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Contingency Plans for Election Night
Vanity | 10/29/2012 | Scutter

Posted on 10/29/2012 10:41:30 AM PDT by Scutter

Given the recent issues the FreeRepublic web site has been having, I thought it would be useful to open a discussion on election night contingency plans. The site was mostly down during the debates, and seems to be having issues keeping up even now. Given that, it seems likely that we're going to have problems on election night.

While twitter and various other sites are good to keep up on election results, I really like to read the posts from like-minded individuals. Right now, FR seems to be the best place for that. In the event FR does go down, what sites do others use as an alternative?

I know that we have the FreeRepublic2 Group on Yahoo, but personally I find that site virtually unusable. It would be great to know if there are other alternatives.


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1 posted on 10/29/2012 10:41:31 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter

FLR. I know “Jelly Bean” has another site, but I have the bookmark at home....(If I can get *this* to post.)


2 posted on 10/29/2012 10:47:56 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Scutter
Everyone can come to my house. I have pistachios!

3 posted on 10/29/2012 10:50:30 AM PDT by I see my hands (On the other hand.. dictators don't lose elections.)
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To: Scutter

In regards to your concern I was thinking of the twitter feed if things end up slow - I don’t see too much traffic there.

My personal concern is should I take a drink for each state R wins or just the swing states and what beverage to imbibe. I’m leaning toward a shot of Jameson’s for each state, but I’m concerned I may not make it past the Midwest if things go the way I feel they’re headed


4 posted on 10/29/2012 10:51:49 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Scutter

www.gopbriefingroom.com

They have great live threads, especially on election night.


5 posted on 10/29/2012 10:55:37 AM PDT by alicewonders
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To: I see my hands
Everyone can come to my house. I have pistachios!
That sounds great, but I think Arizona might be a bit too much of a drive from here. I'm in a small town just outside of Seattle, and it is very much enemy territory here. Reading the posts here is what keeps me going.
6 posted on 10/29/2012 10:57:26 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: I see my hands

Where are you in AZ?


7 posted on 10/29/2012 11:00:13 AM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Scutter

All we need is a chat server for the live thread.

Use one with a JavaScript client that you can launch in a browser.

If I had the time, I would set one up myself.


8 posted on 10/29/2012 11:02:17 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: alicewonders
www.gopbriefingroom.com
Thanks! I'm signing up there now.
9 posted on 10/29/2012 11:04:22 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter; alarm rider; stump56; bcsco; PJ-Comix; kimmie7; MissDairyGoodnessVT; Paul Heinzman; ...
Contingency plan?


10 posted on 10/29/2012 11:05:28 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Scutter
Plan B


11 posted on 10/29/2012 11:06:43 AM PDT by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: Scutter

Just signed up there too, using my FR name.


12 posted on 10/29/2012 11:06:53 AM PDT by blondee123 (Our country is headed for DICTATORSHIP! WAKE UP!)
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To: justlurking

While a FR chat server would be nice for some situations, I don’ think it would do well on election night. Chat servers are great up to about 12+ people. Then it just turns into chaos - you can’t keep up with all the independent conversations.

If you do want to set one, it’s easy to set up a room in one of the public chat networks (DALNet or EFNet, for example).


13 posted on 10/29/2012 11:07:10 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter

Just signed up there too, using my FR name.


14 posted on 10/29/2012 11:08:03 AM PDT by blondee123 (Our country is headed for DICTATORSHIP! WAKE UP!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel; NonLinear; Scutter

15 posted on 10/29/2012 11:12:40 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ( "I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: reed13k

Does FreeRepublic have a twitter feed?


16 posted on 10/29/2012 11:17:24 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter

Jay Carney implying but omission that they might postpone the election. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/29/press-gaggle-press-secretary-jay-carney-aboard-air-force-one-en-route-an


17 posted on 10/29/2012 11:18:38 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: Cyber Liberty

I think I am out of here, to go the way of most all former FReepers whom I never see anymore. Accessing FR takes now 30 minute blocks of time grinding through to connect at all, to access any article, then to post, to convert it to “send”, so it’s insane to behave as if this is okay. It is not.

