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"If FR dies, thatís that." - Jim Robinson [Jim's reply at post # 588]
freerepublic.com ^ | 1/11/11 | paulycy

Posted on 01/11/2011 5:28:06 AM PST by paulycy

FYI -

Here are statements from Jim about the future of FreeRepublic.com for those who missed them. They are quite serious.

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"Well, I can say that there are definitely two things that will never happen. 1) Banner ads. 2) Oracle [a completely new database system.] And a third is a total replacement [of the current damaged system.] Don’t have the financial wherewithal."

"To those who wish to leave because of it, see ya."

"If FR dies, that’s that."

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[To: paulycy]

Hey, you want us to get an all new system with all new software and add a few more pricey techs, system programmers and database administrators to keep it all working 100% of the time 24/7/365? Well, start coughing up the big bucks.

It’s going to take tens of thousands of donations and many with at least three zeros each after the comma to accomplish the task. And that would be EVERY month like clock work to make the payroll. Once you take on a big load of expensive overhead, there’s no going back. As it is, we get a couple thousand donations per quarter averaging about $30 bucks each and there’s no guarantees we can cover this quarter’s expenses much less next quarter. We’re on a pay as we go system and we have zero employees.We just ask for enough to pay the bills.

Throwing more money at the problem won’t solve it. [This latest glitch] was a technical issue and we just had to keep troubleshooting until we found it. And no, we’re not going to invite a bunch of strangers in to get their hands on our secure systems. John has been programming since he was 14 and he’s pushing 40 now. He built these systems and he’s an expert in them.

And no, we are not going to throw out our software and rewrite it and no we’re not going to move on to some other database system. There are no guarantees that any other system can do a better job and not without hiring a staff to build and maintain it and that’s for sure. And we don’t have the financial wherewithal to do any of that anyway. Maybe if we had a couple million bucks at our disposal and a couple years to do it in we could build an iron-clad system. And maybe not.

All I can say is, if someone else can do it better and cheaper, then please step right on up and get ‘er done!! I’ll bow out and retire. Thankyouverymuch.

Hit it boys:

https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/

And no, we have no plans of taking FR commercial. I like it the way it is. Not sure I could handle getting rich.

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- Jim Robinson

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2653583/posts?page=168#168


TOPICS: Breaking News; Free Republic
KEYWORDS: blogpimp; defragthedatabase; fr; freepathons; freerepublic; future; glitch; ilovefr; jimrob; metmom; netizen; raid10
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To: trisham

According to post #122, this site costs about $360K annually to run. I have no idea whether this is a “reasonable” number or not. But there are 330,000 members. If everyone donated just $1.10 a YEAR, it would keep FR going indefinitely.

If just 10% donated $1 a month, that too would pay the bills.

If just 1% donated $10 a month, that too would pay the bills.
etc. etc.

If everyone simply pledged $1 a month today, FR’s funding problems would be over.


1,101 posted on 01/11/2011 2:28:38 PM PST by DrC
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To: Jim Robinson
It works, it works, it works! I'm not worried about it. Someone took my reply on another thread about some people leaving due to lack of updates or upgrades and read more into it than I meant.

Well, then maybe this whole thread created a needless scare. I guess you can tell how much folks appreciate FR (and you) by the level of response it's generated.

You've been a good and able steward of this most valuable resource, Jim, and for that, we are all truly grateful. As I said previously, be it far from me to tell you how to run your site. You obviously know what you're doing, and have given all of what's been offered here a great deal of thought.

That said, you know we Freepers are irrepressible, and will freely offer our advice, whether you want it or not .. LOL

1,102 posted on 01/11/2011 2:30:11 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; ...

quoting Jim Robinson:
All I can say is, if someone else can do it better and cheaper, then please step right on up and get 'er done!! I'll bow out and retire. Thankyouverymuch.
See his reply at 588 by clicking the "to 588" link.


1,103 posted on 01/11/2011 2:31:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: paulycy

Did you know that you just posted number 11k, on 1/11/11 ???
The stars must all be aligned.


1,104 posted on 01/11/2011 2:31:49 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: paulycy; FReepers
JIM JUST WROTE!

Woo hoo!!

