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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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To: paulycy

Thank you very much! Your post caught attention like no other.


621 posted on 01/11/2011 9:53:08 AM 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: DJ MacWoW

You’re the only one really crying about it


622 posted on 01/11/2011 9:54:14 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Lazamataz

I know.

But don’t tell anyone that occasionally, I like to play along.

YOU’RE AN ENDURING FR TREASURE, Laz.

However, I suppose we should keep up the appearance of hostility.

I originally typed INCURING as a typo.

I think you do incur a lot. LOL.


623 posted on 01/11/2011 9:54:19 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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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

I have been donating a $100 a quarter for at least ten years, I am going back to a monthly donation in hope that it levels the bumps. As much as people piss and moan this site has been a font of information and studied opinion, except for the wackos, but you learn who they are and ignore them.


624 posted on 01/11/2011 9:54:28 AM PST by Little Bill (Harry Browne is a Poofter.)
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To: Notary Sojac

Let us not forget the hundreds of pages of cut and paste biblical passages to prove a point instead of actual discussion.


625 posted on 01/11/2011 9:54:28 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: paulycy; All

C’mon you apes, you wanna live forever?!?


626 posted on 01/11/2011 9:55:17 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

Not really. You’ve tried to pick a fight with others and they ignored you. Now I will too.


627 posted on 01/11/2011 9:55:25 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Jim Robinson
Ask the guy who posted it. I was just as surprised as anyone when I saw it this morning.

Ping to http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2654879/posts?page=619#619

I told you this in a thread the other day, too.

628 posted on 01/11/2011 9:56:14 AM PST by paulycy (The Constitution is a Formal Contract. Live up to it or lose your job, Congress.)
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To: dfwgator

It just kills me when one of my own tag lines pop up, LOL.


629 posted on 01/11/2011 9:56:18 AM PST by donna (Political Correctness is cultural Marxism - Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms.)
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To: Lazamataz; Alamo-Girl; Amityschild; AngieGal; AnimalLover; Ann de IL; aposiopetic; aragorn; ...

But yes, gears are in motion to create a hard-news site with a Free Republic affiliation. Eventual goal - a cable news network to the right of Fox.


WOW! PRAISE GOD.

PRAYERS FOR YOUR EFFORTS AND GOALS.

ping to the END TIMES & SOUNDING BOARD LISTS FOR PRAYER FOR THE ABOVE.


630 posted on 01/11/2011 9:56:20 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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To: Jim Robinson; paulycy

paulycy posted their reasons for the thread in Post 619. For me, it’s about keeping FR alive and the donations coming in.


631 posted on 01/11/2011 9:56:48 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Hey!! It’s a good woman who knows a tuba from a Sousaphone - nice!


632 posted on 01/11/2011 9:56:59 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: onyx

Did you remember to send in your donation to FR this month?

633 posted on 01/11/2011 9:57:34 AM PST by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: Jim Robinson

This discussion stimulated a depressing thought. Does FreeRepublic=Jim Robinson. More specifically has there been any thought about the site existing after you pass on?

I know that this is your baby, but you have created something bigger than any of us individually. I hope there are plans to keep things going after all of us are dust.


634 posted on 01/11/2011 9:57:43 AM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Aw, c’mon, the fights are half the fun!


635 posted on 01/11/2011 9:57:51 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim, not trying to be rude, but aren’t you concerned about pledge drive overload with threads like these? The current method (donations) aren’t working. I think you have a notion of banner ads as being dangerous or hazardous? Look at Drudge. He uses them and makes a profit. I think you can too.


636 posted on 01/11/2011 9:59:01 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: paulycy

I have been thinking about this all morning.

Jim is saying if we want it to continue we have to fund it.

If it is important we have to fund it.

If we want it to be more/different/better we have to fund it.

If we want it to continue to putt along we need to give more that we are giving.

If we want to build a better bigger system here, we had better be giving a lot more.

Food for thought.


637 posted on 01/11/2011 9:59:06 AM PST by Chickensoup (Protecting US interests ONLY if US interests move back into the States and give US citizens jobs.)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

See post 588


638 posted on 01/11/2011 9:59:43 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: Hegewisch Dupa; Tijeras_Slim
LOL!!

I think we needed some levity on the thread and Tijeras_Slim supplied it. Actually I think that's his function on FR. :-)

639 posted on 01/11/2011 9:59:59 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Condor51

“Shirley, you can’t be serious...”


640 posted on 01/11/2011 10:00:27 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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