Kiwiblog 2.0

February 24th, 2008 at 3:03 pm by David Farrar

Okay after many dedicated hours and days of design, configuration plugin installation and testing, thanks to the good folks of Inspire Net, we have moved over to the new installation.

Obvious changes are moving to the two sidebar format, having the display fill the screen width more, and a cute wee banner. It is also set up to take more advertising. Thanks to the dozen or so businesses who are patiently waiting for a rate card. The new blog has a Neilsen Net Ratings subscription so after a couple of weeks of using their system to measure traffic, we should be able to produce a rate card.

There are quite a few extra features for readers:

  1. Comment Karma – you can now vote good comments up and bad comments down. Will be a good way of highlighting good comments. We did try and install another plugin which similiar to slashdot would also allow one to filter by comment rating and assign default karma to a user so good commenters start off with higher defaults. But that plugin is designed for low traffic blogs, not one with over a hundred thousand comments on it – the server died despite all attempts. But even this one should be fun
  2. Tags – each post will have tags (which can be any word or words) as well as categories. You can bring up all posts with a particular tag, view the most popular tags in a tag cloud, and even set up an RSS feed for a particular tag.
  3. Online Users – The blog will show how many people are online and if they are logged in users, who they are. Again should be fun. There could be privacy issues in theory (your boss notices you are on all day long) but common sense should prevail.
  4. Polls – we now have a very easy to use, and easy to answer, poll plugin. Expect lots of fun polls in the sidebar. And in theory it track votes by both cookie and IP address so the vote stacking some media website polls get should be avoided. Just remember still totally unscientific though.
  5. Edit your own comments! Yes for the period of 15 minutes you will be able to edit your own comments if you make a typo etc.
  6. See how many comments made. Next to a commenters name, it will now display how many comments in total they have made on this blog.

Hope you all enjoy it.

[Update: I have disabled some of the useronline functionality for now, as it was just revealing a bit too much detail such as referring URLs and IP addresses]

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100 Responses to “Kiwiblog 2.0”

  1. Right of way is Way of Right (1,129 comments) says:

    I wonder if there will be any abuse of the karma feature, or can each user only apportion karma once?

    [DPF: Only once per user/IP]

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  2. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    Looks great, and the new features sound great too. What was the name of the plugin that didn’t perform well for comment karma? – I might be interested enough in having that feature that I would take a look at the code.

    DPF: It was http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sezwho/. Looks great but after installing each page took seven minutes to reload!!]

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  3. ebsfwan (44 comments) says:

    Great work. I like the idea of Karma filtering. Give PaulL the code!

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  4. Graeme Edgeler (3,267 comments) says:

    ‘Cept for the:

    No tag for this post.

    Posted in Uncategorized

    bit on each post (especially the short ones) it looks good. Do you lose all your old tags, ‘though? Some (e.g. around the pledge card spending from a couple of years back) would still be useful.

    [DPF: Most have gone through but the more recent ones did not as I changed some category headings. But I can search on terms and apply tags for them and will do when I have time]

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  5. helmet (807 comments) says:

    Looks great dpf.

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  6. Linvoice (14 comments) says:

    Great new look. Feels a bit like Big Bro’ is watching? when you know who is logged on… Like your logo though.

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  7. dad4justice (7,791 comments) says:

    If someone behaves unruly, will they still be able to find themselves at the sharp end of my lowest common denominator, my witticisms?

    I backed a racehorse called standard karma one day and it got dead motherless last! It came to my home months later with a red jockey in the saddle and bit me on my bottom. Real nasty wound and I have never quite recovered from the ordeal.

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  8. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    Well done David.

    Hopefully we will use the karma feature to reward intelligent commenters, regardless of political affiliation, while sending a clear message to the saboteurs.

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  9. Ghostwhowalksnz (128 comments) says:

    That bite from the horse must have left you with the mother of all migraines D4J

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  10. Richard (130 comments) says:

    The ‘Right blogs’ title isn’t appearing for me.

    Otherwise this looks great!

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  11. Right of way is Way of Right (1,129 comments) says:

    Myself, personally, Tane will get one for every attempted threadjack and political irrelevancy!

    [DPF: Just make it on content, not on who the person is]

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  12. dc (173 comments) says:

    I updated the comment RIPs on http://ripwiki.pbwiki.com/K-RIPs for the new comments code.

