Skip to comments.So your vanity thread is news because you think it is important? What if everyone did that?
Posted on 01/16/2019 2:36:58 PM PST by null and void
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You posted this crap in Front Page News.
Well, I wasn’t going to post it in BREAKING!!!!
Yeah, how many threads a day would we get without blog postings? How many have the blogbashers driven away from FR and then they wonder why FReepathons take so long.
Hey, lots of us, including me, would LOVE to write Awesome Opus Threads, but only on condition we can apply Leftist's "Opus Rules" to ourselves.
In other words, if Cher and Babs and their ilk can announce before every election that they're permanently leaving the USA, but never have their feet held to the fire afterwards for reneging on their promise, then Freepers should also have the right to permanently leave FR multiple times.
Only we shouldn't be forced to wait another 2 years for our next Opus. I think a limit of one Opus per month per member would be fair, don't you?
Wat u say?
Very nice. I’ll have to steal that one.
Jim Robinson should just charge for bloggers and vanitys.
Yep, thats me always looking for solutions, smartest guy on the internets,
a real dern geanieass if I do say so myself.
My vanitys would be free of charge of course.
Is it possible the thread is about George Hamilton?
Anyone up for a trip to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the Sun?
(NO! please not Bonnie Tyler’s song.....)
We would all be important like hubbleman!
You have that backwards my FRiend.
You’ve been here longer than I have. So you know this place used to be a clean well moderated site without mindless vanities, badly posted excerpted threads, blogs, youtube videos, and numerous duplicate postings every damn day. All the while getting Freepathons done is less than a month.
Now look at this place. Look at the back to back FReepathons.
You see the connection?
Now that’s an EPIC vanity post!!!
I don't think you're a loser, but I do like this GIF.
and that's what the 'chat' section is for. Go for it, FReepers! Stimulating debate is what FR is all about.
Your most honorable Nullness, what exactly is the purpose of this thread?
I don't have a problem with established Freepers posting an occasional vanity about something. I've done it.
Blogpimps are a different creature. They post excerpts to their blog only to get hits. Look up their posting history, and it's 1 of, 1 of, 1 of. Never participate in a conversation. Sometimes bordering on spam. Or advertisements.
That's who gets 'bashed'.
I think it comes down to this:
Years ago, when Free Republic was young, Jim Robinson was sued by the LA Times and Washington Post for copyright violations.
Many of us thought that the lawsuit had no merit as this was clearly fair use. However, Jim didn’t have unlimited funds to fight it. Bottom line. Legally, the rich win over the poor, despite a case’s merits.
So we had an order to all FReepers, to only post excerpts of their articles, and this list of “verboten” news sites grew and grew. Some we could only paraphrase.
Over the many years, Free Republic has grown and grown. The stickiness of the site—how much time people spend here, is phenomenal! Over the same many years, the number of hits and stickiness of a site can be used to generate a lot of revenue. Now Free Republic does NOT advertise, so that revenue isn’t seen here... Which makes the site so much nicer to read and navigate.
When a news site is excerpted here, in order to read the entire article, a FReeper must go to the link of that source. Unlike Free Republic, many even so-called legitimate news sites are filled with trash—tracking ads, popups, annoying offers, and even login pages from a walled site. This annoys people to no end, especially people used to Free Republic’s cleanliness in this regard.
When someone has a conservative blog they want to post an article from, they’re free to do so, and when that site is not on the excerpted list, they can post the WHOLE article, which is a blessing to people here, for the above reasons.
But some blog posters want to use Free Republic to generate revenue, so excerpt their own blogs, using FReeper’s curiosity to read the whole thing, and then get ad revenue while FReeper’s browsers are trashed. And to make matters worse, many of these blog posters aren’t really FReepers. You’ll see they only ever have ONE post in a thread, their thread to their excerpted blog. They never give one single dime to Free Republic, which has now almost continuous fund raisers to pay for our ad-less web site.
THIS is what we call blog pimping.
I’m sure you are reasonable and see that this is very unfair.
Not every blog does this—many are as good and even better than so-called real news sites. When they make an effort to share all of their content with us, and the blog writers (and that is as opposed to regular FReeper’s posting someone else’s blog) participate in the discussion—this is good, and they should never be scorned like the blog pimps hitherto described.
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