IPR turns 8 years old

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IPR’s old logo

IPR was launched exactly 8 years ago, on May 20th, 2008. From the 7th year anniversary article:

After a 36-hour period of nonstop work by Jason “GE” Seagraves, IPR went live six years ago today with our first post, on May 20, 2008. Our predecessor site, Third Party Watch, operated between May 2005 and May 2008 before being purchased by Richard Viguerie right before the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2008, which led to the creation of IPR and Green Party Watch. TPW limped along for a few months after that, but was never the same.

As of today, IPR has 16,705 posts, 279,770 comments and several million page views. IPR’s Alexa.com rank as of today is 408,686 worldwide and 85,221 in the U.S. IPR is arguably the largest and most visited website on the Internet devoted to third party news and commentary.

Thanks to all of IPR’s loyal readers and contributors and here’s to the next eight years!

 

17 thoughts on “IPR turns 8 years old

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Happy birthday to us!

    My recollection is that the immediate reason for creating IPR was not only that Viguerie had bought Third Party Watch and immediately suppressed any articles critical of Bob Barr, but that the new TPW manager (Steve Gordon?) had i written to LPHQ to revoke a request for press credentials for Jason and myself. As soon as IPR went up, we put that request back in in its name. Of course, we were also delegates, but press credentials theoretically got us access to a media room and so forth, and possibly in to cover some events that we otherwise would have had to buy tickets to attend as participants.

  2. Andy

    “Thomas L. Knapp
    May 20, 2016 at 23:01
    Happy birthday to us!

    My recollection is that the immediate reason for creating IPR was not only that Viguerie had bought Third Party Watch and immediately suppressed any articles critical of Bob Barr,”

    They also censored comments that were critical of Bob Barr.

    “but that the new TPW manager (Steve Gordon?) had i written to LPHQ to revoke a request for press credentials for Jason and myself. ”

    I remember Paul’s press credentials were also revoked, but they were later restored after the people who revoked them had been shamed into restoring his press credentials.

  3. Jill Pyeatt

    Congratulations to all of us!!!

    (Wouldn’t it be nice to really be 8 years old? Don’t people still take care of you when you’re that young??)

  4. Stewart Flood

    I remember that, and I remember asking Gordon why they did that. It was a really stupid move. Negative press about candidates, if based on fact and not just random rumor, is vital to the process of vetting them.

  5. Jay Wildwood

    I’m honestly surprised you have lasted this long, given the unwelcoming attitude of some of the long time regular commenters here. Congratulations on the continued success and many happy returns.

  6. Mark Axinn

    Happy Birthday and thanks to all of you for posting so many articles and being the cutting edge on third-party politics.

    I will re-iterate something that Paulie and others have said before: It would be great to have more posters from the Green Party, Reform Party, Constitution Party and other TP’s along with us Libertarians. IPR is a very big tent. One day, we may even have the Democrats and Republicans as third parties too! 🙂

  7. Shane

    Knapp and Andy, do you guys just make shit up or what?

    No one was censoring comments unless it was spam to drive traffic to other sites. We modified the article approvals and I think it was Bruce who freaked out.

    As far as Paul’s credentials, I gave him mine. There was no shame to it. I like the guy and he couldn’t shell out for a package at the time.

    Good for IPR, regardless. Buying TPW days before convention was just a distraction. Rather than focusing on promoting their candidates, the radical side went into a tizzy and wasted a solid amount of pre-convention man hours. Just a tactic worth the few bucks to buy a site.

    I’d still do it today, but I would just shut it down.

  8. Darcy G Richardson

    “I’d still do it today, but I would just shut it down.” — Shane

    Considering that Austin Cassidy’s pioneering Third Party Watch was the first web site of its kind to genuinely promote independent and third-party politics in the United States, giving voice to those routinely ignored by the mainstream media while providing a robust and free-flowing forum for dissenting points of view, it’s rather telling that Shane — if he had to do it all over again — would choose to simply shut it down. I think that says everything we need to know.

    It was all about silencing Bob Barr’s critics. That’s something the original owner of TPW — one of the most decent and fair-minded individuals I’ve ever encountered — never would have done.

    It also pretty much confirms precisely what Tom and Andy posted above.

  9. Sean Scallon

    Aside from who started what and for what reasons, IPR has become a valued resource for following non-major parties that you’re not going to find anywhere. Indeed, I would gather a lot of traditional media probably comes here to find out what’s going on with the LP or the Greens or the CP because they’re certainly not doing so on their own. That’s what success looks like and it would behoove members from other non-major parties to take advantage of this platform. Happy Birthday!

  10. Andy

    Shane, I recall having multiple things that I posted taken down at Third Party Watch, and I recall others complaining about the same thing, and it was censorship at that site that was one thing that drove people away from it.

  11. Andy

    It also was not just comments about Barr that got censored, as I recall some of my comments questioning the official 9/11 story (where it was relevant to the discussion) also got censored at Third Party Watch.

    I still wonder if this had any connection to when Jim Duensing’s Libertarians for Justice 9/11 Truth website mysteriously got attacked and shut down during the LP national convention in 2008 (note that Duensing hosted a 9/11 Truth event at the same hotel during the time when the national convention happened). I wondered if one of Barr’s stooges had something to do with that cyberattack. The timing of it sure was funny.

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