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  13. Graeme Edgeler (3,267 comments) says:

    Also – you’ve now got a little logo thing for the tabs and next to the URL in the address bar (for the front page anyone). Unfortunately, it’s rather intricate and when shrunk from the one in the banner doesn’t look that much like a kiwi, but rather a tallish pile of … :-)

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  14. Ghostwhowalksnz (128 comments) says:

    ROW you may have noticed your karma drop, so in answer to your question the feature is turned off once you have used it, but only for that one comment.

    Scary ,we are sharing the space with 19 bots

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  15. dave (985 comments) says:

    DPF, any chance of changing the url for the “blogroll” tab? it leads you to the linking policy ( which goves you the blogroll anyway..but….

    [DPF: Some issues are happening with the blogroll. Hope to get them fixed in a few days]

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  16. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Have you got a feature by which we can vote to electrocute one lucky commenter via their keyboard each day?

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  17. francis (712 comments) says:

    WOW! Very 2.0.

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  18. Mr Nobody NZ (397 comments) says:

    Looks very nice DPF.

    I presume this new format/graphics etc are copyrighted to prevent duplication/abuse by third parties?

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  19. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    Smilies codes are here:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Smilies

    :-) :-D :-( :-o 8-O

    :-? 8-) :-x :-P :-| ;-)

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  20. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    Damn, that karma thing is too easy. Clicked the down on dc’s comment, not the up. And can’t undo it. More haste, less speed…

    I’m interested DPF that you’ve chosen to have a fixed width page – so if your screen is wider than normal you still get left and right blank space, if your screen is narrower than normal you get some truncation. Last time I played with wordpress templates I think you could set the sizing relative to the screen (actually, browser) width, which would give a nicer look.

    [DPF: I'll check]

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  21. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    Copying this across from the general discussion thread – interested in who did the hard work.

    Just used the edit function. Nice. Another site I visit has a similar function, but I think is a little better in that the comment time will say “3:28 pm, edited shortly afterwards” or “3:28pm, edited 2 hours ago”. People have developed a habit of noting at the bottom what they edited and why – so as I did “edited: typo” or “edited: realised I was wrong”.

    Being able to see that someone had edited their comment afterwards would be nice, and if people tell mistruths about what they edited then other people will point it out pretty quickly.

    Conversely, the edit function here is pretty slick – I like the way it edits in place. Overall, very nice.

    Did you sort through all the features yourself DPF, or did someone at Inspire do all the legwork? It looks like whomever has dug pretty deeply into the WordPress bag of tricks.

    [DPF: I identified all the desired plugins and features. Spent many an hour going through all the ones around to see which would add value. James, Mat and Bruce did all the hard work of trying to get them to work. Half a dozen we had to abandon as they were not compatible, and they spent heaps of hours just getting the new ones going. And one of the Inspire designers (sorry forgotten her name)came up with the design/look. I did suggest the concept of the Kiwi on a keyboard though after seeing a similiar one on a Facebook group.

    I've probably spent over 50 hours searching for features, testing and configuring various things. Inspire have spent a lot of time also, and hence will be getting a share of the ad revenue]

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  22. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Dude -8…. that tazer keyboard feature has your name on it phantom.

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  23. Deborah (156 comments) says:

    Very nice, DPF.

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  24. Whaleoil (766 comments) says:

    Very nice DPF.

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  25. Deborah (156 comments) says:

    That’s just so scary, when Whaleoil and I say almost exactly the same thing…. :-)

    [DPF: Yeah I think people are playing around a bit at the moment. Hopefully will settle down in a few days - so people score on content only]

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  26. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    dc: how do I use that rip thing again? And do you reckon it could be modified to pick up the karma instead of the user – seems like it is just filtering the text, so that it conceivably could do so. Say, filter out karma less than -5 or some such.

    I still like the sound of DPF’s karma thing a bit more – I like the thought that if your comments always have bad karma then your new comments start with bad karma, conversely if you generally post useful stuff then your comments would start with good karma. Some of the people who post constant drivel would rapidly see their rating drop, and that would perhaps provide a nice market-based incentive for them to comment less, but spend more time on each one.

