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The Daily Paul is like a giant electronic billboard on the side of the global information superhighway

The Daily Paul will be four years old on January 19th, and just four years prior, a site like this would have been nearly impossible for an individual to create.

In the early 2000’s, websites were completely static. They were simply broadcasts, devoid of any intereactivity, other than the ability email the webmaster. Strange to think, but a decade ago, there was no YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook, and one would have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to custom program a site like the Daily Paul.

Someone recently emailed me with the news that they'd secured a great domain name, and asked if I had any tips on a cheap and easy way to make it into a website like the Daily Paul, or better yet, if I'd like to help. It is not an uncommon for me to receive requests like that. I told him that I was sorry to break it to him, but that running a site like this is neither easy nor cheap. It is, for me, a 24/7 commitment.

To someone without experience in technology or in running a website, it must look easy. Easy as making water appear from your kitchen faucet. You just turn it on - what’s the big deal? Or as Arthur C. Clarke put it, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

But the magic of this site is not just the technology, but the people. Ron Paul brought us together, but it is the people that make this site special. The DP would not be here without you, regardless of your level of participation. And without the help of my crack team of volunteer moderators (the DP Mod Squad), this site would be overrun with spam and awash in flame wars in a matter of days. Without the programming expertise provided by Jaspreet Singh of Digitivity, the site would have ground to a halt long ago, tangled up in its own code. DPer Joη has contributed enhancements to the site that you have already seen, and more that we'll be rolling out soon. Marc Pope of Falcon Internet generously donates the dedicated server that powers the DP, and last year, the DP community bought a second second one in preparation for the coming onslaught of traffic.

As I hope you see, this site is a giant community project. It is not a faceless corporate profit machine, but a unique and special place of people. But there is one person that holds it all together, managing the personalities, the posts, the comments, the technology, the spammers and the flamers. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but that's the way it is. As Jaron Lanier eloquently puts it in, You Are Not a Gadget, "The places that work online always turn out to be the beloved projects of individuals, not the automated aggregations of the cloud." (p. 72)

Here's a look at some key statistics of the Daily Paul, provided by you, all in support of Ron Paul and the message of Liberty.

  • First post: 1/21/2007
  • Total number of posts to date: 153,769 (and counting)
  • Total number of comments: 1,625,351
  • Number of registered users: 32,133
  • Average number of daily visits: 22,729
    Daily page views: 43,219
  • Total number of visits since site inception: 42,403,507
  • Total pageviews: 85,130,455
  • Global traffic ranking (Alexa): 13,205 (i.e. 13,205th most popular site in the world!, out of literally millions!)
  • U.S. traffic ranking (Alexa): 3,665 (i.e. 3,665th most popular site in the U.S. )
  • Google page result for search term "Ron Paul:" 1
  • Google page result for search term "Ron Paul 2012:" 1
See the Chipin Page
for accurate totals

Now do you see what I see, the giant electronic Ron Paul billboard on the side of the global information superhighway that is the Daily Paul? It is here, serving up a dose of Liberty to thousands of visitors from all over the world 24/7/365. Dr. Paul inspired us, brought us together, and communicated the Message. You’re the ones writing it; I’m the one making sure that the billboard stays clean and brightly lit and doesn’t get vandalized or blown down by the wind.

Whether Ron Paul runs for president in 2012 or not, it is my intention to keep the DP going strong, for as long as possible. But I cannot do it without you. Because of recent legal action against me, I’m in a financial jam. There are still some things that I can't go into publicly, for reasons I can’t discuss. If you want to hear the full story, I'm putting it together into a private report that I'll be email out to anyone who donates at least $5.

The total goal for this fundraising operation, is $7,500 to cover legal expenses. Please use the chipin link, or see the DP's donation page for the snail mail address. Whether I reach that goal or not, I will still need to come up with ways to sustainably fund this project in the future. If you have any ideas, please feel free to email me, and thank you, always and forever, for your support.



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Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you

much appreciated.

He's the man.

You're welcome

I will send you some more cash later in the month, I have a few side projects that will generate some extra $ for me.

I didn't realize when I gave you the Rick Roll your situation was so dire, so my apologies. But hey keep your head up, you do good things, there is no site I visit more.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Rick Rolls

are always appreciated. I always get taken, and they always crack me up. A good reminder not to take things too seriously.

Support, I always appreciate, too.

Thanks again.

He's the man.

AWESOME!

AWESOME!

Is it?

...

I will see what I can scratch together!

DP
is
Awesome

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"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

100 people sending only $12.00 each

would get us to 50% this weekend!

LETS GO FOR IT GUYS!

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

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Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

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and bump

Thanks Michael!

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Many, many thanks

Trapfive.

Nice username, too.

He's the man.

Michael...Donation is on the way!

In the mail later today.

You sure deserve it!

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you.

I'll keep my eye peeled. Thank you for all of your contributions.

He's the man.

22,729 visitors @ $20 = $454,580


What always amazes me is the numbers. If you could somehow encourage a single day's worth of visitors to chip-in $20 bucks each you would have half a million.

of course the internet never

of course the internet never works that way.

Not even paysites can collect 100% for their visitors.

