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I have a WordPress 3.3 Blog and have tried both WP Socializer (http://www.aakashweb.com/) and Social Discussions (http://wwww.linksalpha.com/) and in both cases they have a row of icons before the post, and a row (with some of the same) below the post

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Why? What is the difference?  If you want to see the blog it is at http://blog.teachthetools.com/
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Check the settings of the plugins to be sure there isn't an "above and below" option enabled.

Check to see if Jetpack is installed and set to use its social media buttons.  

Make sure the installed theme doesn't have its own social buttons in the output.

As to "why" you would want icons above and below, it makes sharing more likely on long posts if the call to action is present when the reader starts at the top and also gets to the end of the post. However, poorly coded plugins replicate the behavior on category pages or if the excerpt is present which results in the stuff you show above.
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there is an option to put them above and below in that order or in the reverse order but not one or the other

never heard of jetpack. will install

the rows of icons are different. For example FB just lets you post to FB, but the bottom FB lets you post and keeps a counter of how many did it
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Jetpack is a collection of plugins from Wordpress.com.  To use it, you will need to register there but that's no big deal.  The two useful components are the sharing buttons and the stats.  The rest of it is meh unless you need Videopress or vault press.

I do see the numbers on there but really not sure why they don't let you turn one or the other off.
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Yes I installed it and see what is there.  Email subscriptions look nice, and will check on the others.

Guess I am going to have to wait for a Social Media Expert for the rest, but you will get a share of the points for Jetpack
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Sorry, what did I miss?
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Why the same icon is above and below the post, but only one counts, and how to get rid of the other
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>> Why the same icon is above and below the post

Assuming WP socializer is the active plugin, it's because it uses two templates to display the icons.  Go to WP-Socializer | Settings | One Click in the Dashboard and also WP-Socializer | Settings | Placement.  From the former, you can select a template that has two rows of buttons or only one.  From the latter, you can tweak the settings or delete a row entirely as well as control where the template appears.

So the one-click default adds two templates.  The Placement options determine where and when either or both of those templates appear and which buttons.

>> but only one counts

Socializer has multiple social button styles in it, from the small icons to the larger one with counts.  From Settings | Placement you can see all of the different button options and change them as you see fit.

>> and how to get rid of the other

See above and below.
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Thanks

I tried the various one click options but all were both
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