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20 Top Political Forums of 2007 [DU #2, FR #9 - Oh Please]
Pollyticks ^ | 6/30/07 | Staff

Posted on 06/04/2007 12:34:38 PM PDT by Sleeping Beauty

What follows aren't complete reviews of these sites and everything each has to offer. These are only reviews of their community discussion forums. I tried to stick to sites running traditional forum software, like phpBB and vBulletin, as opposed to comment blogs, with a few exceptions here for notorious blogs like Daily Kos, Huffington Post and Free Republic. Here you'll find forums on the left, forums on the right, and forums in the middle.

Thanks to everyone who took time to build forums and recruit members. Your efforts have helped foster debate.

1. Whistle Stopper Political Forums
Membership: mixed

2. Democratic Underground
Membership: left

3. Bartcop Nation
Membership: left

4. Daily Kos: State of the Nation
Membership: left

5. The Huffington Post
Membership: left

6. Political Crossfire
Membership: mixed

7. Political Forum
Membership: mixed

8. Debate Politics Forums
Membership: mixed

9. Free Republic
Membership: right

Simple but effective blog layout with comments posted on daily news items. Militantly territorial community, impatient with strangers, particularly left-leaning ones, but very active community. The "Freepers" are notoriously aggressive in print. If you're not ultra-conservative and you're aching for a fight, you'll find one here. The site excels as a breaking news source as well. Just know that you'll catch hell from the locals if you aren't ultra-conservative or libertarian. You've been warned.

10. U.S. News - Political Hotwire
Membership: right

11. Politics Forum (.org)
Membership: mixed

12. U.S. Politics Online
Membership: mixed

13. George Bush Forums - Topix
Membership: mixed

14. Democracy Forums
Membership: left

15. Political Forum - It's All Politics
Membership: mixed

16. 4Forums
Membership: mixed

17. Revolutionary Left
Membership: left

18. NoPC Forums (Nation of Political Conservatives)
Membership: right

19. Defending the Truth
Membership: mixed

20. Liberals Only
Membership: left


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Hope it's okay if I post this.

I left the review for Free Republic (the top online Conservative forum) intact. If you want to read the rest, you'll need to go to the link.

Have fun.

1 posted on 06/04/2007 12:34:39 PM PDT by Sleeping Beauty
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To: Sleeping Beauty

#9?


2 posted on 06/04/2007 12:36:01 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Sleeping Beauty

What is a local on the internet?


3 posted on 06/04/2007 12:36:45 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Sleeping Beauty
9. Free Republic

The Freepers!

Membership: right

Simple but effective blog layout with comments posted on daily news items. Militantly territorial community, impatient with strangers, particularly left-leaning ones, but very active community. The "Freepers" are notoriously aggressive in print. If you're not ultra-conservative and you're aching for a fight, you'll find one here. The site excels as a breaking news source as well. Just know that you'll catch hell from the locals if you aren't ultra-conservative or libertarian. You've been warned.

***********************

Heh.

4 posted on 06/04/2007 12:38:31 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

Boy...we’re pretty mean.


5 posted on 06/04/2007 12:39:08 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Sleeping Beauty

DUmmies at #2????

I just can’t take this seriesly.


6 posted on 06/04/2007 12:39:14 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Fred 2008)
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To: MaryFromMichigan
[ #9? ]

As in "Love Potion ..."
That's us.

7 posted on 06/04/2007 12:40:51 PM PDT by LantzALot (Yes, itís my opinion. No, itís not humble.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty
The left hems and haws about a “Fairness Doctrine” for radio but says nothing about the Internet where their sites, university sites, and Islamic “Death to the Infidel” sites have huge leftist support, funding, and reach.

But then, to the left, “debate” means we all try to be as Stalinist as possible.

And no, a troll probably will not be banned unless they break the clearly stated rules of posting. All they have to do is READ and follow the rules of the house.

But then, as leftists often prove: Rules are for us ‘little people’.