Most sites are lucky if 50% of their unique visitors care enough to donate.

But 10,000 people sending $10 would still be $100,000.

Michael Nystrom's picture

55 Contributors so far.

http://dailypaul.chipin.com/the-daily-paul

10,000 people sending $10 is complete fantasy.

He's the man.

Our check is also in the mail.

Mailed it yesterday. Thanks, Michael!

People would buy a newspaper for a couple of pennies

In 2010 $FRN that is one dollar.

Free includes debt-free!

Michael Nystrom's picture

The Sunday NYT is now $6

here in Boston. That is $312 just for a year of Sunday papers.

He's the man.

Awesome! Comment by tylerc217

Ron Paul: Wikileaks Reveals America’s Delusional Foreign Policy
Post by LatinsforPaul

Awesome! Comment by tylerc217
The New York Times has a link to this thread in their front page article on Ron Paul!!
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/151328#comment-1605887

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/13/us/politics/13paul.html?_r...
Click “delusional foreign policy.”

NYT also linked here
Post by Bobbyw24
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/152035

Free includes debt-free!

Michael Nystrom's picture

Sweet.

Thank you for posting those.

He's the man.

That's neat.

Thanks for posting it.

Hey Mike. Now that your

Hey Mike.

Now that your server is donated.
You have volunteer mods, volunteer programmers.
Aside from your upfront legal fees, what other COSTS are there to you?

We never hear you talk about how much your site makes with ad revenue. Perhaps we should ask, how much should we donate for you to make the site ad-free, or only ads by DPers?

Since you know there are so many happy users of DP, it shouldn't be hard to find one or two amongst them as able and willing to do the job you do (if need be).

Either your site is a revenue to you, and you shouldn't complain. Or your site is a burden to you, and you can hand it to another person who has more time, more patience, and hopefully more money. It can't be both!

If somebody told you he hates his job but wants you to send him money so he can keep working at his job, would that make sense? Or if somebody says he loves his hobby but hates paying for it, would you send him money so he can keep on his hobby?

PS, reminding you that parts of isupportronpaul.com & revolutionaryposters.com appear to have exploits/hacks/virus, please fix it.

SteveMT's picture

"Since you know there are so many happy...

users of DP, it shouldn't be hard to find one or two amongst them as able and willing to do the job you do (if need be)."

Maybe we really need a substitute for you BKV. One that knows that Freedom isn't Free. One that would have learned something in the last 1.6 years about the price of Liberty and what Ron Paul has donated to causes he thought were important. You're post sounds like Mr. Hyde and it saddens me, like you're a lost cause. You can take the antidote now. Where is Dr. Jekyll?

I love the old cliche

I love the old cliche "freedom isn't free" as if the item we talk about is necessarily equivalent to "freedom".

When you say "support our troops, bring them home" they answer "freedom isn't free".

When you say "freedom is a right, not a privilege" they say "freedom isn't free".

If you ask why PACs, lobbyists ask for some much money and never give accounting, they say "freedom isn't free".

If you're asking for money, have something better to say that "freedom isn't free". In this case, is freedom only $7500?

Wait, what cause did Ron Paul donate to?

Ron Paul would never assume

that he had a RIGHT to use someone's private property without a FAIR and agreed upon EXCHANGE OF VALUE.

YOU on the other hand expect everything at DP to be done by others, and not have to contribute at all. And by golly, the GOOD news for YOU OUGHT to be that you DONT have to contribute because contributions are VOLUNTARY.

So here you are, in entitlement heaven, and you are complaining because SOME people CHOSE to ASSIST in the effort when a problem is presented to them. So just the PRESENTATION of the problem and the INVITATION to assist bothers you. It isn't enough that you get DP for FREE, and you get to participate for FREE, and it is not mandatory that you do ANYTHING. NOOOOOOO, you ALSO want it to be a RIGHT instead of a privilege and are insulted that it is even SUGGESTED that you might want to give back in some small way for all that you receive at DP.

Unfortunately you represent a great proportion of the population right now, feeling ENTITLED to things that are taken from others (whether that be money or time or dedication or achievement). What the HELL are you doing on a LIBERTY forum?

It's a good thing you aren't one of my kids or grandkids or you would have your mouth washed out with soap by now! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

No. I don't expect or assume

No. I don't expect or assume anything. At most I said it CAN be done if one is willing and able. If not , I won't complain.

I don't feel entitled to anybody's site, nor should anybody feel obligated to keep his site running at his expense if it's not worth his time.

Michael Nystrom's picture

No one's obligated to donate to this site

And I'm not obligated to let you keep posting here, either.

He's the man.

Ya know, Michael

I think between this guy, and the "Off Topic" poster, you deserve to kick back with a FINE Tequila tonight!

Don't let the turkeys get you down brother!

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you friend

I had a friend who used to drink Patrón. Man that was some good stuff, but very, very expensive.

A whiskey sour with Maker's Mark, or a nice pale ale will do me just fine.

Thank you elviejo, for your support.

Support is one of the most important things we can offer one another. Lift up as many people as you can. It costs us nothing, and has a tremendous ripple effect through the world.

Thank you friend.

He's the man.