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Let's Put this Freepathon to Rest
My own thoughts... | 05/01/08 | DoughtyOne

Posted on 05/01/2008 11:41:37 AM PDT by DoughtyOne

Hello Folks:

It's May 1st and I'd like to ask you for a little help. The current Freepathon started on April 1st. Here we are a month later and the total given or pledged is sputtering toward the finish line. I appreciate everyone's constributions to date. It's impressive that we come together like this to support the forum. Despite the great job that has been done, I still think we can do better.

We are still thousands from the goal. I'd like to put a big dent in the amount remaining to be covered. Will some of you please join me to end this today.

As soon as I hit the post key, I am going to contribute $100 more to the Freepathon. I would appreciate it if others would join me, and we could retire this Freepathon by late this afternoon.

Those who can, please join me with $100. Those who can't, how about $50 or $25.

We're not that far from the goal. A little over Fifty of us could end this thing. Are there fifty of you out there willing to join me?

How about it?

Thanks in advance to those who do join me. I appreciate it and I know Jim and John will also.


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1 posted on 05/01/2008 11:41:38 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne

I’ve given a couple of times in the past, but am starting to wonder about the high $$ amount shown as spending on monthly “administration and programming expenses”. Perhaps others would be more generous if they better understood where their money was going.


2 posted on 05/01/2008 11:44:18 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: DoughtyOne

Just returned from making the additional donation.

Let’s put this sucker to rest. How about it folks?


3 posted on 05/01/2008 11:45:48 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: Cementjungle

Bud, if you have doubts, don’t support the forum.

Folks, I’m not here to explain why it costs what it doest to run the forum.

I’m here to ask for some help.

If you value the forum and wish to help out, that would be nice.

If you have concerns about things and don’t want to support the forum, please move on.


4 posted on 05/01/2008 11:48:17 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: Cementjungle
but am starting to wonder about the high $$ amount shown as spending on monthly “administration and programming expenses”.

The big problem is the legal threat from users posting copywrited material. Those users don't have legal exposure, but JimRob and FR are devastatingly exposed to it. They receive constant "cease and desist" warnings over the posting of such material, inadvertent or otherwise. It's been an ongoing battle to constantly monitor content in order to prevent further litigation.

It's kind of like funding a disaster-response team.

Needless to say they have to watch posts like a hawk to keep on top of things. I'm surprised "administration" expenses aren't higher.

I'm a monthly myself.

5 posted on 05/01/2008 11:50:58 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Cementjungle

If you appreciate what the site stands for and what it has to offer in the way of up to date news, troop support, conversation with like-minded people and prayer support and comfort, it’s easy to see that a couple dollars per person per month is little to pay for what you get in return.

Cheaper than a daily, liberal-rag newspaper.


6 posted on 05/01/2008 11:52:59 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: DoughtyOne

I’ve been here since before the fundraising threads started. Heck, I helped get them started.

Simple math shows that if we had 800 donors who gave a dollar a day, we wouldn’t even need to run fundraising threads.

Right now we’re just a few signups shy of 300,000 members. Granted, some of those have left and others have been banned, but we should be able to end this thing today.


7 posted on 05/01/2008 11:54:33 AM PDT by Vermonter
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To: DoughtyOne

ditto.


8 posted on 05/01/2008 11:54:43 AM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: DoughtyOne

BTW...please see this post: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2009800/posts

Jim Robinson is in surgery today


9 posted on 05/01/2008 11:55:30 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: DoughtyOne

i’m a monthly, but I’ll throw another $20 into the kitty.

Seriously folks, we’re talking about the price of a sixpack or a carton of smokes and you get to keep FR around so we can all keep up with the stuff which is important in society. Is it really that hard to do? Or do we have to force JimRob to start putting banner ads on the site and annoying everybody?


10 posted on 05/01/2008 11:56:52 AM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: DoughtyOne

Just added to my previous donation in order to help put this baby to rest, oh, and also to bump Utah up past Minnesota and Arkansas on the list of donations by state!! Challenge to other states...... (see who can catch up with CA and TX, ha ha)..... :^)

C’mon folks, it’s a good time to help put the Freepathon total over the top!


11 posted on 05/01/2008 11:59:10 AM PDT by Enchante (Obama: My 1930s Foreign Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Social Policy!)
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To: Enchante

Oh drat. I was hoping folks wouldn’t mention Texas. I’m in California and I had hoped we could do this without them, so my state could remain number one.

Come on California. Texas... nevermind... ;-)


12 posted on 05/01/2008 12:01:14 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: DoughtyOne
If you have concerns about things and don’t want to support the forum, please move on.

I didn't say I don't want to support the forum, and I have indeed given support and will again. I simply state that's it's helpful to sometimes explain to folks where their money goes... it's the Democrats who always want more and refuse to tell you why.