It has become a lack of respect for a customer base and since I am not a glutton for punishment, nor a fool to endure this, so to pay for it has become ridiculous. Self respect comes in to play eventually, even through my love for the Robinsons’ and for all of you.

Gotta go call and stop the draft to FR, so at least I can lurk when FR is occasionally up.


18 posted on 10/29/2012 11:20:19 AM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY)
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To: I see my hands

:: Everyone can come to my house. I have pistachios! ::

That’s nice seeing-as-how the Pistachio Growers latest advertisement is the Village People spelling out “CRACK”!

Hmmm, you got any crack to go with the pistachios?


19 posted on 10/29/2012 11:22:09 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: blondee123

I also signed up as ScutterWA on Yahoo. Some Indian dude took “Scutter@yahoo.com” many years ago, and although his account is inactive now, I still can’t claim the email. So ScutterWA it is :)


21 posted on 10/29/2012 11:23:30 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter; Jim Robinson

Is there a FACEBOOK FreeRepublic page we can go to in a blackout or down server situation?..........


22 posted on 10/29/2012 11:23:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: NonLinear

I think I will get another case of Pauliner Hef just like on Election night 2008 but also I will get a bottle of Dom Perigon for my celebration. Also maybe some xanax for my anxiety.


24 posted on 10/29/2012 11:30:49 AM PDT by crazydad (-` sd)
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To: Scutter

YES, someone posts FR stuff on Twitter....I get it


25 posted on 10/29/2012 11:30:59 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Scutter; alicewonders; RitaOK; LUV W; Jim Robinson
Free Republic on Face Book!

Why are some of you sending FReepers to other sites?

This link might not work, because I'm signed in on my account.


26 posted on 10/29/2012 11:34:47 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: RitaOK
I think I am out of here, to go the way of most all former FReepers whom I never see anymore.
I'm sorry to hear that, RitaOK. I certainly share your frustration, but would humbly ask you to take a minute and try to think about things from the Robinson's perspective.

As someone who works on one of the largest scale web applications in the world, I can tell you that it's a lot harder to write a high scale web application right than it is to write it wrong. It can also be quite expensive.

I don't know any of the details behind the problems that FR is having. I suspect they are struggling with some decisions that were made early in the development of the software that to change now will require an almost total rewrite.

What I do know is that the Robinson's are fantastic individuals, and that they do care about the experience that the users have on the site here. Personally, I'll stay on FR until they wheel me out the door and plant me in the ground. I do, however, want to have some contingency plans (hence this thread). I suggest you take a similar approach and not give up completely on FR.

27 posted on 10/29/2012 11:37:38 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter

Was it always this bad? Like you said, FR was unusable during the debates. The last time I remember not being able to use FR was 9/11 2001. Seems like over the past year it’s gone downhill.


28 posted on 10/29/2012 11:39:23 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal (On November 6th, AMERICA tells Obama to stand down.)
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To: Scutter

Alternate Free Republic:

http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/portal.php


29 posted on 10/29/2012 11:39:55 AM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamanation.)
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To: Scutter
Well, there’s always #tcot. And then there’s another channel you already know :-)
30 posted on 10/29/2012 11:41:23 AM PDT by cartan
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To: alicewonders

Looks like we have a winner! I’m in.


31 posted on 10/29/2012 11:42:48 AM PDT by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

FR has been very slow this morning at times. The hurricane threads and everything.

I’ll be amazed if I can get on here on election night.


32 posted on 10/29/2012 11:43:18 AM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamanation.)
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To: Scutter; Cyber Liberty; FReepers
_Jelibn altfreerepublic

http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.ph

33 posted on 10/29/2012 11:45:45 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: onyx
Why are some of you sending FReepers to other sites?
The intent of this thread is NOT to send anyone away from FR. Rather, as I clearly stated in the opening post, to make people aware of alternatives in the event that the outages here at FR continue through or start up again on election night.

