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  • Firefox Web Browser

    11/07/2004 12:08:38 PM PST · by KoRn · 13 replies · 2,000+ views
    Why Use Firefox? “Beware of spyware. If you can, use the Firefox browser.” - USA Today “Better than Internet Explorer by leaps and bounds.” - FORBES Popup Blocking Tabbed BrowsingView more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they're ready for viewing when you're ready to read them. Find out more... Privacy and SecurityBuilt with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business. Smarter SearchGoogle...
  • Clymer best performing 3rd party candidate???

    11/02/2004 9:23:22 PM PST · by tfelice · 4 replies · 672+ views
    I am showing Jim Clymer (CST) in the PA Senate race at 4%. Does anyone have any other 3rd party candidates that have performed better in House or Senate races?
  • What is crawling/spidering?

    11/02/2004 11:52:22 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 38 replies · 2,355+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Tuesday, November 2, 2004 | Momaw Nadon
    What is crawling/spidering?
  • FR and RSS (vanity)

    10/30/2004 4:30:58 PM PDT · by Paul_B · 27 replies · 1,932+ views
    10/30/04 | me
    Just wondering - has FR considered implementing an RSS feed? One that would alert to pings and mail, and maybe threads deemed important, would, I think, facilitate discussion here, without having to constantly check back.
  • Alan Keyes daughter Maya is a lesbian!!!

    09/27/2004 3:42:38 PM PDT · by KeyesIllinois1 · 3 replies · 1,228+ views
    Alan Keyes's daughter is a selfish hedonist. Yes, she is a lesbian, and these pictures prove it. I got this from the following blog: Still don't want to believe it, compare it with this picture family picture. Yes, it's Maya, and now it's official. Maya Keyes is a lesbian. She is a sinner, according to Alan Keyes.
  • Proposed changed to FREEP forum

    09/18/2004 3:12:26 PM PDT · by USA_Soccer · 54 replies · 1,802+ views
    9-18-04 | Me
    I find it very difficult to find important discussions. Sometimes I log in late at night and find many fluff threads. I would like to be able to see the threads with most comments, etc. Is there a way to convert the forum to a traditional message board software (like those forums running on vBulletin, phpBB, infopop, etc.)
  • FR Feature request: URL search

    09/12/2004 9:23:21 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 10 replies · 952+ views
    September 12, 2004 | John Jorsett (me)
    Before posting, I (almost) always use the 'search' feature to look for words in the article title. All too frequently, however, people have invented their own titles (yes, against policy, but they still do it) or I mistype a word so the search fails and I end up posting a dupe. I think a useful feature would be the ability to search on the article's source URL, which wouldn't be subject to these kinds of problems. It would also facilitate finding the discussion of a particular article. Just a thought.
  • Site should be improved

    07/03/2004 7:14:26 PM PDT · by mc6809e · 14 replies · 9,090+ views
    The site really should be improved. Interesting stories with a lot of activity are treated the same way as those that amount to just filler. The simply slide down the list and quickly disappear. As crappy as their politics are, has a much better site. One of the things it does is bring those stories with recent posts to the top of the list. should do the same.
  • Errors in pages here on the FR

    06/24/2004 7:38:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 683+ views
    self | 6/24/2004 | self
    I went through all my "Comments" pages and grabbed source to build a better list I'll keep on the local drive. Anyway, I found these: On the "My Comments" pages: <font size=-1 color="#777799"<b>News/Activism... They're missing the close tag for the font code. The ends of "My Comments" pages end like this: </html></body> Should be the other way around.
  • Blue Apples, privacy, and Web Bugs at FR

    05/09/2004 10:09:59 PM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 103 replies · 3,823+ views
    5/10/2004 | self
    Blue Apples, privacy, and Web Bugs at FR Some freepers use a visible graphic or 'icon' on their every post such as one person that uses a "blue apple" from his own home webspace. Icons like that can serve as a 'web-bug' to harvest personal info from freepers. Now I realize FR doesn't allow java, javascript, vbscript, or active-x content so the risk is lowered. But some of these same freepers are also amatuer programmers with access to detailed webmaster server-access statistics. Those stats can collect the IP addresses, and a number of other environment variables from every computer that...
  • Who has the most posted threads and most replies (Vanity)?