13 posted on 05/01/2008 12:04:12 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: DoughtyOne

Just donated the equivalent of a dollar a day.

Every little bit helps, folks. If you can only do 10 bucks, then do 10 bucks. Something really is better than nothing.

Just imagine having to endure the reign of Obama or Hillary (or... *shudder* both) without this site.


14 posted on 05/01/2008 12:07:10 PM PDT by NinoFan
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To: Cementjungle

If you would like to find out what these funds support, please start here.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/freepathon/index?tab=articles

I don’t have a problem with telling you, but that isn’t what this thread is about.

This thread is about one Freeper asking other Freepers to help him with a specific request.

If you need more info, please check out the normal Freepathon threads. There’s information related to your request on them.


15 posted on 05/01/2008 12:08:53 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: DoughtyOne

Just donated fifty...from California. :-)


16 posted on 05/01/2008 12:09:46 PM PDT by ChowChowFace
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To: DoughtyOne

I threw in $50 to push Tennessee ahead of Washington. Where are Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas? Come on guys, dig deep!

TnGop


17 posted on 05/01/2008 12:13:38 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: DoughtyOne

Okay. $100 for me. I guess I have to give up that new majolica pitcher on Williams-Sonoma....


18 posted on 05/01/2008 12:18:20 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: DoughtyOne

I’m a monthy donor and just kicked in a little extra.

C’mon folks, let’s wrap this up.


19 posted on 05/01/2008 12:20:51 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: TnGOP

Ha ha Texas is ahead of California by about $25, take that you lotus-land folks!


20 posted on 05/01/2008 12:22:36 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: DoughtyOne

This monthly donor will add another $50.00. Come on FRiends.


21 posted on 05/01/2008 12:26:12 PM PDT by afnamvet
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To: squarebarb
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...
22 posted on 05/01/2008 12:36:09 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: DoughtyOne
That type of attitude is counterproductive. Don't ask questions, just shut up and pay and if you don't like it then leave.

That's going to get the job done.

There were choices made this past year in who was welcomed and who wasn't on the basis of their choice in POTUS candidate. Cull the herd (and not just newbies) in such a way and donations drop.

Big surprise.

I find some value here so I kick in some $ every quarter and will continue to do so but as long as people are going to be banned for disagreeing with the site owners who oddly enough don't have a site without member donations, or screamed off the threads for not having the right conservative beliefs then cash flow is going to suffer.

And yes, I kicked in a few more bucks for the right to speak my piece.

23 posted on 05/01/2008 12:40:32 PM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: DoughtyOne

Thanks for the thread.


24 posted on 05/01/2008 12:44:41 PM PDT by BykrBayb (In memory of my Friend T'wit, who taught me much. √ě)
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To: Caipirabob
The big problem is the legal threat from users posting copywrited material. Those users don't have legal exposure, but JimRob and FR are devastatingly exposed to it. They receive constant "cease and desist" warnings over the posting of such material, inadvertent or otherwise. It's been an ongoing battle to constantly monitor content in order to prevent further litigation.

Actual, that 'problem' as a reason for costs makes no sense, none at all. Freerepublic is on top of copywrited material, so in no way could it be shown that there is a pattern of allowing copyrighted material to be displayed.

I wonder about the annual costs of $288,000 with virtually no regulatory related costs involved.

I visit another site that runs advertisements and if one wants that to stop, a fee in charged. I'm thinking that that is a fair solution. I'm sure the advertisement would cover 'conservative' leaning stuff, so no big deal.

25 posted on 05/01/2008 12:49:56 PM PDT by Sonora
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To: squarebarb

“I guess I have to give up that new majolica pitcher on Williams-Sonoma....”


LOL. Well I was just about to buy my new sports car but then I decided to sacrifice that and kick in $50 more to FR. :^) This is what I’m giving up for FR:

http://www.ferrariusa.com/index.php?page=finance


26 posted on 05/01/2008 12:51:20 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: My 1930s Foreign Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Social Policy!)
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To: DoughtyOne

I don’t understand your attitude.


27 posted on 05/01/2008 12:52:46 PM PDT by fightinJAG (RUSH: McCain was in the Hanoi Hilton longer than we've been in Iraq, and never gave up.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Good thread. Let’s remember that many here will get that stimulus check soon.


28 posted on 05/01/2008 1:00:18 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: fightinJAG; DoughtyOne; All
I don’t understand your attitude.

I do. Git 'er done. Today. Or it's gonna get ugly with me. Has anyone ever seen me angry? No?

Well!!! :)

29 posted on 05/01/2008 1:00:22 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Vote for my German Shepherds!!!! They're smarter than what's running!!)
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To: DoughtyOne

Been a $/day club member for a long time...... be nice if others would join me. The secret benefits are out of this world, but I can’t tell what they are or they’ll ban me.


