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  • What's wrong with "smart quotes" and possibly how to fix it (Vanity)

    11/19/2015 10:34:21 PM PST · by some tech guy · 47 replies
    So, I'm still seeing smart quotes mess up. There was a thread a little while ago whereby I said what the problem was, but it's still extant. Here's the problem: All the web-tier stuff is using UTF-8 (which is a great idea), but *something*, probably the database tier, is using CP-1252. I suspect either: a) Database table for posts on SQL Server is set to collate and/or store the windows-1252/CP-1252 character set. or b) something between the web level and the DB level is doing character set interpretation in an incorrect way. There's 1252 in there somewhere, and that's what's...
  • Some HTML tips (VANITY)

    11/12/2015 3:13:23 PM PST · by Montana_Sam · 14 replies
    Quick help note about posting comments.
  • The model minority is losing patience

    10/07/2015 2:13:41 PM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 35 replies
    The Economist ^ | 10/07/2015
    MICHAEL WANG, a young Californian, came second in his class of 1,002 students; his ACT score was 36, the maximum possible; he sang at Barack Obama’s inauguration; he got third place in a national piano contest; he was in the top 150 of a national maths competition; he was in several national debating-competition finals. But when it came to his university application he faced a serious disappointment for the first time in his glittering career. He was rejected by six of the seven Ivy League colleges to which he applied. “I saw people less qualified than me get better offers,”...
  • Is it time for "Free-nux"?

    04/18/2015 11:24:45 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 49 replies
    Apple supports Homo-Fascism. Microsoft supports Homo-Fascism. As Freeper "Star Traveler" has pointed out, if you work with computers, you are going to end up sending money to a company that supports Homo-Fascism. It occurs to me that we need a way to use computers that does not put money into the pockets of companies that support Homo-Fascism. (And other Liberal causes.) How about a version of Linux that people who believe in Freedom can use to fight back against the Homo-Fascist tech companies? We could call it "Free-nux." Someone needs to start a company that pushes this idea and provides...
  • adware removal

    03/20/2015 5:50:38 AM PDT · by garykfd · 21 replies
    where is the best source for downloading removal tools
  • Greasemonkey script for FR posting tool still avalailable?

    05/30/2014 12:24:42 AM PDT · by JSteff · 12 replies
    Just a thought and question from a forment user of the lool. | 5/30/2014 | John (JSteff)
    The Script for posting on FR made it so nice and easy to properly post to thread on FR.
  • What's wrong with FR index page... Won't finish loading?

    08/24/2013 10:30:47 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    8/24/2013— 10:29am | Swordmaker
    The index page of FreeRepublic randomly stops loading in mid sentence in the middle of a thumbnail article of the body. . . And re-loading just finds another random stopping place. Not good fellows. I see you're having issues on pagination in the threads, but this is on the first page of the index.
  • ODD: FreeRepublic not displaying all posts? (Only 18 of 80 getting listed)

    03/03/2013 2:08:54 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 72 replies
    Self ^ | 3 March 2013 | RACookPE1978
    Odd observation, but it has been seen in six different threads the past few minutes: The thread title, and the usual FreeRepublic title block will display. But only 14 to 18 replies are displayed, and no end-of-thread links nor the usual FreeRepublic lower page links.
  • Just Deleted all old FReepMail

    02/10/2013 7:27:46 PM PST · by mojo114 · 44 replies
    I never thought to delete old FReepmail
  • Problems with viewing longer threads....anyone else?

    01/29/2013 12:02:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | Posted on January 29, 2013 | myself
    Can't get beyond the first 17 replies in a thread.....
  • Free Republic Worked Well on Election Night (so I am donating today!)

