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Should FreeRepublic be closed to anyone w/o an account on election day/night?
11-5-12 | Arcy

Posted on 11/05/2012 5:55:58 AM PST by Arcy

On ELECTION NIGHT, Free Republic could help it's members by preventing access to the site by anyone who does not have a valid log-in and password.

It would also be adventageous to prevent the creation of new accounts on FR (starting now) until after the election to keep out the liberals who will certainly come here to explode in anger as elction results come in.

I've noticed in elections past that DU does not allow access to even VIEW their site during elections unless you have an account. We should do the same!


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1 posted on 11/05/2012 5:56:07 AM PST by Arcy
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To: Arcy

Should it still be called free?


2 posted on 11/05/2012 5:57:11 AM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Arcy

Better to have only members see it than no one see it ... like with the debates


3 posted on 11/05/2012 5:58:40 AM PST by clamper1797 (I mourn for the America I grew up in ..fought for ..and loved ..July 4 1776- June 28 2012)
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To: Arcy

Like the DUmp?


4 posted on 11/05/2012 5:59:11 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Arcy
We should do the same!

...we're far from being anywhere near the same, the kitty vikings will be in attendance to take care of insurgents

5 posted on 11/05/2012 5:59:46 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Arcy

I’d go along with that for the 4-5 hours or so when poll closings begin across the country.


6 posted on 11/05/2012 6:00:30 AM PST by Reagan‹berAlles
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To: Arcy

let the inbreeding begin...


7 posted on 11/05/2012 6:01:30 AM PST by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Arcy

It ain’t non-members who are the problem. It ain’t the members who are the problem either.

The problem has been cussed and discussed in detail in many threads recently.

Election night? Here at Free Republic?

(insert evil insane laugh)


8 posted on 11/05/2012 6:01:45 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Arcy
I'm looking on the bright side: I won't be forced to see four threads in Breaking News titled, "CNN calls Iowa for Romney," "CBS calls Iowa for Romney," "NBC calls Iowa for Romney," and "FOX calls Iowa for Romney"

Now multiply that by the 57 states, and DC.

9 posted on 11/05/2012 6:02:57 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Arcy
I think it should be closed to anyone who misuses apostrophes and can't spell.

8~)

10 posted on 11/05/2012 6:02:59 AM PST by real saxophonist
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To: Arcy

I WANT!!!! to see them explode in anger! What could be better than that?


11 posted on 11/05/2012 6:03:34 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Arcy

I actually thought they did this already.

Does anyone know why FR has been so messed up for the past 2-3wks in the evenings (especially)?
I thought about 6 months ago everything was upgraded?


12 posted on 11/05/2012 6:03:40 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: stuartcr
Should it still be called free?

Sure....I think the idea is to prevent it from being called "504" which is most likely what it will be called for everybody on election night.

That said, I think it's probably too late to be able to pull off changes like that.

In past threads, Jim has provided links to the facebook site for live thread discussion on election night. I think that's going to have to do.
13 posted on 11/05/2012 6:03:40 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Arcy

Call me a conspiracy nut, but FR well could be one of the few places where we could get the truth. I see a Romney/Republican landslide up and down all tickets and the Marxists attempting to control all the media and pretend it didn’t happen.


14 posted on 11/05/2012 6:03:47 AM PST by patriotsblood
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To: Arcy

Restrict FREE Republic?

Nawwwww! Let’er rip!

We have all sorts of other electronic toys with which to communicate our opinions, including the personal enjoyment of watching the TV Liberal Agenda Media be “stunned” that the voters are voting as if the lives of our Military Service Men and Women depended upon it - - - .


15 posted on 11/05/2012 6:04:06 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Doogle

Okay, Doogle, then don’t let me see you complaining on the Free Republic Facebook page or Yahoo Group when Free Republic is unable to load for you because the servers are having to load pave views for liberals who are coming here to try and disrupt or simply see what’s happening over here.


16 posted on 11/05/2012 6:04:08 AM PST by Arcy (When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, people groan.)
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To: Reagan√úberAlles

I think for the four hours of election returns, that would be a great idea.It will be when we are frantically trying to get the reports first hand.

Otherwise is there any suggestions of another conservative site we can access during that time?


17 posted on 11/05/2012 6:04:40 AM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: Arcy

...take your shot, look back at my posts of the last few years about FR speed, you won’t find a complaint about speed from me


18 posted on 11/05/2012 6:06:26 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Arcy

I don’t know that FR has the capability to do that, do you?


19 posted on 11/05/2012 6:06:29 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: nuconvert
Does anyone know why FR has been so messed up for the past 2-3wks in the evenings (especially)? I thought about 6 months ago everything was upgraded?

You asked and answered in the same post....

lol. I'm an "IT" guy and in my line of work, usually your second question is the answer to your first.
20 posted on 11/05/2012 6:06:53 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Arcy
Let em come.