    12/12/2003 2:59:43 PM PST · by truthandlife · 33 replies · 906+ views
    Free Republic | 12/12/03 | me
    Since the new Free Republic software has been up you can view how many total threads and replies you have posted. I am curious, who on FR is in the top 10 of posts and replies and how many do they have?
  • Anyone have format problems with netscape 4.7 starting today?

    12/04/2003 8:57:51 PM PST · by Revel · 46 replies · 1,668+ views
    12/4/03 | Revel
    Posting in chat. Link colors within articles only are backwards. Red until I click on them. No spacing between user typed text and the forum text/links within articles. Main 100 article list page looks normal.
  • Positive activism can help the folks over on regarding their kids

    11/30/2003 10:09:09 PM PST · by TheSpottedOwl · 9 replies · 1,254+ views
    this a total, albeit, well meaning vanity post | 11/30/03 | me
    Hey Jim(Robinson), I've gotten some emails from people asking if Freerepublic can help them. They are dealing with unsympathetic judges(not to mention attorneys, social workers, and GAL's). This is about child custody and vistitation. There are so many horror stories out there, that I'm sticking my neck out and seeing if we can help them with positive ways to change the laws, and of course public perception :) Remember that sign I had for my first FReep? I believe that a child should know his/her real rather....and that a man should not be a victim and slave to the state....
  • My "New Posts to You" is broken!

    11/08/2003 6:11:35 AM PST · by HairOfTheDog · 8 replies · 849+ views
    Free Republic My Mail | My Comments | HairOfTheDog My Comments Brief | Full Once upon a time.... That "My Comments" link used to light up when I was browsing around and would say "New Posts to You". It doesn't do that any more when people post to me. I have to click the link and check the My Comments page for new posts to see them. It's been broken a little while, I thought the software no longer did it... but I notice on my love's computer it works. Is this something in my settings?
  • RSS & Free Republic

    03/06/2003 8:38:10 AM PST · by Jakenuts · 11 replies · 1,367+ views
    Request ^ | Jakenuts
    If you aren't familiar with the technology, RSS is a method for news & opinion sites (such as this one) to publish an index of new topics in XML such that visitors to the site can get regular updates using a news aggregator client (such as 'Feedreader'). The benefit to the user is that they don't need to continually refresh their browser because the reader just checks the index every couple minutes and lets the user know if any new topics exist. They can stay on top of hundreds of sites without any effort and can instantly go to a...
  • Christmas in Iceland: Rotted fish, 13 trolls and no sign of Santa

    01/09/2003 9:13:26 PM PST · by Maedhros · 4 replies · 3,623+ views
    Courier-Post Online ^ | Monday, December 23, 2002 | Jim Walsh
    Christmas in Iceland: Rotted fish, 13 trolls and no sign of Santa By JIM WALSH Courier-Post Staff Oh, those wonderful Christmas traditions! The rotten fish and mushy potatoes. The deadly attacks by a fiendish beast. And late-night visits from a guy named Meat-hook, skulking in your kid's bedroom. OK, maybe not in your house. Not in mine, either, I hope. But definitely in Iceland. Now, let me digress for readers thinking, "Hey, this is South Jersey's newspaper. Why are you writing about the suburban North Pole?" Well, today's column started as an exploration of eggnog, which is local enough. How...
  • HEY! I just now noticed the |View Replies| Button...

    12/06/2002 10:27:57 AM PST · by error99 · 4 replies · 697+ views ^ | 12/6/02 | error99
    ... How long has THAT been there?
  • Does Free Republic Get (Funny) Hate Mail?