    11/07/2012 10:19:57 AM PST · by Yaelle · 17 replies
    Self ^ | 11/07/12 | Self
    Not being able to read and share thoughts during the three presidential debates was painful for me as a longtime FReeper. I really counted on being here with you all, and I did waste an hour for the first two debates attempting to connect. It was frustrating and sad. We were not getting clear responses from Jim either on what was going on. Perhaps no one knew. But with pressure building over the last month, somehow we got them to discover the flaw and just in time. If it were not for Free Republic last night -- and today and...
  • Latest Articles and Forum Links not refreshing

    06/30/2011 8:06:56 AM PDT · by dila813 · 6 replies
    today | me
    link:*/index isn't working, it appears like the page / server isn't telling my cache server that the page has been updated and therefore hasn't been pulled/pushed to any downstream browsers the last 2 days. If I go to comments, activity, mail, everything else appears to be working normally.
  • Bump to the top - Vanity

    04/24/2011 8:39:12 AM PDT · by OregonRancher · 9 replies
    My computer | This morning 4/24 | Rancher
    My computer went south with a nasty virus and had to be completely scrubbed. Now up and running but for some strange reason, I find that the bump to the top here on the forum isn't working. Is it my forum set up or is it the forum that's changed. if it is my set-up, what do I have to do the bring that feature up and running? Thanks in advance.
  • Best Way to Search FR

    04/21/2011 7:31:09 AM PDT · by samtheman · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Just a suggestion for those looking for articles in FR, or for trying to see if an article has been previously posted. Go ahead and use the search tool provided by FR but if you can't find what you need, use google or yippy (I recommend yippy, since google is leftist scum) and type: free republic topic name in the search bar. (Where topic name is the subject or article title or part of article title you're looking for.) I get really good results doing that. (Just a tip.)
  • Suggestion for Free Republic

    04/12/2011 5:22:44 PM PDT · by Melas · 125 replies
    Vanity | 4-12-2011 | Melas
    I have a suggestion for the software. How about a box that pops up when I'm posting that says something to effect of: Attention, you've been clicking from thread to thread, and you're about to reply to a topic that has been dead for 3 years, are you sure you want to look like an idiot? I for one would find it useful. :)
  • Favorite News Apps? Is Free Republic developing an app?

    03/22/2011 8:54:17 AM PDT · by dmam2011 · 17 replies
    Free Republic ^ | March 22, 2011 | Vanity
    I've downloaded Drudge & The Blaze apps.... what are some of the other higher quality content apps? I'd love to see a FR app, but realize the expense may not fit into this year's budget. Capital project for 2012????
  • Help with FR search

    03/07/2011 7:18:15 PM PST · by BobP · 16 replies
    I always run into this one: Does anyone know how to search FR posts containing TSA, DoD, DoJ, SoS or DHS in their titles?
  • Posting with an image

    03/06/2011 11:00:47 AM PST · by SgtHooper · 50 replies
    March 6, 2011 | SgtHooper
    Why is it so difficult to find any information as to how to insert an image into a post?
  • Calling all System Administrators: Google Apps lost an email account! (VANITY)

    12/06/2010 11:42:12 AM PST · by ROTB · 3 replies
    ROTB | 12/06/2010 | ROTB
    I'm working at a company where our email is handled by Google Apps the usual way. Where we open browsers to and then we type in usernames (tied to our domain) and passwords. My non-technical supervisor came to me and asked me why he can no longer log into the account with the username of "sysadmin", which has important info we need. After confirming that the username and password did not fail as a result of a typing error, I then sent email from INSIDE our domain to the administrator account at I got the first "hard bounce"...
  • Facebook links buttons on FR

    11/18/2010 2:19:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Just curious, why is ther facebook links on FR for Like? I personnaly don't like Facebook and refuse to use it. I also sind FR having it annoying. I don't know ho other FReepers feel about this but would like to now why FR chose to add it.
  • Will the "views" feature ever make a comeback?