Win or lose we'll kick their ass.

21 posted on 11/05/2012 6:07:12 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Arcy
It would also be adventageous to prevent the creation of new accounts on FR (starting now) until after the election to keep out the liberals who will certainly come here to explode in anger as elction results come in.

New users have their submissions reviewed by moderators prior to them being posted.

22 posted on 11/05/2012 6:07:21 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Arcy; BuckeyeTexan
To accomplish this, you would need to install a complete authentication layer, complete with session-id checking to prevent backdoor access.

So, let us see, we have approximately 36 hours.

Figure, 3 hours on design, 16 hours on coding, 4 hours testing, 4 hours corrections, 3 hours user acceptance testing, 3 hours implementation, 3 hours production testing.

WE HAVE *JUST* ENOUGH TIME! How's your Perl under Linux?

23 posted on 11/05/2012 6:07:36 AM PST by Lazamataz (The Pravda Press has gone from 'biased' straight on through to 'utterly bizarre'.)
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To: Arcy
I do not think it would be a good idea even though I am a monthly donor. Writing that, I think I probably will not be able to reach FR due to overload and have to get my updates elsewhere.

I really wish we could get the problems fixed. FR is most important during these times. I am quite addicted to FR and would like to see easy access, especially during these times.

24 posted on 11/05/2012 6:07:58 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: Arcy

I think FR should implement an emergency wartime footing stance, if nothing else it will be a trial runm to see if it keeps FR up and running.

Allow only a dozen or so threads al election themed, nothing else all day long, all election thtreeads will only last two hours our a set amount of replies, any multiple reply posters will immediately have to wait no less than 30 minutes before they can post again, if the continue to make duplicate posts the are zotted.

seriously this is important, we need to get serious because playing fair and nice doesn’t always win the game.


25 posted on 11/05/2012 6:08:08 AM PST by Eye of Unk (President Romney, get used to it.)
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To: mmichaels1970

so, you’re saying that upgrading screwed things up?


26 posted on 11/05/2012 6:08:22 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: onyx

I’ve hosted websites before, both on my own servers and with hosting companys. The TEMPORARY election night changes I’m suggesting are VERY EASY to employ. It can be done in less than 5-minutes!


27 posted on 11/05/2012 6:08:42 AM PST by Arcy (When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, people groan.)
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To: Admin Moderator; BuckeyeTexan
Yeah, but see my message just below yours. I mean, it's PERFECTLY reasonable to install a complete and tested Authentication model in 36 hours, right?

And to do it a day before the election -- BRILLIANT!!!!

What could POSSIBLY go wrong??!?

28 posted on 11/05/2012 6:09:29 AM PST by Lazamataz (The Pravda Press has gone from 'biased' straight on through to 'utterly bizarre'.)
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To: Arcy

Could it technically be done?


29 posted on 11/05/2012 6:09:47 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Arcy

“I’ve noticed in elections past that DU does not allow access to even VIEW their site during elections unless you have an account. We should do the same!”

Why? Why imitate the losers at DU?

I like the idea of keeping page-load times down, but otherwise, this seems like a bad idea. It indicates a lack of confidence. If Romney is winning—especially big—why would FR need the “protection”?


30 posted on 11/05/2012 6:09:59 AM PST by nkronos
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To: Arcy

I like the idea


31 posted on 11/05/2012 6:10:11 AM PST by Safrguns
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To: real saxophonist

BRAVO! BRAVO!


32 posted on 11/05/2012 6:10:25 AM PST by Founding Father (The Pedophile moHAMmudd (PBUH---Pigblood be upon him))
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To: Arcy
Well, we know it'll be a very busy day and evening, so for bandwadth and system sake, maybe so, and that'd be JimRob & Assoc call.

But it seems like censorship to me, which is more DU's province. I'd vote no.

33 posted on 11/05/2012 6:10:58 AM PST by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Admin Moderator

You need to understand that server resources responding to new account creation is taking bandwidth that could be used for current members!


34 posted on 11/05/2012 6:11:05 AM PST by Arcy (When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, people groan.)
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To: Arcy

Well, there’s your solution!

Start your own website!


35 posted on 11/05/2012 6:12:46 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Lazamataz

I’ve done it before on sites that I’ve hosted and it’s nowhere near the complicated process you’ve outlined. I can do it in 5-minutes flat!


36 posted on 11/05/2012 6:12:46 AM PST by Arcy (When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, people groan.)
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To: Arcy; BuckeyeTexan
I’ve hosted websites before, both on my own servers and with hosting companys. The TEMPORARY election night changes I’m suggesting are VERY EASY to employ. It can be done in less than 5-minutes!

Alllllright sparky. You are on.