And this just in:

$10.00 from Texas
$50.00 from Illinois
$200.00 from Virginia
$20.00 monthly from California
$10.00 from Texas
$25.00 from Iowa
$10.00 monthly from Texas
$50.00 monthly from Washington
$50.00 from Pennsylvania
$30.00 monthly from Arizona
$20.00 from Never Never Land
$60.00 from New Jersey
$50.00 from California
$30.00 monthly from Arizona
$30.00 monthly from Colorado
$10.00 from Massachusetts

Thank you all very much!!




1,105 posted on 01/11/2011 2:32:03 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Windflier
Well, then maybe this whole thread created a needless scare.

I sure hope not!

1,106 posted on 01/11/2011 2:32:34 PM PST by paulycy (The Constitution is a Formal Contract. Live up to it or lose your job, Congress.)
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To: Quix

Hanging out on the Religion forum is a choice. Nobody is forced to be there.


1,107 posted on 01/11/2011 2:32:35 PM PST by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: vox_freedom
B T T T ! ! !


1,108 posted on 01/11/2011 2:33:16 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: vox_freedom
Did you know that you just posted number 11k, on 1/11/11 ???

Yikes!

1,109 posted on 01/11/2011 2:33:34 PM PST by paulycy (The Constitution is a Formal Contract. Live up to it or lose your job, Congress.)
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To: onyx

I found a Laminated Onyx egg in a closet I was cleaning out yesterday and wondered if it was one of yours?


1,110 posted on 01/11/2011 2:34:21 PM PST by tubebender (The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Eureka...)
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To: eastforker

And you would be wrong. I accept most Christian denominations (Catholic, Baptist, non-denom, Lutheran, Methodist, etc) as my brothers and sisters in Christ. We all agree on the same basic tenants and the Person work and nature of Jesus Christ.

You assume I have a ‘flavor’ but you couldn’t be more wrong. MrR and I divide our time between Lutherans, Methodists, a non denom, a Calvary Chapel and an Assemblies of God. They are all Christians.

The REAL Christian isn’t defined by me, it is defined by the Bible.


1,111 posted on 01/11/2011 2:35:16 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex Mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

DUDE!!! This whole forum is a choice, don’t be tellin people where they should or shouldn’t go.If I wanna go there and Bit#%, thats what I’ll do.


1,112 posted on 01/11/2011 2:36:51 PM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: Jim Robinson

GOD Bless!


1,113 posted on 01/11/2011 2:37:47 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Soothesayer9
Same here. I dont like the gay thing at all...I'll go out of my way to avoid them, but it was the site owner's general attitude on the threads that kept me from donating $200. There are civil ways to go about "purging", and that was about as uncivil as they come.

Another FReeploader who's trying to blackmail FR with threats of withholding contributions because they don't like the way the site is run.

Do you always use services without paying if you don't like the owners attitude? Old timers were warned REPEATEDLY about their posts. They weren't purged out of the blue. When they were warned and they kept it up, they got what they asked for.

Zotting noobs is a different matter. And they were often warned as well, by other FReepers. Nobody bought it without warning.

Or do you pay for the service provided because you availed yourself of it and it's the right thing to do.

You don't need to brag about how much you're not giving to FR because you're offended. Nobody really cares. If you don't like the way FR is run, nobody is forcing you to stay. Just leave already and keep your money.

You are another one to whom I will say..... grow up.

1,114 posted on 01/11/2011 2:38:17 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: paulycy; onyx

Tis a two way street of course. Thank you all for the services you provide so many.


1,115 posted on 01/11/2011 2:38:46 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: eastforker

Just got a chance to read most of this thread and I wanted to tell you that I agree with you. It’s pitiful and shameful.


1,116 posted on 01/11/2011 2:39:54 PM PST by beandog
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To: reaganaut

As I said, as YOU perceive it to be. Nothing wrong with that.You shouldn’t be deciding what is right for others.


1,117 posted on 01/11/2011 2:41:11 PM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: Soothesayer9; pt17
And seriously...no edit button?? What the hell?

It's nice not having an edit button.

That way people can't post something inflammatory and then go back and change it and deny it. It forces people to own their posts.

1,118 posted on 01/11/2011 2:41:20 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: FARS
"...It could be posted for sale by Freepers who have blogs or access to blogs giving FR as the order point."
Good idea. Perhaps FR will be able to follow through.
1,119 posted on 01/11/2011 2:43:35 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: airborne

“Why is it we won’t allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.”

Because schools are where they indoctrinate you with Socialism, while prisons are places for repentance.


1,120 posted on 01/11/2011 2:43:48 PM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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