Skip to comments.What is the value of Free Republic?
Posted on 07/10/2011 9:01:04 AM PDT by don-o
This morning, I was clicking around on this site to see if I could find anything to help a poster who was having trouble with his display. I was looking for the "Preferences" page which is accessed from the "Account" page.
And, at the very top of the "Account" page is this recap of my own account.
You've posted a total of 842 threads and 40,007 replies.
Now, I have been a member here for a while, but any way you slice it, that is a LOT of use.
I'll simply suggest that anyone who reads this, please check your usage. There is a FReepathon (fund raiser) going on. Every one of those 842 threads and 40,007 replies involved cost that has to be paid for.
I could do the math and post resulting fraction of a cent that I have given to cover that cost. It would be very, very tiny.
But, it would not be zero.
Please think about it. Thank you for reading.
Given my posting volume, I might need to increase my monthly.
I’ve been here awhile but I do more reading than posting. FR is always on one of my IE tabs.
You’ve posted a total of 5 threads and 517 replies.
Found this. I assume it is current,
The cost per view would be small but the largest subtotal amount of the total cost. People who just view need to help also.
Where else could you get this amount of info, enjoyment and discourse for the price? All while helping the conservative cause?
I agree there's something to be said for looking at your stats and pondering the concept of "fairness".
I want it to be clear that the Mrs was in no way solicited or coerced to support this thread.
She’s just smart, that way.
If I am correct, look at the URL at the top of your browser. This thread would be thread number 2,746,389. Wow!
There is no place. Consider the many attempts for "alternative" sites. They spring up, flourish for a bit. Then they crash and burn. More than once.
Don't ask me for details. I don't go there. But, I get reliable information from those who do keep up with such.
We need Free Republic. Free and clear.
It may be non-profit but it is not intended to be an entitlement program.
Now an even 9,000.
I donate using automatic credit-card payments monthly.
I wish it was easier to be reminded of my present level of contribution. I would up it by a couple of bucks a month, but I run the risk of inadvertantly reducing my contribution. Is there a way to find this information?
(Mrs. Tell handles the checkbook, so I seldom even have to look at a credit card bill.)
Good thread, good advice and posts were ‘sweet’. :)
Let's ask The Boss.
>>>(Mrs. Tell handles the checkbook, so I seldom even have to look at a credit card bill.)
Maybe you could just once? Or have Mrs.Tell tell you what it is?? Just a thought... well, two. :)
Great idea for a freepathon thread!
(59 threads and 6,697 replies)
I do so love this place!
If memory serves me correctly, there was a server change around 2002/2003 that reset this number also so it may be far, far larger than that.
I so appreciate Mrs. Tell handling this chore that I try to keep my expectations low. I will save HER energy for something more important.
Free Republic is the single best source of news and information anywhere today. We are able to get information from an infinite number of sources, posted by thousands of Freepers all trying to put up the most interesting tidbit the quickest. You know that many times we’ll see a breaking news story here on Free Republic before you’ll see it anywhere else. I am very thankful for this forum and hope it will continue for many years.
One time “off topic” use of the Honduras list (the only one I keep) for something to think about, and, as needed, act upon.
Other list keepers are urged to do the same. We have a lot of ping lists out there.
One poster gave me heck because Jim does not want to monitize the site. That's Jim and this is his baby but I'd really like to see the Robinsons make a few bucks more than what they have to ask for now. Just an thought.
I've only posted a total of 73 threads and 7,724 replies. But then I have only been here 1 1/3 years.
FR is an awesome site. I couldn't live without it very well. That's why everyone needs to donate. :-)
Jim has been very clear on all that.
The more relevant question is why the majority of users give zero, zip, nada $$. If the users were doing the right thing in decent numbers, first, there would never be a FReepathon; and secondly, the owner would be doing quite well w/o catering to advertisers.