I design and maintain websites for a living. Federal ones. Done commercial for decades, as well.

Explain to me, in detail, just what you propose to do at the authentication level, that can be done 'in five minutes'....Let us assume no authorisation concerns. Admin Mod and JimRob will not be in issue as part of your model. I'm willing to cut that slack, just to hear this 'five minute fix'..... :)

(this I gotta hear)

37 posted on 11/05/2012 6:13:58 AM PST by Lazamataz (The Pravda Press has gone from 'biased' straight on through to 'utterly bizarre'.)
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To: Arcy
Should FreeRepublic be closed to anyone w/o an account on election day/night?

That won't matter. FR will chug down to a crawl by tomorrow afternoon and stall out by 7pm ET.

FR has been sputtering since Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech in the 2008 Dem primary.

Two early telethons raised money for new equipment. That fund still has money, so 'equipment' doesn't seem to be the problem. That would seem to leave program software or Internet backbone.

FR has had serious stalling problems since the primary debates.

Best best -- bookmark some of the alternative sites.
38 posted on 11/05/2012 6:14:06 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: nuconvert
so, you’re saying that upgrading screwed things up?

No. I'm just saying in the IT world that upgrading USUALLY screws things up. I have no idea about FR's software or backbone.

Post was more of a dig at myself..whenever I fix something, I tend break ten other things. I don't feel so bad though, Microsoft does the same thing with every OS release.
39 posted on 11/05/2012 6:14:26 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: real saxophonist

Right on’s! I agre.


40 posted on 11/05/2012 6:14:53 AM PST by JPG (Make it happen)
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To: Arcy

Details. Arm waving and grand statements are not details.


41 posted on 11/05/2012 6:14:53 AM PST by Lazamataz (The Pravda Press has gone from 'biased' straight on through to 'utterly bizarre'.)
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To: Lazamataz

People don’t understand. Even IF (big if) software could be written, developed and implemented to allow FReepers only to view...

I’ll go even further.... Even IF (big if) software could be written, developed and implemented to allow ONE THIRD OF ALL FReepers only to view...

This place will be a parking lot tomorrow night.

(IMHO)


42 posted on 11/05/2012 6:15:30 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Arcy
preventing access to the site by anyone who does not have a valid log-in and password.

I thought it always worked this way....and should to prevent posting of deceptive information.

If FR does not work this way it reduces my faith in the validity of posts.

Please announce the truth about Free Republic.

43 posted on 11/05/2012 6:15:57 AM PST by Rapscallion ( Has the House Judiciary Committee also gone AWOL?)
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To: Arcy

Well, there’s a few problems.

Even if the site is closed, it’s still possible to hammer on the doors, so heaps of web traffic may act as denial of service. You have to allow some access just to see if the incoming actually is logging in.

On the other hand, it might be possible to set the site recognition further out and deny access on IP, which is always difficult but sitemeter uses a mechanism like that for the user to sign up for treatment according to his own ip-number. Reject on basis of a non-known IP is light, processwise.


44 posted on 11/05/2012 6:16:43 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Founding Father

The real problem is that, with months of lead time before the election and $100’s of thousands of dollars donated, FR clearly still has major hardware and software structural problems. I’ve noticed that several experienced IT professionals have offered to help but their offers have been turned away. Just look at ping and traceroute times to see that there are network issues. The software seems to be less than efficient also.

I know that this is not going to be a popular comment but as with anything in the free market a fast, modern, and well designed competitor site will eventually emerge unless FR can quickly come to grips with the shortcomings of both the system and perhaps the keepers of the system.


45 posted on 11/05/2012 6:19:33 AM PST by PaForBush
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To: stuartcr
That’s an asinine question, Stuartcr, and is non-responsive to the the question. Perhaps a different thread non-consequnential thread written for the sophmore is more your area of expertise. If not, there’s always barber college.
46 posted on 11/05/2012 6:20:00 AM PST by Arcy (When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, people groan.)
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To: Eye of Unk

I like your ideas. They might work. If the mods started locking threads and deleting duplicate and non-essential threads, this place just might be open for business tomoroow night.


47 posted on 11/05/2012 6:21:15 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Arcy

Does this site experience server load issues when traffic increases, though? I’m no programmer, but the FR is pretty basic text with some static images here and there.

The DUmbos are an eyesore of multimedia insanity.


48 posted on 11/05/2012 6:22:04 AM PST by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It doesn’t require new software to be written. I write .net software applications and .aspx and the implentation of what this post was asking is does NOT require a major undertaking; in fact, it’s very easy to do.


49 posted on 11/05/2012 6:24:10 AM PST by Arcy (When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, people groan.)
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To: Arcy

I don’t think anyone will be able to log in tomorrow after 6 pm, so it isn’t going to matter anyway.


50 posted on 11/05/2012 6:24:58 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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