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Who reads FR? [FReepathon thread 9.6]
Conservapedia-An Illustrated Guide ^ | Jan 18, 2011

Posted on 01/18/2011 9:22:15 AM PST by bezelbub

At www.freerepublic.com, we find the question Who reads FR? to be answered in the following way:

Over 300,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic since inception in 1996 and our forum is read daily by over one hundred thousand freedom loving citizens and patriots from all around the country, and all around the world. We're currently delivering over thirty million pageviews per month to over one million visitors.
This number of 300,000 users is sometimes quoted (i.e., "On one conservative Web site, Freerepublic.com, some of the site's 300,000 registered users have recently used discussion threads to encourage votes for Bristol." - www.people.com), and adorns the front page of freerepublic since Dec 2008 (waybackmachine.com).
But it was wrong then - and it is still wrong now.

So, why aren't there 300,000 freepers?

When registering for posting privileges, any user gets an identification number. The user normally doesn't see this ID, it is only used for internal purposes. Jim Robinson got the number 1, the number 100,000 is taken by The 100,000th FReeper! Unfortunately, these consecutive numbers seem to have been assigned at the beginning of the registration process, not after a successful creation of an account. So each failed try to register increased the used ids, but not the number of accounts. Both numbers diverged pretty fast, but the bug wasn't mended until Feb 2010, when the new mile-stone of 350,000 attempted registrations arrived. By then, the two numbers differed by roughly 100,000. In fact, when freerepublic announced to have 300,000 registered users for the first time ind Dec 2008, the number really was closer to 230,000 - and today, it is less than 270,000.

And what has been done about it?

The way the powers-to-be have chosen to get the numbers right is obvious: they wait for the reality to fit the stated fact. The number of created accounts wasn't updated for two years, and probably won't be changed for another two years, until the number of registered freepers meets the announcement on the front page.

Just for the record: I think that the number of pageviews and visitors are correct. And I doubt that the makers of the site willingly inflated the numbers of created accounts. It seems to be just an honest mistake, and an easy one to make. But when they found the bug, wouldn't it have been the right thing to change the number, as they knew that it was false?


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1 posted on 01/18/2011 9:22:16 AM PST by bezelbub
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To: bezelbub

Damn theres a lot of bitching around here lately.


2 posted on 01/18/2011 9:24:22 AM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: bezelbub

Oh good grief...

Are they sure they were logged in?


3 posted on 01/18/2011 9:26:04 AM PST by Lucky9teen (Jobs? Nope! Economy? Nope! Disarm the U.S? Yep! Impeach the treasonous Marxist Muslim usurper bast)
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To: bezelbub

Those that want to and have the luxury of a lot of time on their hands to be on the internet.


4 posted on 01/18/2011 9:26:25 AM PST by stuartcr (When politicians politicize issues, aren't they just doing their job?)
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To: bezelbub

You got us now.


5 posted on 01/18/2011 9:26:49 AM PST by don-o (He will not share his glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: John W

Is that bitching? It’s hard to tell. There’s so much bitching going on that I don’t always recognize it anymore. This struck me as a bunch of number crunching for no obvious purpose.


6 posted on 01/18/2011 9:27:11 AM PST by HushTX (I have finally started reading The Federalist Papers. Great stuff!)
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To: bezelbub

This strikes me as equivalent to George W Bush and the yellowcake. Based on the best information available at the time, a statement was made. Now it seems to be perceived as either a lie or a cover-up. Sheesh!


7 posted on 01/18/2011 9:27:24 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: bezelbub

Keep complaining and Jim may make it 299,999 registered users.

Just sayin.


8 posted on 01/18/2011 9:27:53 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: bezelbub

Is this going to be one of those 1,000+ post threads?


9 posted on 01/18/2011 9:28:52 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bakon Akbar!)
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To: bezelbub; Jim Robinson

Hey, bezel bub: The least you could have done while posting this is ping Jim to it.


10 posted on 01/18/2011 9:28:56 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: bezelbub
Nobody knows what the "right thing" is regarding estimations of anything. Is it too high? Is it too low? Is it about right?

Back in the days when Sputnik was still new someone ran a poll on what folks thought about the heights of the orbits of the satellites.

Yes, there were opinions ~ virtually 100% of those questioned by the pollsters had one.

So what!

FR continues to provide a hot and cold combination focus/encounter group environment ~

11 posted on 01/18/2011 9:30:04 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: bezelbub
Both numbers diverged pretty fast, but the bug wasn't mended until Feb 2010, when the new mile-stone of 350,000 attempted registrations arrived. By then, the two numbers differed by roughly 100,000.

