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OK So It's Time for a Pseudo Vanity
FreeRepublic ^ | 03/13/2007 | Self

Posted on 03/13/2008 4:58:43 PM PDT by Woodman

Edited on 03/13/2008 5:11:04 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

It’s been a long time since I last posted an article, but John Robinson’s latest version of FreeRepublic has me inspired. I have seen so many compliments and complain about the latest and greatest forum software, that I thought it might be a good time to take a look back.

The Smithsonian Institute has been archiving the WEB since 1996. The enormous project has at least some value as it provides snapshots in time of various FreeRepublic incarnations.

Here is the oldest version of the site archived December 21st 1996. Take note of the very fashionable black and white motif of the internet at that time. I am pretty sure that JimRob himself coded this one and set a long running tradition of Frames and Black and White colors…

Next we have the Left hand Topics List I have provided a link to one of many present on June 17th 1997 The whitewater List which eventually made FR what it is today. At this point in Histsory, we did not have to even log in to post, so the left side navigation quickly got out of hand (as well as the comments and occasional flame wars). This must be version 1.?

The next version Came as quite a shock, colors and logging in was required to post (we even lost posters who wanted to remain anonymous). I think this is version 2.0 and here is the fist example I can find on April 19th 1998 HERE

Here is a Gem from October 19th 1999 that gave me heart palpitations HERE

Although version 2 went through many iterations, I think version 3, may have been the first John Robinson version. Feb 29th 2000.

Just for good measure I will put up one more of no particular historic significance (3 years ago today) , and if you want to play yourselves, hammer the link after this one:

Here is the entire Web Archive List for Freerepublice.Com

God Bless you Jim for what you have done for me and all of the other Freepers.


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Chit/Chat; History; Reference
KEYWORDS: jimrob; whitewater
Have fun!
1 posted on 03/13/2008 4:58:44 PM PDT by Woodman
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To: Woodman

Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the sidebar entirely?

I’ve never used it and don’t like it.


2 posted on 03/13/2008 5:00:25 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Woodman

I thought your last article was fine.


3 posted on 03/13/2008 5:09:28 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: mdittmar

When the hell was that, I don’t remember. I used to post early in the morning before CA was awake by transcription of NY Post Wall Street Journal and such before the lawsuit.


4 posted on 03/13/2008 5:12:54 PM PDT by Woodman ("One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives." PW)
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To: Woodman

A BTT. Ah, for the days of the “Ash Alert!”


5 posted on 03/13/2008 5:13:06 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

How about A+ Bert?


6 posted on 03/13/2008 5:16:25 PM PDT by Woodman ("One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives." PW)
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To: Woodman
If you could dig up the thread where Deb called him a "urine-soaked old rummy" I'd love you for it. People think FR is tough these days... ;-)
7 posted on 03/13/2008 5:19:42 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Woodman

John Robinson? mmm (scratching head) ...I knew there was Jim Robinson, but there is a John, too?


8 posted on 03/13/2008 5:22:10 PM PDT by tioga (Beware: conservative with back to the wall. Proceed with extreme caution.)
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To: Billthedrill
I thought that was an accurate description, not a flame. I wonder what happened to Murry Mom? what Quidams screen name is today? Many others that are gone (although I'm sure some lurk)and the FReeper's that have silently passed away.
9 posted on 03/13/2008 5:23:35 PM PDT by Woodman ("One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives." PW)
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To: tioga

Yes, he is Jim’s son and the author of today’s code.


10 posted on 03/13/2008 5:24:28 PM PDT by Woodman ("One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives." PW)
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To: tioga
John Robinson you ask:


11 posted on 03/13/2008 5:25:44 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Billthedrill
I would like to find the thread of the Harvard Sociology Study of FR. I think it had many insightful comments about Freerepublic, and I wanted to review the predictions of our metamorphosis.
12 posted on 03/13/2008 5:26:16 PM PDT by Woodman ("One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives." PW)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear; Woodman

Cool. I learn something new everyday.


13 posted on 03/13/2008 5:28:18 PM PDT by tioga (Beware: conservative with back to the wall. Proceed with extreme caution.)
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To: Sidebar Moderator

I’d like to thank the Sidebar Moderator for fixing whatever I broke. To be honest, I found the new posting software a little difficult to use. Too many years, too many changes catch up with you.


14 posted on 03/13/2008 5:33:23 PM PDT by Woodman ("One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives." PW)
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To: Woodman
whoa...that 1st one is the one I remember seeing first. I must have been lurking here longer than I thought...though I hung out at MSNBC chat.
15 posted on 03/13/2008 5:34:26 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: stylin19a
I found this place on a link from the Progressive Review. They despised Clinton and linked to the Whitewater Files.
16 posted on 03/13/2008 5:36:26 PM PDT by Woodman ("One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives." PW)
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To: Woodman
Thanks for the trip down memory lane...from escoir(sp) to OneWhoKnows, aka OWK, it has covered the spectrum.
17 posted on 03/13/2008 5:36:32 PM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: Woodman

My pleasure.


18 posted on 03/13/2008 6:53:48 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Woodman

I guess we don’t have to worry about unseating Tom Lantos anymore.


19 posted on 03/13/2008 8:16:26 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Woodman
How about A+ Bert?

He has only be gone for two or three years now, but I miss him and Mia T (what happened to her?).

20 posted on 03/13/2008 8:21:19 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Not sure about entirely, but...

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/manage-blocks


21 posted on 03/14/2008 10:04:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks, I already used that to shrink it, but it doesn’t go away.


22 posted on 03/14/2008 4:59:20 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Woodman

I am lost on this style so far, but I will learn!


23 posted on 03/14/2008 5:02:25 PM PDT by ladyinred
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