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Vanity | 6/23/2006 | Berlin_Freeper

Posted on 06/23/2006 12:27:30 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

I am not certain what the legal ramifications would be in changing Free Republic from donations to a subscription service. It seems to me the switch may be detrimental to legal issues such as copyrights. If that is true I'd appreciate if someone could briefly explain that to me. However if that is not the case here is my suggestion:

I have been wondering about this for some time now and have not seen any discussions about it. So I would like to ask: Is it time for Free Republic to become an online subscription service?

Currently, the site is very antiquated. People can easily abuse the "add a keyword" feature and there seems to be a growing number of liberal trolls, foreigners and even pro-homosexual agenda-driven people infecting the site. In order to cut down on the undesirables and enhance FR at the same time, would it be advisable to start charging a monthly fee of about 15-30 bucks to be able to log into the site and post? There could also be different subscription levels like Basic, Premium or Platinum. That way, the more you pay the more features you have access to. Some of these extra-services could include storing photos or FR could be a conservative search engine for the web.

I have seen online sites where people can still read the boards for free. FR could do something like that so it would still be accessible to the Conservative public even if they are not paying members with posting priviledges.

Websites that rely heavily on banner and pop-up ads need as many hits as possible so for them restricting posting rights to subscribers might not be so desirable. However, Free Republic does not work like that. There are no ads other than some book links on the home page so the number of hits is not as crucial to the bottom line which is currently being paid for by donations.

Donations seem to be working well, but I am sure the cashflow could be improved. How many of you people honestly are put off donating money to FR because it is not what it should be? Especially in regards to the undesirable element that can be found throughout many of the threads. Wouldn't this change in format go a long way in eliminating the undesirables? I think so. Plus it would be neat to experience an upgraded more modern version of Free Republic.

Note: If you are a democrat troll, foreigner or pro-homosexual/lesbian then I am really not interested in your opinion and you should not be posting it to me (just the fact that I have to add this note is proof that something is not right).


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1 posted on 06/23/2006 12:27:33 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Nothing personal against you but I *despise* the idea of hiding Free Republic's content behind a subscription wall.

As someone who started participating in FR in its early days, I'd have to say that such a move would undermine what I thought the whole point in launching it was in the first place!

2 posted on 06/23/2006 12:28:56 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
It would then be called FEEREPUBLIC
3 posted on 06/23/2006 12:29:18 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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4 posted on 06/23/2006 12:29:40 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

One of the beauties of the internet is the massive amount of info available...unfiltered...makes being somewhat cynical/skeptical necessary.

Free sites bring out the best ( and worst in us all)

Since the purpose of your plan is to reduce the number of people who post here, I dont see any advantage in your idea.


5 posted on 06/23/2006 12:30:19 PM PDT by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

If it ain't broke why fix it ?


6 posted on 06/23/2006 12:30:20 PM PDT by John Lenin (The RAT party is still Stuck on Stupid)
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To: Berlin_Freeper; Jim Robinson
It ain't broke. Don't try fix it. Thanks for the thoughtful post. See ya at the next Freepathon??

Monthly donors rock!!

7 posted on 06/23/2006 12:30:27 PM PDT by don-o
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Currently, the site is very antiquated. People can easily abuse the "add a keyword" feature and there seems to be a growing number of liberal trolls, foreigners and even pro-homosexual agenda-driven people infecting the site.

You have been here for about 1 1/2 years and you are calling for taxes? Are you sure you are not a Democrat?

8 posted on 06/23/2006 12:30:51 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

With a name like "Berlin Freeper"...I don't think you should be dissing foreigners. (end/sarcasm)


9 posted on 06/23/2006 12:30:52 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I'm new but I can't agree with you on this. I see your point, but I think it would only lead to group think. I think we need to have different opinions in order to discuss issues. I don't want everyone agreeing with everyone happily around here, there wouldn't be any point in me coming here then.


10 posted on 06/23/2006 12:31:03 PM PDT by Mazda3Fan
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To: Berlin_Freeper

And shut out the 80-90% who may want to donate, but not pay for a subscription? No thank you.


