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Massive Free Republic Changes

Posted on 12/21/2001 4:19:13 PM PST by John Robinson

There will be some massive changes to Free Republic from now through the end of the year. I'll quickly iterate those changes now.

  1. Most important, on the 27th, Free Republic will be down while I move my network along with Free Republic to a new host. We're moving from UUNET to Verio. This in itself is a massive undertaking, and availability of the site may be intermittent. We will use all available resources to mitigate outtage. Verio underbid UUNET by about $17,500 on a one-year contract, so this is really worth it. ;-) Overall, bandwidth will be less expensive 2002 by about $25,000 which will be passed straight to Free Republic.

  2. I'm making massive changes to the structure of the database, will be replacing the posting program, and the latest posts program. While I'm converting the database and working out bugs some features may be down. Hopefully for not too long.

  3. When Free Republic's new posting program is online, the routine to post an article will be different. First, an article will be indexed into many topics. So instead of a pulldown to select the topic, there is a field where you can list as many topics as you feel appropriate. And at any time later an article can be added to additional topics.

    Second, no more "Category" and "Section". Both have been replaced by the extended topic system.

    Third, the posting of an article and a comment have been decoupled.

    Fourth, there will be different types of articles you can start. Shouldn't really call these articles anymore, discussions is a better term. The very basic "Discussion" requires just a topic, title, and body. "Article" requires topic, title, body, source, source url, etc. Some topics may not allow some types of discussions. There will be only 'article' type threads in "Breaking News" for example.

  4. The topic system in general will be completely changed. Once again you will be able to create your own topics. But to keep the topics from becoming the anarchy they were before my 1999 changes, all topics will live in topic groups. Those groups: General Interest (all existing topics); Highlights (Breaking News, Extended News, etc -- these are their own topic now); Hot Topics (current interests, such as Anthrax Scare, etc.); Local Topics (These will replace the Locales); User Defined (a sea of Freeper topics.)

  5. Bump Lists will be integrated with the new topic system. Bang_List could have its own topic.

  6. It will be possible to host many forums within Free Republic. Each forum would have its own management features, user list (with independent user levels), moderators, etc. Some forums may be private, some may be created for special projects, some may just be alternatives to Free Republic.

  7. Finding articles should be much easier. There will be a title search, you will be able to list articles in a specific topic, or with a specific keyword. Maybe full searching of the article itself or its comments. (Looking for the right technology.) And Author and Source searches will work again.

  8. Sidebars. Any topic can be added to your collection of sidebars.

  9. There are more features, but I'm really pressed for time. :-)


TOPICS: Breaking News; Free Republic
KEYWORDS: banglist
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1 posted on 12/21/2001 4:19:13 PM PST by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
Thanks for the heads up and all you folks do!
2 posted on 12/21/2001 4:21:31 PM PST by Fury
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To: John Robinson
Could you squeeze in a way where you can figure out (click to reach) the particular post that someone was replying to? That was the one feature of the old style that is sorely lacking.
3 posted on 12/21/2001 4:22:13 PM PST by Harp
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To: John Robinson
There will be only 'article' type threads in "Breaking News" for example.

Hey, didn't you just post this VANITY in Breaking News? ;-)

4 posted on 12/21/2001 4:22:22 PM PST by xm177e2
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To: John Robinson
Please ohhhh please bring back the archives. All the way back to Feb of 97 if possible.
5 posted on 12/21/2001 4:22:25 PM PST by VinnyTex
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To: John Robinson
Bump for later read!
6 posted on 12/21/2001 4:22:29 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: John Robinson
Thanks for the headsup. Happy Landing and Merry Christmas.
7 posted on 12/21/2001 4:22:53 PM PST by ex-snook
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To: John Robinson
Wow. bttt.
8 posted on 12/21/2001 4:22:56 PM PST by summer
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To: Harp
Just click on the words "in reply to #" at the top right of the post, and you can jump to the post they are replying to immediately.
9 posted on 12/21/2001 4:23:10 PM PST by xm177e2
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To: John Robinson
Third, the posting of an article and a comment have been decoupled.

Do you have to throw cold water on the two, like one has to do with dogs? LOL...

