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What is Free Republic? How does it work? What's in it for ME? [Practical advice for beginners.]
Welcome, and Thanks [Newbies Especially, Please Read] ^ | May 21, 2003 | RonDog (and FRiends)

Posted on 05/21/2003 1:33:29 AM PDT by RonDog

I have been asked by a group of politically active "not-yet-FReepers" (at my local NRA chapter) to explain to them (in forty-five minutes or less) how to use this extraordinary forum.

They would like for me to tell them:
What (exactly) **is** Free Republic?
How does it work?
Why can it do for ME?
I of course have MY OWN ideas about this place, but what do YOU tell people who have never been here before?
How do YOU use this forum?
Why do YOU visit here?
What advice can YOU give to "newbies" here?
Perhaps the BEST way to demonstrate the power of Free Republic is to post a thread, and ask for YOUR advice.
What say YOU, my fellow FReepers?


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Free Republic; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: California; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: faq; hughhewitt
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To: RonDog
When I first got on here I remember there being some sort of lexicon or glossary page with all the meanings of commonly used terms like clymer and blogger and arkancide. Where is it now? That would certainly be useful for the newbies.

Do it for the children, RonDog!
41 posted on 05/21/2003 2:18:35 PM PDT by Rockitz (After all these years, it's still rocket science.)
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To: kevao
Free Republic is becoming the Ebay of ideas. Its impact is becoming enormous. In terms of conservative media, I'd rank Rush Limbaugh(radio), Fox News (TV) and Free Republic (internet) as the most influencial and powerful today. They are important building blocks of the newly emerged Republican majority.
42 posted on 05/21/2003 2:32:13 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: Rockitz
When I first got on here I remember there being some sort of lexicon or glossary page with all the meanings of commonly used terms like clymer and blogger and arkancide. Where is it now? That would certainly be useful for the newbies.
Check out post #29 in this thread:
To: RonDog

******Fifth Edition of the Lexicon of FreeRepublic
* * A helpful FR dictionary for newcomers * *
***********

Very useful in learning about freeper lingo and some freeper lore.

Now you don't have to be in the dark about "bump," "ping," etc.

29 posted on 05/21/2003 6:42 AM PDT by Carolina


43 posted on 05/21/2003 2:45:51 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: backhoe
nice links bump...
44 posted on 05/21/2003 2:51:13 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: RonDog
They need to be warned. This place will sink its hooks into you and you'll end up a babbling, drooling fool who wears out his "refresh" button and ends up posting one last time from work and then risking life and limb to race home and do a furious "self-search" to pick up the thread. I say this because there still be a chance for neophyte FReepers but anyone who is actually reading this is most likely already doomed.

"That's hugh, IMHO, and a BTT for the Viking Kitties" is too a meaningful sentence in the English language!

45 posted on 05/21/2003 3:02:26 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: RonDog
BTTT


46 posted on 05/21/2003 3:05:54 PM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: RonDog
I would have lost my ever-lovin' mind if it hadn't been for
FreeRepublic.com during the Clinton years. Thank God for Jim Robinson!!!
47 posted on 05/21/2003 3:15:57 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Free Miguel)
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To: GOPJ
Thank you!
48 posted on 05/21/2003 3:35:42 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
Vey hugh series bump for later, prolly.
49 posted on 05/21/2003 4:13:36 PM PDT by lorrainer (FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. It comes bundled with the software.)
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To: RonDog
Very nice, Ron!

An open arms welcome to all the newbies.
50 posted on 05/21/2003 4:37:26 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: RonDog
You'll see a lot here. I come here for news that I just can't get anyplace else. Also, you'll get intelligent commentary on that news, and there are few other places where you can ask a question (even a dumb one, I've asked a few) and get an answer.

You'll also see a bit of intolerance. We have constant running feuds between the evolution vs. creationism, religious vs. non-religious, Windows vs. Linux, Libertarian vs. "true" conservatism (as the poster chooses to define it) and anti-gay vs. leave-them-be crowds. It proves to me that conservatives are not lockstep, we can differ and disagree on our views, and do not shun anyone that does not believe exactly as we do. Try getting that on a liberal-run forum!

51 posted on 05/21/2003 4:48:44 PM PDT by hunter112
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To: ILBBACH
Bump
52 posted on 05/21/2003 5:31:55 PM PDT by ILBBACH
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To: RonDog
Tell them in 45 Seconds about the *Bang_List.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/involved?group=152
53 posted on 05/21/2003 5:38:17 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Don't punch holes in the lifeboat)
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To: MalcolmS
Will I be selling flowers at the airport to keep up my freeping habit.
54 posted on 05/21/2003 5:42:01 PM PDT by LauraJean (Fukai please pass the squid sauce)
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To: RonDog
Thanks, that's just what I need. Another 300+ posts to peruse, just to find out it's impossible to quit.
55 posted on 05/21/2003 5:56:46 PM PDT by MalcolmS (Do Not Remove This Tagline Under Penalty Of Law!)
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To: LauraJean
>>Will I be selling flowers at the airport to keep up my freeping habit. <<

That depends. Are you any good at playing the tamborine?
56 posted on 05/21/2003 5:57:53 PM PDT by MalcolmS (Do Not Remove This Tagline Under Penalty Of Law!)
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To: lowbridge
EPIC! That pic is going on my profile page.
57 posted on 05/21/2003 6:04:49 PM PDT by humblegunner (Molon Labe!!!)
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To: MalcolmS
went to sazuki tamborine school
58 posted on 05/21/2003 6:23:53 PM PDT by LauraJean (Fukai please pass the squid sauce)
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To: RonDog
I can't believe it! 16 hours since my initial post to this thread and nobody has explained the REALLY important stuff, like moose and cheese and the viking kittens!
59 posted on 05/21/2003 6:28:30 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: JonathansMommie; BlindedByTruth
Ping
(I'm even learning here!)
60 posted on 05/21/2003 7:26:58 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004- pray for our troops)
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