8 posted on 06/04/2007 12:41:07 PM PDT by M1Tanker (Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross")
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To: 2banana
What is a local on the internet?

The author uses it in the same sense as "native." The membership. FReepers, in the instance of Free Republic.

9 posted on 06/04/2007 12:41:31 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Sleeping Beauty

The description sounds askew to me. Although FR has some ultra-conservatives (as I would describe them), for the most part it seems to me a “center OF the right wing” sort of place.

Maybe the writer saw us during the Giuliani Purge. I did see quite a bit of vitriol back then. But I don’t think it’s the norm.


10 posted on 06/04/2007 12:43:00 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: Sleeping Beauty

Apparently politics on the internet is overwhelmingly Leftist. Who knew?


11 posted on 06/04/2007 12:43:42 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

Seems to have the membership and hit stats for everyone but Free Republic. Wonder why.


12 posted on 06/04/2007 12:44:26 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

Number 9? Number 9? Number 9?


13 posted on 06/04/2007 12:45:41 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

What a crock ... FR after DU ... suuuure


14 posted on 06/04/2007 12:46:21 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Fred Thompson Duncan Hunter in 2008)
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To: NeoCaveman

Author claims that “Liberals Only” (at #20) is his personal favorite and that he’s a fan of several contributors.


15 posted on 06/04/2007 12:48:27 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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Ping to come back after someone posts the real numbers...


16 posted on 06/04/2007 12:50:54 PM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: trisham
LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE IN THE FR REVIEW AND THE DUH REVIEW

Democratic Underground
A traditional forum layout. Needless to say, it's easy to get lost in the crowd at DU. The users are territorial too, guarding their particular categories/rooms. Most members choose one room and stick to it without venturing out into the DU no-man's land for fear of angering the locals. If the site suffers from anything serious it's bloat and an extremist membership. Dozens of different rooms, from General Discussion to Civil Liberties, Economy, Education, Science -- you name it. Site claims to have 104,221 registered users, and about 30 million posts since January 2001. Yes, that's huge.

The reviewer forgot to mention the liberal use of the F-word and other ugly words over at that site....and the hateful attack mongers and tin-foil hat wearing activists over who live there. Odds are the Reviewer is a duh-er.

17 posted on 06/04/2007 12:51:02 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (THOMPSON)
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To: CaptainK

Because it would have put FR over DUH.


18 posted on 06/04/2007 12:51:56 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (THOMPSON)
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To: Sleeping Beauty
It sounds like a list cooked up by some kids as part of a high school project. DU number 2???

FR v DU


19 posted on 06/04/2007 12:52:06 PM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

“If you’re not ultra-conservative and you’re aching for a fight, you’ll find one here.”

Our children bite the heads off animal crackers.


20 posted on 06/04/2007 12:52:10 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Sleeping Beauty

Note they don’t mention Captains Quarters, LGF etc.


21 posted on 06/04/2007 12:53:29 PM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: Sleeping Beauty
I have a hard time believing FR is not the number one political forum, and I do not believe the Daily Kos or Huffington Post are ahead.
22 posted on 06/04/2007 12:53:52 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Sleeping Beauty
The "Freepers" are notoriously aggressive in print. If you're not ultra-conservative and you're aching for a fight, you'll find one here. The site excels as a breaking news source as well. Just know that you'll catch hell from the locals if you aren't ultra-conservative or libertarian. You've been warned.

-- Huh?

They got the Breaking News right at least.

Practice Courtesy and Consistency (PC2)in supporting a conservative agenda and one will do just fine here. It's not the place for those who only seek to inflame and incite and oft times use every convenient issue to do so.

23 posted on 06/04/2007 12:53:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... For want of a few good men, a once great nation was lost.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

(chuckle)

Whats fun is watching site operators whine about Alexis ratings being ‘inaccurate’ til it suddenly shows a one day ‘surge’ then Alexis is touted from the rooftops of the site that formerly laughed it off.....I heard about that recently in a forum of kooks, and I’m still laughing over it.


