Skip to comments.In my opinion this site is much less active than it was in the early days.
Posted on 06/11/2011 6:04:41 PM PDT by big bad easter bunny
During the Clinton era, this site was a major thorn in the Clinton's butt. We were taking out full page ads during the early days of impeachment. We did stuff to combat what we were seeing. In hindsight the Clinton's weren't that bad, in comparison.
Should we be doing more?
So are you
what do you suggest?
Ideological purges and technological innovation have taken their toll.
The internet has grown since then. Other conservative websites have sprung up. But don’t think for a minute that FR isn’t being “looked at” by friend and foe.
People have been saying this from the beginning. Wasn’t true then, either.
FR is under assult by the lame stream media via copyright infringement laws... and they are winning.
take a good look at the “do not post from” list, and you will understand why activity here has dropped dramatically over the last 2-3 years.
No surprise. It was far more active last year as well, then we took the House. FoxNews ratings are way down as well, as are CNN’s and MSNBC’s. Just wait until next February. It will heat up again. FR was also SO subversive and ahead of its time back in 1998 when I first joined. Now we have SO many imitators, and the internet chat and blog scene has exploded, diluting the time and posts of our members. But make no mistake, we are STILL a force to be rockoned with. And JimRob is a leader above any other. God Bless FreeRepublic!
Yes, the Clintons were that bad. They made the Osamas and the Obamas possible.
Owner tends to ban huge swarms of long time freepers every now and then (i.e. who are indifferent to gays, romney/rudy supporters, etc).
And...hardly any site updates/features since 1998 tends to thin the herd.
As a matter of fact, the site looks eerily similar to the one that existed in 1998.
Did those ads get rid of the Clintons?
So what? I am very proud of FR and the courage on Jim Robinson in being the voice of Free America.
I sam Jim’s site (Free Republic) take down a lying journalist (Dan Blather). I saw it first hand.
It is because of this site that I have kept my head together and have realized how many like-minded conservatives are out there. This site has kept me sane.
Jim has allowed us a voice. I hope it continues.
We fight on.
THANK YOU JIM!!!! This site has served our country well!
But to the main point...We were so active and wonderful that we got our butts kicked bad during impeachment and the ninety eight elections. It wasn't a good time at all. Nothing to be nostalgic about.
sam = saw...lousy typos!!!
They became ashamed of the Neverending story. lol.
Due to global warming internet isn’t as big as it used to be.
I think it still is when the need arises.
There are many groups persuing the wide spectrum of abuse by Obozo and his band of Commies.
We have a few detractors. I heard Hannity on his radio show on Friday bemoan the changes here. He said in the early days that he came here frequently and not so much now because of the bitter victolic nature of some here. He did say he was aware of the “Troll” content which I think is coloring some of the discussion.
This is the place to come if you want the latest about a subject. I know from experience if you post something here that you did not do your homework on, someone will call you on it. That is a good thing.
Ocassionally I see a negative treatment of a subject that I have interest in and cannot understand why it starts. Like the so called Birther issues. There is a lot more to that than someone who says Obozo was born in Kenya. (which I doubt)
It amazes me how often I read a breaking news item here and a day or 2 later it is on FOX. I have NO DOUBT they have people surfing here all the time.
They watch Drudge and Matt is great, but his topics are much more narrow in range and are generally only what you would call “breaking news”.
This is still the best forum on the web. Thank you Jim Robinson.
You may be right and thanks for the heads up. However, FR is the de facto and known “conservative” forum on the web.
But I get my news here on FR and Drudge. Physically and politically active? LOL. I kinda remember seeing an FR PAC being developed but because...Freepers are so cheap they couldn;t even pay up on the Freepathons, I think the idea went the way of the dodo.
banned freepers - from what I have seen there was a legit issue.
Site updates? The server issues have largely been solved. They have adapted to threats over the copyright issues, and other legal insanity like the stupid paper in Arizona.
This is still without any doubt the best forum on the web.
Thank you Jim Robinson..
What keeps you here?
I kinda like the cleanness and clarity of the site. Any “upgrades” would probably be lame. Can you imagine if FR had avatars?