This is pretty much the basis for their argument but they don't provide any evidence thta this is accurate. It seems to be a major stretch that almost 1/3rd of sign-ups required multiple attempts to sign up. With the simplicity of FRs registration process, even a 10% error rate in sign ups would seem to be a stretch.

12 posted on 01/18/2011 9:32:32 AM PST by mnehring
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To: bezelbub
Help me please. The chart indicates 190,000 working accounts in 1998 but 'The 100,000th Freeper' registers on Feb 23, 2003.

Let's call in CSI-FResno.

13 posted on 01/18/2011 9:32:42 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: bezelbub

Somebody didn’t get a smiley face on their pancakes this morning, did they?


14 posted on 01/18/2011 9:33:18 AM PST by reagan_fanatic
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

ping


15 posted on 01/18/2011 9:33:46 AM PST by nutmeg (The 111th Congress: Worst. Congress. Ever.)
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To: bezelbub

btw

Yer blog is pretty sad.

Yes. I looked.


16 posted on 01/18/2011 9:33:58 AM PST by don-o (He will not share his glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: bezelbub

All those missing FReepers will come back when all our base are returned to us.


17 posted on 01/18/2011 9:34:20 AM PST by Allegra (You're a towel.)
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To: bezelbub

Bush’s Fault!


18 posted on 01/18/2011 9:35:53 AM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: bezelbub

The headline says WHO reads FR? But the verbage doesn’t address thequestion of WHO, in any sense whatsoever — it only pokes around the edges of HOW MANY may read FR. Kinda worthless news if you ask me.


19 posted on 01/18/2011 9:36:15 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: bezelbub

Who’s counting? Who cares. We’ve got a lot of people posting here and even more reading.


20 posted on 01/18/2011 9:36:26 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: don-o

Repair tag line


21 posted on 01/18/2011 9:36:48 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

It looks like a LOT of assumptions are being made in this article, such as assuming member number systems have been consistantly used the same way, assuming consistant rate of failed sign up, assuming a rate of failed sign ups as the basis, and so on.. Sounds like someone with too much time on their hands and a weird obsession.


22 posted on 01/18/2011 9:38:32 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Nervous Tick

I thought the same thing.


23 posted on 01/18/2011 9:38:54 AM PST by RoseyT (Piney Woods of East Texas)
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To: Jim Robinson; onyx

And that’s good enough for me. Good enough for me... and Bobby McGee.


24 posted on 01/18/2011 9:39:16 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: Nervous Tick
The headline says WHO reads FR? But the verbage doesn’t address thequestion of WHO, in any sense whatsoever — it only pokes around the edges of HOW MANY may read FR. Kinda worthless news if you ask me.

At that, it doesn't even address HOW MANY read, it only tries to figure out member registration. How many read articles here that never register (such as via Google on a topic?)

25 posted on 01/18/2011 9:39:56 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

I was a FR reader long before I joined.


26 posted on 01/18/2011 9:41:14 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: bezelbub

Somebody pee’d in your cornflakes this morning, huh?


27 posted on 01/18/2011 9:41:48 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: bezelbub

From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun,
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul.
Stood right there beside me, Lord, through every thing I done,
And every night she kept me from the cold.


28 posted on 01/18/2011 9:42:23 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
Help me please. The chart indicates 190,000 working accounts in 1998 but 'The 100,000th Freeper' registers on Feb 23, 2003.

LOL, I just noticed, "'The 100,000th Freeper" is just a member name, not a number. Who knows what sign up number they had. I can go create an account now titled the "Billionth Freeper" and it no way means we have a billion freepers.

29 posted on 01/18/2011 9:42:55 AM PST by mnehring
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To: bezelbub
Hey, guess what?

Seven years ago today on January 18, 2004, I arrived in Iraq for the very first time.

I didn't want to post a vanity about it, so I figured I'd put it in one of those threads where anything goes.

Oh, and a moose just bit my sister. Do you like cheese?

I tripped over the light fantastic and knocked the lights out.

30 posted on 01/18/2011 9:45:28 AM PST by Allegra (You're a towel.)
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To: bezelbub

Hello? Is this thing on?


31 posted on 01/18/2011 9:47:40 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: bezelbub

I’ll bet your one of those guys who’d complain if he was hanged with a NEW rope.


