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Is Free Republic a Fraud? Is it time for Free Republic to go away?
Free Republic | 11/28/01 | Jim Robinson

Posted on 11/28/2001 7:31:29 PM PST by Jim Robinson

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To: chuck allen
Say it ain't so.
101 posted on 11/28/2001 7:49:54 PM PST by Registered
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To: Jim Robinson
Those who want to keep it going speak up

I figured that's what the "Memo" section of the personal check was for.

(Assuming you've received my last one, trust you get at least a small laugh in the midst of the chore that is addressing the issue of supporting Free Republic.)

A humble suggestion (which should only underscore the site's true worth): Auction off blocks of time in which to surf the Archives with some sort of time-sensitive user ID ... =)

102 posted on 11/28/2001 7:49:58 PM PST by Askel5
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To: Jim Robinson
Some people on here recently are "morons" and only want to destroy this site because we are bringing out the truth. As for some others that you are reinstating, their are just flat out obnoxious and rude!

This site is too valuable to see it go away. I am more than willing to pay a monthly fee to continue to post!

As far as the accusations are concerned, they truly have to be "morons" or people from the Wash Post or LA Times that are trying to get their hands on the financial paperwork of FR. I have seen so many disruptors recently that I cannot believe it and I have to ask why? We must be hitting some nerves of the media and the RATS for all the disuptors that keep coming out of the woodwork!

I vote to keep FR going if there is a place to vote! FR has done such a service in getting the truth out that it would be win for the media and the RATS to have this website shutdown or curtailed!

As for the folks you are allowing to come back on FR and post on this thread, please keep your eject button handy because they probably cannot bring themselves to stay only on this thread!

103 posted on 11/28/2001 7:50:00 PM PST by PhiKapMom
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To: Jim Robinson
For many people, Free Republic is their internet home and they (we) would be lost without it. I've contributed before and I'll be glad to do so again. Bring on the Freepathon!! I was inspired to travel to Washinton for the March For Justice and I have been a fanatical Freeper since.....Please keep up your good work. It is appreciated.
104 posted on 11/28/2001 7:50:04 PM PST by BnBlFlag
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To: Jim Robinson
Jim. I will support you and FreeRepublic.Com as long as I am breathing. You have done more to promote the conservative movements than any other person in the country IMHO.

Bog Bless you, and remind me again where I send my check?

105 posted on 11/28/2001 7:50:05 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: Jim Robinson
Please keep your site going.

Like Bill O'Reilly said on WorldNetDailey about GW;

"But hiding in the weeds, biding its time, is an enemy with its sights trained on Mr. Bush. This is the same foe that ambushed Bush's father in the early '90s and President Clinton throughout his tenure in office. This covert enemy lives to bring down the powerful and successful, and the attackers don't need bombs, anthrax or bullets. They use ink and innuendo.

The same is happening here and is no less different. Keep your chin up and charge if you must.

However, I sincerely hope you get a boatload more from donations and get to put a little in your pocket to boot just because this site is so great!

You earned it!

106 posted on 11/28/2001 7:50:06 PM PST by paperjam
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To: Jim Robinson
Stay. I don't agree with everyone on here and like it that way. This is an excellent and invigorating forum. You are doing a great job!!
107 posted on 11/28/2001 7:50:09 PM PST by arkfreepdom
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To: Jim Robinson
Okay folks, time to belly up to the bar. Pay for what is important to you. Make a monthly donation (FR has a GREAT monthly debit program!) and keep this breath of fresh air alive.

I salute you, Jim Rob, and all who work to keep this forum alive.

108 posted on 11/28/2001 7:50:19 PM PST by WIladyconservative
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To: redskin
You have to be kidding Jim, You are the Rush Limbaugh of the internet.
BUMP!

Don't let get ya' down....

109 posted on 11/28/2001 7:50:35 PM PST by -No Way-
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To: Jim Robinson
Well I don't know about others, but I am an addict. I have been haunting this site for years and I cannot get away....I have found many fantastic things here and I have watched as the enemies have grown as the freepers succeed in rooting out the fraud and abuse that grows in this country like a wild cancer... These are the times that will try our souls. Our fight is not with our enemies, but with ourselves....The enemy is relentless, and funded by our own tax dollars...We must find the strength to press on as it is our duty to God, country, and our very own children....If we fold now, how can I ever explain to my indentured servant children how we gave up the fight when the going got tough.....tell me how to send money, I am overdue....
110 posted on 11/28/2001 7:50:45 PM PST by john639753
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To: DCBryan1
We're the American Street, the Greek Chorus, and the Grassroots wrapped into one. It's a wonderful site.
111 posted on 11/28/2001 7:51:07 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: Jim Robinson
I'm with you. I love FR. Those who don't appreciate it can just go away. This is a wonderful site.
112 posted on 11/28/2001 7:51:11 PM PST by concerned about politics
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To: Faraday
You don't get something for nothing
You can't have freedom for free
You won't get wise
With the sleep still in your eyes
No matter what your dreams might be

Neil Peart-Something For Nothing-2112-Rush

113 posted on 11/28/2001 7:51:18 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt; billbears; pubmom; Ff--150; AppyPappy; Mr. K; Grassontop; Joe 6-pack
"It's up to everyone who cares to keep Free Republic alive."

