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Free Republic Quasi-Official Blog Concept and Nomination Thread

Posted on 05/08/2003 3:46:32 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod

Hi all.

I know that some people here are fans of Blogs. I am one as well. I had a brainstorm for something new here at FR, and Jim gave me the go-ahead to give it a whirl. The idea is for a quasi~official blog. The Freeper Island Blog.

Why Freeper Island? Because like Survivor, a blogger can be voted off the island.

Basically what I am imagining is that we will have a dozen people who are the designated inhabitants of the Freeper Island Blog. There will be a blog thread each day, and any of the twelve can add items to the blog (it would go in the article section of the thread. How we will handle updating it I need to work out. I have an idea but I need to talk to someone about it first). Anyone could reply to the thread, but only the twelve bloggers could add things to the article/blog portion of the thread. Each time an entry gets added to the blog portion of the thread, it would get bumped back to the top of either the Extended News or Editorial sidebar (this needs to be decided). The 12 islanders would have a month long term.

As the end of the month approaches, we would have a thread for voting for your favorite bloggers (all voting done publically). The 10 who get the most votes stay on (if they are willing).

Who gets to replace the two who didn't get enough support? We would also have a thread where people could nominate themselves (and give reasons why they should be voted on the island). And then a vote- again done publically on the thread. The two highest vote getters get a month on the island.

Who would be the original twelve? They would be picked by the same method- a nominating thread followed by a vote. Any replacements needed for emerging reasons would also be determined in this way.

Who gets to vote? To avoid problems, only Freepers with at least three months and at least 100 replies under their belt would be allowed to vote (or run).

These are my ideas for it. I figure we will give it a shot, and if it turns into a good feature we keep it and if not we won't.

Anyway, feel free to make additional suggestions, or if you are interested in being one of the first twelve, write up a nomination. I'll arbitrarily set Sunday at midnight as the cutoff for nominations, and will post a voting thread for Monday with each of the nomination writeups on it (order determined at random), with 24 hours for voting. You can nominate anyone, but only those who post to this thread saying they want to do it and why will actually make the ballot.

Cheers.


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1 posted on 05/08/2003 3:46:33 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: I Am Not A Mod
What's a BLOG? And do you need a college degree?
2 posted on 05/08/2003 3:53:58 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: I Am Not A Mod
What's a BLOG? And do you need a college degree?
3 posted on 05/08/2003 3:54:31 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: I Am Not A Mod
This is an interesting idea. Here's a bump for more comments.
4 posted on 05/08/2003 3:54:49 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Rabid Republican
And do you have to know how to post properly?
5 posted on 05/08/2003 3:55:13 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: Rabid Republican
Blog is short for weblog. Here are a few examples.

http://www.nationalreview.com/thecorner/corner.asp

http://www.andrewsullivan.com/

6 posted on 05/08/2003 3:56:17 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: I Am Not A Mod
This sounds like it would be just another Forum of sorts. What is the purpose of this??? Me confused....
7 posted on 05/08/2003 3:56:41 PM PDT by Normal4me
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To: Rabid Republican
The answer to both of those questions is probably yes.

If you aren't familiar with Blogs, you probably should not run to be on the Island at first :-)

8 posted on 05/08/2003 3:57:29 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: I Am Not A Mod
I think this is one I'll leave for the young folks!
9 posted on 05/08/2003 3:58:03 PM PDT by Mears
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To: I Am Not A Mod
No, no, no, no, no, not Freeper Island Blog. That has the acronym FIB.
10 posted on 05/08/2003 4:00:45 PM PDT by T'wit
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To: T'wit
Ah. Didn't think of the FIBbing aspect. Although that could be catchy in an ironic sort of way.
11 posted on 05/08/2003 4:02:40 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: dead
I think you would be good at something like this. Would you be interested?
12 posted on 05/08/2003 4:04:31 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: I Am Not A Mod
bttt
13 posted on 05/08/2003 4:05:14 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: I Am Not A Mod; Mr. Mulliner
I like the idea....

Mr. Mulliner would be great at this....

14 posted on 05/08/2003 4:10:18 PM PDT by Dog (You are here -->.<-- ereh era uoY)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
COUNT ME IN!