32 posted on 01/18/2011 9:47:50 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: bezelbub

We’re using the “hockey stick” method of calculation. :p


33 posted on 01/18/2011 9:50:02 AM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: cripplecreek

I too was a reader here for years before I finally signed up. In my immediate family there are 5 who read FR but I am the only one who has signed up on FR. Many of my extended family and many friends are also frequent readers of FR and I don’t think any of them are signed up either. I think the number of people regularly reading FR far exceeds the number signed up on the website.


34 posted on 01/18/2011 9:50:02 AM PST by Flamenco Lady
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To: bezelbub

Well? What say you?


35 posted on 01/18/2011 9:50:57 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Allegra
Oh, and a moose just bit my sister. Do you like cheese?

I Didn't Do It
I didn't do it...I tell ya
I was on the other side of town
&
I didn't bite anybodies sister either.....
It's all a dirty rumor.....
It's...It's...Moose Abuse...I tell ya

36 posted on 01/18/2011 9:52:12 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Keith in Iowa

Or that Jim Thompson fellow, or whoever.


37 posted on 01/18/2011 9:54:48 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Jim, I think I've read where a blogger said you had sort of endorsed what around here is commonly called blogpimping by stating (paraphrasing) that you weren't against it, and that you weren't going to stop it.

This kind of goofiness that pimpers (sic) bring - the posting of (usually) excerpts (although not in this case), and the vanishing that occurs to the poster afterward, that seems to draw ire.

I realize there's not a lot you can do about it, but what is your opinion of bloggers (with recent sign up dates) posting and running? Does blogpimping bother like it does some of us?

38 posted on 01/18/2011 9:55:12 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bakon Akbar!)
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To: GreenAccord; humblegunner

Blog pimping is not my highest priority. Not my job to worry about it. That’s why we have blog overlords.


39 posted on 01/18/2011 9:57:56 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: GreenAccord

There is SO much more to get “irate” about. I frankly do not get this obsession some have with blog “pimps.”

But I guess everyone needs a hobby


40 posted on 01/18/2011 9:58:15 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: bezelbub

Some people register more than once - forget their passwords or think of a more better name;)

I still miss the ‘page views’ counter.

As for ‘number of registered users’ going up & down: people get bored, get zotted, get sick and..... believe it or not, some FReepers actually die.


41 posted on 01/18/2011 9:59:42 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: bezelbub

Beatle Juice...Beatle Juice...Beatle Juice!!


42 posted on 01/18/2011 9:59:46 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Jim Robinson; humblegunner
That’s why we have blog overlords.

Hey Gunner, I didn't know you had a title.

43 posted on 01/18/2011 10:02:12 AM PST by mnehring
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To: don-o; Jim Robinson
It's the failure to stick around and discuss their post that grates me (yeah, "grate" might be too strong of a word). In my 8 years (hey, yesterday was my FRB-day!), I've posted about 8-10 articles in total. I ALWAYS stick around the thread to chat about it.

For me, the blogger who doesn't carry on the conversation within the site they brought their own blatherings to is simply waiting on their site to look like they're they've been interesting.

44 posted on 01/18/2011 10:03:27 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bakon Akbar!)
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To: bezelbub; Jim Robinson
Ya know, Bezelbub, posting an ornery, bitchy blogpimp thread, with no starting comment, and no replies to any of the other comments, and you don't even have an "about" profile page...

... One might get the impression you're not all there. Or are you just chickensh*t and hiding now?

"FR is just alright with me, FR is just alright, oh yeah."

45 posted on 01/18/2011 10:03:27 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Jim Robinson; onyx
And that’s good enough for me. Good enough for me... and Bobby McGee

Hee hee hee!

46 posted on 01/18/2011 10:05:15 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: bezelbub

If all 369,822 currently registered accounts (active or not) sent in just $1 a year, we’d never have to run another FReepathon. I suspect you’re not pulling your weight, bub.

https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/


47 posted on 01/18/2011 10:05:55 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: bezelbub

Well? Cat got your tongue?


48 posted on 01/18/2011 10:06:12 AM PST by mnehring
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To: bezelbub

Winter dull-drums perhaps?


49 posted on 01/18/2011 10:07:11 AM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: GreenAccord; don-o; Jim Robinson
> It's the failure to stick around and discuss their post that grates me... I ALWAYS stick around the thread to chat about it.

Agreed; that's most of the fun of posting a thread!

Posting a thread and running like hell is just a drive-by shooting and deserves only scorn.

Of course, if this particular guy (bezelbub) shows his face now, after all this time, he knows he's gonna get creamed... :)

50 posted on 01/18/2011 10:09:35 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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