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Is it time to dump Free Republic?
FR | January 28, 2009 | Me

Posted on 01/28/2009 10:46:53 AM PST by PlainOleAmerican

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To: Billthedrill

LMAO!


151 posted on 01/28/2009 11:55:16 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: BBell

In your email box direct from Debka...


152 posted on 01/28/2009 11:55:16 AM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

Good grief man. You are wrapped way too tight.


153 posted on 01/28/2009 11:55:35 AM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I didn’t leave anything out, did I? I mean, I was thinking of throwing maybe “neocon” or “bushbot” in there but it might have been overkill...


154 posted on 01/28/2009 11:56:06 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

If you want to help traffic, throw in something about the Confederate Flag, Obama’s Birth Certificate, and Scantly Clad Models.


155 posted on 01/28/2009 11:57:09 AM PST by mnehring
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To: PlainOleAmerican

“How many of you are FR moderators?”

Sorry. That’s classified. We can’t tell you.


156 posted on 01/28/2009 11:57:41 AM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: mnehrling

A long time fan... I have been posting his work here for years.


157 posted on 01/28/2009 11:57:42 AM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Billthedrill

Agreed, brevity is the soul of wit.

Althought a CZJ picture would have been nice.


158 posted on 01/28/2009 11:58:37 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Just another Joe

“a documented news agency”

You don’t even realize the insane implication of your statement, do you? LOL

This is the point of my original question. Since the MSS (read: documented news agencies) don’t publish conservative truth in the “legitimate” news, what are the odds of complying with this nutty FR policy in order to get conservative news in the news section of FR?


159 posted on 01/28/2009 12:01:04 PM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

..and as you can see, they all aren’t moved to ‘bloggers’. At that, most I linked to are still news. It seems the only difference (as most others here have pointed out) is if it is an opinion piece versus NEWs. Don’t take it so personally.. put yourself in a mod’s shoes.. in addition to all the trolls, dealing with folks like me who are constantly smarting off and starting fights, and trying to organize the thousands of posts coming in, I really doubt they have time to sit there and search for your posts and move them to bloggers.. they probably just try to see, is this an opinion piece, is this actually news? If not, it is moved..


160 posted on 01/28/2009 12:01:25 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Jim Robinson
Keep doing what you are doing, it has been an entertaining 12 years, in various guises. The check will still be in the mail every quarter.
161 posted on 01/28/2009 12:01:32 PM PST by Little Bill (Just a Poor White Person , clinging to God, Guns, and the Constitution)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
The piece had hundreds of hits in minutes, before being moved to Bloggers.... but, never mind.

Agreed. But hits mean nothing. I post new threads often. And - to me - replies are the key to determining if a post was good enough.

As I said - JB Williams is a good man. But the fact he is in the CFP makes no difference. He could have been sourced to the NY Times, the AP, the Washington Post or anywhere else you can think of.

But today's column was a yawner. Still hardly any replies in either of the two afore-mentioned threads.

So don't blame the mods. They could have bumped this snooze-fest to Breaking News for you. Still wouldn't have helped.

You're getting a real butt-beating today on Free Republic. Take it. Learn from it. It's happened to me. Hell, its happened to most any and all FReepers with any experience.

Tomorrow will be another day. And you'll be back (with another JB Williams column) and we will all live to FReep another day.

I'll stop getting sentimental now. Take care, FRiend.

162 posted on 01/28/2009 12:03:07 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: airborne

I wanted a direct honest answer for the logic in the policy. After hundreds of rude posts, still not one has been offered. That explains a lot, huh?


163 posted on 01/28/2009 12:03:17 PM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Tijeras_Slim
ANYONE WHO SHOOTS A .45 INSTEAD OF A 9MM IS A GAY DARWINIST LOOSER AND ROBERT E. LEE WAS A CHILD MOLESTER.

I demand satisfaction!

I must add my voice to your call for a reckoning, suh.

This won't do. This won't do at all.


