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Posted on 03/06/2008 7:53:34 PM PST by John Robinson

What do you think? Suggestions, comments, complaints?


TOPICS: Announcements; Free Republic
KEYWORDS: aintbroke; archives; dontfix; easybreezy; eek; faq; fr; freerepublic; frsearch; search; searchfrsearch; sisepuede; thxsjimandjohn; userinterface
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To: Miss Didi

I don’t have that problem. Mine still opens the article like FR always has.


751 posted on 03/07/2008 11:56:20 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Both dim candidates promise change and/or hope. I don't think the USA can afford their message.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Works fine for me also. Using the Mac Safari browser


752 posted on 03/07/2008 11:58:06 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: nutmeg; CedarDave

Is RRS only available with Firefox?


753 posted on 03/07/2008 11:58:10 AM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: John Robinson

I can’t read the sidebars. Fonts too tiny.


754 posted on 03/07/2008 11:58:18 AM PST by oprahstheantichrist (Stop calling them "liberals," they're Bolsheviks!)
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To: Miss Didi
Beats me. I usually click on the link in the middle of the FR home page. Everything seems to be the same from there, except the "Search" feature.

Jump right in!
Most visitors to Free Republic are attracted to our very popular (and, warning: addictive) conservative news and discussion forum which can be found by clicking here or following any of the forum links in the sidebars.

755 posted on 03/07/2008 12:01:11 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Both dim candidates promise change and/or hope. I don't think the USA can afford their message.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I’m staying on Forum or Articles where I won’t get lost. ;)


756 posted on 03/07/2008 12:12:56 PM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: fanfan; John Robinson

I found it....go to the topic, and click full.

Thanks!


757 posted on 03/07/2008 12:15:41 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: BigBlueJon

lol... So far it looks OK to me... Only, I was wondering at first if I was in the right place.


758 posted on 03/07/2008 12:16:39 PM PST by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: John Robinson

I just answered my own question about the page leaping problem...if you click on the # Replies, it will take you to the last post. So it’s best not to do that...unless you like to read the last post first. ;)


759 posted on 03/07/2008 12:17:14 PM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: roses of sharon

The functionality is there, but it just hasn’t been spelled out how it works on the site.

Check post 487 in this thread for an idea.


760 posted on 03/07/2008 12:18:14 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (Careful guys, someone spiked the Mitt KoolAid.)
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To: BlueDragon; John Robinson
I agree about nixing the edit button.

Missing a few typos is nothing compared to changing entire posts. Eventually, nothing could make sense if enough is "edited."

761 posted on 03/07/2008 12:19:16 PM PST by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Well I read the wiki (which I have read before, but since you need to download a RSS reader I passed on the idea. The wiki still doesn’t mention what it does specifically. Is it like a crawl across your browser that will display (in the case of Free Republic) news headlines? CUrious really, but honestly it would seem useless for Free Republic if that’s what it does, as going to FR in itself is like a RSS in that the most relevant headlines are listed on the sidebar.


762 posted on 03/07/2008 12:22:42 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Miss Didi

You should be able to get to everything from the home page. All the Forum links are on the left side of the center screen.

Forums:
Bloggers & Personal
General Interest Chat
GOP Club
News/Activism
Religion
RLC Caucus
Smoky Backroom
VetsCoR
All of the above

Topics:
Latest Posts
Latest Articles
Breaking News
Front Page News
Editorials/Opinions
Activism/Chapters
Business/Economy
Conserv/Constitution
Crime/Corruption
Culture/Society
Foreign Affairs
Government
News/Current Events
Philosophy
Politics/Elections
Political Humor
Sports
Your Opinion

Plus many more below this area.


763 posted on 03/07/2008 12:24:08 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Both dim candidates promise change and/or hope. I don't think the USA can afford their message.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Thank you for your reply and support. This thread has grown into a monster [this post might be 764]. Have to feel a bit sorry for John R.


764 posted on 03/07/2008 12:31:48 PM PST by BlueDragon (aah, the luxury of being just another poor, anonymous slob!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Thanks, Arrowhead. I usually just stay on the News/Activism page & use it as a base. The Home page does look rather familiar after all the changes.


765 posted on 03/07/2008 12:32:06 PM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: digger48

A case of Obamaitis


766 posted on 03/07/2008 12:32:18 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: John Robinson

I AM LOVIN IT!

Keep up the good work!