30 posted on 05/01/2008 1:01:08 PM PDT by umgud
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To: misterrob
That type of attitude is counterproductive. Don't ask questions, just shut up and pay and if you don't like it then leave.

I didn't ask anyone to leave.  I merely said that if folks didn't want to join in they didn't have to.  "Move on" from this thread, not the forum.

That's going to get the job done.

Yes, it most likely will.  I'm not giving a single person a hard time for not joining in.  I have merely asked folks to join in and participate, or move off this thread rather than carp about problems.

There were choices made this past year in who was welcomed and who wasn't on the basis of their choice in POTUS candidate. Cull the herd (and not just newbies) in such a way and donations drop.

Okay, but who is forcing you to do anything on this thread?  If you do want to help, do so.  If you don't, that's fine too.

Big surprise.

You're welcome to you opinion.  I'm not sure why you think you need to post it here though.  Folks here either want to help out of don't want to help out.  They are free to do what they want to.  Is there a real need for folks to come here and carp about their personal greviences?

I find some value here so I kick in some $ every quarter and will continue to do so but as long as people are going to be banned for disagreeing with the site owners who oddly enough don't have a site without member donations, or screamed off the threads for not having the right conservative beliefs then cash flow is going to suffer.

Help out or don't.  That's your business.  I'm not here to give you grief over what you choose to do.

And yes, I kicked in a few more bucks for the right to speak my piece.


This could be a positive thread with our without your financial support.  I appreciate the financial support, but I don't understand the need to go so negative.

31 posted on 05/01/2008 1:02:36 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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Guy, I’m only asking folks to help out on this thread or move to another thread that instrests them.

What attitude?


32 posted on 05/01/2008 1:04:12 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: Cementjungle

Psst....No Ads....Servers cost money. I can’t believe they do all they do with so little money.


33 posted on 05/01/2008 1:04:22 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: squarebarb

$50.00 California bump.


34 posted on 05/01/2008 1:04:32 PM PDT by super7man
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To: Sonora

I’m not asking you to support the forum if you don’t think it’s a good idea. Please, if you don’t want to chip in, find another thread that interests you. I have no problem with you opting out.


35 posted on 05/01/2008 1:06:49 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Meanie! LOL


36 posted on 05/01/2008 1:07:24 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: DoughtyOne

Who ME?

Sweet wittle ole ME?

:)


37 posted on 05/01/2008 1:08:37 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Vote for my German Shepherds!!!! They're smarter than what's running!!)
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To: super7man

That’ll show them Texans!!!!!


38 posted on 05/01/2008 1:12:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: Mark

Thanks Mark. Good point...


39 posted on 05/01/2008 1:12:38 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yeah. Texas sux anyway......too many snakes and stuff.

Well. There IS Logan. And his family. :)

(disclaimer there cuz I’m skeered of his Nana.) Ha!


40 posted on 05/01/2008 1:14:24 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Vote for my German Shepherds!!!! They're smarter than what's running!!)
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To: Mark

Some of us don’t....


41 posted on 05/01/2008 1:14:24 PM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: w1andsodidwe
Psst....No Ads....Servers cost money. I can’t believe they do all they do with so little money.

I know... I run servers myself. Anyway, I just tossed some more $ their/your way.

42 posted on 05/01/2008 1:16:46 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Brad's Gramma

I’ve lived in Texas, lived in California.

Honestly, I prefer Texas.


43 posted on 05/01/2008 1:18:20 PM PDT by super7man
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To: Cementjungle

And I appreciate that you did. Thank you.


44 posted on 05/01/2008 1:18:29 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: misterrob

Frankly, it would be a much better gift if they would keep the money and get spending under control. I’m not a happy camper that we’ll be getting an electronic deposit.


45 posted on 05/01/2008 1:19:58 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: super7man

That’s okay, there are facilities out there to help folks like you. ;-)

Californians, are you going to take that!!!!


46 posted on 05/01/2008 1:21:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: super7man

Who WOULDN’T? I was just funnin’ with you.......we’re looking to move out of here, ourselves...

It’s a long standing joke on the Freepathon threads...the TX vs CA thing.

No offense meant...


47 posted on 05/01/2008 1:22:10 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Vote for my German Shepherds!!!! They're smarter than what's running!!)
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To: DoughtyOne
And I appreciate that you did. Thank you.

No problem, I'll just cancel my NYT, LAT and WAPO subscriptions to cover it. :-)

48 posted on 05/01/2008 1:22:19 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

LOL. Good for you.


49 posted on 05/01/2008 1:23:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is a poison pill. Accept it! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006492/posts)
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To: DoughtyOne

$50 from NC.

No, I’m not wondering where it goes.

As my father said...

When it leaves my pocket, it’s gone. :-)


50 posted on 05/01/2008 1:23:59 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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