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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
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To: maxwell; Senator Pardek
Kids today have got it easy.
Back in the old days, intiation was much tougher.

I had to take off my clothes, stand in front of the monitor and sing "I'm A Little Teapot".

At least....that's what Pardek told me.

81 posted on 05/24/2003 12:58:31 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: eddie willers
You're one of the lucky ones who didn't own a webcam at the time.
82 posted on 05/24/2003 1:24:37 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: cherry_bomb88
Ping your recruits to this thread, CB!
83 posted on 05/24/2003 1:34:19 PM PDT by sultan88 ("Beauty's only skin deep, yeah, yeah, yeah...")
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To: eddie willers; Rennes Templar
Check out post 81, newbie. See how easy you kids got it now? I myself am traumatized just thinking about thinking about willers' waving in the breeze hanging out for all of cyberdom to see. Gad.
84 posted on 05/24/2003 3:24:08 PM PDT by maxwell (Well I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation...)
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To: maxwell
Check out post 81, newbie. See how easy you kids got it now? I myself am traumatized just thinking about thinking about willers' waving in the breeze hanging out for all of cyberdom to see. Gad.





Lost you after the second "thinking" word. Please decipher.
Thanks. Did check #81. Thanks for clearing the way.
85 posted on 05/24/2003 3:36:41 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar
I was just rambling, dude... Beats what I'm actually supposed to be doing right now...
86 posted on 05/24/2003 3:40:40 PM PDT by maxwell (Well I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation...)
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To: maxwell; Alamo-Girl; Deb
I myself am traumatized

So was I....

It was not so much admitting that I was short and stout.
Nor having to show my handle.
But when even Alamo-Girl joined Deb with "Show us your spout!"
I started blubbering like Edmund Muskie.




But I got over it... :o)

87 posted on 05/24/2003 4:26:36 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: RonDog
Great thread on depth and history of Free Republic.
88 posted on 05/24/2003 6:19:40 PM PDT by gitmo (THEN: Give me Liberty or give me Death. NOW: Take my Liberty so I can't hurt Myself.)
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To: eddie willers
LOLOLOL! Thank you for the chuckle! Hugs!
89 posted on 05/24/2003 11:33:59 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: eddie willers; Senator Pardek

Kids today have got it easy.
Back in the old days, intiation was much tougher.

I had to take off my clothes, stand in front of the monitor and sing "I'm A Little Teapot"

. See also:

I'm a Little Teapot | Black Sheep Press | Jane Cobb
from
www.blacksheeppress.com

90 posted on 05/25/2003 1:20:37 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog
Here is the handout that I used for my "seminar" on FR:

Maximizing your political power
through the effective use of
www.FreeRepublic.com

(presented by "RonDog" on Free Republic)
A. What (exactly) is Free Republic?
1. Free Republic is a conservative Internet news forum.

It is a place where conservative activists (known as "Freepers") can:
- FIND news and information,
- COMMENT on that news and information,
- PROMOTE future activism, and
- DOCUMENT past activism, in words and images.
Some folks also use this forum to build relationships, argue about religion, and share their own unique brand of political (and NON-political) humor, but these are SECONDARY benefits of this forum, IMHO.

IMHO ="In My Humble Opinion" – one of many common abbreviations.

2. Free Republic is HUGE.

Finding what you want is like getting a drink from a fire hydrant.

Since it was created in 1996, over 100,000 people have registered to post here, and every day, there are over TEN THOUSAND individual articles and replies posted here.

Our reputation and INFLUENCE on the Internet, in Washington, D.C., and on talk radio is ENORMOUS. Even in the mainstream media, we are rapidly becoming a major force for conservative thought and ACTIVISM.

3. Free Republic is PUBLIC.

Within reason, just about ANY idiot can post here, and many do. :o)

:o) is an "emoticon" – used to communicate EMOTION, such as a smile.
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B. How does Free Republic work?
1. Free Republic is a (moderated) public forum.

There is a group of trusted (but anonymous) volunteers on FR who are known collectively as the "Admin Moderator" - to enforce the rules:
- NO profanity, NO racism, and NO personal attacks.
- NO “full text” from the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post.
The moderators have the power to delete ANYTHING posted here - from a single reply to an entire thread, and can punish repeat offenders by restricting their posting privileges, or even BANNING them from ever posting here again.
(We are also self-policing, so ANYONE who finds an offensive post can hit the "Abuse" button, and ask to have it removed.)

Beyond that, YOU get to be your own editor here, rather than having to depend upon the judgment of some left-wing "agenda journalist" at CNN or the New York Times to tell you what is "newsworthy" and what is not.

YOU decide what to read here, and what to ignore.

Similarly, while you can exercise your God-given First Amendment right to free speech, others can exercise THEIR God-given right to ignore you.

2. Free Republic is an "electronic bulletin board."

The basic structure works like this:
Someone posts an "article" - ideally a news story that they found somewhere on the Internet.
Others then post their "replies" to that article - to form a "thread" of related ideas and images.
Imagine that you are sitting on a bridge looking down on a river of information flowing past you. The "articles" are like tug boats, and the "replies" are a series of barges strung together in single file behind them.