    It does of course have the downside that some people might get “voted off” just because the majority don’t agree with their views. I don’t think I have seen too much of that around here – mostly I see people getting shouted down for being an idiot.

    Edited: clarity

    [DPF: But the nice thing is people can set their own preferences so they see all comments regardless of rating]

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  27. Gavin Knight (83 comments) says:

    nice! love the logo

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  28. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    We’re all worried Deborah.

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  29. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    Very interesting. Followed the link to the “users online” page. It shows which page you are visiting, and (a bit scary) where you came from. So I see that someone is on the page “preferring blondes” and came from “http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.mirage.co.nz/images/80167106f8067d62b733a8fcea3e728ea493bc3b.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/07/preferring_blondes.html&h=800&w=532&sz=98&hl”

    Could be interesting, we could find out who all those people are who come here looking for Estonian women!! (Oops, did I just increase your search ranking for that term?)

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  30. Ghostwhowalksnz (128 comments) says:

    Murray, its working allready. Im getting tingles in some strange places

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  31. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    These character entities work:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Fun_Character_Entities

    »

    «

    <

    >

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  32. skyblue (197 comments) says:

    SUPPOSE KIWIBLOGBLOG WILL CHANGE THEIR SITE AS WELL AS DF’s STALKER BLOG.

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  33. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Less volume there chap.

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  34. Andrew W (1,629 comments) says:

    Very cool David.

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  35. timbw (3 comments) says:

    New site looks great, David – Love the new heading banner – the kiwi is very cool. Congrats to everyone involved – your hard work has paid off.

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  36. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    And here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Write_Post_SubPanel#Quicktags for:

    bold (tag “strong”)
    italics (tag “em”)

    This is a quote

    (tag “blockquote” (looks like it puts a newline after))
    strikethrough (tag “del”)
    inserted text (tag “ins”)

  37. an item in a list
  38. (tag “li”)
    monospaced - usually used to quote code (tag “code”)

    All these can be created by using the tag like so:
    <tag>text to be highlighted</tag>

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  39. Peak Oil Conspiracy (2,948 comments) says:

    DPF:

    Congratulations on an extreme makeover of Kiwiblog proportions! I like how you’ve put the demerits list in alphabetical order – only thing is that Ghost Who Walks is, well, crawling again (so his/her current suspension has lapsed).

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  40. milo (538 comments) says:

    Way cool DPF. Good job.

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  41. ray (62 comments) says:

    Looks good DPF
    I did wonder WTF when I arrived and it took me ages to find comments
    Possibly a stronger colour contrast would have helped
    I see I still have edit ability
    Lets roll

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  42. dc (173 comments) says:

    PaulL, you install the Remove It Permanently extension from http://rip.mozdev.org/ , then import the “Kiwiblog comments filter” RIP from http://ripwiki.pbwiki.com/K-RIPs

    This should work for removing comments with karma of -5 or less:

    //li[cite[small[number(substring(text(),2))< -4]]]

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  43. JC (909 comments) says:

    An old fulla like me likes the clean look that you’ve developed. Everything is less cluttered and more like an A4 page with a LH margin.. makes it easy to remember to write left to right when you’ve got advanced Blenheimers.

    JC

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  44. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    DPF: If you are updating your demerit page, could I suggest adding the following text:

    Once a poster reaches 100 demerit points their commenting privileges are suspended for a period of time, and their demerit points wiped. The length of the suspension is exponential – 1 week for first 100 points, 2 weeks for the second, 4 weeks for the third. It is hoped that this increasing period of suspension will allow for learning and modified behaviour, although there is little if any evidence to support this hope.

    It isn’t clear on the page what the result of demerit points are, this addition would spell it out.

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  45. Rex Widerstrom (5,274 comments) says:

    Nice to see the “Goodnight Kiwi” has found something to do in his twilight years – sit on DPF’s keyboard by the looks of it.

    Some good features here but the “carry-over karma” feature would have been nice. Thing is, if some idiot makes a comment, then multiple subsequent commenters give it bad karma points and respond… won’t the response then find their way above the original comment?

    Or does “voting good comments up and bad comments down” not actually refer to their position in relation to other comments?

    This interwebs stuff gets baffling at times. I’m still to work out how to put a new golfball in so I can change fonts ;-)

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  46. Peak Oil Conspiracy (2,948 comments) says:

    Rex:

    DPF can no doubt clear this up, but I think the karma relates to the particular comment and not to the commentator. So it’s not a “running total” so to speak.