I have two alternative suggestions, though. Either, 1) include more than 12 FReepers at the beginning, because many more than just 12 have the knowledge, writing skills, and sense of humor to do this. Or, 2) run two rounds of the contest, with 12 folks invited to start each week for 12 weeks, and then put the winners of those contests into the "Best FReeper Blogger in the Known Universe" in the final round.

The latter pattern is how the poker championships, the annual "Jeopardy" contests, and others, are conducted.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, now up on FR, "Brave New Moment."

15 posted on 05/08/2003 4:13:36 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building has left the building.")
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To: Congressman Billybob
If there is enough interest, I may up the number. I chose this number because it is round. Not like 10 is round, but similar. Also because it seemed like a good number to ensure that (if the 12 are active types) there is good blog activity, and because it seemed likely that at first we probably would get only perhaps two dozen nominees.
16 posted on 05/08/2003 4:17:29 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: I Am Not A Mod; Salvation; billbears; patent; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; fatima; amom; Alamo-Girl; ..


17 posted on 05/08/2003 4:18:26 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: uglybiker

18 posted on 05/08/2003 4:20:02 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: I Am Not A Mod
If there is enough interest, I may up the number. I chose this number because it is round. Not like 10 is round, but similar. Also because it seemed like a good number to ensure that (if the 12 are active types) there is good blog activity, and because it seemed likely that at first we probably would get only perhaps two dozen nominees.

What's wrong with 14? It's more round than 12 and 10. It is easily divided by 7. 12 and 10 aren't. What do you have against it? 14 is a perfectly good number. I always liked 14. 10 gets too much attention. 10 pennies equal a dime; heck, it's got a whole metric scale. And 12. 12 is a dozen. Think of all the dozens that exist due to the number 12. Yeh, 10 and 12 always get all the good honors; they get all the attention. Besides, if you don't go with 14, I'll play the R card.
19 posted on 05/08/2003 4:27:26 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Nick Danger; JohnHuang2; Coyote
BumPing
20 posted on 05/08/2003 4:28:53 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: I Am Not A Mod
I've got one of those blog things, but I haven't been keeping it up to date.
21 posted on 05/08/2003 4:29:00 PM PDT by McGruff (I know Sen. Byrd is an institution. But right about now, I think he should be put in one.)
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To: TomGuy
My choice of number is cliched! But 14 is round? Seriously, is there a less round number than 1? And look at all the hard angles in a 4. Pointy, pointy, pointy.
22 posted on 05/08/2003 4:29:17 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: TomGuy
LOL!
23 posted on 05/08/2003 4:29:24 PM PDT by Dog (You are here -->.<-- ereh era uoY)
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To: McGruff
My guess is that blogging with a group is easier, because there is some degree of debate that goes on and you end up playing off each other.

Although going with the "I have experience doing this, but I don't really keep up with it" might not be the most persuasive argument for being voted on in the first place...
24 posted on 05/08/2003 4:31:05 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: Kip Lange
Ping...

If you've got the time, this is right up your alley.

25 posted on 05/08/2003 4:38:09 PM PDT by umbagi (There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Cicero)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Sure, count me in. I'll try anything once.


26 posted on 05/08/2003 4:38:09 PM PDT by Fintan (FReepin' like a funky fool since...uh...wait: I gotta go check my homepage.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Sure, count me in. I'll try anything once.


27 posted on 05/08/2003 4:38:26 PM PDT by Fintan (FReepin' like a funky fool since...uh...wait: I gotta go check my homepage.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
I would like to nominate myself....as one of the sharks circling the island.
28 posted on 05/08/2003 4:45:59 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I'm changing my tag line....somebody hand that wrench....no...the other one.)
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To: Congressman Billybob; Chad Fairbanks; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Jeff Head
Congressmen Billybob will SECRETLY have the hots for Chad Fairbanks but OPENLY flirt seriesly with the first blonde babe FReeper that comes along and then screw her--over- and vote her off the island. You will wear only a hugh loin cloth insinuating you also have large--- hands.You will be spotted alone alot with ernest on the beach gazing seriesly in his hugh eyes trying to con him. Jeff Head will outsmart you in a swift but hughly seriesly way...
29 posted on 05/08/2003 4:46:00 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: I Am Not A Mod
What's to stop people from being "voted off" for no other reason than that a certain FR clique got together to screw over someone they don't like?
32 posted on 05/08/2003 4:51:26 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Admin Moderator; Sidebar Moderator
The server burped and is acting sluggish for me, Sorry! Please delete two of the three identical posts.
33 posted on 05/08/2003 4:51:29 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
What is a blog?
34 posted on 05/08/2003 4:54:20 PM PDT by Calpernia (www.HelpFeedaChild.com)
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To: Timesink
It would have to be a huge clique, because you vote for who gets to stay, and the clique would have to have enough votes to put 10 others ahead of the unfortunate screwee.

