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You are the Free Republic—Enhancement and Initiative Announcement

Posted on 05/08/2012 3:35:15 PM PDT by Admin Moderator

We can’t rely on the media, even the alternative media. Free Republic is announcing a new initiative that gives you a platform. We want to leverage the most powerful minds on the right to make a difference. To do this, we want to bring a new level of activism, the citizen investigator. In the spirit of 1750’s The Pennsylvania Gazette published by Ben Franklin and of Andrew Breitbart.

For the longest time, our primary focus has been on looking at what the media presents and investigating it or discussing it. We have been missing something, YOU!

Jim has created a new news category, “FReeper Editorial” (freepered) for you to post your investigative reports. We are working on getting this promoted to a sidebar and other ways to promote your work but here are the basics.

No longer will quality vanities posted in this topic be frowned upon. Free Republic needs to become about you. We are tired of waiting for the media to come around to us, it is time we take our many, many members and become an army. What was once was your vanity is now your megaphone.

To do this right, we need your help. Initially, we are trying to have this as a smooth launch, and creating the new news category is a baby step towards something big. We ask just a few things.

  1. Keep this to stories you personally uncover or are a part of. This isn’t about saying what someone else has already said.
  2. No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.
  3. Think about our big battle now. Please continue to post personal thoughts on history, religion, science, or whatever isn’t happening now news, in their appropriate categories.
  4. Keep it civil. Need we say more?
  5. No “hitting it”.
  6. Talk to us. Please let us know your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions for this.
  7. Be open to the cultural change this means for the site. This is good, but it does involve change. This doesn’t mean that the Dan Rather case is a once in a decade event, but the model for a thousand similar events.
  8. It is up to you. Take part. Take Action. Have fun.

Stay tuned for more change, enhancements, and opportunities that go along with this. - Your friendly neighborhood Mod Squad with blessings of the big dog himself. We are not quite legion, but we are a bag of kittens.


TOPICS: Announcements; Breaking News; FReeper Editorial; Free Republic
KEYWORDS: 2012; adminlectureseries; citizenjournalist; editorial; elections; enhancement; fr; freepered; freepereditorial; freeperjournalists; freepthispoll; freerepublic; frjournalism; jimrobinson; keyword; modlectureseries; originalarticle
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1 posted on 05/08/2012 3:35:27 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.
No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.
No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.
No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.
No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.
No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.
No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.
No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.

Just thought I’d make sure this was clear.


2 posted on 05/08/2012 3:37:48 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Admin Moderator

IBTZ! Oh, wait..

This idea sounds good.


3 posted on 05/08/2012 3:39:08 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: Admin Moderator
Great idea ~ been for it since late 1990s.

Did a couple over the years, but they did need a category for the folks who get off on only a couple of categories. This might attract them.

4 posted on 05/08/2012 3:39:51 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Future Snake Eater

No “hitting it”.

This is the most important.


5 posted on 05/08/2012 3:41:18 PM PDT by donna (Mitt? NEVER!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Great plan JR.......whos in charge here/there


6 posted on 05/08/2012 3:41:18 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Admin Moderator

Great idea...looking forward to the “enhancements”. FR is blessed with a wealth of “gum shoes” that can dig the dirt out of the stories the MSM runs away from.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 3:42:22 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Rare OP by the mods!


8 posted on 05/08/2012 3:42:22 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Future Snake Eater

This is specifically for this category. We still have the bloggers category and we are considering easing up on the rules there a little as well. Although ‘pimping’ is always frowned upon.


9 posted on 05/08/2012 3:43:19 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson
YAY FOR A PLACE FOR ORIGINAL CONTENT!!!!!

If you please, make for it a place that is by-default visible on the sidebars....? Otherwise our original content may not get good exposure.....

THIS IS GOOD STUFF and I thank you

10 posted on 05/08/2012 3:44:35 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Admin Moderator; Lazamataz

Sounds like a winner to me!


11 posted on 05/08/2012 3:44:49 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Admin Moderator

You need to branch, just a little IMO.


12 posted on 05/08/2012 3:44:49 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Admin Moderator

I am absolutely in on this.

