Freep:Â To slew or cheat an online poll by repeatedly voting (clearing cookies, using proxies) or to make a blog appear to be commented by numerous posters by the same means. (From the practices of the Free Republic or “freepers”) Urban Dictionary
The Canadian Historical Society has been freeped. Their adultÂ publication, The Beaver decided to run an online poll for “The Worst Canadian.” There were 15 thousand online votes.
The SocietyÂ also polled historians and writers, and the two lists are quite different – of course. That is alsoÂ because So-con bloggers and The Blogging Tories ‘freeped’ the online poll for partisan puposes. They called forÂ readers to stack the poll back in May.
The people bragging about freepingÂ believe they’ve done something significant. There had to be some liberal crossÂ push for ‘votes’ but no one is stepping forward.Â Â Â Social Conservative bloggers (So-con blogs) and The Blogging ToriesÂ got media attention a month agoÂ when they freeped The Great Canadian Wish List – and online effort run by the CBC.
Apparently freeping gets your voice or your opinion out, and it’s something to brag about according to Big Blue Wave.
As with the CBC Great Canadian Wish List, The Canadian Historical Society dutifully published the freeped results.
The Beaver put out a news release, which doesn’t sit well with some of the Social Conservative and Tory bloggers.
The freeped list
Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka
Canada’s National History Society list
Sir John A. Macdonald
Inouye Kanao, a.k.a. “The
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