    10/08/2010 6:56:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    10/8/2010 | 2ndDivisionVet
    Just asking. Liked seeing how many people had viewed a particular thread.
  • Activity Tab returns no results

    09/18/2010 9:13:45 AM PDT · by altair · 12 replies
    vanity | 18-Sep-2010 | self
    We have three tab buttons on our account page - Articles, Activity, Comments. The (Activity Button) never shows anything. It used to.Have I mucked up some of my settings?
  • Vanity: Swastika on my Freerepublic URL window

    07/10/2010 1:25:14 PM PDT · by conservativeharleyguy · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Self | N/A | N/A
    A tiny swastika appears on my "URL window" when I'm on Freerepublic.
  • Help request (vanity)

    07/07/2010 7:09:31 AM PDT · by bonnieblue4me · 7 replies
    Sorry about posting here, but I really need to clean up my ping list and can't find a way to do so. Seems there should be an easy way to do so to eliminate clutter and save server space. Any advise/help is greatly appreciated.
  • When will number of views be coming back to threads?

    06/30/2010 1:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Vanity | June 30, 2010 | 2ndDivisionVet
    Like to know how many people have viewed a particular thread, whether mine or someone else's, so I'm curious if we'll see that feature return.
  • Enhancement Request for the ability to examine various sets of metrics for a single thread?

    06/05/2010 11:29:16 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 31 replies · 438+ views
    Free Republic software focus group ^ | 06.06.2010 | BuckeyeTexan
    Dear JimRob and JohnRob: It would be extremely helpful to have a new feature in-thread to provide us with the ability to examine some of the following metrics-like data for a single thread. - the number of unique freepers commenting to the thread. - a list of the top three to five freepers who posted on the thread, measured by # of posts. - an easy link to retrieve the comments posted in-thread by a user-specified freeper. For those threads with a large number of comments, it is sometimes tedious and difficult to calculate such metrics on one's own. Such...
  • Facebook becomes bigger hit than Google

    03/17/2010 10:35:19 AM PDT · by max americana · 30 replies · 399+ views
    Financial Times ^ | march 16, 2010 | chris nuttall
    Social networking website Facebook has capped a year of phenomenal growth by overtaking Google’s popularity among US internet users, with industry data showing it has scored more visits on its home page than the search engine. In a sign that the web is becoming more sociable than searchable, research firm Hitwise said that the two sites accounted for 14 per cent of all US internet visits last week. Facebook’s home page recorded 7.07 per cent of traffic and Google’s 7.03 per cent. It is the first time that has enjoyed a weekly lead over The lead may be...
  • Can we please have an early warning for forbidden sources?

    09/12/2009 10:26:16 PM PDT · by altair · 6 replies · 637+ views
    Vanity | Sept. 12, 2009 | Altair
    May I please make a humble request? Is there any way you could add a button or something on the submission screen to warn of us forbidden sources before we spend the time preparing an article for posting?
  • Suggested Change To Comments Code

    08/18/2009 11:12:37 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 56 replies · 1,118+ views
    Vanity | August 18th, 2003
    It would be nice if, when we want to use some tags for emphasis (such as <em> to denote someone else's comment), or bolding, if we didn't have to then revert into full HTML and manually add paragraph breaks. It shouldn't have to be all or nothing. For instance, the blogging software Wordpress automatically converts line breaks to paragraph tags, while still allowing the addition of HTML for other things. Is there some reason that we couldn't have the same capability here? It would make commenting a lot less painful.
  • Software Developers: C++, Java, Python, or C# for my desktop application? (VANITY)

    07/06/2009 12:40:46 PM PDT · by ROTB · 88 replies · 2,107+ views
    Various ^ | 7/6/2009 | Me
    I'm writing a desktop application that I'd like to deploy onto Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. I'm trying to pick the language that will give me the most conveniences, without setting timebombs that will go off down the road. Here's what I think I know so far: C++ Pros: 1) resulting code runs fastest, provided I am not a bonehead 2) most flexibility in memory management 3) Maximum difficulty in reverse engineering my object code, though there is nothing revolutionary or complex in what I plan to write. 4) Tools are rock-solid. C++ Cons: 1) memory management is the biggest hassle,...
  • Request: add ability to search by author of article

    03/22/2009 7:11:26 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 512+ views
    March 22, 2009 | reaganaut1
    It would be nice if one could search threads by the author of the original article. Currently one can search by user (the FR member who is posting). Often a column by someone like Thomas Sowell is marked by the keyword "sowell", but if the author's name has not been designated as a keyword for the thread, I don't think this works.
  • Clicking on Links

    03/13/2009 4:56:12 AM PDT · by chopperman · 21 replies · 763+ views
    How come when I click on Free Republic linked articles, they come up in extremely small windows?
  • How do I get rid of the state announcements?

