #4
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #19
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #31
Cirque du So-What Oct 2018 #5
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #21
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #32
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #6
OriginalGeek Oct 2018 #13
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #22
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #33
question everything Oct 2018 #7
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #23
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #34
WhiteTara Oct 2018 #8
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #24
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #35
Baitball Blogger Oct 2018 #9
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #25
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #39
femmedem Oct 2018 #10
malthaussen Oct 2018 #11
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #36
irisblue Oct 2018 #12
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #37
red dog 1 Oct 2018 #14
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #38
Lochloosa Oct 2018 #15
Flaleftist Oct 2018 #40
PandoraAwakened Oct 2018 #41

Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 09:37 PM

1. Welcome to DU Pandora!

I would suggest General Discussion as the forum for your posts.

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Response to Va Lefty (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:28 PM

28. Thank you

Thanks for the advice. Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 09:43 PM

2. Welcome! I also suggest General Discussion.

I'm looking forward to reading your work!

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Response to femmedem (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:30 PM

29. Thank you

Thanks for the advice. Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 09:53 PM

3. Welcome to DU, PandoraAwakened!

And now this thread of yours is on the Greatest Page!

To see, click the tab that says Greatest Page at the top of any DU page and it will take you there.

I hope and expect that many of your posts will end up there, given the caliber of your writing!

Again, Welcome!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:00 PM

18. Thank you

Thanks for the advice. Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545.

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Reply #18)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:02 PM

20. The link didn't work, alas. But I will find you anyway!

One thing I always do is preview my post when I have a link in it, just to make sure it actually works.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:18 PM

26. Aargh!

Not sure what to do. When I click on the post itself, this is the post's address. Yet as you say, clicking on that as a link doesn't work. However, copying and pasting that address into my web browser does take me to the post. Now I'm confused. Not sure what to do to get a correct link?

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:19 PM

27. The link works if you remove the period at the end. n/t

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Response to femmedem (Reply #27)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:30 PM

30. Case Solved!

Thanks femmedem!

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 10:01 PM

4. Welcome. As far as I know there's no word limit.

I've seen post that took a long time to read. Post away.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:31 PM

31. Thank you

Thanks for the advice. Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 10:04 PM

5. I gotta go with the DUers ahead of me who suggested General Discussion

Despite the good intentions behind maintaining a multitude of forums, GD gets greater exposure than all the specialized forums combined.

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Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:32 PM

32. Thank you

Thanks for the advice. Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 10:07 PM

6. Thanks all!

Okay, thanks much for the info. everyone. Just need to write conclusion and run through one more round of proofreading after dinner. Will look to post by tomorrow AM.

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Reply #6)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 03:18 PM

13. proofreading?

what a weirdo!



(lol - teasing. Welcome to DU!)

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:35 PM

33. Funny, I know, right?

Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 10:13 PM

7. Yes, GD makes sense except that, so many post there, often

the same stories by 10 people, that unless your post get “kicked” - someone adds to it, it can quickly sink to the next page and then to the archives. I thing that using this forum, or the Edioriials and Other Articles may be better. At least until you’ve established yourself as someone worth following.

Joining others in welcoming you to DU, and will certainly e looking forward to your insights. And, no, there is no limit on length, as you wills soon find out..

Again, welcome.

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Response to question everything (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:37 PM

34. Thank you

Thanks for the advice. Finally got around to posting. Decided to go with General Discussion first even though it will probably be buried quickly. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 10:49 PM

8. Welcome PandoraAwakened!

Any place but LBN is great for satirical posts. The great thing about being a democrat is that we have senses of humor. Very offbeat, sometimes whistling past the graveyard humor. Add to the mix.

Luckily,you don't have my editor who only gives me 350 words a week, there is no limit to your posts. There is the copyright rule of posting no more than 4 or 5 paragraphs of articles, and that's it.

Have fun. There are many areas to dig into. I'll look for you around the board

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:39 PM

35. Thank you

Thanks so much for welcoming me to DU. Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 12:52 AM

9. Hello PandoraAwakened.

Good to hear from you again.

General Discussion is the place that will give you the broadest audience and one where you'll find the better political responses and opinions. In the Lounge we're a bit more casual to zany. Actually, political topics are generally frowned upon. Think more in line of the Galactic bar in Star Wars and you'll understand what goes on in the Lounge.

Look forward to reading your post.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:54 PM

39. Hello Baitball Blogger

Nice to talk to you again too! I finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 08:05 AM

10. A suggestion: can you link to your piece in the replies here?

That way those of us who are looking forward to reading it will easily find it. And we can help push it to the greatest page.

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 10:09 AM

11. Welcome to DU.

General is the proper forum for most political writings. It is very volatile, however, so there will be a short shelf-life to anything posted there unless it goes viral.

The Lounge is for hanging out, sharing music and the arts, humor, etc.

You might also want to consider Good Reads (which is actually Editorials and Other Articles). The description implies third-party essays are to be posted there, but original essays are okay, too. If you tend to be discursive (or even prolix like me), then that forum might be appropriate. As it is less volatile than GD, your post will disappear from the front page less quickly.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:40 PM

36. Thank you

Thanks for the advice. Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 10:24 AM

12. Welcome👋👋

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1192.

Enjoy looking around in there.


There are subforms on DU, and yeah, they sometimes show up on those conservative sites too.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:41 PM

37. Thank you

Thanks for the advice. Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 07:58 PM

14. Welcome to DU!

I think Irisblue's link is the one for you (reply 12), since you're a writer.

The DU Lounge would not be appropriate, unless you had some non-political humor to post,
or movie, TV trivia etc.

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #14)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 09:41 PM

38. Thank you

Thanks for the advice. Finally got around to posting. If you're in need of a few chuckles, please feel free to peruse my piece at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211279545

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 10:33 PM

15. You were asking about the length of post?

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Response to PandoraAwakened (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 10:16 PM

40. Welcome.

You could post it here and tweet it out on your Twitter and as DUers to retweet it from their accounts.

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Response to Flaleftist (Reply #40)

Sun Oct 14, 2018, 11:27 PM

41. Thanks for reading!

Thanks for the suggestion Flaleftist. I myself don't do Twitter or Facebook, largely because of research I did a few years back that scared the bejeezus out of me, some of which is just now being made known in sporadic media accounts.

However, if anyone else wants to share my recent post on Twitter or Facebook, no problem: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211274064

Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

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