    10/12/2002 9:27:15 AM PDT · by Maedhros · 5 replies · 886+ views
    now | me
    I was just at www.D*********U**********.com (URL censored for your own safety) and noticed that they have an interesting section full of email from us so-called "wingnuts." Each letter is followed by a pathetic attempt at a retort. This prompted the following questions: 1. Does Free Republic get hate mail? and 2. Is it funny? ;-)
  • Question: What's the Point of Bumping?

    10/11/2002 8:48:35 AM PDT · by Maedhros · 6 replies · 939+ views
    now | me
    Like the title says, is there a reason to bump, other than as moral support for the thread in question? Bumping doesn't actually "bump" the thread "back to the top" in this forum, unlike most forums on the net. I understand that this is a news forum and that the most recent stories should be the first ones listed. It would be wise, though, to at least give Freepers the option to view threads by the most recent post rather than by the most recent thread. New threads would still come in at the top of the list, obviously.
  • Software Idea: Structured Debate

    08/28/2002 6:01:47 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 15 replies · 1,196+ views
    Is anybody interested in a structured debate program? My idea is to model one of the standard debate formats. Probably vaguely resembling "Team Policy" as it is the only one I know that lends itself to an online adaptation. Team Policy DebateTeam policy debate is the oldest, and still probably the most popular, format of debate practiced in American high schools.  The proposition side is called the Affirmative or Aff, and the opposition side is called the Negative or Neg.  Each side is a team composed of two debaters, so that there are four people participating in the debate (not...
  • Forum Software Update - August 20th, 2002

    08/20/2002 12:46:13 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 8 replies · 862+ views
    In my spare time :-) I've reimplemented the "My Comments" (self-search) routine. It should now provide a "More" button back to November of last year. Previous implementations where hampered by a severe MySQL bug, which required a somewhat buggy workaround, which sometimes failed to notice very old comments. I've since upgraded MySQL, and as a test of the new code, I've reimplemented "My Comments". There are about a dozen of my workarounds which will need to be reimplemented once the new "My Comments" code proves itself. This will affect anything which lists a large number of entries in reverse order....
  • Forum Software Update - July 25th, 2002

    07/25/2002 7:31:56 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 21 replies · 1,186+ views
    I've made a few changes to the forum software with respect to posting articles. These changes will facilitiate FR's compliance with the terms of the LAT/WP settlement. Jim now has the capability to add actions based on the source URL entered on the post article form. Such 'Source URL Actions' (SUAs) include: forcing excerpts of material This will be triggered mostly on the LAT/WP owned URLs, and only on articles that do not have the new "This is an excerpt." box checked. When triggered, the posting program will issue an alert similar to "Washington Post articles must be excerpted." The...
  • Fixes - PNG/ AOL Browser, RealDownload

    07/10/2002 7:35:53 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 4 replies · 1,130+ views
    Apparently some version of AOL Browser does not handle PNG graphics at all, and instead prompts to download them. Either the same browser, or another, invokes RealDownload on the PNG graphics each time they're displayed. I removed the PNG graphics from FreeRepublic until I can find a more acceptable format. GIF graphics are encumbered by patents, the patent holder requires a royalty payment for each graphic generated, so that isn't a go. Will probably end up with JPG graphics. Sheesh.
  • HTTP Cookies Experts? Please look inside...

    07/09/2002 6:48:39 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 28 replies · 1,245+ views
    In the new software update, I've implemented a small routine to clear out old Free Republic cookies that had probably been piling up. For purposes of evaluation, I log the name of the cookie and its value before clearing it. Okay, first problem: the cookies are not getting cleared for everyone. Some people keep dragging back their old cookies, over and over again. The HTTP header which is set for each cookie is: Set-Cookie: [name_of_cookie]=; path=/; expires=[standard http date "right now"] This works fine for every browser I have tested. But it doesn't work for a significant number of people....
  • Forum Software - Timestamp Issues

    07/09/2002 5:54:22 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 4 replies · 646+ views
    As soon as I figure out a plan of attack, I will begin fixing all these minor timestamp issues. They are all along the lines of exactly 1 to 8 hours off plus or minus. This is due to the lousy time zone handling and adjustments I've made in the past. Technically, the system is running in the Pacific time zone with daylight savings adjustments. All timestamps are written in the database at either the current localtime or "adjusted" to UTC/GMT/Zulu. When read back, I make adjustments to display the time in the user-preferred time zone. Its become utter chaos...
  • Forum Software Update - July 9th, 2002

