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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: DrewsMum

Thank you, DrewsMum. Thank so much.


381 posted on 01/11/2011 8:20:17 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: DrewsMum
I just donated.. I’ve been unemployed for 8 months and uneligible for unemployment....

Thank you, DrewsMum.

382 posted on 01/11/2011 8:20:43 AM PST by paulycy (The Constitution is a Formal Contract. Live up to it or lose your job, Congress.)
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To: Osage Orange; Admin Moderator

Where’s a mod when you need one? Hey, mod, this guy is spewing anti-RINO rhetoric! And I’m about to hit the report abuse button.

What are you going to do about it? /s

LOL!


383 posted on 01/11/2011 8:21:00 AM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Freddd
Stop insulting people when they put up a post would be a good start for some.

Honestly, I don't know what insult you are referring to.

384 posted on 01/11/2011 8:21:42 AM PST by paulycy (The Constitution is a Formal Contract. Live up to it or lose your job, Congress.)
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To: Moose Burger
Oracle is not an option. It usually isn’t. Way overpriced for what it does, more hype than substance.

I was the Project Manager for bringing a Government Corporation from a 16 bit system to Oracle 8i and putting them on the web with a total interface that allowed people to register and manage their accounts on line.

In its place, Oracle is useful if you need a normalized database with quite a few bells and whistles. I do not think that the FR site requires a normalized database and that would only make things more expensive and a waste of time and precious money.

385 posted on 01/11/2011 8:21:50 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Freddd
Stop insulting people when they put up a post would be a good start for some.

Now that's crazy talk. /s :-)

386 posted on 01/11/2011 8:22:09 AM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Osage Orange

Already said I don’t and reason why is because a) I don’t feel like this is MY forum and b) I don’t like the conservative litmus test that you have to jump thru. Why would I donate and then get banned for posting my opinion that isn’t 100% agreed to by the higher ups? All you people that want people to go AWAY with differing opinions should be forking over more of their money. Not me.

Besides, posting here on a iPhone is a HUGE pain


387 posted on 01/11/2011 8:22:57 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: writer33
I just don’t know if I could live with myself if I thought we didn’t have a big tent. /s :-)

You're on a roll! LOL

388 posted on 01/11/2011 8:23:00 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: EBH

In fact, it MUCH more resembles a church.


389 posted on 01/11/2011 8:23:20 AM PST by beezdotcom
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To: metmom

Yes, I know.
:-)


390 posted on 01/11/2011 8:23:24 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: Let's Roll; paulycy; All

And that is sort what I am talking about.

Those folks want to claim membership to FR, but they don’t financially contribute. All the begging in the world isn’t going to change that. All the threats of FR potentially going away next quarter isn’t going to change that...

Why do “they” have so much sway in the operations of this site?

Fleeting thought across my mind...do they remind you of anyone in our society now? Using resources and the expense of “the rich?”

My suggestion is to allow a newbie to sign up and participate for a probation period. At the end of the period they can have the option to subscribe to maintain privileges or go to read only.


391 posted on 01/11/2011 8:23:31 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Triangulate, Jim. Triangulate! LOL!


392 posted on 01/11/2011 8:24:12 AM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: CottonBall

The post that I was responding to was about religion bashing and candidate bashing. Supporting Rinos will get you banned. I avoid the Religion forum. It’s a good place to get kicked and/or banned.


393 posted on 01/11/2011 8:25:13 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: jellybean

I sent a reply to him. Thanks


394 posted on 01/11/2011 8:25:22 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz, you’re so sexy when you get tough.


395 posted on 01/11/2011 8:25:40 AM PST by donna (Political Correctness is cultural Marxism - Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms.)
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To: paulycy

Been here since 1998. Just signed up for $15.00 per month.

God bless,J.R.


396 posted on 01/11/2011 8:27:07 AM PST by Lima_Two_Zero_Alpha
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To: writer33

I’m laughing at some of the complaints. *shaking head*


397 posted on 01/11/2011 8:27:40 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: donna
Laz, you’re so sexy when you get tough.

(Curtsey)

398 posted on 01/11/2011 8:28:09 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, than Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Lima_Two_Zero_Alpha
Been here since 1998. Just signed up for $15.00 per month.

Thank you so much for a monthly donation, L2ZA!

399 posted on 01/11/2011 8:28:20 AM PST by paulycy (The Constitution is a Formal Contract. Live up to it or lose your job, Congress.)
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To: paulycy
Comments? Suggestions?
I've been a monthly donor for years, and believe the key is to increase that area of participation. Find a way to identify , at a glance, who the monthlies are.

Maybe a different color to the font of their handle, maybe a gold star, or a mini American flag icon next to your name. Maybe different colors for different levels of monthly donation amounts. Platinum stars for those giving over a hundred?

I believe that if the monthlies were easily identified, more people would proudly participate that way.

400 posted on 01/11/2011 8:28:53 AM PST by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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