11 posted on 06/23/2006 12:31:13 PM PDT by AntiGovernment (A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.)
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To: John Lenin

7 seconds - GMTA moment!


12 posted on 06/23/2006 12:31:15 PM PDT by don-o
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Have too much time on your hands or are you just one of those "Big Thinkers?"

I'll hang up and wait for my answer.


13 posted on 06/23/2006 12:31:18 PM PDT by toddlintown
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To: John Lenin
"If it ain't broke why fix it ?"

AMEN!

14 posted on 06/23/2006 12:31:22 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Especially in regards to the undesirable element that can be found throughout many of the threads.

I'm sure there are people who would consider me an "undesirable element" just as there are people who look at you the same way. I could never be a moderator simply because I would ban people who irritate me.
15 posted on 06/23/2006 12:31:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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To: Impeach98
Nothing personal against you but I *despise* the idea of hiding Free Republic's content behind a subscription wall.

I agree. And I like having the enemy trying to infiltrate. We find 'em sooner or later, and it's fun to watch them get zotted.

16 posted on 06/23/2006 12:32:04 PM PDT by American Quilter (Equal laws protecting equal rights...the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country. -- Madison)
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To: dawn53
With a name like "Berlin Freeper"...I don't think you should be dissing foreigners. (end/sarcasm)

LOL!!! Hadn't noticed that. It's strange indeed, might this post be a troll?
17 posted on 06/23/2006 12:32:04 PM PDT by AntiGovernment (A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

18 posted on 06/23/2006 12:32:37 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.)
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To: don-o

"aint broke" AMEN to you too :)


19 posted on 06/23/2006 12:32:41 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98

I understand your sentiment however it could be designed so that people can still read threads, just not post or respond in threads unless they are a paying member.


20 posted on 06/23/2006 12:32:44 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Donations seem to be working well, but I am sure the cashflow could be improved.

CORZINE: "Cashflow always needs improving"

21 posted on 06/23/2006 12:32:51 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Pssst! Over here!


22 posted on 06/23/2006 12:33:15 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Undesirable elements??

Are you the hall monitor for that?


23 posted on 06/23/2006 12:33:43 PM PDT by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

You've been haveing a few too many Grappas down at the restaurant in Alt-Spandau...........


24 posted on 06/23/2006 12:33:55 PM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

To be honest, I think a troll once and a while for a nice ZOT is fun.


25 posted on 06/23/2006 12:34:01 PM PDT by super7man
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Foreigners that post here normally are an asset to FR.


26 posted on 06/23/2006 12:34:06 PM PDT by loreldan (Without coffee I am nothing.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Since this is not your site and is not run by majority rule I suggest you contact Jim first and get his view. It's the only one that counts. He might even consider this meddling. If you want your own little site where you and similarly minded people can talk (just like DU) then maybe you ought to start your own site and add all the little bells and whistles you want. Maybe you could call it "Idiots are us".


27 posted on 06/23/2006 12:34:13 PM PDT by Dave S
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To: dawn53; Berlin_Freeper

Get off it - poster is OK. But one thing that really sucks here, is people shooting off mouth w/o knowing jack about what they are talking about!!


28 posted on 06/23/2006 12:34:21 PM PDT by don-o
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yea, sure, right.

Then it would shrivel up and die.

Maybe you want that?


29 posted on 06/23/2006 12:34:21 PM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: dawn53

As my FReeper homepage makes clear I am an American.

I picked the name "Berlin_Freeper" to be honest about my living overseas status.


30 posted on 06/23/2006 12:35:09 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
One of FR's great strengths is precisely that anyone can come here, and as long as they post within the guidlelines (for the most part) they can not only read what others are saying and posting, but the can interact. This is the spice and fuel that drives FR, coupled with its posted misson statement regarding basic consevative, constitutional, American principles.

If you require a subscription to allow for the interaction...you will destroy that spice and fire IMHO.

As it is, people voluntarily donate and FR stays alive based on its own strengths and benefits from the legal status all at the same time.

Hope that helps, but having been here since mid 1998 and having been very involved with any number of conservative/constitutional activities...those are my thoughts on the matter.

