IMHO having to read in just about every message some little snide remark about how everything isn't done just perfectly is pretty obnoxious in it's self. Frankly, many mistakes are entertaining, much more entertaining than listening to the school teacher's dictates.
What you and those like you who get into huffs because of duplicate threads or whatever; are really about as rude and boring as going around and pointing out spelling errors and punctuation corrections.
Instead of posting a whine about how this or that is a duplicate thread or what ever isn't up to your standards, simple post a link to the other thread.
The 'free' in freerepublic is not about control freaks.
Pine, if you see twenty threads with the same title in breaking news, it is obvious that there are duplicates. When I see something like this, in an effort to assist the moderator and to help the discussion stay focused, I click on abuse and provide a link to the original thread or I state the reason that there is a problem with the thread. Posting more comments in the duplicate thread only bumps it up higher and continues the problem.
You are correct that it should not be about control freaks. The free in Free Republic also is about being responsible enough to search first to see if a thread on a topic already exists, being able to understand that one person's random thought does not constitute breaking news and understanding that duplicate threads affect the performance of the web site itself.