24 posted on 06/04/2007 12:54:10 PM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Its the highest ranked conservative site.


25 posted on 06/04/2007 12:54:14 PM PDT by gondramB (Do not do to others as you would not wish done to yourself. Thus no murmuring will rise against you.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty
If you're not ultra-conservative and you're aching for a fight, you'll find one here.

Somebody put that on the homepage.
26 posted on 06/04/2007 12:55:31 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

Adding sites that have less than 10,000 members to the list is a bit funny. Considering that FR has more than 3,000 new sign ups a month. If John Rob hasn’t changed the thread numbering schema again, FR is approaching 1.5 million threads. That’s right, more threads posted here than on the bottom 10 on that list combined.

Anyway, FR statistics are not easy to find, i.e., they are completely hidden for a few years now. Sure wish someone would give us all a glimpse into the real numbers here.


27 posted on 06/04/2007 12:56:11 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: ClearCase_guy
Apparently politics on the internet is overwhelmingly Leftist. Who knew?

With that many Left-Moon-Wing-Bats, how come Howard Dean got trounced and Err America is drowned out by white noise?

28 posted on 06/04/2007 12:56:27 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

Just know that you’ll catch hell from the locals if you aren’t ultra-conservative or libertarian. You’ve been warned. ...

As most people know, I am not ultra-conservative and definately not a liberatarian. I have found myself welcomed here.


29 posted on 06/04/2007 12:57:41 PM PDT by bnelson44 (http://www.appealforcourage.org)
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To: Tribune7; I'm ALL Right!
Looking at the site which did this ranking, it is no surprise that FR and any other conservative site got slammed. I am surprised that ANY conservative sites even made it. The fact that so many (more than zero) made it to the list is impressive since.

The list writer also forgot the huge following of milblogs (ala tankerbrothers.com, asoldiersmind.com, blackfive, and many others). But then, the left TRULY does not want to hear from those sites!

Obviously, Internet traffic was not a discriminator, nor was the logic of the posts. FR beats DU hands down every time (even with the people we have trolling the putrid waters at DU).

30 posted on 06/04/2007 12:58:46 PM PDT by M1Tanker (Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross")
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To: Tribune7

Taking the top 4 on the list the only one that has more traffic than the Freep is daily kos. Bartcop and whistle blowers is lost in the noise down at the bottom of the screen.


31 posted on 06/04/2007 12:59:01 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (I really don't know what I want to put here.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty
“If you’re not ultra-conservative and you’re aching for a fight, you’ll find one here.”

Yes. Along with those pesky facts, logic and truth. You absolutely will not find that on most of those other sites.

32 posted on 06/04/2007 12:59:45 PM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

BRAVO SIERRA alert!

Blue=Freerepublic.com Bolshevik Red=Dummieland


33 posted on 06/04/2007 1:00:00 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (Truth was the first casualty in the MSM's war on President Bush.)
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To: Tribune7

http://www.freerepublic.com/usage/awstats/

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/weekday-report?r=s


34 posted on 06/04/2007 1:00:50 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: I'm ALL Right!
The reviewer forgot to mention the liberal use of the F-word and other ugly words over at that site....and the hateful attack mongers and tin-foil hat wearing activists over who live there. Odds are the Reviewer is a duh-er.

***************

You're probably right.

35 posted on 06/04/2007 1:02:12 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: I'm ALL Right!

Looking at the link, it appears to be a left leaning site itself.


36 posted on 06/04/2007 1:03:09 PM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people that he doesn't exist !!)
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To: bnelson44
YOU SHUT UP!

just kidding ;)
37 posted on 06/04/2007 1:05:16 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
Blue=Freerepublic Urine yellow=Huffies Bolshevik red=DUmmies


38 posted on 06/04/2007 1:07:51 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (Truth was the first casualty in the MSM's war on President Bush.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican; Sleeping Beauty

Alexa Ranking:

FreeRepublic: 5679
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?url=freerepublic.com

DemocraticUnderground.com: 14536
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?url=democraticunderground.com


39 posted on 06/04/2007 1:09:59 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Badeye
Whats fun is watching site operators whine about Alexis ratings being ‘inaccurate’ til it suddenly shows a one day ‘surge’ then Alexis is touted from the rooftops of the site that formerly laughed it off.....I heard about that recently in a forum of kooks, and I’m still laughing over it.