That’s all? I could swear you’ve been pestering folks longer than that. ;)
A n00b I am. :-)
Click The Link Above To View Budget Page
Once we get our monthly donations to the point where they will cover all of our expenses, we will not need to have fundraisers.
Est. Recurring Monthly Contributions $11,058
Bandwidth and Colocation $2,430 System Administation and Programming 7,000 Administrative and Taxes 10,500 Legal and Accounting 1,000 Bank Fees, Credit Card Fees, Processing Fees 800 Equip, Maintenance and Repairs 300 Office Expenses, Rents, Insurance, Telephone, ISP, Supplies, Misc. 2,500 Travel Expenses 800 25,330
Est. Monthly Shortfall ($14,272)
- Est. Recurring Monthly Contributions
This is the amount contributed by the monthly donors only. It does not include one-time donations.
- Est. Monthly Shortfall
Amount needed in one-time donations per month or additional monthlies need to meet budget needs.
I donate every Freep-a-Thon but my name never shows up. It used to but not anymore. I use the PayPal feature. They had my old e-mail address and I changed it this time to my curerent one AFTER I donated so maybe that was it. Or am I supposed to put my nick in the comment box?
FR is sometimes my news site because it does what Drudge does, there are articles pulled from other sites that the MSM would never report on. Plus, our posters are much smarter than the average news reader(Humblegunner completely excluded).
Great way to put it ~ link to FReepathon thread maybe???? Someone? Ideas?
Well said don-o and thanks, you speak for a lot of us.
Couple of things, Bob.
The specific amounts are not disclosed; but donors can, if they wish, announce their own donation. For example, you could post on the FReepathon thread. “I’m sending a cashier’s check for $25,000” and everyone would know.
If you simply sent it in, when received Jim would note:
“We have incoming:
$25,000 from...whatever state you identified.”
Now, another way donors are self identified is by two lists - The Monthly Donor and the Dollar a Day.
Those lists are posted on the Freepathon along with how they work.
Monthly donors receive an e-mail notification each month.
Bob ~ you can choose to have your name on the monthly donor lists and/or the dollar a day club, you just have to let them know.
FReepmail Jim Rob or Onyx and it will be sorted out.
You’ve posted a total of 19 threads and 3,717 replies. And I donate $20 a month. Get on board you lurkers! Thanks
I feel like such a piker. ;^(
We rewrote that donor list program a few months ago but looks like it still has lingering problems. Will have to ask John to tinker with it some more.
Thank you very much, BipolarBob!!
I’m a monthly - $25. Get about 95% of my news from here. Well worth it not to have to depend on the MSM or even Fox news in these times. This is an important forum, folks. Help us out.
After you submit your info a page asks if you want your name posted or anonymous. The default is anonymous. You have to check the box to be posted.
You’ve posted a total of 2 threads and 47,077 replies.
I’m surprised that mine is so low.
Thank you very much, William Tell!!
Yes, that’s another deficiency of our current system. It was written as and add-on to our system and is lacking in design. We didn’t use our freeper ID/password as an access key because many of our donations come in from lurkers and we didn’t want to make them have to register to donate. We did have a special user access tool for awhile, but discontinued it. John says he wants to redesign and rewrite the entire donor system, but that’s going to take some time.
By the way, if your listed email address is current, you should receive a reminder message each month about a week before we process your monthly.
Meanwhile, you have freepmail (or will have in a couple minutes).
You’ve posted a total of 14 threads and 87,450 replies.
I donate $15 a month, plus extras if we have income. “Pay to play.”
I don’t recall it asking me that information. It used to but the last two times I donated, it did not. It may be my computer. I’ve had things go wrong and mysteriously start working again for no reason.
Folks, we have a new name at the top of the leader board.
Please freepmail me if you wish to be added or dropped from the mitten ping.
THANKS FOR YOUR ALERT to some of the raw facts of FR life.
May folks prayerfully consider what they can do.
Ping for a great cause.
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