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Email: The Future of Free Republic
Email | 06/25/02 | Jim Robinson

Posted on 06/25/2002 3:42:21 AM PDT by Jim Robinson

The following email is being circulated to our members by various disgruntled former FReepers:

Subject: The Future of Our Free Republic

Dear Fellow Free Republic Member,

Many of us at Free Republic are distressed by the extraordinary level of censorship that has been so obviously going on. It is very obvious that individual posts, entire threads, and the entire work of members who have been highly regarded are disappearing into a Memory Hole.

Scores of us have organized an e-mail network that is independent of the communication controls presently, and sadly, being used at our Free Republic. We have carefully documented the unmistakeable evidence that most of the posts, threads, and posters that are vaporized completely are overwhelmingly targeted for their political stance on the Right. These are not Leftwingers. These are not even Middle-of-the-Roaders. These are not disruptors. These are not foul-mouthed delinquents. These are fellow patriots on the Right who disagree with the controllers of FR on specific issues that are now hotly debated by the Right. We have documented that FR will parade before you, as if to hide all of the great posters whose work has been destroyed, a straw-man delinquent that has been banned. This is deceptive.

Treating these fellow patriots on the Right so shabbily is not right. As shabbily as those banned into the Memory Hole are being treated, the most shabbily treated of all are all of the good folks on Free Republic themselves. We came here for honest debate. Free Republic advertised itself as a Forum for honest debate. Without that honest debate...everything at Free Republic becomes shabby.

We can do much better. As a measure of how intense the simmering feelings have gotten among members on this unjustifiable use of deleting, censoring, and banning please link to the following thread. You will notice that one simple and sincere plea from one of our finest members has spontaneously touched off a prairie fire of approximately 500 posts in a mere 18 hours. If it isn't Memory Holed this thread may shoot into the thousands.

If you would like to receive anonymous updates of information concerning the hundreds of Freepers who have networked via e-mail to restore the wonderful honest debate to Free Republic, just drop an e-mail of just one or two words if you like for extreme brevity to:

StopCensoringUs@hotmail.com

And, here's that link back to the snowballing thread at FR:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/704701/posts

Thank you so much for giving your thought to this vital matter for our Internet home.

Sincerely, StopCensoringUs@hotmail.com



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To: Jim Robinson
"The vast majority of FReepers have never been banned, never been suspended, never had a post pulled, and never had a moderator send them a warning message. "

Your only "bad" argument, Jim.

If:
"The vast majority of Americans have never been shot or killed by the FBI or DEA, have never been unjustly accused of a crime, nor have had their property confiscated by the government for unConstitutional purposes".....

This must mean that there are no problems to worry about.

61 posted on 06/25/2002 5:13:17 AM PDT by SuperLuminal
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To: Jim Robinson
Thanks for the update
62 posted on 06/25/2002 5:15:52 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: Jim Robinson
you seem to have spawned "welfare freepers", those who think that you owe them a forum
63 posted on 06/25/2002 5:17:05 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: ASA Vet
I feel neglected.

I've only had one thread pulled, and one stern FR gram from you regarding that thread.

LOL.
Guess you're just not trying hard enough to allow your convictions and passion to get through.
Curiously, the current Islamic world problem is what got me a membership in your club.
Kinda makes me feel warm and fuzzy...

66 posted on 06/25/2002 5:23:54 AM PDT by Publius6961
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To: Pokey78
In high school I was voted "least likely to ever be booted out of a chat group" (of course our computers were running on steam power, at 1 byte per hour in those days).
67 posted on 06/25/2002 5:24:26 AM PDT by FairWitness
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To: Jim Robinson
the extraordinary level of censorship that has been so obviously going on

You're right in saying that this isn't true. In fact, FR is quite tolerant of diverse ideas and opinions. As for the racists, revisionists, anarchists, spammers, anti-Americans, etc., a taste of their own medicine will do them no harm.
68 posted on 06/25/2002 5:25:30 AM PDT by pt17
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To: Jim Robinson
I just received this jewel in my email from the same guy:

"Thanks [name of one of our best FR posters omitted], You can forward any e-mails you get from StopCensoringUs@hotmail.com (or any of the other communications nodes that we have outside of FR) to [name omitted of a great poster banned yesterday]. Among the reasons for this back channel of communication are to help folks like [name omitted]: a)find new and other forums on the Internet where their fine writing can be effective (like LibertyForum.org and LibertyPost), and; b)learn how to defeat the censorship mechanisms at FR to get back onto the forum, and; c)give them a big thank you for their work on behalf of free speech for patriots; and d)get them to give us more good ideas and leads drawn from their hard work.

Each of us will naturally develop our own little, average, big, or huge "circle" of fellow patriots who know and trust us as reliable communicators. That's natural, easy, and more powerful than centralizing ourselves. And that way we don't get stuck with any of us having to agree all the time with any one of us. That's the dead end than Robinson has driven FR into.