10 posted on 12/21/2001 4:23:16 PM PST by Fury
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To: John Robinson
Well, hopefully a moose won't bite the server while you move to Verio.
11 posted on 12/21/2001 4:23:21 PM PST by Poohbah
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To: John Robinson
Bump. Looking forward to the new features. Try to have a Merry Christmas John! Don't spend the whole week working on the system.
12 posted on 12/21/2001 4:24:01 PM PST by 6ppc
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To: John Robinson
I'll lay in some extra tranquilizers for the transition...I know... I know...but a day without FR is hard to take!
13 posted on 12/21/2001 4:24:29 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: John Robinson
GO FOR IT !

Hey, When are you guys gonna take a vacation?!?

Delta 21

14 posted on 12/21/2001 4:25:09 PM PST by Delta 21
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To: John Robinson
Sounds neat! Thanks for the update.
15 posted on 12/21/2001 4:26:39 PM PST by B Knotts
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To: Billie,Snow Bunny,FallGuy...
IMPORTANT NOTICE PING
There is no need to reply to me, any questions should go to John.

If you would like to be added OR removed from my ping list
please send me a FReep e-mail and I will edit my list upon receipt. Thank You.

16 posted on 12/21/2001 4:26:58 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: John Robinson
I feel bad now; I didn't get you anything . . .
17 posted on 12/21/2001 4:27:46 PM PST by BraveMan
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To: John Robinson
wow...good luck chief...Murphy and his laws are gonna try and rear their ugly heads....Here's to a smooth transition.
18 posted on 12/21/2001 4:31:01 PM PST by Michael Barnes
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To: John Robinson
Sounds nice. Categories instead of bump lists! good.
19 posted on 12/21/2001 4:32:08 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: Harp

Doesn't clicking on To 1 in your post take you to the post being responded to?

20 posted on 12/21/2001 4:32:09 PM PST by deport
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To: John Robinson
6. It will be possible to host many forums within Free Republic. Each forum would have its own management features, user list (with independent user levels), moderators, etc. Some forums may be private, some may be created for special projects, some may just be alternatives to Free Republic.

The problem I see (if I see this correctly) is that many groups will become "clubs", and lose the "forum" format. Already it is headed that way. Once these clubs have self-governing moderators, it will no longer be open to all, but to those who are favored by the moderators and members. Is this possible?

For instance if I run a forum thread called "The Gridiron" and someone posts there who insults my Miami Hurricanes, can I ban them or nuke them from FR because I don't like that they dislike football or "my team"?

"FreeRepublic" and many "mini-me's"? Hope it works for you, John. :)

Thank you for allowing us onto your website.

21 posted on 12/21/2001 4:32:21 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: John Robinson
Well damn, son...............now if you can just shave some off of my tax bill next year and tell me a quick, painless way to lose about 15 pounds, I'll REALLY be impressed. :)
23 posted on 12/21/2001 4:34:06 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: John Robinson
Could you squeeze in a way where you can figure out (click to reach) the particular post that someone was replying to? That was the one feature of the old style that is sorely lacking.

3 posted on 12/21/01 5:22 PM Pacific by Harp

I concur.. that would make it much better.. eliminate having to state "REPLY TO POST #21" etc..

David

24 posted on 12/21/2001 4:34:38 PM PST by davidosborne
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Actually, you'd just boot him from The GridIron, and then he's free to trash your decision on the rest of FR.
25 posted on 12/21/2001 4:34:45 PM PST by Poohbah
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To: John Robinson
hows about email system, Image storage, CSS enhancements other? I love the changes and look forward to the new stuff. You rule.
26 posted on 12/21/2001 4:34:56 PM PST by smith288
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To: JDoutrider
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.

Arnold Bennett

27 posted on 12/21/2001 4:35:18 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: John Robinson
Pay per view?
28 posted on 12/21/2001 4:35:45 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: Poohbah
LOL! Thanks for clarifying!
29 posted on 12/21/2001 4:35:57 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: John Robinson
Overall, bandwidth will be less expensive 2002 by about $25,000 which will be passed straight to Free Republic.

Split the savings with us? ;)

30 posted on 12/21/2001 4:37:04 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: John Robinson; Jim Robinson
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

And a healthy and prosperous 2002.

Thanks for everything!

