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The first rule of online journalism is: "Don't read the comments!" (Well, it is at other outlets - we love reading yours.) Sometimes however, a forum will transcend the usual bickering and meme sharing to become something truly special - perhaps even legendary. Here are ten of those threads.

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To the dismay of screenshot enthusiasts everywhere, Instagram is rolling out a new feature that alerts creators when someone decides to immortalise their temporary Instagram Stories using a screenshot. (A similar feature already exists to alert users to screenshots taken on Snapchat.) There are a few workarounds you can try to avoid alerting people that you're snapping pics of their stories to send to friends and make fun of, though if you want to be completely safe you should probably just stop screencapping (or using Instagram) in general instead of looking for ways to be a recordkeeper of temporary content. Why give anyone the chance to call you a creeper?

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Stories have shapes. Any story you tell works best if you recognise its shape, then strengthen that shape. This applies to a story of any length, whether you're putting in your 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month 2017, or honing your favourite party anecdote, or even marketing something, including yourself. It even applies to Hemingway's famous six-word story, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

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There's no shortcut to writing a great story. However, there are guidelines that can help get you started if you've never done it before. This chart compiles several different forms of advice for beginners into one handy reference.