Some of the articles have more than one HUNDRED replies, and some articles (particularly on "breaking news" stories) can get over a THOUSAND replies, but the average "thread" gets less than fifty replies.
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C. How do I participate on Free Republic?
1. Here is what you need to get started:
Internet access – You can use your own computer, or ask to use one owned by your family, or friends. Or try one available at your local public library.

E-mail account – You may already have one provided by your ISP (like AOL) or you can apply for a FREE e-mail account from Microsoft’s www.hotmail.com

Screen Name – To maintain your privacy, everyone who posts on Free Republic is required to choose a "screen name."
Use your imagination. You can pick a macho name like the Top Gun fighter pilots, "Maverick" or "The Iceman."
Or you can use your old CB radio handle, like "Rubber Duck."

Or you can even use your REAL name, if you like. :o)
2. YOU always choose your own "comfort level."
LURK – Read the "Latest Posts" – or ANYTHING you like, anonymously.

SEARCH – One of the MOST POWERFUL ways for registered members to search Free Republic is to click on "My Comments." (You will need to be "logged on" with your screen name.)
This will display ALL of the replies that have been posted From: you – or To: you, either as an individual, or in a group.

Alternatively, you can search individual thread titles for words and phrases that could be of interest to you, like "NRA" or "Assault Weapon Ban."

GET "pinged" – You can ask to be notified by some of the old-timers about threads that they think may be of interest to you. They will then post a "reply" to you on those threads, which you will see when you click on "My Comments."

This feature is like having your own electronic newspaper "clipping service."

A variation on this method is to check out threads already marked by someone in a special interest group – like the "bang_list" for Second Amendment threads.

POST – When you are ready, you can post YOUR OWN thoughts and opinions, but be prepared to DEFEND yourself from "flames" and "disruptors."

And remember that ANYONE on the Internet can read what you post – including your MOTHER, your NEIGHBORS and your CHILDREN, so be professional.

E-MAIL a link – When you find a thread that may be of interest to your friends, you can send them an e-mail with a link that will take them directly to that thread.

91 posted on 05/26/2003 11:28:10 PM PDT by RonDog
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bttt
92 posted on 07/26/2003 8:09:21 AM PDT by GretchenEE (If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your future plans.)
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To: RonDog; All
One of the most important things Freerepublic does is opens dialog between a divers bunch of people with diverse thoughts on freedom and liberty.

The other is if we keep it archived correctly and factually future generations could and will benefit form the reading and musings of how people thought during our generation.

93 posted on 01/01/2004 10:35:02 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (You have the right to remain silent - Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you)
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To: RonDog; JudiL
Glad you posted this Ron, as a lifelong friend of mine just registered, and I am pinging her to this hoping it will help her find her way around!
94 posted on 01/01/2004 10:39:15 PM PST by ladyinred (What the heck happened to 2003?)
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To: RonDog; Libertina; Chad Fairbanks; DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet; Jim Robinson; All
Great synopsis.

FreeRepublic is my main information source.

That information is my power.

Power that I use to make a difference, if only a small one.

I have gone from 0 printed letters to the editor, to something like 30 in three years (of course they laugh now when they get two or three a month).

I have had great informed conversations with moderate acquaintances and friends that I think have made a difference (at least four I know will vote Bush this time around).

I have had authors, reporters and commentators contact me, respond to me and use information I have got from FreeRepublic in local and regional media (my and other states, anyone remember the Black National Anthem being used in schools - we shut than down in many places by forcing the news media and schools to face the truth).

I have worked campaigns, attended protests and pro Troop Rallies and meet some great friends.

FreeRepublic has honed my writing, logic and conversation skills.

FreeRepublic has given me the power to make a difference.
95 posted on 01/01/2004 10:49:42 PM PST by CyberCowboy777 (Any attempt to print Murphy's laws will jam the printer.)
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To: RonDog
Free Republic is an addictive combination of politics, education and entertainment.

The best times I've had on FR are those where we get together for current events, specifically live threads on election nights etc. Those experiences are priceless.

96 posted on 01/01/2004 10:55:14 PM PST by Jorge
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To: RonDog
I just came across this thread and would like to thank you for posting it. There is a lot of useful info here. Thanks!!
97 posted on 03/22/2004 3:18:39 PM PST by bgcountry187
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To: Brad's Gramma

Bttt


98 posted on 07/14/2004 12:26:45 PM PDT by Desron13
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To: Desron13

Same to YOU! :-)

BTTT!


99 posted on 07/14/2004 1:07:45 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Hair? Ya wanna talk about hair? President REAGAN had a NICE head of hair!!)
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To: Java Guy; lavender

bookmark this.


100 posted on 09/25/2004 4:05:53 AM PDT by tame (Are you willing to do for the truth what leftists are willing to do for a lie?)
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