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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).
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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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.
I thought the same thing.
And that’s good enough for me. Good enough for me... and Bobby McGee.
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?)
I was a FR reader long before I joined.
Somebody pee’d in your cornflakes this morning, huh?
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.
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.
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.
Hello? Is this thing on?
I’ll bet your one of those guys who’d complain if he was hanged with a NEW rope.
We’re using the “hockey stick” method of calculation. :p
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.
Well? What say you?
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
Or that Jim Thompson fellow, or whoever.
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?
Blog pimping is not my highest priority. Not my job to worry about it. That’s why we have blog overlords.
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
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