Skip to comments.Should Free Republic become a paid subscription service?
Posted on 06/23/2006 12:27:30 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
I am not certain what the legal ramifications would be in changing Free Republic from donations to a subscription service. It seems to me the switch may be detrimental to legal issues such as copyrights. If that is true I'd appreciate if someone could briefly explain that to me. However if that is not the case here is my suggestion:
I have been wondering about this for some time now and have not seen any discussions about it. So I would like to ask: Is it time for Free Republic to become an online subscription service?
Currently, the site is very antiquated. People can easily abuse the "add a keyword" feature and there seems to be a growing number of liberal trolls, foreigners and even pro-homosexual agenda-driven people infecting the site. In order to cut down on the undesirables and enhance FR at the same time, would it be advisable to start charging a monthly fee of about 15-30 bucks to be able to log into the site and post? There could also be different subscription levels like Basic, Premium or Platinum. That way, the more you pay the more features you have access to. Some of these extra-services could include storing photos or FR could be a conservative search engine for the web.
I have seen online sites where people can still read the boards for free. FR could do something like that so it would still be accessible to the Conservative public even if they are not paying members with posting priviledges.
Websites that rely heavily on banner and pop-up ads need as many hits as possible so for them restricting posting rights to subscribers might not be so desirable. However, Free Republic does not work like that. There are no ads other than some book links on the home page so the number of hits is not as crucial to the bottom line which is currently being paid for by donations.
Donations seem to be working well, but I am sure the cashflow could be improved. How many of you people honestly are put off donating money to FR because it is not what it should be? Especially in regards to the undesirable element that can be found throughout many of the threads. Wouldn't this change in format go a long way in eliminating the undesirables? I think so. Plus it would be neat to experience an upgraded more modern version of Free Republic.
Note: If you are a democrat troll, foreigner or pro-homosexual/lesbian then I am really not interested in your opinion and you should not be posting it to me (just the fact that I have to add this note is proof that something is not right).
CORZINE: "Cashflow always needs improving"
Pssst! Over here!
Are you the hall monitor for that?
You've been haveing a few too many Grappas down at the restaurant in Alt-Spandau...........
To be honest, I think a troll once and a while for a nice ZOT is fun.
Foreigners that post here normally are an asset to FR.
Since this is not your site and is not run by majority rule I suggest you contact Jim first and get his view. It's the only one that counts. He might even consider this meddling. If you want your own little site where you and similarly minded people can talk (just like DU) then maybe you ought to start your own site and add all the little bells and whistles you want. Maybe you could call it "Idiots are us".
Get off it - poster is OK. But one thing that really sucks here, is people shooting off mouth w/o knowing jack about what they are talking about!!
Yea, sure, right.
Then it would shrivel up and die.
Maybe you want that?
As my FReeper homepage makes clear I am an American.
I picked the name "Berlin_Freeper" to be honest about my living overseas status.
If you require a subscription to allow for the interaction...you will destroy that spice and fire IMHO.
As it is, people voluntarily donate and FR stays alive based on its own strengths and benefits from the legal status all at the same time.
Hope that helps, but having been here since mid 1998 and having been very involved with any number of conservative/constitutional activities...those are my thoughts on the matter.
I agree. What's the problem with "foreigners"? We have lots of great "foreigners" here. Mad Ivan for one. As long as you are convervative, why be a small-minded bigot?
Only for out of country users...
The Dems would LOVE for Free Republic to become a subscription service.
Coach, get over here and help me out!
In a word, no.
Free Republic permits the free exchange of ideas, and even the trolls and moles are good for verbal target practice. Besides, it is fun to peel their 'arguments' apart.
Otherwise, we end up preaching to the choir.
I guess you missed this part
It's the free and independent thinking that makes FR the best on the web
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I agree wholeheartedly. we might as well call it democrats.com if we start a subscription. also, we'd lose members if we made people pay. they'd just start their own blog. we need to keep our efforts together.
There goes my fun :>(
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