Eh, it's that way for a lot of things. TV show execs will dismiss Nielsen ratings as being "antiquated" or "inaccurate" unless the same Nielsen ratings show them in the top-10 or -20.

I've been active on the "Studio 60" boards on IMDb all season. The same people who touted the Nielsen ratings the first week of the season (when the ratings were pretty good) are the same exact people dismissing the ratings for the last few episodes (which were pretty dismal.)

It's just human nature to be that way. It's a bit hypocritical, I grant you, but site operators aren't the only ones that do it. It happens in the "real" world, too.
40 posted on 06/04/2007 1:10:11 PM PDT by MovieMogul (I hate it when there's a typo in my tagline.)
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To: Vision
Where is Little Green Footballs? The Lefties hate them on a par with Free Republic. They get hacked, cyber-attacked, and Google bombed. I’d say that’s worth a mention.
Besides, it’s “Be Nice to DA JOOOOOOOOOOOS Week” in many parts of the Greater Middle East. Bus bombings have been suspended for the duration! The “lizards” are some of the funniest people in the blogosphere, and a keen wit is absolutely verboten in Leftie Loonie Land. It’s hard to laugh uproariously when you’re whinging...

Hot Air is a great site, too. But you know that they are never going to recognize an increasingly powerful minority woman who believes in the American Way. Smart, beautiful, wife and mother, author, lecturer. How the Lefties despise Michelle! She is what William the Pitts will never be, ever!

41 posted on 06/04/2007 1:12:28 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

#9?


As I read the info this isn’t a listing by rank of any kind but rather a ramdon list of mostly forum communities using basic forum formats with three what he calls blogs thrown in.

I wouldn’t put anything into the order by which the forums/blogs are listed.


42 posted on 06/04/2007 1:12:46 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

Congratulations FREEPERS! I never went to any of those other sites listed and never will. I am very happy with Free Republic!


43 posted on 06/04/2007 1:14:26 PM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: bnelson44
I am not ultraconservative and definitely not a libertarian. I have found myself welcomed here.

Depends. Try posting a Giuliani article and defending anything positive. The Flying Keyster Monkeys will swarm on you like they did Dorothy and friends. They are eternally vigilant for any Rudy article. awww.

44 posted on 06/04/2007 1:14:26 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Tribune7

We are red. It seems like we are below DU. Unless they switched the colors. I don’t see how you can tell who is who.


45 posted on 06/04/2007 1:17:11 PM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty

bttt


46 posted on 06/04/2007 1:18:02 PM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President, 2008!!)
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To: ishabibble
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/

I’ve never spent time there. Looks more like a blog.

47 posted on 06/04/2007 1:18:12 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Anyway, FR statistics are not easy to find, i.e., they are completely hidden for a few years now. Sure wish someone would give us all a glimpse into the real numbers here.


Yep used to be you could read them and look at the growth and usage.... was interesting to review . Here are a couple of links to what was once available.

http://www.freerepublic.com/usage/awstats/

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/weekday-report?r=s
....daily signups are about the only thing left that is shown on a daily basis...


48 posted on 06/04/2007 1:18:30 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: napscoordinator
I never went to any of those other sites listed and never will.

Heh. I think I'm the only one who has never been to DU. I didn't even know about it until I read about it here.

49 posted on 06/04/2007 1:18:34 PM PDT by Sleeping Beauty
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To: ishabibble
For some reason I could not get the Alexa.com graph to rate LGF. (Or do you say LFG?)

Did somebody say Morlock eating lizards?

50 posted on 06/04/2007 1:22:47 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (Truth was the first casualty in the MSM's war on President Bush.)
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