767 posted on 03/07/2008 12:41:42 PM PST by Danae (Remember: Obama = Pull out from Iraq. PLAN on voting, or accept responsibility for the consequences.)
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To: John Robinson

Just please -— please — have a ‘search’ tab no matter what page you are on. A ‘search’ tab/link/button/whatever —— that is easily seen —— just as it was before the renovations.

I am referring to the ‘search’ that gives the choice of ‘post time’ or ‘relevance’. Not the ‘’keyword’ or ‘posted by’ one.


768 posted on 03/07/2008 12:59:56 PM PST by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: Kimmers

I like the new format, too, and will like it even better when I get used to it.

I was able to login, so today is a success. lol


769 posted on 03/07/2008 1:00:03 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Vision
"Font is too small. Harder to search. I have to squint."

In your browser menu click View/Text Size/Larger/Largest. I know it works for FR. It won't work on all websites.

770 posted on 03/07/2008 1:09:31 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something...)
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To: nutmeg
..I forgot to mention the small fonts.

See post #770.

771 posted on 03/07/2008 1:12:39 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something...)
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To: Earthdweller
I don't want to change the way I use the web to accommodate a bad design from one website. Even so enlarging the font to see the sidebar would make the forum topics too large.

It's an awkward design; very unusual for FR.

772 posted on 03/07/2008 1:14:36 PM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: wardaddy

LOL!

How about those who claim to never hit abuse?
No more of that, either.


773 posted on 03/07/2008 1:15:00 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: John Robinson

Change is good! Trust me, I know allot about it these days.


774 posted on 03/07/2008 1:17:19 PM PST by b4its2late (GITMO is way too nice of a place to house low life terrorists.)
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To: Vision
It doesn't affect my other web-pages. It's only three clicks. Hang in there.
775 posted on 03/07/2008 1:22:41 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something...)
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To: Earthdweller

Very hard on the eyes, but then again I dislike change and am colorblind.

While I understand that we are all activists by nature, I would like to see breaking news at the top followed by activism threads.

Unless there is a call to action where we are urgently needed. (Read tag line)


776 posted on 03/07/2008 1:26:26 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Spunky
Sure, just go to news/activism, or any of the forums and type

by:FRname

example

by:spunky

Hit “go”

and you get this

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:spunky/

You can click on “full” and get the comments instead of just the posts title

777 posted on 03/07/2008 1:29:03 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Perdogg; John Robinson
I wish though you had an edit button to allow people to correct postings.

Ditto that.

778 posted on 03/07/2008 1:29:19 PM PST by bootless
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To: John Robinson

Suggestions:

Please include a search function that can search by keyword, subject, post time, and user on every page.

Also a link to the main page from the locale site.

Other than that—looking good!


779 posted on 03/07/2008 1:30:51 PM PST by eleni121 (Solzhenitsyn on the bombing of Serbia: "no difference whatsoever between NATO and the Nazis")
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To: Blue Highway
It took a while for me to figure it out, but here is the way rss works here

If you are in the news/activism comments page, and click on rss: add to sidebar

On the sidebar will appear all the threads that have been posted to most recently

It changes rapidly, but if a poster wants to see what is being posted to at the moment, there it is

780 posted on 03/07/2008 1:34:18 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Exit148

It’s at the bottom of every thead

It has the features you just mentioned


781 posted on 03/07/2008 1:35:56 PM PST by Syncro
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Add this “r” to thead in my last post...


782 posted on 03/07/2008 1:36:38 PM PST by Syncro
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To: trussell

yes, I have only seen Jim Robinson post and read about him on this site, I guessed John was his brother?


783 posted on 03/07/2008 1:53:06 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: John Robinson

Can you allow [img] codes? It’s just easier to copy them that way from Photobucket rather than having to add<img src= etc

And embed codes for YouTube?


784 posted on 03/07/2008 2:04:55 PM PST by WestCoastGal (Ive got to get my dukes up. Be ready, I tell you. Got to watch those hands. Jr........)
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To: Liberty Valance

Still can’t drive down sixth street eh.........:o)


785 posted on 03/07/2008 2:07:21 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: La Enchiladita

That was sort-of a joke, but not completely. I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have the prayer warriors and my canteen friends. There are others, but those are the ones that will make me crazy :)


786 posted on 03/07/2008 2:23:32 PM PST by trussell
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To: John Robinson

I guess the thing I always loved about FR was the clean design and the functionality of the software.

The font in the sidebar is smaller and has some new color — sort of a navy/charcoal. Then the followed link color is black, so there is very little contrast. There is also less space between each headline, making them hard to scan. It just looks like a column of text rather than a list of headlines. I have to say it is very annoying.

