Skip to comments."If FR dies, thatís that." - Jim Robinson [Jim's reply at post # 588]
Posted on 01/11/2011 5:28:06 AM PST by paulycy
Here are statements from Jim about the future of FreeRepublic.com for those who missed them. They are quite serious.
"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.] Dont have the financial wherewithal."
"To those who wish to leave because of it, see ya."
"If FR dies, thats that."
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.
Its 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, theres no going back. As it is, we get a couple thousand donations per quarter averaging about $30 bucks each and theres no guarantees we can cover this quarters expenses much less next quarter. Were 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 wont solve it. [This latest glitch] was a technical issue and we just had to keep troubleshooting until we found it. And no, were 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 hes pushing 40 now. He built these systems and hes an expert in them.
And no, we are not going to throw out our software and rewrite it and no were 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 thats for sure. And we dont 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!! Ill bow out and retire. Thankyouverymuch.
Hit it boys:
And no, we have no plans of taking FR commercial. I like it the way it is. Not sure I could handle getting rich.
- Jim Robinson
Thank you very much! Your post caught attention like no other.
You’re the only one really crying about it
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.
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.
Let us not forget the hundreds of pages of cut and paste biblical passages to prove a point instead of actual discussion.
C’mon you apes, you wanna live forever?!?
Not really. You’ve tried to pick a fight with others and they ignored you. Now I will too.
I told you this in a thread the other day, too.
It just kills me when one of my own tag lines pop up, LOL.
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.
paulycy posted their reasons for the thread in Post 619. For me, it’s about keeping FR alive and the donations coming in.
Hey!! It’s a good woman who knows a tuba from a Sousaphone - nice!
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.
Aw, c’mon, the fights are half the fun!
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.
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.
See post 588
I think we needed some levity on the thread and Tijeras_Slim supplied it. Actually I think that's his function on FR. :-)
“Shirley, you can’t be serious...”
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