164 posted on 01/28/2009 12:03:49 PM PST by Starfleet Command
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

You have the “psycho” part right...


165 posted on 01/28/2009 12:04:29 PM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican
Look, guy. I've read your posted threads before, and have seen you around here. You've got cred, at least in this corner. I'll usually read something you've posted. Some posters, I know to avoid.

This is a HUGE forum. There are thousands of readers and posters. Sometimes, we post a thread that's just not interesting. Nobody wants to read it, so it doesn't get read. I've had this experience myself.

I have NO idea who this JB Williams guy is, or what the Canada Press is, and I'm familiar with a LOT of conservative news sources.

Ya gotta advertise. Put a bio of JB Williams on your FR home page. Put a description of Canada Press on your home page, and a link. Pump them up. Let us know why we should be reading them.

Check out my FR home page. I've started linking to conservative commentators who I feel deserve a read or a nod. Notice how I introduce them.

Anyway, fellow Freeper - smile! You just waded through the Mother of All Flaming. Your Kevlar suit appears to be intact, but you'll get some ribbing over this one.

Think of it this way - your Freeper hide is now lots thicker. :-)

I'll be checking your home page in a week or so. I want to see some action.

166 posted on 01/28/2009 12:04:46 PM PST by an amused spectator (Citizen Kenyan: Commander in The Effort Against Culturally-Influenced Misbehavior.)
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To: Deb
Except for the occasional Opus, vanities are boring and belong outside of the “News & Activism” category.

Vanities about new socks are not boring and belong in the Breaking News section.

167 posted on 01/28/2009 12:06:12 PM PST by Allegra ( VOTE, Iraqis! Election Day, Saturday, January 31, 2009)
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To: Allegra
Vanities about new socks are not boring and belong in the Breaking News section.


168 posted on 01/28/2009 12:07:19 PM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Little Bill

Thank you very much!


169 posted on 01/28/2009 12:08:24 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: mnehrling

No, I didn’t take it personal at all. As I have stated on this thread, there is a pattern of moving conservative news from conservative news sites (not the MSM) to bloggers, where there is much less traffic. If the objective is to spread conservative news, views and values, why would they be moved where there is much less traffic?

It was a simple question, for which no one has offered a direct answer in over a hundred comments...


170 posted on 01/28/2009 12:08:24 PM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican
I wanted a direct honest answer for the logic in the policy. After hundreds of rude posts, still not one has been offered. That explains a lot, huh?

Maybe you ought to stop it with the rude posts, eh?

171 posted on 01/28/2009 12:08:33 PM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
Your articles have to be moved to "bloggers" to make bandwidth for more important items.
172 posted on 01/28/2009 12:08:45 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: PlainOleAmerican

OK, already putz, go cry somewhere else. I fart in your general direction.


173 posted on 01/28/2009 12:09:04 PM PST by PrairieRoot (Here's hoping Global Warning extends the hunting and logging seasons.)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
Conservative news only comes from conservatives, which do not get printed in the MSM. If you don;t read them on the conservative news sites, you won't read them at all. But on FR, it's now news, it's personal blogging.

The above is not news either, it is opinion. Your difficulty here appears to be your opinion that opinions are news (with a strong dose of "I know what's best" thrown in for good measure).

174 posted on 01/28/2009 12:09:32 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Hey 1rudeboy...they have moved some of the birth certificate postings...out of breaking news. They had some kind of reason, but I don’t remember what it was...senior moment.


175 posted on 01/28/2009 12:10:05 PM PST by bronxboy
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To: crazyhorse691

Seriously, it’s a simple question. Why can’t anyone answer it?

Why move conservative news and acts of activism where it gets much less traffic, if the objective is to spread conservative news, views and opportunities to act?

On this basis, compared to the many childish attacks that question has drawn on this thread, you think it’s me who needs a shaking?


