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

I believe the biggest part of this will be a cultural and attitude shift. For now, I would link to this article if someone questions FR Journalism articles. This is why we are taking this in small steps. Work on the articles and have a place for them, then grow the idea with some other things we may have in the works.

51 posted on 05/08/2012 4:07:28 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Yashcheritsiy

We should always be afforded the opportunity to hit it. Unless its Helen Thomas or Nancy Pelosi. That’s an arrestable offense.


52 posted on 05/08/2012 4:08:06 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Admin Moderator

This is doubleplusgood.


53 posted on 05/08/2012 4:08:21 PM PDT by RetroSexual
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To: Admin Moderator

Eagerly looking forward to all the enhancements.
I am guessing, the idea of having an APP. came up as well.
In any case, I am praying/wishing for an always betterment of this great site - true guardian of this great nation.


54 posted on 05/08/2012 4:08:40 PM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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To: Admin Moderator

Excellent.


55 posted on 05/08/2012 4:10:09 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Admin Moderator

I suggest a section on preventing voter fraud...

Because this.... is the big one! :)


56 posted on 05/08/2012 4:10:17 PM PDT by No!
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To: Admin Moderator

The most positive idea posted to FR in the last year!
Excellent!


57 posted on 05/08/2012 4:11:11 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Admin Moderator

“5.No “hitting it”. “

So, this isn’t necessarily for ALL FReepers. Sorry Laz.


58 posted on 05/08/2012 4:11:26 PM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Admin Moderator

Sounds good to me if there won’t be too many flame wars involved. :)

Just sayin’.....


59 posted on 05/08/2012 4:12:45 PM PDT by LUV W (This space reserved for heroes)
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To: re_nortex

Good points.

I would go further. I would argue that NO ONE posts an article (News, Chat, whatever...) unless they are a donor.


60 posted on 05/08/2012 4:13:40 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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