But you know what? I fully anticipate there are going to be groups that try to stack the island, and other groups that try to get certain people off. It will probably have some rough spots and never be perfect. And if someone decides to use their spot to be obnoxious continually, thinking they have the votes to stay on, they will find out that the rules can be adapted as needed to prevent problems. And that one vote by Jim counts a hell of a lot more than others. :-)

35 posted on 05/08/2003 4:55:57 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
P>The server burped and is acting sluggish for me, Sorry!

Yeah, yeah....right! I remember using that excuse when the scotch bottle rolled under my desk.

36 posted on 05/08/2003 4:56:33 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I'm changing my tag line....somebody hand that wrench....no...the other one.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Just out of curiousity, how does one determine how many posts one has?
37 posted on 05/08/2003 5:01:18 PM PDT by Sally'sConcerns (I miss Texas!)
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To: Sally'sConcerns
I can see that information.
38 posted on 05/08/2003 5:03:37 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
But is there a way I can see that information?
39 posted on 05/08/2003 5:06:23 PM PDT by Sally'sConcerns (I miss Texas!)
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To: Calpernia
We are going to start our own clique!!! The BLOGS and the BLOG-NOTS
40 posted on 05/08/2003 5:07:59 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: Sally'sConcerns
Asking nicely generally does the trick. Assuming you wanted the info, you have 1 article, 142 replies.
41 posted on 05/08/2003 5:08:05 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Sally'sConcerns
If ya havta ask then you probably don'thave 100 :-) But you can have my two burped scotch bottle posts if it helps you.
42 posted on 05/08/2003 5:10:39 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Thanks ! bttt . . .
43 posted on 05/08/2003 5:11:20 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: I Am Not A Mod; TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!; Alamo-Girl; onyx; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; ...

Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.

44 posted on 05/08/2003 5:12:18 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you very much for the info!

This is also my contribution to keeping this thread bumped.
45 posted on 05/08/2003 5:12:22 PM PDT by Sally'sConcerns (I miss Texas!)
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To: Sally'sConcerns
Just out of curiousity, how does one determine how many posts one has?

Ok. Everybody step back....give me some room...I got this one handled.

First off Sally, log off FR. Next shut your comp down and wait till the little fan stops running.

Next...disconnect your keyboard and mouse and leave them just outside your front door.

Having successfully done that...jump into your shower and wonder what's happening on FR....that you're missing.

After all this...put on your least revealing bathrobe and walk outside your front door...retrieving the keyboard and mouse as you do this.

Casually walk to your next door neighbor's picture window....taking the mouse in your right hand and the keyboard in your left....begin swinging them in a clockwise motion. (Note: If you're south of the equator...swing them counter clockwise...I'm not sure why...it has something to do with the way toilets flush.)

Once you are swinging as fast as possible...begin shouting as loud as you can....."How do I get my posts!!??" "How do I get my posts!!??!"

The people in the approaching flashing red light vehicle will be able to help you.

46 posted on 05/08/2003 5:13:03 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I'm changing my tag line....somebody hand that wrench....no...the other one.)
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To: Timesink
Good questions, but there are no real clique's here, just people with endless ping lists. So, if you run I will ping a thousand FREEPERS :-)
47 posted on 05/08/2003 5:13:31 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Focault's Pendulum
But what if she burps and her scotch bottle shuts down her 100 posts she just made at the same time like me?
48 posted on 05/08/2003 5:14:44 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Focault's Pendulum
Ah, thank you for the info. Now, do I have to speak French or will this break the Internet and how will I know if I'm logged in or not?
49 posted on 05/08/2003 5:15:39 PM PDT by Sally'sConcerns (I miss Texas!)
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To: Sally'sConcerns
Just out of curiousity, how does one determine how many posts one has?

I probably wouldn't qualify. I tend to be somewhat shy about posting, so I doubt I have that many. sigh!
50 posted on 05/08/2003 5:17:39 PM PDT by TomGuy
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