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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CONTRIBUTORS
** 2018 CONTRIBUTORS' TIPS FROM THE MONTHLY TRAFFIC REPORTS **
JANUARY
HOW ARE “POSTING DAYS” DETERMINED?
Since we stated using SimpleLists as our email service, there have been minor changes to what constitutes a “Posting Day”. The time when a Digest is created, as well as switching from Eastern Times to Pacific Times for calculating dates.

1 - Using Pacific Daylight Saving Time (PDT), Digests are created ending at midnight, of contributions posted the following 24 hours. (Usually a date in March through a date in November)

2 - Using Pacific Standard Time (PST), Digests are created ending at 2300 (11:00 PM), of contributions posted the following 24 hours. (Usually a date in November through a date in March) Any post sent between 2300 PST (11:00 PM) and 2400 PST (midnight) will not be included in that day’s Digest, and will be counted as contributed the following day.

Because of this “Twilight Zone” between 2300 (11:00 PM) and 2400 (midnight), it is possible for some Digests to contain 2 posts from a contributor with differing dates. Digest’s posting dates will trump contributor’s calendar dates in those situations.

Most of us set our clocks back 1 hour when Daylight Saving Time ends - but the server we utilize does not. This results in posting times that appearing to change. The best way to save grief and frustration is to use your time zone to calculate equivalent times for 2300 (11:00 PM) and 2400 (midnight) Pacific Standard Time - then don’t post during that questionable hour.

Posting times are always included at the bottom of each Digest sent out by SimpleLists.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT POSTING RESTRICTIONS?
Originally The Humor List “Rules” stated that only 1 post per day was allowed. Since then, that restriction was lifted and multiple posts were allowed. It has been noted that recently that some contributors are overly zealous in their desire to share humorous posts - creating massive Digests for subscribers. Doug and I have discussed a reasonable compromise and now have set limits at no more than 3 posts per email address per “posting day”.

POLITICAL POSTS
While there is nothing specifically restricting the topic of politics in The Rules, the Admin Staff is requesting contributors avoid posting political-oriented jokes, specifically those that are a direct affront to a political party, political ideologies (i.e. Liberals, Conservatives, etc.), or elected officials. We are requesting this moratorium because of the increasing level of complaints we've been receiving. Most subscribers enjoy reading the posts because it's a brief and entertaining escape from the depressing, 24/7 exposure to political news. Contributors and subscribers who wish to read, post or share politically themed items are welcome to do so on the many social media sites designed for just that purpose.

FEBRUARY
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS MARCH 11th!!
While most of us will be setting our clocks forward that Sunday morning - the SimpleList server remains unchanged! Our new posting hours for each daily Digest will be 00:01 AM to 12:00 PM, PDT (UTC minus 07 hours)


WHAT ARE THE CURRENT POSTING RESTRICTIONS?
Originally The Humor List "Rules" stated that only 1 post per day was allowed. Since then, that restriction was lifted and multiple posts were allowed. It has been noted that recently some contributors are overly zealous in their desire to share humorous posts - creating massive Digests for subscribers. Doug and I have discussed a reasonable compromise and now have set limits at no more than 3 posts, per email address, per "posting day".

POLITICAL POSTS
While there is nothing specifically restricting the topic of politics in The Rules, the Admin Staff is requesting contributors avoid posting political-oriented jokes. We are requesting this moratorium because of the increasing level of complaints we've been receiving. Most subscribers enjoy reading the posts because it's a brief and entertaining escape from the depressing, 24/7 exposure to political news. Contributors and subscribers who wish to read, post or share politically themed items are welcome to do so on the many social media sites designed for just that purpose. 

DUPLICATES, DUPLICATES, DUPLICATES!
Most of the duplicate jokes are less than 2 months since the first time they were posted. Remember, a duplicate post will count towards the daily posting totals, but unless you have submitted multiple, non-duplicated jokes that day, it will not count towards your "Days Contributed" total. Need we say more? 

MARCH
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT POSTING RESTRICTIONS?
Originally The Humor List "Rules" stated that only 1 post per day was allowed. Since then, that restriction was lifted and multiple posts were allowed. It has been noted that recently some contributors are overly zealous in their desire to share humorous posts - creating massive Digests for subscribers. Doug and I have discussed a reasonable compromise and now have set limits at no more than 3 posts, per email address, per "posting day".