31 posted on 06/23/2006 12:35:13 PM PDT by Jeff Head (God, family, country)
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To: dawn53

I agree. What's the problem with "foreigners"? We have lots of great "foreigners" here. Mad Ivan for one. As long as you are convervative, why be a small-minded bigot?


32 posted on 06/23/2006 12:35:19 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Only for out of country users...


33 posted on 06/23/2006 12:35:51 PM PDT by dakine
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The Dems would LOVE for Free Republic to become a subscription service.


34 posted on 06/23/2006 12:36:35 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (I defend the right to offend!)
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To: super7man; AGreatPer
It is not a troll. You, however are a 2006 newb. Go sit in the corner, now.

Coach, get over here and help me out!

35 posted on 06/23/2006 12:36:47 PM PDT by don-o
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To: Berlin_Freeper

In a word, no.

Free Republic permits the free exchange of ideas, and even the trolls and moles are good for verbal target practice. Besides, it is fun to peel their 'arguments' apart.

Otherwise, we end up preaching to the choir.


36 posted on 06/23/2006 12:36:52 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I guess you missed this part

It's the free and independent thinking that makes FR the best on the web

http://www.freerepublic.com/home.htm

Welcome to Free Republic!
Free Republic is the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web. We're working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption, and to champion causes which further conservatism in America. And we always have fun doing it. Hoo-yah!


37 posted on 06/23/2006 12:37:15 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePb6H-j51xE&search=Democrats)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Go away.


38 posted on 06/23/2006 12:37:45 PM PDT by FrankR (RENO (Not Janet) Re-Elect No One...time to clean house.)
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To: Jeff Head; Jim Robinson

I agree wholeheartedly. we might as well call it democrats.com if we start a subscription. also, we'd lose members if we made people pay. they'd just start their own blog. we need to keep our efforts together.


39 posted on 06/23/2006 12:38:01 PM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 ("Conspiracy theories are the products of feeble minds." - A. Horvet)
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To: frogjerk
People can easily abuse the "add a keyword"

There goes my fun :>(

40 posted on 06/23/2006 12:38:14 PM PDT by beltfed308 (Nanny Stater's are Ameba's.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Is this what they call a "trial balloon"?


41 posted on 06/23/2006 12:38:14 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Berlin_Freeper

"foreigner" ?
What's wrong with foreigners?


42 posted on 06/23/2006 12:38:30 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: frogjerk
You have been here for about 1 1/2 years and you are calling for taxes? Are you sure you are not a Democrat?

Conservatives don't mind paying taxes for services they consume.

It's Democrats that want something for nothing.

43 posted on 06/23/2006 12:38:31 PM PDT by mc6809e
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To: Berlin_Freeper

FR is a blog. /s


44 posted on 06/23/2006 12:39:03 PM PDT by zarf (John Edwards is a horses ass.)
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To: DManA
Is this what they call a "trial balloon"?

I think we have a winner!

45 posted on 06/23/2006 12:39:13 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The owner will do with this site what he will.
You're not the owner, and somehow I don't think you've discussed your idea with him first.


46 posted on 06/23/2006 12:39:29 PM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: Berlin_Freeper
This site is way easier to navigate than the new stuff out there. Try following a discussion on yahoo or whatever forum, here, all you have to do is hit view replies. It's not antiquated. But, you're new....
47 posted on 06/23/2006 12:39:33 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Donations are in line with Free REPUBLIC. You have the right to donate or not to donate. A subscription fee would be a mandatory taxation without representation.

I think a better idea would be to sell stock in Free Republic and make it part of the capitalist system.

48 posted on 06/23/2006 12:39:33 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

If it does, I'll drop it. I can post for free elsewhere.


49 posted on 06/23/2006 12:39:39 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Exactly right.

Without sparing partners, the arguments get old and stale. Over time you turn into putty.

I say, let em in, bring em on!

FreeRepublic, where the slow and liberal are shaken, stirred and eaten! BWAHAHAHAHA


50 posted on 06/23/2006 12:39:42 PM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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