The clintons are/were worse.
Vive la République (French)
Hurra der Republik (Terman)
Ура Республики (Russian)
And in any other language you choose:
"Hurrah the Republic"
"Free Men need not ask permission" may it ever be so in the United States of America (again).
We get busy when we have to correct a newbie or attend a troll zotting.
Jim Robinson (and family and friends) have smoothed this site out nicely. Don't need fancy, ya got reliable.
Thanks Jim and crew!
Ahh the Good old days.
Bill, we have you surrounded!!!
Put down the cigar, step away from the intern
and come out with your pants up.
Is there anyone around who still remembers the “Hurtgen Forest”
Agreed. There’s been more than one occasion when I have been working...ok, ok, reading FR...while Rush is on the radio and a half hour after I read something very interesting on FR he’s talking about it.
Your post proves the wealth of knowledge here. Color me impressed!
This is a discussion forum, after all - what kind of improvements are really necessary? Personally, forum software changes tend to be disconcerting.
I don’t know much about software or computers, but these pages are fast to load, that’s a good thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.
With all that outta the way have learned much from this wonderful site over the years. Coupled with a penchant for reading anyway throughout my life it’s been addicting. I also tend to have a good memory for certain facts and concepts so it’s very useful to borrow Freepers ideas and arguments in everyday life. They have proven invaluable, given the types of folks who seem to hate me. Thank God. I used to lurk and post at an old university bulletin board 20 years ago, and heard all the hard corps lefty loonie arguments then. This site is great, why change simply for the sake of change? Message boards just don’t require much. Now, ZeroHedge could use a bit of help with a search function and such.
I'm pretty sure you mean something "indefensible", but please clarify, what was it...?
It's a permanent black mark, not only on the Clintons, but on the Senate of 1999, and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist who "presided" over the utterly clownish sham of a trial for removal from office.
The historic amorality of that Senate is no better illustrated then in the infamous voice vote of Senator Arlen Spector "not proven"! The facts of criminal behavior by President Clinton were clear. The Senators vote represented a egregious breach of civil order and a mockery of justice.
Uh, Crevo threads of the past were absolute war...
Now you can talk about carbon dating, evolution and life on Earth before 6,000 years ago and not get flamed. I think manners have actually improved.
But I do miss some of the talent lost in the great purges of yore.
I heard that too. What was that all about? Is Hannity too lazy to peruse the site? There is a lot here, and it takes effort to search it out. Just ignore what you don't like, and don't engage in the vitriol.
Regarding your other comments, I agree whole-heartedly. This is a great site with great posters, for the most part. Thank you Jim & John Robinson. I've been here since before 1998, although that is not what my "date" says. I think it got re-jiggered during one of the upgrades.
Perish the thought!
Someone who remembers,
I loved Kristen’s weekly after action reports from the DC chapter weekly protests, and Larry Klaymen updates with Judge Lamberth(sp) and Judicial Watch and who can forget Christopher Rudy!!!
How bout the election recount and “Get out of Cheney’s house!” That was classic.
What’s with all the deleted comments?
Wait until Sarah Palin annouces!
Maybe because some of us decided to actually get really involved and help CHANGE things rather than just talking about it....go check out ISPYONSALEM.com (it’s a radio show that you can download)......and it’s Freeper backed.
That's a good thing, IMHO, it actually makes it easier to see which threads are happening, and which ones to ignore, I prefer this format over the other forum formats.
Many Freepers gone from the those days of weekend protests outside the White House, and the very successful 31 October 1998 DC Rally. Freepers of that era at that rally: Matt Drudge, Lucciane Goldberg, Alan Keyes, Jim Robinson, many others — a legendary assembly of legendary Freepers.
IMHO people are somewhat timid recently.
I think there was shock that Obama could actually win, and what is happening now is a lack of confidence on how to beat the left.
The way to beat the left is to be more in-their-face and a bit less dignified. More Alinsky.
Don’t forget Ann Coulter - she was there. And someone still needs to give her a sandwich (LOL)