Skip to comments.It's been a blast but it's time to say goodbye (GOPcap's opus)
Posted on 04/20/2005 9:22:15 AM PDT by GOPcapitalist
I'll keep this short and simple. After six years of membership on FR I've decided to resign from the forum today. I'll keep checking my freepmail for a few days and wind down my posts here, so if any of you wish to contact me please do so there and I will provide you with a means to do so. I hope to continue future posting activities elsewhere - perhaps a blog - but only time will tell.
It's truly been a blast and left me with many fond memories, but all good things had to come to an end. My favorites comprise a long list, the most noted being the exposition of Rathergate, leading freeps of Algore in the 2000 recounts, protesting Hildebeast's book tour, and giving her impeached husband a freeper's welcome to Texas on several of his visits. Thank you to all who made these events fun and entertaining. Unfortunately the past few months have made it clear to me that FR and I are drifting apart on key issues of conservatism. I'll spare the details, pausing only to state that it isn't just the usuals like illegal immigration, but also things like religion, the culture of political correctness, an overall decline in reasoned civil conversation that used to flourish here, and the purposes and uses of the site in general. More concerning, for the past few months I have been unable to even obtain rational discourse and commentary on many routine threads and issues without being personally maligned and attacked - many times out of the blue and on topics unrelated to the given thread - by a small, petty-minded, and vitriolic group of posters who conduct themselves in a manner unbefitting of what this forum used to be when I joined in 1999, and do so with apparent impunity.
I also find that I simply don't have the time to post as much as I once did, and regrettably so.
I'll leave it at that, as my fond memories outweigh the unpleasant ones. A time arises when parting courses on friendly terms is best before something less desirable arises. Therefore I have volunteered my resignation. To everyone who has made my FR experience enjoyable, I thank you and wish you only the best.
It's no fun if you don't name names, he said slyly.
As you wish.....
Thanks all - It's been fun!
awwwww dont quit!
JR needs to add a new feature allowing people to click a button and report frivolous, idiotic or any other type of inapporpriate response.
A database could keep track, and after a certain number a look-see could be made and the offender eliminated.
It is impossible to read and monitor ALL threads, but when one person gets number of 'hits' it can then be checked out..
Pretty childish, are you an attention seeker at work too ?
I certainly sympathize and understand..
Good Luck !
My experience is that most of this comes from folks who have signed up in the last 6 - 12 months, but perhaps that's just my imagination.
Ahh, something new for me to abuse. LOL.:) It's actually a pretty good idea...
Well, nuts. Happy trails, though.
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I want names.
I"m pretty sure this was the type of thing he was referring to.
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Your Opus made zero mention of how unfairly you were treated during the Schiavo affair.
No one is allowed to Opus unless that criteria is met.
Er, um, why don't you do like most people and just ignore the "small, petty-minded, and vitriolic group of posters"? I usually just blithely skate right on by their posts.
Are there actually people on Free Republic who feel they MUST pay attention to threads or posts they do not want to read?
And if so ... Why?
Well, just like f16fighter, you'll be back
Yes. That's been my experience as well. It's unfortunate, but the FR crowd that I joined six years ago is a different group of people from the ones today. Some of the old liners are still around and I thank them for the memories as well as welcoming new participation, but the general clientel of the site has changed since the heydeys I remember.
We haven't always seen eye to eye, but it was always fun debating and agreeing with you.
Have fun in all that you do in the future.
Might you just go into occasional lurk mode until the petty minority that trouble you push too many buttons? I don't understand you (and some of the other relative old timers) totally writing this place off. Oh well. Best of luck out there and keep fighting the good fight...
It's not your imagination. Believe me.
Don't let a small herd of nitwits run you off!
Opus posts are lame. Ever since Willie Green declared his there has been a rash of them. It really screams out, childish rant. Two words. Grow up !
Actually - I think it is a very large herd!
I"m pretty sure this was the type of thing he was referring to.
When I joined I promptly learned to use the ignore feature.
When someone starts getting personal I ignore their replies and do not respond.
It's an easy to use feature and it's free.
What? Willie Green's gone? Man, am I out of the loop...
I have never known you to be a quitter, to walk away when things got tough.
I hope you reconsider before they pull the plug.
Yeah, a whole bunch of people signed up in the fall of 2004, after Rathergate got us publicity. Many of these are disruptive.
JR is going to have to reign in the Cleti - they're ruining what used to be a great forum.
What they may lack in numbers they make up for in shrillness.
I can think of one right now who behaves like a complete screaming banshee, attacking without warning or provocation. I ignore him/her/it.
Thanks for the encouragement & I plan to remain fully active in politics. The issues around here run deeper than that though. Freepmail/email me and I'll give you the scoop some time. I don't want to leave FR on a sour note though
I post substantially less than once I did, but I continue to scan FR daily -- more often, truth to tell -- and still find it very often an excellent source of information. Blogs have lessened the dependence we once had on FR for collating interesting information, but it is still the best source for breaking news in many ways.
Usually people give up or leave when they can't defend their positions or know they are wrong.
Are you interested in selling your screen name? I'm serious.
It's a shame that you have decided to part company with us. I have been in here since the beginning as well. A good thing to do is change screen names. There are the Democrap underground types that pick you out from the search function and send you flames just to tick you off. Don't let them get to you. Like I said, create a new screen name and keep going. the troublemakers will eventually become tired and fade away.
If you feel you must go, I understand and wish you well. If, after a time, you would like to return, I'm sure you would be welcome.
I think an excellent example of this was the recent Terri Schiavo case. In my opinion, given that this was NOT a case of euthanasia, the true conservative position would have been to honor the patient's wishes -- not promote judicial activism and federal government intervention.
Now, I don't know if this was the type of thread to which you were referring, but I do know that quite a few Freepers had your attitude and said they were leaving.
It won't take too many more threads like that, filled with emotion-based propaganda, distortions of the truth, outright lies and name-calling in every other post to result in more true conservatives leaving what is starting to look like that other "forum".
I've long believed that many banned ex-posters returned in that so-called "Class of '04" you're referring to while a flurry of activity was going on. I've encountered probably half a dozen or more "new" posters who joined around the time of Rathergate who posted messages to me as if they knew me from past threads, even though I'd never seen them before and they joined a few days or weeks earlier. One of them from early 2005, I soon found out, was some joker I had reported sometime in the previous year for posting neo-nazi material on several "Smokey Backroom" threads. He was promptly dealt with as he should've been, but many disrupters from the Class of '04 are not and it has drastically changed the posting composition of this forum from what it used to be from '99-'03.
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