31 posted on 12/21/2001 4:37:07 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: John Robinson
Amazing job, Mr. Robinson. If I could pester you for one additional change, could the system clock be placed on either Pacific or Eastern time? For the life of me, I can't figure out what time zone it's currently set for.
32 posted on 12/21/2001 4:39:07 PM PST by Tree of Liberty
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To: John Robinson
Will that mean a change of IP address? There was a problem awhile back with DNS, and I think some people may have this address in their HOSTS file.
33 posted on 12/21/2001 4:39:30 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: bang_list
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34 posted on 12/21/2001 4:40:08 PM PST by AStack75
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To: John Robinson
Could you create an "ICON" to indicate a "BARF" alert? Like a dog barfing or someone on his knees at the comode? It would simplify announcing a sicko thread. I think it would be interesting.
36 posted on 12/21/2001 4:41:46 PM PST by Uncle George
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To: doug from upland; ALOHA RONNIE; DLfromthedesert; PatiPie; flamefront; onyx; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Irma...
"Most important, on the 27th, Free Republic will be down..."
Thanks for the advance notice, John!
FReep-addiction treatments will be administered at:
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/freerepublic

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If you listen to Hugh Hewitt, or read his commentaries,
this PING list is for YOU!

Please post your comments, and BUMP!

(If you want OFF - or ON - my "Hugh Hewitt PING list" - please let me know.)

Personal note: I will be travelling - and OFFLINE - for most of next week anyway, so...
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

37 posted on 12/21/2001 4:43:36 PM PST by RonDog
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To: Sabertooth
ping
38 posted on 12/21/2001 4:44:41 PM PST by RonDog
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To: Cool Guy; jrherreid; GodBlessAmerica; CounterCounterCulture; .38sw; 2Fro; alameda; albee...
The FRtimes they are a'changin' ping.
39 posted on 12/21/2001 4:45:40 PM PST by American Preservative
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To: John Robinson...
It will be possible to host many forums within Free Republic. Each forum would have its own management features, user list (with independent user levels), moderators, etc. Some forums may be private, some may be created for special projects, some may just be alternatives to Free Republic.

John: The message board on our British locale is one of the busiest on the site. Some of the members are *pinged* here. Does this mean we could have a proper message board with (dare I say it?) some British moderators? Only asking!
40 posted on 12/21/2001 4:49:34 PM PST by jjbrouwer
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To: John Robinson
Heh, heh.

You said "bang" and "bump."

Heh, heh, heh.

Yeah!

41 posted on 12/21/2001 4:52:40 PM PST by rdb3
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To: VinnyTex
Please ohhhh please bring back the archives. All the way back to Feb of 97 if possible.
If you know of - or can GUESS - at least ONE (four-character or longer) word in the title of the article, virtually ALL of FR is currently accessible - RIGHT NOW!
See:
Free Republic Search Engine *Experimental*
Posted on 12/7/01 4:42 PM Pacific by John Robinson
I have used this new feature to find articles posted as far back as THIS ONE:
About this forum:
Post notes about this forum here.

Thanks,


Posted by: Jim Robnson (jimrob@psnw.com)
01/16/97 14:12:28 PST


42 posted on 12/21/2001 4:54:25 PM PST by RonDog
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To: John Robinson
Sounds good, John! Big savings at Verio. You always do a fine job of tweaking and fine-tuning the forum. Looking forward to the new and easy ways to post a topic.
43 posted on 12/21/2001 4:54:37 PM PST by Palladin
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To: John Robinson
Could we have some sort of XML tags in the posts? Would be handy to use those for a program I'm writting for my personal use to just get the articles I want.
44 posted on 12/21/2001 4:54:43 PM PST by lelio
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To: facedown
great improvements
45 posted on 12/21/2001 4:55:18 PM PST by sistergoldenhair
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To: John Robinson
break a leg.
46 posted on 12/21/2001 4:56:32 PM PST by johnboy
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To: John Robinson
Could you explain all that again?
47 posted on 12/21/2001 4:56:50 PM PST by Shenandoah
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To: John Robinson
Thanks John, I'm sure we will all adjust to the new and improved versions ........groan........
48 posted on 12/21/2001 4:56:56 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Tree of Liberty
go to the top of the page, click on settings, and choose your time zone,
though its only good from maine to hawaii
49 posted on 12/21/2001 4:57:47 PM PST by Pete-R-Bilt
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To: John Robinson
Keep up the good work. Thanks for everything.
50 posted on 12/21/2001 4:58:45 PM PST by Dominic Harr
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