There will probably be some good “action” in the Texas primary...

.


13 posted on 05/08/2012 3:45:06 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Lazamataz

That is the next step and is just waiting on a switch to be flipped.

You’ll notice your article from the other day has already been added to this category.


14 posted on 05/08/2012 3:46:08 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Although ‘pimping’ is always frowned upon.

The heck you say!

15 posted on 05/08/2012 3:47:00 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson
5.No “hitting it”.

I hear ya loud and clear. GoofyLaz may be in other parts of the forum, but only SeriousLaz in this area. :) Well, sometimes my editorial efforts tend to be a little humorous, and those might be Original Content - Editorial worthy. But only my best humorous efforts will appear in this section -- when I do humor at all.

Again: Thank you so much for this initiative. It may make FR a good alternative to such places as Red State, and it could become a huge draw, even to the chattering classes. :)

16 posted on 05/08/2012 3:48:34 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: The Shrew

FR Network nostalgia ping. Was it 2002 when we suggested this? 2003?


17 posted on 05/08/2012 3:48:36 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: All; Lazamataz

5.No “hitting it”.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~```

Poor Laz.

But listen - if you are not already aware - Laz has been hard at work recently FReeping out just such FR editorials.

Ping him to be added to his ping list. He won’t totally bore you. I promise.


18 posted on 05/08/2012 3:49:06 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Admin Moderator; Lazamataz

Was it the success of the LazVanity of yesterday that prompted the creation of the FReeperEditorial? If so, excellent work!


19 posted on 05/08/2012 3:49:16 PM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: shibumi

Relevant to your interests ping.


20 posted on 05/08/2012 3:50:02 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Admin Moderator

I think this is an outstanding idea.


21 posted on 05/08/2012 3:51:16 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Skip the election and let Thomas Sowell choose the next President.)
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To: Admin Moderator
This is a good place for a reminder on an old AdminLectureSeries post.

The Proper Care and Feeding of the Free Republic Keyword Feature

22 posted on 05/08/2012 3:51:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Talk to us. Please let us know your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions for this.

How? Public post, FReepmail or Abuse Report?

23 posted on 05/08/2012 3:51:46 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson

WOW! I am so honored. I love making a (small but significant) difference. Perhaps this is the evolution of Free Republic that this was the time for. How exciting to be part-of! I love you guys! :)


24 posted on 05/08/2012 3:51:55 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; randita; SunkenCiv; justiceseeker93; ...

Ping.


25 posted on 05/08/2012 3:52:09 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Admin Moderator
I suggested this about the time the ill-fated Free Republic Network was in the making: a group of grass-roots "stringers" who would report into a central editing desk for publication on an FR-endorsed site.

Looks like the idea's time has come ...

26 posted on 05/08/2012 3:52:44 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson
We have been missing something, YOU!

Yeah. I'm just a newbie.

To ya'll.

The day Jim Thompson said "TO HELL WITH THE DONATIONS" MADE ME A MONTHLY DONOR.

I'm not anonymous.

And I'm not afraid.

27 posted on 05/08/2012 3:53:17 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM (OBIWAN) IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: Lazamataz

You started this. Now buck up a bit.

:^)


28 posted on 05/08/2012 3:53:21 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

On this thread is fine unless you want it confidential, then you can private message us.


29 posted on 05/08/2012 3:53:40 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Yes, an excellent idea and needed public service.

I would caution anyone submitting an article to back it with objective facts to avoid challenges of slander or libel. Don’t make ad hominem attacks, do name calling or call a person a criminal (unless already adjudged one). You can say that certain acts, if found to have occurred, could result in criminal charges. You can express an opinion and urge good conduct or good reforms.

Go to it citizen investigators.


30 posted on 05/08/2012 3:53:58 PM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson; nathanbedford; JohnHuang2
Hey, a thought: You might want to make this a restricted-submission area. Only quality appears here, so that external people (Rush/Hannity/Levin/Chattering Heads on the Hill) know that they are striking paydirt when they go here.

There are two EXTREMELY high quality posters who's submissions will be amazing: nathanbedford and JohnHuang2. There are others, of course, but these two spring to mind.