176 posted on 01/28/2009 12:11:19 PM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Tennessee_Bob

LOL


177 posted on 01/28/2009 12:11:56 PM PST by Kimmers (Working hard so Obamas friends don't have to)
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To: mnehrling; Billthedrill; Tijeras_Slim; Starfleet Command
If you want to help traffic, throw in something about the Confederate Flag, Obama’s Birth Certificate, and Scantly Clad Models.

What I heard, was that Jessica Alba was talking smack about the Confederate battle flag on Catherine Zeta Jones' H3

Yes, that's the VERY SAME Hummer H3 that the lovely Ms. Jones used to run over a copy of Obama's phony "Certificate of Live Birth", to show how she felt about the natural-bornn citizen issue...

178 posted on 01/28/2009 12:12:00 PM PST by an amused spectator (Citizen Kenyan: Commander in The Effort Against Culturally-Influenced Misbehavior.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Also, hope all is well with you. I am hanging on to my job by my fingernails...will know Friday.


179 posted on 01/28/2009 12:12:44 PM PST by bronxboy
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To: bronxboy; 1rudeboy

Hey! I know you two. You’re gonna hijack this opus thread, now aren’t ya?

Don’t make me call the mods now!

lolol


180 posted on 01/28/2009 12:13:01 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: PlainOleAmerican

I haven’t seen that pattern. It could simply be that we are more inclined to post from Conservative sources, thus, naturally more will be moved to bloggers by numbers alone.

Here is the recent ‘bloggers’ list:
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/bloggers-forum/index

Here is the recent ‘news’ list:
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/news-forum/index

Both seem to have a decent mix of MSM and non-traditional.

You even think that maybe this is your own little Rorschach test? You are very concerned about censorship of Conservative news, so you see it happening everywhere, even if it doesn’t exist? Our minds are programmed to create patterns. Remember the last new car you bought, as soon as you drove off the lot suddenly you saw the exact same model everywhere?


181 posted on 01/28/2009 12:13:28 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehrling

Thanks for the very decent answer.


182 posted on 01/28/2009 12:14:57 PM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

Don ‘t go into somebody else’s living room and spit on the floor; go home to spit!


183 posted on 01/28/2009 12:15:55 PM PST by lonestar
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To: Allegra
Vanities about new socks are not boring and belong in the Breaking News section.

Yesssss!

184 posted on 01/28/2009 12:16:05 PM PST by browardchad
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To: PlainOleAmerican

Maybe they posted it in the blogger section first.


185 posted on 01/28/2009 12:16:07 PM PST by bronxboy
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To: PlainOleAmerican

I got suspended for a week for asking once.


186 posted on 01/28/2009 12:16:24 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Pretending the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in suspension.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Thanks!


187 posted on 01/28/2009 12:16:42 PM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican
OK, I'll bite, what is/was the "news" in an editorial?

And yes, I do realize the implications.

I don't think you realize the implications of YOUR stance.

The moderators of this site are not paid one thin dime.
Do you REALLY expect them to fully read each post and determine its newsworthyness?

If it came from a blog, it will normally go in bloggers and personal, not news and activism.

If you deem it "newsworthy" maybe you should help the mods out and contact them to let them know.

It ain't hard, a little ping to the admin mod, and it ain't rocket science, if you can post it surely you can let the mod know why you think it's newsworthy.

188 posted on 01/28/2009 12:19:35 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Allegra

I stand corrected.


189 posted on 01/28/2009 12:20:54 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: an amused spectator

Yeah, I messed up a post...I was posting a reply and posted the entire article instead of excerpting it... I know better. The mod deleted it... I don’t blame him/her. I was embarrassed-rookie mistake. The mods must get really sick of this. I merely put it back up done the right way.


190 posted on 01/28/2009 12:21:48 PM PST by bronxboy
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To: bronxboy

Good luck. I’m not doing so hot, either, but I can still afford beer . . . and on the bright side I don’t have a house to lose or car to be repossessed.