By trying to scare or chill good folks on FR into toeing his line, Robinson is really closing off the energy and future of FR. Let me share this little obvious "secret" with you: the more Robinson censors our folks the more he BUILDS INTEREST in what we have to say! Thank you JR! Keep it up! You can't win as a censor on the wide-open Internet. If you attempt to censor us you GIVE US the free gift of white-hot interest in our forbidden writings. And if you stop censoring us...then we've also won, since that's our goal - to be heard on an open forum. Maybe at some point Robinson will drop his ego long enough to realize that we don't even care personally about him....all we care about is free speech for patriot writers.

As far as Robinson's concerned, as the guy who owns one of the printing presses, all we're going to do is make him somewhat rich if he keeps censoring us, and really rich if he stops. Thanks for some of the best posts on FR ever, Vallandigham P.S. We need to spread info on how JR tracks our identities. I'm only a half-ass techie. We need some real pro's to share with us ways to get around whatever cookies, or IP address recognizers, or other red flags that prevent us from getting back in to post after we've been banned. Some of my methods are working. Other things I try fail. But one way or another I get back in. Even if I have to spend a small amount of dough on extra IP services (which I do).

Anybody who'd like to know more about what StopCensoringUs and friends are doing about the oppressive level of censorship at FR can e-mail anytime confidentially to: StopCensoringUs@hotmail.com.

Keep up the good work, Vallandigham"

That makes a total of six of these type of emails: four from Vallandigham and two from some brave genius known as "anonymous." I thought you might be interested.

69 posted on 06/25/2002 5:30:47 AM PDT by Skooz
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To: Jim Robinson
Yeah, there have been some posts and threads pulled for little reason, but considering the stuff that I have posted, I don't think censorship has been so bad as to cause the death of FR.
70 posted on 06/25/2002 5:31:43 AM PDT by PatrioticAmerican
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To: Jim Robinson
1 posted on 6/25/02 6:42 AM Eastern by Jim Robinson

Let's see.....Posted at 6:42 AM Eastern....that would be 3:42 AM Pacific Time.....

Jim, do you EVER sleep?

Many Thanks for all your wonderful work!

71 posted on 06/25/2002 5:33:09 AM PDT by jigsaw
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To: OneidaM; coteblanche
It takes a really severe, and usually repeated, offense to get banned on FR. Besides, people can make their points without hate or attacks; if these guys can't then they deserved to be banned.

I have only had one thread pulled, and that was because it was a duplicate thread. But -- oh!! -- the mental anguish!!! I am scarred for life!!!
72 posted on 06/25/2002 5:33:19 AM PDT by Bitwhacker
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To: Jim Robinson
I remember central scrutinizer. What an ass.
73 posted on 06/25/2002 5:37:40 AM PDT by Petronski
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To: bologna.ban
As long as the Mse and cheese threads don't get pulled, I'm a happy camper.
74 posted on 06/25/2002 5:38:57 AM PDT by BlueLancer
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To: Skooz
What I find fascinating is that we see them trying to sneak back into FR. I don't see people rushing to get on their sites. I'm flattered.
75 posted on 06/25/2002 5:41:13 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Jim Robinson
Treating these fellow patriots on the Right so shabbily is not right. As shabbily as those banned into the Memory Hole are being treated, the most shabbily treated of all are all of the good folks on Free Republic themselves. We came here for honest debate. Free Republic advertised itself as a Forum for honest debate. Without that honest debate...everything at Free Republic becomes shabby.

What a shabby little paragraph this is.

76 posted on 06/25/2002 5:41:13 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: palmer
but I do not believe anyone should propose slaughtering 1000's or millions of Muslims.

Ironic,ain't it?

77 posted on 06/25/2002 5:43:14 AM PDT by sneakypete
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To: palmer
hi palmer
thank you for your post (#7)
I agree with you
Love, Palo
78 posted on 06/25/2002 5:45:04 AM PDT by palo verde
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To: chemainus
...I do not like censorship. However in a situation like we have here, blatant and continuous insemination of leftist propaganda merely clogs up genuine discussion...

I'm generally with you, but "censorship" implies that the poster has some sort of protected "right" to use FR. This is a private forum and its owners/moderators can toss anyone they choose in the same way a small business can refuse to serve a customer. Supply and demand will come into play if folks think there is excessive "censorship", and I see more FR users not less.

79 posted on 06/25/2002 5:46:35 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Night Hides Not
If these guys are so smart, why don't they invest the time and resources to start their own site?

The have. It's called the Liberty Forum. Click on one of the links and see for yourself. Lots of anarchists and anti-American posters there. I don't think this is what the forum founders wanted,but they were determined to have a totally "free-speech" site,so that's what they ended up with.

80 posted on 06/25/2002 5:47:04 AM PDT by sneakypete
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