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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


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KEYWORDS: blogpimp; defragthedatabase; fr; freepathons; freerepublic; future; glitch; ilovefr; jimrob; metmom; netizen; raid10
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To: beezdotcom

You can debate that if you want, but from a private company customer service viewpoint, is the direction I think Jim needs to consider.

And I thought I had clarified I recognized the government grant issue with PBS as one of the differences.

The fact remains FR is a private company and it needs to make money right now. FReepathons and begging don’t seem to be enough.


401 posted on 01/11/2011 8:29:40 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
I avoid the Religion forum.

They don't even like my sense of humor... what's up with that? ;)

402 posted on 01/11/2011 8:31:16 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: OldMissileer

To be fair, normalization is a method and a premise used by any database administrator. Third Normal Form normalization is recommended for any database. I can accomplish 3NF without Oracle, in SQL, just by how I declare my database.


403 posted on 01/11/2011 8:31:16 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, than Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: FreedomPoster
I just wanted to note on this thread that “legacy” threads from before some time in 2001 still are unavailable.

I miss them. I should have copied some of them for reference. It bugs me when I see us forgetting that something has all been done before and not that long ago.

404 posted on 01/11/2011 8:31:25 AM PST by donna (Political Correctness is cultural Marxism - Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms.)
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To: TnGOP; MinuteGal
Why on earth FR HAS to have a Religious Forum beats me.

I agree!! Politics and religion don't mix.

Didn't it occur to you that that is WHY there's a RF?

Perhaps the RF could be restricted to prayer requests and devotionals. One per day per devotional.

405 posted on 01/11/2011 8:31:36 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: EBH

“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.”

Like it.


406 posted on 01/11/2011 8:32:48 AM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
They don't even like my sense of humor... what's up with that? ;)

I just don't understand that! ;-)

407 posted on 01/11/2011 8:33:37 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
People don't get banned here generally...for posting their opinion. Not sure why you are using that as an excuse...for not donating.

Now if you crap on Jim's carpet...step in it..and track it all over the house...you probably ain't gonna live long here.

My guess is you just want some/any excuse to NOT donate.

You make no sense....

Good-bye.....

408 posted on 01/11/2011 8:33:48 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: donna

For the benefit of us “newbies,” what’s a legacy thread?


409 posted on 01/11/2011 8:33:58 AM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
Besides, posting here on a iPhone is a HUGE pain

Clearly you have an agenda, you are a troll. I hope you get the zot for being annoying.

410 posted on 01/11/2011 8:34:23 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: EBH
And I thought I had clarified I recognized the government grant issue with PBS as one of the differences.

You did - but then said only people who contribute should have a say. I was mainly addressing that part of your post. To further explain my rebuttal - the content of the site has already been influenced significantly by posters who don't contribute financially. Therefore, it might be counterproductive to leave them out of such discussions, since you may eliminate part of what encourages the rest of us to pay.
411 posted on 01/11/2011 8:35:28 AM PST by beezdotcom
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To: Tijeras_Slim
You're goin' to hay-ell!

You done farted in Church.

412 posted on 01/11/2011 8:35:45 AM PST by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: DrewsMum
Currently do not even have a place to live...literally homeless...yet, I gave...it was only $5.00 b/c it’s all I have...

Bless you!!

Praying 2011 will bring prosperity your way.

413 posted on 01/11/2011 8:35:47 AM PST by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans; 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

So, you can afford an iPhone, the internet connection, and refuse to contribute to a forum on which you participate?

Nice......

If you don't feel like this is your forum, why FReeplaod?

414 posted on 01/11/2011 8:36:18 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Maybe we can start a whole new fundraising conspiracy thread.

For example: Does it really take that much money to run FR? And if so, can Jim stop eating to cut costs. LOL!


415 posted on 01/11/2011 8:36:28 AM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
posting here on a iPhone

phones are for talking
keyboards are for typing

..shuffling off to my dinosaur lunch

416 posted on 01/11/2011 8:37:21 AM PST by tomkat ( fubo)
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To: DJ MacWoW; Ripliancum; Marty62; republicanbred; InvisibleChurch; Jim Robinson; colorcountry; ...

Frankly, I have had it with the LDS who are blackmailing JR and withholding donations because he doesn’t allow their prostlytizing to go unchallenged.

This is a Free Republic and the RF was created to keep religious topics (which can get heated) out of news/activism.

Every day I am attacked for speaking the truth, posting LDS sources, and telling of my experiences and the LDS want to shut us down.

Every day MY faith is attacked (Threads like “Joseph Smith: Apostle of Jesus Christ” and individual posts) yet I STILL donate and will continue to do so.

Thank you JR for all you do and for allowing free speech (both sides).


417 posted on 01/11/2011 8:38:01 AM 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: Let's Roll; EBH
to subscribe to maintain privileges or go to read only

Works for me if a subscription means that the subscriber has the right to post for as long as he or she has subscribed.

I'm not sure Jim wants to go there.

418 posted on 01/11/2011 8:38:42 AM PST by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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To: Ripliancum
As for Rove, he went to High School in Utah, so he might be an outcast too. ;-)

Rove is an outcast because Rove is a RINO a**HOLE and no other reason.

419 posted on 01/11/2011 8:38:50 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: InvisibleChurch

Don’t know much about Mormonism, do you?


420 posted on 01/11/2011 8:39:36 AM 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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