Skip to comments.RimJob Cries Uncle! [from the DUmp]
Posted on 04/19/2012 5:38:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
RimJob Cries Uncle!
Last edited Thu Apr 19, 2012, 04:44 PM USA/ET - Edit history (1)
For fifteen years, the Wizard of the cesspool FreeRepublic has been beyond adamant that his little sewer would never -never- adopt an advertising, pay, or membership model. Well, what have we here?
... the beginning of the end? One can but hope.
"Alternatives to donor based, ie, freepathon business model" April 19, 2012 | Jim Robinson
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 16:22:35 by Jim Robinson
I've checked with an ad agency. We can probably raise the funds we need to operate FR at our current level and at the current market price for online advertising if we run a banner ad at the top of every page and at least one rectangular ad in the above the fold body of the page and a couple rectangular ads in the sidebar. If that doesn't generate enough revenue, we can also run pop ups or pop unders and we can even run audio and video ads if need be. But of course, if we go full bore commercial, we'd have to insure strict copyright compliance with very brief excerpting of all articles to avoid lawsuits. And the agency would require that we install a filter to censor out any bad or unacceptable words in our posts.
Or, of course, there's always the membership model. We could setup a members only system where paying members get full access and non-paying members get throttled back, etc.
I don't like either of the above models and think we'd soon lose a lot of our readers and participants. Of course that may happen anyway if we can't fund it and if we cannot get our equipment problem under control, or if my refusal to vote for or support an abortionist/homosexualist/statist who has plans to install ObamaCare, er, I mean RomneyCare into all 50 states runs everyone off.
The donation model has served us very well since 1997 when we first started using it. It's very clean, uncomplicated and we attract participants who perhaps can't afford membership dues but do want to join the discussion and join our rallies, protests, prayer sessions, etc. And the advertising model would probably bring in the revenue, but it comes with strings attached.
I'm sure there are other ways and ways to combine features of various models, sell books, cds, gear, etc, offer no ads for paid subscribers, etc, even ISP services, but all of these also complicate matters.
I'm an old dog and I like to avoid new tricks, new complications, additional overhead, additional accounting, additional rules and regulations, etc, wherever possible. I like to stick to simplicity and with what works.
Thank you all very much for your continuing participation and support.
I do, monthly, even though I haven’t had a paycheck in 5 years.
I just did.
I would pay a monthly or probably yearly to be a member.
Making the scummy trolls pay would be worth every penny.
Rush only charges 59.00 a year unless it’s gone up.
I think that’s damn reasonable.
Romney’s liberal supreme court picks you mean??
LOL.... hey I’m back on monthly pretty damned soon, looks like the financial crisis might be blowing over. Next payroll.
There is no stopping the American entrepreneur!
You could use an endowment, it would take about $2 million. A lot to most of us, but chump change to some.
I’d do it, but I’m not all that well endowed...
Actually there may be a fundraiser in there somewhere. Maybe you can auction off zots of annoying troll posters. I can imagine a mini-freep-a-thon progress bar that moves toward the zot threshold...
Of course long time members could buy immunity - another way to raise money, so they could make annoying posts about Ron Paul, or Mittens or whomever. The zottee could ante up to fend off the zotters.
But you (and the mods) still push the button, and keep all the donations.
I think funding may ebb and flow, but you provide a great forum and resource and I am confident you'll find the support you need.
Re: Rimjob, it’s always about sex with those people!
Of all the things about liberalism that puzzle me, it is their penchant for engaging in sexual perversion followed by their use of that same perversion as a pejorative.
It indicates a deep level of self-hate to me.
*sigh* Sadly, yes. Saying OH GOD I’M COMING! is as close to spirituality as a meat person ever gets.
Software that will censor us? You mean that I couldn’t say &@!$ or ?/#% any more?
FR is the best site on the web... great looking, user friendly, and obviously chock full of good info. It’s like an oasis.... no flashing ads or garish colors.
Anything you could do to maintain the visual integrity of the site would be appreciated.
What makes me love this site is its simplicity. JR - I will make a donation tomorrow.
That moniker isn’t used only by the DUmmies...
Watch your six.
Right. Threads can occasionally get on the, er...”racy” side, but there is a lot of self-control displayed in the discourse. It gets heated, but only rarely is there profanity (apart from Hell, Damn, etc.)
I don’t have a problem referring people to this site to read something. I can’t say from what I have seen, that I would ever do the same at DU.
Stay strong. They wish that they were one tenth of the man you are.
If you really believe that Romney and Obama would nominate the same people to the Supreme Court, there's not much more that can be said here.
Nah.. they're just morons.
Example of a card, which John could scramble for us to play on in SOTUs and debates and pressers, for example.