31 posted on 05/08/2012 3:54:23 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Just to clarify, can I pimp my blog there?


32 posted on 05/08/2012 3:54:31 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Admin Moderator

When I went to UPS I found that they now require a photo Id. to ship or receive a package. I researched this and found it stems from TSA requirements. I would like to create a list of places where a photo Id is required because of government regulations. People would post places they were required to show Id. Voter Id laws is thought behind this. Would this be a proper thread for this new news category, “FReeper Editorial” .


33 posted on 05/08/2012 3:54:39 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Entropy isn't what it used to be)
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To: Admin Moderator

Hear that, Sean? Henceforth we will be ONLY hitting it in bloggers.

Not Religion, not Breaking, not even Activism, not Front Page.

34 posted on 05/08/2012 3:55:35 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: Larry Lucido
Just to clarify, can I pimp my blog there?

GRRRrrrr.....

35 posted on 05/08/2012 3:56:15 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Admin Moderator

bump ... so I can find it again.


36 posted on 05/08/2012 3:56:50 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Larry Lucido; humblegunner
Just to clarify, can I pimp my blog there?

You should ask Humblegunner.

37 posted on 05/08/2012 3:59:38 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Admin Moderator

” No longer will quality vanities posted in this topic be frowned upon. “

Won’t this crimp the tails of our resident Thread Nannies and Vanity Nazis??

(They perform such a valuable function, don’tcha know??)


38 posted on 05/08/2012 4:00:07 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: WXRGina; Larry Lucido

Larry’s blog is awesome and the excerpts are the best parts.


39 posted on 05/08/2012 4:01:22 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Admin Moderator

Maybe this is a dumb question, but what does “no hitting it” mean?


40 posted on 05/08/2012 4:02:21 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: Lazamataz

I notice you chose to refrain from commenting on the “hitting it” limitation...

:-)

jagusafr


41 posted on 05/08/2012 4:02:28 PM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: Lazamataz

Shoulda scrolled down - rats. My humble apologies...


42 posted on 05/08/2012 4:03:33 PM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: Yashcheritsiy; Lazamataz

Free Republic Lexicon joke. Ask Laz (actually, don’t ask Laz).


43 posted on 05/08/2012 4:04:16 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

I look forward to reading the breaking FR news we can use.


44 posted on 05/08/2012 4:04:43 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Interesting Times

Ba....da....bing!

All good things come to those who wait....unfortunately, many of them die in the interim!


45 posted on 05/08/2012 4:04:57 PM PDT by Seeking the truth
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To: Lazamataz

Attaboy.


46 posted on 05/08/2012 4:05:09 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Admin Moderator

I exchange freepmail with people who are in the know / or had experience in significant issues facing this nation. I welcome the new forum. I hope we don’t have to hand out the Reynolds Wrap, but I look forward to the change. I would like to share my experiences past and present.


47 posted on 05/08/2012 4:05:45 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Admin Moderator
This is a great enhancement to what is already the best site on the web -- bar none. Since you're taking ideas, here are a few thoughts.

I foresee this as becoming the top-of-the-line must-read content here on FR. It will likely become the venue where FR is exposed via other media, lamestream and otherwise. So, I think it's necessary for this section to be the very best it can be.

To enforce the already high standards of FR, how about these items to serve as filtering mechanism?


48 posted on 05/08/2012 4:06:44 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Uncle Ike

The people who post graphically violent threads of the darkest evil (used to be Chet99, but the ones who continue know who they are) need their own category: Despicable Crimes. If they stray outside that, BANNED.

It’s awful checking latest posts looking for good news and finding those weirdos who post the unspeakable. I move that certain categories be blocked from viewing within ‘latest posts’. If I absolutely, positively need to have my heart broken at 4:30AM, I’ll go look at the atrocities section.


49 posted on 05/08/2012 4:06:52 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: Lazamataz

Anybody’s who has read your “History of FreeRepublic” post from nearly 10 years ago has always known you’re capable of first rate stuff.

Step up, Laz.... Leave the search for cheap laughs to second raters like me.


50 posted on 05/08/2012 4:07:13 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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