    02/17/2009 11:06:18 AM PST · by HairOfTheDog · 27 replies · 1,989+ views
    The state chit-chat new messages just started showing up again on my pings page... and I can't figure out how to get rid of it/them. There's a link that says it's removing me from these notifications... but it doesn't.... they're still there!
  • What has happened to make FreeRepublic so slow?

    01/24/2009 4:56:12 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 116 replies · 2,218+ views
    Vanity Question | 01/24/2009 | Swordmaker
    I have noticed that FR has become abysmally slow in response and page loading in the past day or so. I've noticed a few responses in the threads where other Freepers mention in passing the slowness. I checked it on several of my client's locations. Everywhere I brought up FR was slow. Sometimes takes up to 30 seconds to load the browsing pages. Moving to a topic, is a bit faster but not much. I also noticed last night that doing title searches that used to bring up pages of responses now only bring up less than a page. John,...
  • Vanities: We need restraint and guidance

    11/05/2008 8:37:58 AM PST · by Theo · 18 replies · 1,131+ views
    Self | 11/05/2008 | Self
    I've never seen so many vanities on FR. Ever. And most by newbies, who perhaps don't understand what FR is meant to be. FR has ceased to be a place to evaluate the published word, and has degenerated into a sophomoric chatroom. Jim -- can you please provide guidance on what you'd like to see FR become? Can you let us know your thoughts on vanities, and explain how you'll enforce your policy regarding vanities? I personally feel that if the ratio of vanities to discussion of the published word continues to increase, FR will become a common chatroom for...
  • Search for replies with images?

    10/23/2008 5:49:19 AM PDT · by paulycy · 2 replies · 504+ views
    (vanity) | 10/23/08 | paulycy
    Is it possible to search "all topics" or a specific topic for only those replies with images? I love FR images... is there a way to archive posted images that can be accessed (kinda like a FR image database)?
  • # Views Stats Gone...Again. (sniff, sniff)

    09/24/2008 6:33:23 AM PDT · by jilliane · 10 replies · 536+ views ^ | 9/24/2008 | Jilliane
    Please ping this if you miss #Views stats... (To admin ...does the view counter disappearance have any correlation to the drags and slow performance at times?)
  • Since Regular FR Is Down, Could Someone Go To Backup Site And Tell Them How To Get In Here?

    09/14/2008 7:31:30 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 22 replies · 1,096+ views
    freerepublic2 ^ | 09-14-08 | self
    FR is down when trying to enter thru Could someone with a yahoo ID go to the backup site and let everyone know how to get here to the beta site? I got here using:
  • Does Google Index ? (Vanity / Assistance)

    09/09/2008 8:10:24 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 26 replies · 593+ views
    self | 9/9/8 | srm
    Greetings, You never really see freerepublic threads in search results, do you? May we discuss a search engine optimization plan for the benefit of The USA, our neighbors, and ourselves? For example: Submission links to reputable sites.Robots.txt tips!What meta tags REALLY work?Other tag optimization i.e. ALT tags for images.Optimizing the browser for Linx.exe. Please contribute your thoughts
  • OUESTION: ZoneAlarm® Secure Wireless Router Z100G

    07/27/2008 6:00:19 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 20 replies · 1,312+ views
    My Brother who works for ADT ^ | July 27, 2008 | Yosemitest
    What do you think of this router, printer server, and firewall? I need a wireless router for a laptop with DSL service, 2 old printers, and a portable printer (USB)? Frequently Asked QuestionsZoneAlarm Secure Wireless Router Z100G Discussion ForumZoneAlarm Secure Wireless Router Z110G - Is It Worth The Price? (post March 19, 2007) Other thoughts are a Belkin F5D8230-4 and a Belkin F5D7230-3.
  • Freerepublic Archive of articles prior to 2001 -- question (?)