I also vote to have the search text box moved back to its top right position, because no one can miss it there. I don’t even see the word “search” on the top of the page near the text box.

I don’t mind the folder-type tabs at the top (although I will never use them because I don’t need them), but I’m not sure what was wrong with the other sidebar font size/color/followed link color setup you had before.

I am not resistant to change. I just don’t see a reason for it in this case.

But since you have now read through 700+ replies, I guess it isn’t going to change.


787 posted on 03/07/2008 2:37:36 PM PST by Semper911
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To: Semper911

I agree with your comments on the sidebar - that is just what I was about to post.

It is almost impossible for me to see the color difference between the stories I’ve already clicked on and the new stories, and it has a crowded look to it.


788 posted on 03/07/2008 2:44:40 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: John Robinson

Not that it matters what I say, but, I think the “Browse by Forums” section is cool.


789 posted on 03/07/2008 2:49:14 PM PST by papasmurf (I'm not worried anymore. I read Obama's "Blueprint for Change".)
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To: GnuHere; John Robinson

Hey I just realized there is no “Post” link at the top of the page. (I am on latest) How are people posting new threads? I must be missing something, but all I see is Home Forum Pings Mail More. (And it’s not at “More”, either.)


790 posted on 03/07/2008 2:51:37 PM PST by Semper911
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To: Semper911

Now I see that the “Post Article” link is still on all the thread pages (top and bottom) but I don’t see it on the “Latest” page. I guess you have to go into an existing thread to post a new one.


791 posted on 03/07/2008 2:54:27 PM PST by Semper911
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To: John Robinson
Not bad for a noobie!       ;^)

  1. Brand Identity -- Use your icon image for any stand-alone "Free Republic" identifiers on all web-pages, along with the real font.
  2. Revert the side-bar's links to open in a Slave/Separate Window, if that is how the User has his Preferences set.
  3. Allow YouTube links/Players similar to those added in other Blog sites.

Niggly stuff aside, this is still the easiest and best laid out forum for following and exposing the news we should be getting from the Lamestream Media, so here's a great, big

THANK YOU !

792 posted on 03/07/2008 2:56:27 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Syncro
Thanks for your help but that turned out different than what I was looking for. Has John Robinson completely taken away the search for peoples comments?

I used to be able to use keyword search for articles of a certain subject and then you could also use it to search what certain posters were saying in a thread.

I don't know about you, but I do not like this format.

793 posted on 03/07/2008 3:01:59 PM PST by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: TornadoAlley3
"I guessed John was his brother?"

Actually John is Jim's son.

794 posted on 03/07/2008 3:04:58 PM PST by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: John Robinson
I want comments to be my default so each time I log in, I don't have to click on the comments tab. How do I do that?
795 posted on 03/07/2008 3:08:21 PM PST by Magnolia
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To: Spunky
Well at the risk of helping you again wrongly try this

In the search area in the right hand side of a page that has it, such as news/activism, type in

keyword:YourKeyword

I did it with keyword:berkeley and got this

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?s=keyword%3Aberkeley&ok=Search&q=quick&m=any&o=time&SX=47d1f4cb2d69e7c52f8b708ddbea033727347640

From there, you can type in any keyword and find what you want hopefully

On the problem of finding someone's posts on a thread, you can, when on the thread, click on “edit” on the top left

Then click on find (on this page) and then type in the user name of the poster whose posts you want to see.

It will go from one to another until they all are shown to you

I hope this helps, if it doesn't well

Here's a BUMP to this thread!

LOL

796 posted on 03/07/2008 3:17:25 PM PST by Syncro
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To: dixiechick2000

I don’t ‘cotton’ to change much at all. I can’t even pull up my own comments by putting my own name in the search box and clicking ‘find user’!

AND, what I really hate is if you are doing a ‘way back’ search’ on someone’s comments and try to put it on ‘full’ to see their graphics it brings you back to their present comments page!

REALLY disappointing to me.


797 posted on 03/07/2008 3:21:56 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Spunky

Thanks.


798 posted on 03/07/2008 3:23:14 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: John Robinson
If you don't know what the title is how can you type it in? Ten publications may have the exact same article with different titles ... so what do you do? And key words may not be added at all.
799 posted on 03/07/2008 3:23:32 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: devolve

Hope so for you. I don’t like some things.


800 posted on 03/07/2008 3:25:46 PM PST by potlatch
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