    07/09/2002 5:18:29 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 6 replies · 651+ views
    <p>I've updated the software, you may have bumped into the new features, maybe not.</p> <p>The voting results now have colorful graphics. Isn't that just great?</p> <p>Log In/Log Off have been greatly enhanced. You can now choose a security level at login time, with options ranging from More Convenient to More Secure. The More Convenient setting remembers your name when you log off, the More Secure setting doesn't ever save a cookie to your hard drive (it uses "session cookies" which go away when you close your browser window.) And with the More Secure setting, when you go to the Log Off page, it logs you out of all computers you may be logged into. There are two settings inbetween. Visit the login page for more information.</p>
  • Possible software glitch

    07/06/2002 9:22:44 AM PDT · by liberallarry · 8 replies · 636+ views
    self | July 6, 2002 | liberallarry
    I often use "My Comments" to keep track of posts to me when I don't have time to follow the thread itself. Lately I've noticed that "My Comments" doesn't list all posts addressed to me - causing me to make mistakes. Anyone else have that problem?
  • Please Test the New Focus Software!

    06/29/2002 7:03:06 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 18 replies · 739+ views
    I've setup a test database on my development server to test the new focus software. I've made extensive changes to the underbelly and in a few other places visible to you where I've basically rewritten the software. This database is almost completely empty! You will need to create a new account. DO NOT USE YOUR FREE REPUBLIC PASSWORD. Just in case this thing isn't as secure as I'd like it to be. Give it a good run! I've spent dozens of hours testing it, but I'm sure somebody will find more critical bugs that need to be fixed. When all...
  • Quickie: Toggle Word Wrap on Post Reply

    06/20/2002 5:39:06 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 16 replies · 1,553+ views
    You should now be able to toggle word wrap on and off in the post reply window. I will add similar functionality to post_article as soon as possible.
  • Coming Attraction: "Kill Files" (Ignore and more)

    06/19/2002 4:43:21 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 68 replies · 1,722+ views
    Many familar with USENET News may have heard of the killfile, or of killfiling someone. A killfile is simply a list of names you wish to ignore. Any posts with a matching name in the killfile are discarded, unread. The Focus software will have the ability to killfile posters, or in other words, the often requested "Ignore" feature. However, Focus killfiles will be much more. First, a little info about how the posting software works. When a post is made, a number of records are placed onto a list. This list is the source data for the Self-Search routine among...
  • Beta: 403 Forbidden

    06/19/2002 1:04:07 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 16 replies · 867+ views
    No, you are not banned. Visitors to are greeted with the error message: An Error Occurred 403 Forbidden I fiddled with the knobs for a few minutes but could not elicit a friendlier response. I tried configuring Apache with ErrorDocument 403 "Sorry, the beta is offline." but it simply refuses to register (if you know why, please tell me!) Not too many people used the beta since it had gone completely away some time ago after I discovered a serious flaw in all branches of the code. Beta is back now, but only for me, to assist me in...
  • NEW! HTML Auto-Detected **REVISED EDITION**

    06/18/2002 11:57:44 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 42 replies · 1,833+ views
    I've revised the magical auto-detection routine. It will now leave your reply alone if you use anything resembling HTML. HELP! Q) What does HTML auto-detected mean? REVISED A) If you do not include text that looks like HTML in your reply, then your reply will post exactly as typed, including all <, > and & symbols that HTML considers special. Vertical space will be preserved, to start a new paragraph you would only need to press your Enter key twice, just as you would in a word processor. Additionally, anything that looks like a hyperlink ex. will automatically be...
  • NEW! Improved Post Reply

    06/18/2002 8:32:39 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 91 replies · 1,015+ views
    I've made some improvements to Post Reply. You'll see 'em.
  • NEW! Add keywords to existing articles!