POLITICAL POSTS
While there is nothing specifically restricting the topic of politics in The Rules, the Admin Staff is requesting contributors avoid posting political-oriented jokes. We are requesting this moratorium because of the increasing level of complaints we've been receiving. Most subscribers enjoy reading the posts because it's a brief and entertaining escape from the depressing, 24/7 exposure to political news. Contributors and subscribers who wish to read, post or share politically themed items are welcome to do so on the many social media sites designed for just that purpose.

DUPLICATES, DUPLICATES, DUPLICATES!
What does the Admin Staff consider a "duplicate"? Any joke that was contributed within the past 6 months - and reformatting an old joke does not change the basic punchline and make it a non-duplicate. Most of the *15* duplicate jokes this month were reposts from within this month!!  Remember, a duplicate post will count towards the daily posting totals, but unless you've submitted multiple, non-duplicated jokes that day, it will not count towards your "Days Contributed" total. Need we say more?

APRIL
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT POSTING RESTRICTIONS?
Originally The Humor List "Rules" stated that only 1 post per day was allowed. Since then, that restriction was lifted and multiple posts were allowed. It has been noted that recently some contributors are overly zealous in their desire to share humorous posts - creating massive Digests for subscribers. Doug and I have discussed a reasonable compromise and now have set limits at no more than 3 posts, per email address, per "posting day".

POLITICAL POSTS
While there is nothing specifically restricting the topic of politics in The Rules, the Admin Staff is requesting contributors avoid posting political-oriented jokes. We are requesting this moratorium because of the increasing level of complaints we've been receiving. Most subscribers enjoy reading the posts because it's a brief and entertaining escape from the depressing, 24/7 exposure to political news. Contributors and subscribers who wish to read, post or share politically themed items are welcome to do so on the many social media sites designed for just that purpose.

DUPLICATES, DUPLICATES, DUPLICATES!
What does the Admin Staff consider a "duplicate"? Any joke that was contributed within the past 6 months - and reformatting an old joke does not change the basic punchline and make it a non-duplicate.  Remember, a duplicate post will count towards the daily posting totals, but unless you've submitted multiple, non-duplicated jokes that day, you will not have a post that counts towards your "Days Contributed" total. To provide a tool for searching recent posts, there's a new website for contributors only. For the URL and/or assistance with the new searching ability, contact the Admin Staff.

Posting restrictions and suspensions WILL RESULT for continued duplicate posting!! Need we say more?

PLEASE - BE CONSIDERATE
Recently, we have been enjoying a larger number of daily posts, so our nightly Digests are longer than usual. Please do not post large files. Limit lists to +/- 20 sets (Q&A/riddles, quotes, taglines, etc.). Break larger lists and send on multiple days - then don't forget to include the Warning Label <long>.

MAY CHALLENGE
January 2018, a month with 31 days, we set a record high. Without duplicates and not exceeding the 3 jokes per day maximum, let's do it again! May also has 31 days and that gives us an extra day for submissions - which makes the challenge a little easier!!


MAY
See "APRIL" comments. No new comments added.

JUNE
LESS is BETTER!
Though testing methods and results are questionable, it is generally agreed that attention spans are getting shorter. After putting in all that effort to find, organize, and post jokes - you don't want your efforts to go unread because the post was just too long. Try not to post excessively long jokes and limit lists to +/- 20 sets (Q&A/riddles, quotes, taglines, etc.). Try breaking larger lists into multiple posts or sending smaller portions on multiple days (1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.).

JULY
Into the month of August 2018, Doug and Sandy will be updating The Rules - asking for input by the contributors. Until then, straight and simple
     - Limit posts to
NO MORE than 3 per day, per approved email addresses.
     - "Warning Labels" are meant to WARN readers of possibly offensive content.
     - Duplicates will happen to all of us eventually (I had my first duplicated post in over 17 months in July). Having 2-3 duplicates, each month, is not doing our subscribers any favors.



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UPDATED: 07/31/18