    I see my 5:15 comment has attracted a -1 karma – hello Ghostie? :)

    [DPF: Yes karma is for a comment, not a running total]

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  47. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    test post of html codes:

    • Unordered list 1.
    • Unordered list 2.

    Unordered list 1.
    Unordered list 2.

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  48. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    Rex, I think there are four different bits.

    1. Rating the comments – what we have now.

    2. Hiding/filtering comments with a karma below a certain level. This is similar to what digg and slashdot do – and it preserves the ordering. It still could lead to some confusion if responses are rated higher than the original comment (so the response is visible but the original not), but I think people generally would rate the response and the original comment down at the same time, so probably would work fine in practice.

    3. An automatic thing that attributes karma to a comment based on that commenter’s past ratings. So someone who posts drivel (and is rated as such) might start each post with -5, and have to write pure gold just to get to zero. Combined with filtering, this would mean that someone who writes drivel would just disappear off the radar unless they did a lot of hard work to get back to zero.

    4. Sorting by Karma. On some sites that might make sense, on Kiwiblog I think it would be incredibly confusing, as you note. I don’t think DPF had this in mind.

    I took a look at the site of the developer, and he seems to be supporting the plugin only intermittently. It looks to have the filtering though, so I may pull down the code next weekend. My work at the moment seems to involve long hours, but mostly requires my presence rather than me to do anything. So I may have time to do something with it, I do have a wordpress installation on my server that I could play around on.

    [Edited: added point 3, clarity]

    [DPF: Yes I want 1, 2 and 3 but not 4]

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  49. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Especially since clearly so many commentors here arrive confused.

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  50. dad4justice (7,791 comments) says:

    I hope to earn one million negative karma points before election.

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  51. Peak Oil Conspiracy (2,948 comments) says:

    Dad4Justice:

    It’d be funny if Kiwiblog had a “running total” feature – see who gets the 2008 Kiwiblog Gong Award(TM).

    Paul L:

    I like your option no 3 (about automatic karma). The only risk with that approach here is that some commentators (no need to name names) generate bad karma just by turning up!

    [Edit: add comment addressed to PaulL]

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  52. infused (636 comments) says:

    Nice

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  53. Rex Widerstrom (5,274 comments) says:

    Thanks for that PaulL. I hope no comments actually get hidden… I’ve seen sites (like YouTube, for instance) where negative ratings cause the original comment to collapse and so you find yourself scanning negative reactions to something you don’t realise was there in the first place. All very confusing.

    This karma thing is all very well, but requiring registration achieves the same result… you scan the commenter’s names and automatically ignore anything by someone you know to be a dropkick. The karma rating, I guess, just confirms your prejudices :-D

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  54. stuarts-burgers (100 comments) says:

    I logged on and thought that Kiwi Blog had been Hi Jacked It looks really great. I hope over time I learn how to use all the kool bit slike smilies etc and also learn how to handle karma.

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  55. tom hunter (4,430 comments) says:

    Very sweet DPF. Onwards and upwards for Kiwiblog – but you’ll need lots of armourplating over the next few months!

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  56. Peak Oil Conspiracy (2,948 comments) says:

    I’m just waiting for those at The Standard or Kiwiblogblog to complain that KiwiblogKarma (TM) is a nasty VRWC initiative designed to suppress robust left-wing dissent!

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  57. Pascal (2,015 comments) says:

    I quite like the new design, but after memories of polls being rigged I can see the VRWC having all their comments given bad karma. Thousands of times. Per minute :)

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  58. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    Rex, the advantage that I see is that more people will vote karma than can be bothered replying. As you scan the comment you can click the “useless” button, or the “that was good” button as you see fit. It gives the commenter feedback – if you have -23 on a comment it may give you more pause for thought than if you get the same old sledging from a couple of people that you are convinced persecute you. Also, for the people who put a bit of thought into their work, it would be nice to get the feedback – seeing a +2 or +5 against your comment may give you some incentive to keep it up, where you are much less likely to get someone giving direct feedback “that was a great comment Rex”.