    06/16/2002 7:20:43 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 31 replies · 856+ views
    You now have the ability to add keywords to existing articles. In the KEYWORD column, click "Add Keyword" to access the form. You must be logged in to use this function. For security and cleanup duty, keywords added via "Add Keyword" are logged with your user id, though currently only moderators can view this information (though that may change in the future.) Use this feature as an ad hoc topic system and replacement for the deprecated bump list register.
  • NEW! Arrange your sidebars with My Subscriptions!

    06/16/2002 5:32:35 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 7 replies · 693+ views
    You can now arrange your sidebar, including the order of topics and how many threads to display in each topic. Give it a whirl.
  • Where did the Beta go?

    05/23/2002 6:01:37 PM PDT · by smith288 · 10 replies · 641+ views
    6/23/2002 | Me
    What happened to the Beta FR? I used it because of the CSS styles and other preference options. Ever since FR went down last week, it hasnt been up...whats the deal?
  • Stop Pinging Me! (Vanity)

    05/03/2002 7:37:29 PM PDT · by usconservative · 157 replies · 1,654+ views
    Self ^ | 5/3/2002 | USConservative
    Why is it whenever one posts a reply on a thread for a particular topic, other Freepers feel the need to "ping" you for everything under the sun? It seems as if anytime I post a reply on a thread, 15 people add me to their "ping" list. Ok, maybe 15 is an exaggeration, the exact count was probably 10. These "ping" lists can and usually are for something unrelated to anything that would remotely interest me. Not always, but most of the time. And it's darn annoying since 9 times out of 10 I don't know the person pinging...
  • No Squid Lingerd - Squid Ousted, Lingerd Stepping Up

    04/15/2002 2:24:00 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 8 replies · 1,088+ views
    Monday April 15, 2002 FRESNO, CA -- Free Republic fired long-term httpd accelerator Squid Saturday evening. Replacing heavyweight Squid is lingerd (iAgora Software), a lightweight but young oh-point-nine-four release. The new hire is yet unproven, but handled Monday morning rush hour traffic without incident. Free Republic has employed squid as an httpd accelerator for nearly three years. An httpd accelerator is a comparatively small process situated between end-user and web server. Its sole job is to free the web server from having to spoon-feed slow clients, allowing the web server to immediately handle the next request. Without an accelerator, for...
  • Poetic Eulogy for Arial

    04/10/2002 7:43:28 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 31 replies · 607+ views
    She was a fine font, many agree; Sadly no longer with thee.
  • FR on Wireless Web enabled phone?

    04/08/2002 7:59:37 PM PDT · by Noslrac · 5 replies · 1,209+ views
    Somewhat a vanity maybe. So I'm sitting here at the computer with this new cell phone beside me and I'm playing with the wireless web browser. And like any good free republic addict, I decide that I should suggest a WAP version of FR. Wouldn't that be good clean fun to have the ability to check FR from anywhere using the your cell phone. Imagine you are out camping, away from the wonderful computer desk you call home, with no tv, and no radio...but you do have your trusty phone charged to the max calling your name. To which you...
  • Beta Release - Sat Apr 6, 2002 <CHAT CANDIDATE 1>

    04/06/2002 6:32:07 PM PST · by John Robinson · 84 replies · 1,759+ views
    Installed the first candidate for a chat program.Click here for Beta Chat (requires Java) Out of the box this is ugly! But it is open source, and I can fix the ugliness. The name of this product is NFC Chat, written by Lyrisoft Solutions, Inc. Source, etc available here It supports chat rooms. When you first sign in, it takes you to a list of rooms. Click a room to enter chat mode.
  • OK FREEPERS! 7 Days ago FRee Republic had a make over, how do you like it so far?