    05/24/2008 2:59:58 AM PDT · by topher · 3 replies · 356+ views
    5-24-2008 | vanity
    Threads on Freerepublic prior to 9/11 have a different format. I have tried to search for some of these older articles. Maybe they are no longer available. For example: Catholic ProLifers under attack by McCain From a historical perspective, it is an interesting article. One problem I am finding is that vanity articles may not be accessable... When I try to access such an article, it comes up with: No such file (give_legacy_article) Just curious if there is a way for ol' timers to access the archives? There are much more important things to be done at Free Republic.
  • Help, the text won't fit in my browser window.

    04/24/2008 8:06:18 AM PDT · by deuteronlmy232 · 28 replies · 791+ views | 4-24-2008 | self
    Yesterday all was fine, today, on FreeRepublic and only on FreeRepublic. The text doesn't fit in my browser window, I have to keep scrooling back and forth to read it. Any suggestions?
  • New front page

    04/07/2008 6:21:33 PM PDT · by dbacks · 18 replies · 453+ views
    me | 4/7/2008 | Dbacks
    I notice the "New Posts to You" is on the top line and always shows in red. In the old format, this indicated I had new posts waiting. But now, once I go to look at the new ones, the indicator stays red and I can't tell when new stuff occurs. Or is it just me?
  • I LIKE the new Free Republic flavor

    03/13/2008 7:17:13 PM PDT · by raygun · 42 replies · 1,094+ views
    now | self
    I like the new and improved Free Republic flavor.
  • Missing a search engine on Free Republic.

    03/07/2008 10:50:53 PM PST · by Blind Eye Jones · 9 replies · 754+ views
    Blind Eye Jones
    I had a search engine that went missing on the forum page. How do I get it back? It searches by poster, keyword, etc. (I would search for this search engine but have no engine to search with) Also, I don't have any of the subject links that use to be on top of the page, and the one link that allows me how to add what headings to the side bar is half way off the page. Aside, from that this is a great place and I would appreciate the help!
  • FR looks good, Jim

    03/02/2008 2:38:06 PM PST · by STARWISE · 113 replies · 931+ views
    self ^ | 3-2-08 | Starwise
    The forum page is really cleaned up. Looks good! Is this why it was so slow this morning?
  • Did We Fix Something That Was Not Broke?(FR)

    03/02/2008 4:54:00 AM PST · by sit-rep · 322 replies · 1,427+ views
    03 / 02 / 08 | Me
    Why all of a sudden am I loading the Latest articles page? It used to be clicking on messages in the upper right corner solved the problem. Now, I finally found "Comments" down the right side a bit, but every time ya hit browse now coming out of a thread, I return to latest articles page! WWWWWHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTZZZZZZZZZ - UUUUP!!??!!!
  • Freddy Kruger

    03/02/2008 8:24:46 AM PST · by bvw · 25 replies · 718+ views
    Freddy has taken over our Free Republic! What a nightmare ...
  • Bug in FR search function and suggested temporary fix

    02/29/2008 11:26:48 AM PST · by CedarDave · 41 replies · 551+ views
    This is better than just a post that "FR search is not working" The FR search function has a serious flaw that is not readily apparent to casual users. I will detail it and suggest a fix for users until the management fixes it. In the meantime, you are free to throw cheese and find a moose for me. When a search for a name in an article is made (examples: Bush, Clinton or sheriff), 20 titles are brought up with the search parameter. If the title sought is not seen the user can "Click to show more articles ......
  • Popular Keywords section broken?

    02/14/2008 12:47:02 PM PST · by redtetrahedron · 17 replies · 356+ views
    2/14/2008 | me
    I don't know if it is just me, but it seems that the 'Popular Keywords' section has not been updating itself; it has had the same list of keywords for weeks now. Is this a known issue? Anyone else notice this?