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The Eagle Works Wants You
Eagle Works ^ | 12/3/01 | Anymouse

Posted on 12/03/2001 6:29:25 PM PST by anymouse

Have you ever wondered what you can do to make a real difference as a FReeper (besides donating to keep FR running)? This is your chance to do just that.

A couple of months ago I had an idea for a special interest FRN chapter forum. A place where FReepers with special technical, writing and artistic talents could collaborate on high concept projects to enable FReeper chapters to be more effective in their FReeping. I call it the "Eagle Works" (a tip of the hat to Lockheed's Kelly Johnson's legendary "Skunk Works".)

A FReeper Cam broadcast kit is one such project that Bob J and I have been discussing. A FReep handbook might be another one. The Eagle Works in not meant to take the place of the usual ad hoc FReeper collaborations happening all of the time on FR. Rather it would provide a private collaborative workshop for efforts where we don't want to tip our hand to lurking disrupters before we are ready to roll out the tools to the FRN chapters. Each project has a team leader responsible for keeping the team motivated and on-schedule. They also are responsible for recruiting their team's members.

One key project already in motion is identifying a list of FReepers with demonstrated useful talents willing to lend a hand when called upon. That list would be made available to all project team leaders, JimRob and FRN board members, but will not be made generally available to protect FReepers' privacy. As a starting point we are using Alamo-Girl's FReeper Profiles list and the latest update thread. Please FReepmail me or post to this thread, to offer up your services as listed in the FReeper Profile list. (Contact Alamo-Girl to correct her FReeper Profile list.)

FReepers will be able to volunteer their (or nominate another FReeper) project idea for inclusion in the Eagle Works by submitting a project proposal (see form below) by FReepmail to me (Anymouse) or Bob J. In order for the proposed project to become an official Eagle Works project, the FRN board members or veteran Eagle Works team leaders would have to approve a project's entry into the Eagle Works." The FReeper that submits the project proposal, will become the project team leader, responsible for further development of the project schedule, recruiting team members and assigning tasks to the team. I will assist in identifying FReeper talent, but the project team leader is responsible for negotiating with the FReeper to join their project team.

Projects not accepted into the Eagle Works can still go forward to be worked in regular FR threads, but we don't want to clutter up the Eagle Works with underdeveloped ideas with no clear focus.

Generally team leaders (or team members themselves, if possible) are responsible for financing their own project, with a notable exception. One Project will be to establish a list of conservative donors willing to be presented with vetted FReeper project proposals that require substantial funding beyond what the team can arrange. This list would only be available to FRN board members. Inclusion on the list would only obligate these FReepers to consider those projects deemed worthy of funding.

The prime objective of the Eagle Works would be to hammer out effective tools for FReeping as quickly as possible. Thus the Eagle Works is a "freedom forge," were dedicated and gifted FReepers toil to empower their fellow FReepers with FReeping tools of superior quality and effectiveness.

With your help, we can make the "Eagle Works" just as awe inspiring as the legendary "Skunk Works."

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic
Eagle Works Project Proposal Form

Proposed Project Title

Charter Date: When approved by FRN BoD

Project Leader: Whomever is responsible

Mission Statement or Purpose:
A brief reason that the project was established. What real or perceived need is satisfied by the existence of this project? What is the long term goal? What is the primary expected result/product/benefit?

Scope of Project:
What are the constraining limits or the domain of the project? Are there established or negotiable resource or responsibility limits?

Project Goals and Milestone Completion Criteria:
What are the specific short, mid and long term goals of the project? How will the attainment of each specific milestone event be determined? What evidence of success must be shown?

Proposed Project Team Members:
Name | Position/Responsibility | Commitment Level | Phone (W/H) | E-Mail Address

Freeper talent suggested to work together as an integral team. Their commitment level is: (s) Suggested, (c) Contacted, (a) Agreed to join team.

External Contact Points:
Name | Position/Responsibility | Organization | Commitment Level | Phone (W/H) | E-Mail Address

Non-team members (Freepers or non-FReepers) that the team will consult with or report to. Their commitment level is: (s) Suggested, (c) Contacted, (a) Agreed to assist team.

Proposed Process Logic Flow:
See attached Figure _______.

Attach a sketch of the general logic flow of how the team proposes to turn the goals into results. This can be as simple or as complex as the team requires.

Proposed Schedule:
See attached Figure _______.

Attach a simple Gant or PERT chart schedule showing when the established milestones and expected results are projected to occur. This schedule is only a tool for tracking progress and can be updated as often as necessary.