    04/06/2002 4:05:17 AM PST · by TLBSHOW · 177 replies · 558+ views
    4/6/2002 | TLBSHOW
    7 Days ago FRee Republic had a make over, how do you like it so far? Last Saturday free republic changed to beta format for it's web site design and the crowd went mad. Many loved the new site design and others hated the new site design. Now that the dust has settled and a week has passed. How do you like it now? This is a question and opinion thread. Thanks!
  • Beta Release - Fri Apr 5, 2002

    04/05/2002 11:26:31 PM PST · by John Robinson · 37 replies · 657+ views
    Today's installment of beta testing joy. New, strange, link tree. Right here This will probably become some form of links database. Installed new style sheets, including the start of the "Blue Bars" style sheet. Check it out here
  • Beta Release - Thu Apr 4, 2002

    04/04/2002 11:21:59 AM PST · by John Robinson · 117 replies · 1,903+ views
    ARGGH! Such a lengthy post... completely lost. (I lost my post! Grrrr Microsoft!) Let's try this again. Excuse the brevity, I'm tired of typing this message. Installed a new beta. Today's installment of Freeping Creaturism: MANAGE SUBSCRIPTIONS (Topics, your sidebar) -- order them any way you please. You must be logged in, find the "My Subscriptions" link in your nearest Personal menu (click on your name in the upper right corner.) REVIEW SUBSCRIPTIONS -- View all your subscribed topics in a multi-column page. Great for catching up with the day. STYLE SHEETS -- Now using style sheets. Those in the...
  • OK, I searched and still couldn't find an answer, so...

    04/02/2002 10:57:47 AM PST · by cuz_it_aint_their_money · 23 replies · 432+ views
    4/2/2002 | Cuz_it_aint_their_money
    OK, I have searched and searched and could find nothing stating that the Flag sidebars have been removed. Am I wrong? Cuz as of yesterday (April Fools???? maybe???) the flag sidebar has disappeared? Did I do something wrong? How do I get the flag sidebar back?HELP! BTW JimRob. I like the new format. It does take some getting used to, but I like it.
  • Question about new format...

    04/02/2002 1:20:53 AM PST · by TomGuy · 7 replies · 278+ views
    Last nite, I noticed the Front Page and Breaking (right column) bouncing back and forth. First, Breaking was on top (good) and Front Page was below it. Refresh screen and Front Page is on top and Breaking is below it (not good). This happened several times throughout the day. How do I get Breaking to stay at the top? I tried unscribe/subscribe again with no luck.
  • "Beta" first Impression - Not Good (Freeper Blunt)

    03/28/2002 10:40:21 AM PST · by semper_libertas · 148 replies · 1,164+ views
    3/28/02 | semper_libertas
    My comments are first reaction, gut feel but based on many years experience developing communication materials for the public. Bottomline: It's not great. Keep it dirt simple (like the original). FR is a utility, not a sales brochure. Treat it like a communications tool, maximize the signal and minimize the noise. "Sophisticated" appearance is just additional noise if the graphics do not include any real signal. My eye wanders all over the page looking for a place to rest. It's more complicated graphically than original version. White space is not well considered in layout. Left side bar is too wide,...
  • About the State Boards ...

    03/27/2002 2:28:44 PM PST · by John Robinson · 108 replies · 1,216+ views
    I want to improve the per-state message boards as found here while reducing the total amount of program code (to support.) My idea was to create topics in the News/Activism forum for each individual state and allow interested parties to subscribe to these topics. Example. My thought was that the state-level activism conducted on the per-state message boards would then be greatly enhanced... with the ability to create separate discussion threads, and all the other tools that are included in the standard forum package. However, my idea has been met with much resistance and I would like to know exactly...
  • New Free Republic question

    03/26/2002 11:02:20 PM PST · by farmfriend · 7 replies · 310+ views
    None (no brain you know) | today | me
    I have one gripe with this new format and have gotten no answers from the powers that be.I wish there was a button in the self search that would get you back to the forums. As it is now, you have to back page then go to latest posts and from there to the forum you want.
  • What Does The Current Version Have That The Beta Does Not?

    03/26/2002 9:49:03 AM PST · by John Robinson · 99 replies · 419+ views
    I will wrap up the beta and install it this weekend. What necessary functions are available in the current version of Free Republic's software that are not available in the beta?