A big bump!

114 posted on 11/28/2001 7:51:23 PM PST by LeeMcCoy
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To: MJY1288
Bog Bless??? shew...

Correction... God Bless

115 posted on 11/28/2001 7:51:31 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: Jim Robinson
I, for one, want it to remain. There is something that I have noticed since my short time as a member here; people like to come on here and pick certain threads and start in whining and griping. I have had experience with this as all of you have had. I also have my own community on MSN and have experienced it firsthand. Many people don't get it through their heads that the nature of the Internet is the same as the nature of television; you don't like what you see, you are not forced to remain view it. If people don't like this site, there are other sites to go to. If people don't like certain threads, no one is forced to read them. People need to grow up.

KEEP FREE REPUBLIC!! WE CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE IT!

116 posted on 11/28/2001 7:51:58 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Jim Robinson
You ain't slippin' out de back, Jack! Ha!

I'm in as long as you!

117 posted on 11/28/2001 7:51:59 PM PST by Chapita
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To: PatrioticAmerican
P.S. If it takes more than $35, so be it. The news alone is worth the price of ANY newspaper subscription!
118 posted on 11/28/2001 7:52:04 PM PST by PatrioticAmerican
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To: Jim Robinson
Without FR we'd never had Bootyist monk's immortal "I'm a bad Republican" nor would it have been mutated into several dozen versions.
119 posted on 11/28/2001 7:52:41 PM PST by Bogey78O
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To: Jim Robinson
If you close you will have to open a detox clinic on line.....:>) anything I can do let me know..inspite of frequent flames I love these guys..and you too....

God Bless you Jim

120 posted on 11/28/2001 7:52:45 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Jim Robinson
I finally get the chance to thank you personally for FR! I couldn't wait for the chance!

THANK YOU MR. ROBINSON

I can't comprehend what you go through to keep this "monster" going but more power to you.

Personally, I have no life and FR takes up a majority of my time. I would probably have to go see a shrink if this site shut down.

If you cannot continue than you have done well and you will be remembered for your contribution to the freedom fighters on the WWW.

IF you can continue....please do!

Warmly yours,

121 posted on 11/28/2001 7:53:12 PM PST by JakeWyld
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To: Jim Robinson
Stopping FR is not an option. It can't be! Too much good is done here! Robert Northcutt has his dog TJ because of Freepers! And Lord knows, anyone who puts the time in to keep a service like this going deserves proper compensation.
122 posted on 11/28/2001 7:53:26 PM PST by MistyCA
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To: Seeking the truth; maccraze; summer; LarryLied; Luis Gonzalez
MAJOR PING!
123 posted on 11/28/2001 7:53:32 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: Jim Robinson
No, please don't shut down.

Where will youngmen propose to young ladies?
Where will there be an outlet for the exceptional research skills of Alama-Girl?
Where will Registered test out his latest and greatest?
Where will we go to find out about Freeps?
Where will we go to get the news before the News crews get the news?

124 posted on 11/28/2001 7:53:36 PM PST by zeaal
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To: PatrioticAmerican
P.S.S. NEVER use advertisers. They would clutter the site and detract from our unbiased, and sometimes entertainingly harsh, opinions.
125 posted on 11/28/2001 7:53:43 PM PST by PatrioticAmerican
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To: DCBryan1
Why can't you make Free Republic a pay-per-use website?

Well, it can't become a for-profit website, because reposting other publications' stories for profit is stealing, not research.

126 posted on 11/28/2001 7:53:54 PM PST by Timesink
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To: GeronL
It might be time to charge, say, $12 per year for membership and still ask for donations to cover the rest.

I would keep it free to browse. It has incredible educational value in that respect. Also allows conservatives of modest means with a venue for ideological ammunition.

Instead, I would propose a minimum $12.00 annual fee for posting privileges. Not too burdensome, but would keep out some of the riff raff.

127 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:11 PM PST by LJLucido
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To: Jim Robinson
The goal of the complainers and accusers is to shut down FreeRepublic...

Don't Let Them Win...

Keep FreeRepublic up and running for the security of the Republic.

128 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:18 PM PST by Freedoms Chaser
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To: RadioAstronomer
You've got to read this...
129 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:27 PM PST by LeeMcCoy
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To: My Favorite Headache
Taking bets that this thread hits 5,000 by the end of Sunday.
130 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:38 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: Jim Robinson
I'm for letting those banned people harangue themselves by one thread.
131 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:45 PM PST by let freedom sing
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To: Jim Robinson
I agree with what some of the others have advocated; a recurring monthly posting fee. In that many of us spend more hours here, as opposed to sitting in front of the television, a small monthly fee to cover our "entertainment" is certainly not antithetical to the purpose of the site.

Many of us pay $40.00- $50.00 or more to have a cable attached to our television so we may be exposed to 25 minutes of commercials per hour. What would be the harm in a $5.00 or more per month posting fee for those of us who use the resources and bandwidth?