Expected Results/Products/Benefits:

What are the specific characteristics of the result(s)/product(s)/benefit(s) that the project team expects to produce at the established milestones? What result/product/benefit or situation would signal the conclusion of the project? Who determines when the project has reached a logical conclusion?

1 posted on 12/03/2001 6:29:25 PM PST by anymouse
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To: jimrob; Bob J; LBGA; Topaz; 1stMarylandRegiment; Centurion2000; Storm Orphan; looscannon...
Ping for potential Eagle Works project team leaders.
2 posted on 12/03/2001 7:56:50 PM PST by anymouse
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To: anymouse
Thanks for the heads up!
3 posted on 12/03/2001 8:05:32 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl
Spread the word.

I added you to the Eagle Works FRN forum. Try logging in and see if you can get in. Let me know if you have problems.

4 posted on 12/03/2001 8:14:57 PM PST by anymouse
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To: anymouse
Thanks for the heads up!
5 posted on 12/03/2001 8:19:35 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: anymouse
Please add me. I have a feeling I may be using this idea really soon .
6 posted on 12/03/2001 8:50:53 PM PST by abner
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To: Cool Guy
Start thinking up a cheap solution for remote broadcasting the FReeperCam. If you want to lead this project, let me know and I'll get you access to the Eagle Works forum.
7 posted on 12/03/2001 9:07:06 PM PST by anymouse
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To: anymouse
8 posted on 12/03/2001 9:20:17 PM PST by SICSEMPERTYRANNUS
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To: anymouse
Thanks for the flag !
9 posted on 12/03/2001 9:32:06 PM PST by blackbag
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To: anymouse
Thanks a ton. Will look into it.
10 posted on 12/03/2001 9:37:32 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: Cool Guy
Speaking of webcams and stuff, you still have mine you know, Cool Guy!!! You've had it for over a year. Don't you think it's about time you return it? Hmmm??? :)
11 posted on 12/03/2001 11:28:27 PM PST by SJGuava
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To: SJGuava
He can't return it... he's having too much time looking cool on it
12 posted on 12/03/2001 11:35:44 PM PST by piasa
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To: SJGuava
God has more noble works for your web cam, a cause which I cannot discuss in a family forum :P. Good luck with your finals and catch you sometime after they are over.
13 posted on 12/03/2001 11:49:43 PM PST by Cool Guy
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If you need a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) then please feel free to create one. Hopefully most of the EW projects will be streamlined enough not to require one.
14 posted on 12/04/2001 5:19:19 AM PST by anymouse
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To: anymouse
Not sure what special talents I have, nor why I have been pinged on what seems to be such a short list, but I'm honored that you think I'm worthy.
16 posted on 12/05/2001 9:11:54 AM PST by 1stMarylandRegiment
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To: gonzo
If you have any ideas for cool toys for FReeping, fill out a EW project proposal form and send it to me. We need creative minds, not nessarily sane ones. ;)

If nothing comes to mind right now, we'll still need talented FReepers to support EW projects later, so stand by.

If you want you can contact Alamo-Girl to update your FReeper profile to add skills, that will ensure a project team leader knows to contact you when those skills are needed for a particular project.

17 posted on 12/05/2001 11:43:15 AM PST by anymouse
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To: 1stMarylandRegiment
Check Alamo-Girl's FReeper profile list. Apparently you have some leadership skills. If you can think of a good project then fill out and submit a EW project proposal form. We're always looking for good ideas - and FReepers willing to turn them into really cool FReeping tools.
18 posted on 12/05/2001 11:46:58 AM PST by anymouse
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To: Jim Robinson
Sorry, Jim. I got rude there, and I apologise. We take our marching-orders from you, pal!

I erased the rest of this note! You know me! Stay well and vigilant, my friend......FRegards

20 posted on 12/05/2001 10:07:22 PM PST by gonzo
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To: gonzo

Don't know what your problem is, but please refrain from profanities on this thread. No slight was intended; but if you want to be difficult you don't have to play.

PS: I'm going to ask the moderators to remove your post to save you some embarassment; I would suggest you do the same.

21 posted on 12/07/2001 1:44:52 AM PST by anymouse
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To: anymouse
Sorry, mouse - brain-fart. I'm still a guerilla.

