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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: Marty62

ditto here Marty62

but here’s another thing that Jim did not directly address in his note to everyone here @FR in clear english:

The bottom line cost of the server(s) and the new and forthcoming government clampdowns on information flow to websites such as this where opinion is expressed.

This is where the bottleneck resides.


1,361 posted on 01/11/2011 9:42:02 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT ( JC Webster's fav words: "the boiling pits of sewage" roflmao)
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To: paulycy
Thanks very much, super special you!

Click the pic to pitch in!
This beautiful post is the work of FReeper Fichori

1,362 posted on 01/11/2011 10:06:11 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: Jim Robinson

BUMP for excellence!


1,363 posted on 01/11/2011 10:16:02 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Admin Moderator; DJ MacWoW

re: Sidebar(Gil)

Are we going to have a Moderator Fest now?


1,364 posted on 01/11/2011 10:20:06 PM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: Jim Robinson

ping and give


1,365 posted on 01/11/2011 11:02:02 PM PST by bitt ( Charles Krauthammer: "There's desperation, and then there's reptilian desperation, ..")
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To: Jim Robinson

read and give


1,366 posted on 01/11/2011 11:02:20 PM PST by bitt ( Charles Krauthammer: "There's desperation, and then there's reptilian desperation, ..")
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To: Windflier; DJ MacWoW
Windflier, I couldn't have said it better myself. FR is well organized and easy to use. Its lack of eye candy and banner ads is a bonus, not a drawback.

DJ, FR isn't a business model, it's a conservative activism site. It's also Jim's baby. He brought it into the world and nurtured it to its present influential state. Jim knows what's best for FR.

1,367 posted on 01/11/2011 11:14:10 PM PST by abbyg55
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To: raybbr
... of all the forums I use FR is the best laid out, user friendly, organized and the best designed.

As far as I have seen, that is an absolute fact. I have not seen any site that makes it clear who you are responding to AND links to that post AND allows you to edit/add addressees for your post AND is populated largely by sane people AND has Admin Moderators who exercise reasonable judgment and have a sense of humor AND who have gurus like Jim and John who actually respond like human beings to the posters AND allow wonderful social threads AND allow crazy humor threads AND allow funny pre-zot banter before the actual Zot AND I could go on and on ...

It sounds like Jim is perfectly happy to keep operating this way and I understand and hope to see that go on as long as possible. But there may be a time when this homegrown operation becomes unsustainable without some modernization and some routine, mindless IT staffing, I hope overseen by someone committed to keeping Jim's and John's vision, principles and FR architecture alive, and I hope the "someone" will be Jim and John for as long as possible.

Can any of you envision things without FR? Not a pretty picture. I think those of us fortunate enough to have a shot at having a few bucks left when 0bama's death panels take us out, should think about leaving some bucks to FR. We can't risk letting this forum disappear ...

1,368 posted on 01/11/2011 11:32:56 PM PST by SFConservative
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To: potlatch

It sure has!

God bless the FreeRepublic!

May you all find it in your heart...and pocketbook/wallet...to donate at least ONE DOLLAR.

Just ONE DOLLAR...from each and every one of you...

Thank you for the ping, potlatch!


1,369 posted on 01/12/2011 12:13:24 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: Elsie

LOL very good...


1,370 posted on 01/12/2011 12:29:59 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Quix

I concur. I’ve occasionally gone over to KOS to see what the opposition are doing and its just unreadable.


1,371 posted on 01/12/2011 12:31:38 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: paulycy

According to this site, FR is worth almost a million dollars:
http://www.yourwebsitevalue.com/details/f/r/e/freerepublic_com.html

Interesting article;

Plentyoffish: 1-Man Company May Be Worth $1Billion
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/plentyoffish_one_billion.php


1,372 posted on 01/12/2011 1:16:22 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: FARS

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2654879/posts?page=1342#1342

0Cents...

http://www.0cents.com/Freep-Stuff/Pajama-Patrol/c18/index.html?osCsid=gvirg3l8bhkfqqc6vd1a9uui93


1,373 posted on 01/12/2011 4:30:14 AM PST by glock rocks (I am Dyslexis of Borg. Your ass will be laminated.)
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To: reaganaut; Elsie
The reason that Elsie's post are “hateful” is that they layout over and over again the truth of Mormon Doctrine, the words of their “prophets” and such.

As has been amply demonstrated any attempt at presenting Mormon information in anything other than an LDS controlled way is bigotry and is a hateful attack.

Interesting.

If ones doctrine was sound I think one would like someone spreading the inforamtion around...

One can have discussions over doctrinal differences, but both sides must have the courage of their convictions and at least a goodly amount of substantial support for their POV.

In a doctrinal battle between fact and fiction, fiction loses every time.

Those invested in the fiction only have emotions to react with.

1,374 posted on 01/12/2011 4:39:51 AM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Greysard

You realize that you can Gzip static files and they don’t need to be gzipped every time they are served, right?


1,375 posted on 01/12/2011 4:58:27 AM PST by WaterBoard
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To: Professional Engineer
BTW, where else do you have to learn html at least a bit in order to swim.

We would all sound like the GPS voice without it.

1,376 posted on 01/12/2011 5:12:49 AM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: abbyg55

I’m not the one that said it was a business model. My statement was in italics.


1,377 posted on 01/12/2011 5:16:30 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: republicanbred
Really nothing more to say...

You had nothing to say to begin with.

1,378 posted on 01/12/2011 5:18:11 AM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: republicanbred
If you don’t think that Elsie’s response is full of hate then you clearly have a different definition of hate.

Hate: anything that is not positive and glowing about MORMONism.

1,379 posted on 01/12/2011 5:19:26 AM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Vanders9

INDEED.

Thx for your kind reply.


1,380 posted on 01/12/2011 5:20:52 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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