Skip to comments.Contingency Plans for Election Night
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.
FLR. I know “Jelly Bean” has another site, but I have the bookmark at home....(If I can get *this* to post.)
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
They have great live threads, especially on election night.
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.
Where are you in AZ?
All we need is a chat server for the live thread.
If I had the time, I would set one up myself.
Just signed up there too, using my FR name.
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).
Just signed up there too, using my FR name.
Does FreeRepublic have a twitter feed?
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
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.
:: 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?
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 :)
Is there a FACEBOOK FreeRepublic page we can go to in a blackout or down server situation?..........
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.
YES, someone posts FR stuff on Twitter....I get it
Why are some of you sending FReepers to other sites?
This link might not work, because I'm signed in on my account.
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.
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.
Alternate Free Republic:
Looks like we have a winner! I’m in.
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.
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.
You'll have to register to post. It's the most well established alternate forums we have for when FR is down.
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.
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?
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.
I was wondering the same thing.
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.
Or, search on “free republic alternate site”
Bump for election night
Seems like over the past year its 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.
Do you want to go ahead and put in for a wake up call now, or wait until a little closer?!
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.
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.
Don’t forget the Alka Seltzer for the next day.
I hope you’re passed out by 8:05 PM.