I'll be in the hunt as much as possible. Stay well....FRegards

22 posted on 12/07/2001 5:59:53 PM PST by gonzo
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To: anymouse
Who are the moderators? For that matter, what is FRN? I visit here a lot although I have no money to contribute; recently I have noticed the development of a hierarchy and an organizational tone implicit in many posts between frequent posters, is there a new set of rules or something?
23 posted on 12/07/2001 6:20:28 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: gonzo
No problem Gonzo, I figured it was a misunderstanding.
24 posted on 12/08/2001 1:13:34 PM PST by anymouse
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To: Old Professer; Bob J; Jim Robinson
Old Professer,

The FreeRepublic Network (FRN) is a separate, but obviously related organization of FReeper activist chapters (both localized and special interest independent of location.) Contact 'Bob J' for more info.

As for the moderators, 'JimRobinson' is just one hard working guy. He posted a thread a while back explaining how he deputized some anonymous FReepers to marshall FR to keep a little order. But FR in general relies on FReepers FReeping friendly and watching out for our common goal of protecting freedom.

As for a hyrarchy, you got the wrong place. FR is pretty chaotic by design. Where else would a nobody like me get to propose and run with such an outlandish concept as the Eagle Works?

FR (and America for that matter) succeeds because we care about the goal of securing freedom more than hyrarchies and who gets the credit.

So lead, follow or get the (deleted) out of the way. :) Let's Roll!

25 posted on 12/08/2001 1:26:23 PM PST by anymouse
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To: anymouse
"Freeper Cam" reminded me of an idea I posted on It was called "Surveil the Surveillors" and posited a website listing the exact location of every surveillance camera that "members" could find. I imagined lots of "Baker Street irregulars" fanning out with inexpensive GPS receivers, and posting latitude, longitude, description, and other pertinent data.

I include convenience store cams, traffic cams, ATM cams, red-light cams, the works.

I suspect that an attempt would be made to shut down such a site; only a hunch.


26 posted on 12/08/2001 1:41:17 PM PST by boris
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To: Old Professer
The moderators are people whom I trust and have recruited to help me moderate the forum. Some of them were first recruited to help me maintain the sidebars (breaking news, etc.). At that time, the sidebars were constantly being abused and I did not have the time to maintain them and people were always complaining about their content. It was either dump the feature or ask people to volunteer to maintain them.

So, the sidebar moderators were selected and put into place and straightened out the mess, and have kept a pretty good handle on the sidebars ever since. And that was their (the sidebard moderators) only function.

Then several months later, I decided to go to Texas and I knew I would be gone for two weeks or more. Now, there is no way I could be gone for that length of time without someone moderating the forum. During my past weekend trips to Washington D.C., the disruptors had a field day each time I was gone and they made a wreck of the forum. So, I recruited a few of the sidebar moderators to help moderate the forum.

This worked out so well while I was away, that we decided to keep the program. In fact, we recruited a few more moderators so we could have around the clock (more or less) moderator coverage.

These people are all volunteers. They are well known and respected long time members of this forum. They do have a posting life of their own using their personal screen names and I did not want them to have to give that up in order to help me moderate the forum, so I chose to let their screen names be confidential. They work long and hard and it is a very difficult and thankless task. In fact, about the only thing they ever receive in return for their efforts is grief.

Well, I appreciate them very much and am very grateful for their help. There is always room for improvement and we will strive to improve the program, but overall, I'd say they are doing a terriffic job.

The Free Republic Network is a separate entity from Free Republic. It is being organized by Bob J and a group of long time FReepers. I am not an owner, organizer, officer, director, or member, and I serve in no capacity at FRN. I am not involved with FRN nor is Free Republic, LLC.

The Free Republic Network has no authority over Free Republic, LLC nor does Free Republic, LLC have any authority over Free Republic Network. There is no hierarchy. We are peers.

The same goes with the local chapters. They are all locally owned and operated. I am not involved in any capacity with any of them (other than as a member of my local chapter), nor is Free Republic, LLC. All I've done is allowed them to use the Free Republic name and use our forum to promote their growth and post announcements and reports regarding their protests and or other activities.

27 posted on 12/08/2001 2:28:41 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
Thanks JimRob for taking precious time out of your busy 'hobby' of keeping FR on the straight and narrow to post this explaination.

Hopefully in time the Eagle Works will make you as proud as you must feel about FR.

P.S.: If you have particular FReeping 'toys' on your Christmas wish list, we will see what we can do. The EW FReeper elves would love to impress you with their inginuity. :)

28 posted on 12/08/2001 5:32:11 PM PST by anymouse
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To: anymouse
Thank you and Jim; I was just curious; this is a mainstay of my day. Merry Christmas.
29 posted on 12/08/2001 5:53:23 PM PST by Old Professer
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