Now, if you could prevent @home from shutting down and the loss of my cable connection...:)

132 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:50 PM PST by jmp702
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To: BOBWADE; Jim Robinson; All
Thank you for joining in. I, too, lurked for a long time before I posted.

As someone said above, I contribute money to FreeRepublic.com without coersion, because I love this site, and most of the people who frequent here. I'm grateful for their generosity with their knowledge. I want this site to thrive so it can help others learn about our Constitution, our country, and what liberty and freedom really means.

Everyone who supports FreeRepublic helps keep this valuable forum up and running.

Support FreeRepublic HERE by secure credit card, or send your checks or money orders to: FreeRepublic , LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794

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133 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:51 PM PST by WillaJohns
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To: Jim Robinson
As I have said before. I will pay a lot if you make it a subscription site. Nothing till then. It is a crime if you are not making a profit here and it is an equal crime that any fool can waltz in here and screw the place up at will. Please charge at least $60 per year when you finally come to your senses.
134 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:51 PM PST by mercy
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To: Jim Robinson

Keep your spirits up
135 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:52 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Jim Robinson; DCBryan1
Why can't you make Free Republic a pay-per-use website? I think it's worth at least $10.00 a month. Not too offensive, and gets people paying.

I'd be up for that. Haven't been here long, but it's obvious FR is an *excellent* resource & forum.

Thank you, Jim & John! Please expect some mail around Christmas. :)
136 posted on 11/28/2001 7:54:53 PM PST by k2blader
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To: piasa
I'd take money out of savings for that.
137 posted on 11/28/2001 7:55:00 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Jim Robinson
Joined during the attempted coup in Nov. Lurked on and off before that. Came over pretty much fulltime to this site from The Other Site with the last wave of Ldot refugees. We washed up on your shores during a freepathon and have been generous. I'll link this thread to the FReeople so they know. Last freepathon someone came up with the idea of donating a dollar a day. I will up my 50$ quarterly donation to that level at the start of the next freepathon.

Thank You Jim.

138 posted on 11/28/2001 7:55:01 PM PST by Oschisms
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To: BADJOE; Jim Robinson
Oh good, I was wondering about that as I read the thread.

Jim, you can't let this site die. I know it's OUR responsibility to keep the money coming in, but you're the heart of this site. I can't wait until the lawsuit is finally settled and we can stop worrying about it once and for all. I was going to offer a contribution, but if the fund raiser is next week, I'll wait so my state can get the credit ;o)

139 posted on 11/28/2001 7:55:05 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: Jim Robinson
KEEP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
140 posted on 11/28/2001 7:55:06 PM PST by katherineisgreat
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To: Jim Robinson
Keep it alive!

If anything there needs to be more topically related and 'sticky' sites out there. The sheeple need educating. If it weren't for this site and a few others, a lot of people (including myself) would be missing out on a lot of VERY important information.

All I can do at this point is possibly donate some IT expertise (I'll send a resume if you like.)

141 posted on 11/28/2001 7:55:13 PM PST by Looking4Truth
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To: Jim Robinson
check you freepmail and email, I just sent you something that is related to this thread. It won't solve the problem but I think it cold draw more donations.
142 posted on 11/28/2001 7:55:24 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: Jim Robinson; JohnHuang2
This thread will break all records, all we need now is the "Kibg of Ping" JohnHuang2 :-)
143 posted on 11/28/2001 7:55:36 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: Jim Robinson
"Free Republic is an online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web."

Those who want something else, should go somewhere else!

144 posted on 11/28/2001 7:55:48 PM PST by Barnacle
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To: LJLucido
I can see it now....comments like:

"HEY, I paid my $10, so I can swear, blaspheme, and threaten all I want."

145 posted on 11/28/2001 7:56:58 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: BADJOE
Count me in. I will send my donation!
146 posted on 11/28/2001 7:57:07 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Jim Robinson
Jim, You have a popular site here, for good reason. It is simply the best discussion site on the internet. I know that people have made claims about your finances, and honestly, I have no opinion on that. But I do think those claims only have whatever weight they do because of the donation model you run FR on. If you turned it into a for profit business nobody would care how much you paid yourself or demand that you reveal your expenses. It could be ad based or subscription based or however you think. We are all capitalists here, there is no sin in doing business. Why not try that?
147 posted on 11/28/2001 7:57:35 PM PST by mlo
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To: Timesink
Well, it can't become a for-profit website, because reposting other publications' stories for profit is stealing, not research.

Just spotted your post. Point well taken. Maybe as others have suggested, a "maintenance fee" for posting would be a little more appropriate.
148 posted on 11/28/2001 7:58:03 PM PST by k2blader
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To: Jim Robinson
Please keep the site. I'm new, but I really like comming here. I don't understand why anyone would object to this site or the articles and posts written in it. There's some miserable people in this world, and it would be nice if they'd go somewhere else.
149 posted on 11/28/2001 7:58:07 PM PST by anti-lucifer left
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To: Jim Robinson
Don't get discouraged Jim.

This site is the best forum on the internet, and as for the detractors. They can gripe all they want, because nobody in here is paying any attention to them.

150 posted on 11/28/2001 7:58:41 PM PST by jerod
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