191 posted on 01/28/2009 12:21:58 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: PlainOleAmerican

As has been posted here on your thread several times it doesn’t matter under which topic the article is posted if the reader has clicked the EVERYTHING...it is mine and a lot of others SOP...you are being taunted as a child and reacting like a child. And the answer to your title is..Oh hell NO!!!


192 posted on 01/28/2009 12:22:30 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Obama is Americas new Forrest Gump...but with an oversized ego and ears.)
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To: PlainOleAmerican

Stuff published on web and chat sites, and blog sites and individual web sites gets allocated to that category.

This site has been active for over a decade. Systems and conventions have developed and evolved based on broad usage habits of the membership.

Keep in mind that we started mainly as a forum exposing the corruption of the Clinton era and a national press that was spinning to support him. During that tracking it became apparent that certain journalists needed careful tracking and that certain media changed breaking news accounts to fit a political agenda. It therefore became very important to track the history of how national stories were written — all to track and stop the Clinon corruption.

To keep that channel clear, opinion comments, vanity postings and general chat had to be relegated to seperate sub-forums as there were solid contributing members that relentlessly tracked the media.

In recent years people have seen this site as a general activism bulletin board — something that wasn’t its original base in its growth. I know because eduacational and general conservative discussion is what always interested me the most as well. I learned however that it wasn’t my site, it was Jim’s and it would hold the character he desired. People that can’t deal with its character are welcomed to create or advance other websites. Its a healthy thing for the spread of conservative activism.

Just because it doesn’t seem to function as you might prefer doesn’t mean it is not functioning as other’s are comfortable with.


193 posted on 01/28/2009 12:23:35 PM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
Within moments, it had hundreds of hits and was fast climbing with people beginning to comment. Moments later, the traffic died instantly, and then I noticed it had been removed from News and Activism and dumped into Bloggers and Personal where all traffic has since died.

I know it seems to have died down, but just to give you a perspective and possible explanation from another FReeper, most of us read articles by displaying all recent articles, no matter if it is a news article, blogger, backroom, whatever (the link posted above with the * in it)... Let's say, for example, you post it in news and it receives 200 hits, it is then moved to bloggers and only receives 10 more hits. It may be that there are only 210 FReepers on line, they all glanced at it, but didn't reply. After those folks looked at it, they didn't go back, thus the drop off in hits.. it has nothing to do with it being moved, there just weren't any more people on line looking at articles.. How many articles in which you aren't interested in, do you keep visiting over and over? Just another view for you.

194 posted on 01/28/2009 12:25:30 PM PST by mnehring
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To: an amused spectator

Thanks for the great comments...

I have no blog to promote, I do not represent Williams or CFP. I’m just a conservative who is fast running out of places to post conservative news and events.

The column, like most I have posted here over the years, was being read VERY well, until it was moved to Bloggers where it immediately died, like all other pieces I have seen moved from News to Bloggers.

If all conservative writers are just bloggers because the MSM won’t print their column, and nobody reads bloggers, what’s the point of posting?

Clearly, rather than answering this question, many Freepers needed an opportunity to scorch a fellow conservative today.

Glad to provide the much needed entertainment, but I have much better things to do with my time.

Regards...


195 posted on 01/28/2009 12:26:29 PM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Travis T. OJustice

A little pot calling the kettle black, huh?


196 posted on 01/28/2009 12:27:49 PM PST by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

You’re the one whining, sissy boy.


197 posted on 01/28/2009 12:29:14 PM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; PlainOleAmerican
Althought a CZJ picture would have been nice.

There's always room for Catherine and it will pump up the hit counter for PlainOle.


198 posted on 01/28/2009 12:29:37 PM PST by 50mm (Kitties are restless.)
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To: PlainOleAmerican

Raise 200k and start your own.


199 posted on 01/28/2009 12:29:56 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: Billthedrill

How dare you suh....sully the name of Robert E Lee- a Southern patriot...this is my Bronx version of Southern outrage...what do you think?


200 posted on 01/28/2009 12:30:24 PM PST by bronxboy
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