I think the problems happening right now on FR should it make it clear why that's a good idea.

34 posted on 10/29/2012 11:46:25 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter
I don't know why it's taking so long for the group to be fully apprised of our best home away from home, altFreeRepublic.org, but there's the clickable link to it for any who still don't have it.

You'll have to register to post. It's the most well established alternate forums we have for when FR is down.

35 posted on 10/29/2012 11:46:40 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: onyx

I think the one Alice mentioned is a friendly site like Free Dominion. Pookie does his toons from there. I know they have a good twitter feed I subscribe to.


36 posted on 10/29/2012 11:48:11 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: cartan

Hi Cartan!

yes, i won’t be sending people to that other IRC site. I don’t think ag would appreciate a huge influx of uninvited guests to his server.

BTW - what does “tcot” stand for anyway?


37 posted on 10/29/2012 11:52:00 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Windflier

Thanks, Windflier. How would you expect people to find out about this? I haven’t seen any sort of stick thread or post on the topic.

But thanks for posting the link. I will go sign up now.


38 posted on 10/29/2012 11:58:12 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter
BFL

FMCDH(BITS)

39 posted on 10/29/2012 12:01:24 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Scutter

I was wondering the same thing.


40 posted on 10/29/2012 12:04:38 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Scutter
How would you expect people to find out about this? I haven’t seen any sort of stick thread or post on the topic.

Freeper Jelly Bean created the altFreeRepublic forum years ago, during one of the times when FR was down hard. Since then, the URL to her site has been posted here hundreds of times. It gets a mention on almost every thread where people share addresses to back-up forums.

I created a back-up forum myself, but I sort of consider it second-tier to hers.

41 posted on 10/29/2012 12:05:44 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Or, search on “free republic alternate site”


42 posted on 10/29/2012 12:33:00 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: alicewonders

Bump for election night


43 posted on 10/29/2012 12:34:00 PM PDT by JIM O
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
Seems like over the past year it’s gone downhill.
Yes, that is my perception of things as well.

I don't know the cause. Is it additional traffic? Looking at Alexa - seems like traffic is flat. Maybe it's the accumulation of all the posts for so many years causing the database performance to drop off. Or maybe there was some change to the software that caused a problem. Maybe they bought a bad server and it crashes a lot. I don't know, and no one seems to be talking.

44 posted on 10/29/2012 12:37:11 PM PDT by Scutter
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To: crazydad
I think I will get another case of Pauliner Hef just like on Election night 2008 but also I will get a bottle of Dom Perigon for my celebration. Also maybe some xanax for my anxiety.

Do you want to go ahead and put in for a wake up call now, or wait until a little closer?!

45 posted on 10/29/2012 12:38:31 PM PDT by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: Scutter
yes, i won’t be sending people to that other IRC site. I don’t think ag would appreciate a huge influx of uninvited guests to his server.
Oh, I was just hoping you might consider forgetting about your old grudge, so our little private club could have the correct size again ;-)
BTW - what does “tcot” stand for anyway?
I think it stands for true conservatives on twitter.
46 posted on 10/29/2012 1:02:27 PM PDT by cartan
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To: Scutter

On debate nights, I couldn’t access FR, period. I would try over and over, just couldn’t get through. Acted like a website with a DOS issue...my attempts would just time out and wouldn’t connect.

I ended up over on Daily Caller, just watching the feed, didn’t try to interact, but at least could see others opinions and commentary. It was fast paced,but I would have preferred to be on FR...just wasn’t going to happen for me.

I’ll try on election night, but have figured the same issues would exist.


48 posted on 10/29/2012 1:08:45 PM PDT by memyselfandi59
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To: crazydad

Don’t forget the Alka Seltzer for the next day.


49 posted on 10/29/2012 1:12:41 PM PDT by Scutter
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To: reed13k

I hope you’re passed out by 8:05 PM.


50 posted on 10/29/2012 1:25:15 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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