    Maybe I have rose coloured glasses, but I am hoping that a couple of people who (I think) have their heart in the right place will start to understand which of their comments are filler, and which people value. And that some people who presumably comment in the hope that people will be interested in their opinion, will start to see that nobody is listening.

    I thought the filtering would help with this – I presume the disruptive folks keep doing it because they can see their crap up there on the site, looking important (perhaps through sheer volume). If it were filtered, they would be forced to write something intelligent or useful, otherwise it simply won’t be visible to the casual visitor. That would take the incentive out of writing drivel. Those who really care, or those who want to engage in drivel wars, can simply set their filter lower, and continue their disruptive crap “under the radar.”

    At bottom, it may give some influence to the silent readers. I’m hoping that there are enough of them to cancel out whatever wars certain from the right and the left may start over karma points.

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  59. peanut (139 comments) says:

    new format looks great, congratulations DPF

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  60. NoCash (255 comments) says:

    Any chance of having a comment/post number on each comment?

    It would make it much easier to track a large number of comments for a given blog post.

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  61. Deborah (156 comments) says:

    The karma is cool. There’s one little wrinkle. My partner and I both post on Kiwiblog, under our own names / handles – but even when he was logged in under his own handle, from a different computer, he couldn’t give me karma props, nor could I give him any. We have wireless internet through the house, going through some sort of router thingie – maybe that was enough to trigger some sort of block for both of us. We can both give karma points to other commenters, but presumably once one of us has done so, then the other will be blocked.

    Very, very tricksy.

    [DPF: I think the karma detects IP address so yeah if one the same connection it will treat you as same person. No easy way around that I know of]

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  62. noskire (832 comments) says:

    Hmm, your PR5 for the index page seems to have disappeared.

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  63. Graeme Edgeler (3,267 comments) says:

    Excellent – we no longer lose HTML coding when DPF adds comments to our comments.

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  64. Ross Nixon (607 comments) says:

    Deborah, it could be worth trying going via a site like http://www.hidemyass.com. Then you put this site’s URL in and it sends you here with a different IP address. ;-)

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  65. Monty (964 comments) says:

    Does this mean Kiwiblogblog will now need to follow suit and copy your page layout – or being socialists I guess that lack the initiative to create their own design.

    No doubt the Standard will find something to criticise you in releasing a new format – after all you are the devil.

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  66. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Dad I will assist you in your desire and promise to give you neg. krma everytime i remember to do so.But I do this with love.

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  67. dad4justice (7,791 comments) says:

    Thought you would Lee, as what else would a Monkey with a typewriter be expected to do !

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  68. kehua (225 comments) says:

    Lotsa work David, well done , probably cost me an extra hour a day, looking forward to playing with all the bells and whistles.

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  69. Inventory2 (10,108 comments) says:

    Lee C – you’re not saying you love Dad4j are you……………

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  70. Richard Hurst (757 comments) says:

    Wow. Very nice. Poor kiwiblogblog. Still, they could always hire DPF to update theirs to match his! Pigs will be flying in the sky…

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  71. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    pretty flash..!

    sheeshh..!..i’d better ‘do’ something..

    subscribe to neilson..y’say..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  72. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    ahem..!..did you have to get permission to use the ‘goodnight kiwi’..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  73. Mr Nobody NZ (397 comments) says:

    Philu the kiwi clearly isn’t the ‘Goodnight Kiwi’.

    Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H2BOGGUbm4 and you will see that apart from the obvious lack of a blue vest, shorter length wings the whole style of drawing completely different.

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  74. Jeff (47 comments) says:

    Looks absolutely superb David!

    I look forward to playing around with the features.

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  75. Peak Oil Conspiracy (2,948 comments) says:

    DPF:

    Oh dear. You’ve upset the StalkerBloggers:

    He’s gone and changed his look; sneaky little hobbit.

    http://kiwiblogblog.wordpress.com/2008/02/24/bugger-me/

    Never mind that you flagged Kiwiblog 2.0 a few weeks ago…

    And check out the sour-grape comments. According to Robinsod, for example, you’re trying to “keep up with the standard” (as if that’s possible – their standards are moving in the opposite direction).

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  76. MrHappy (70 comments) says:

    Saucy new look…very slick indeed. I like. Will be interesting to see what practical effect the karma system has, as D4J above appears to already be looking at it as a challenge to piss people off (‘one million negative karma points before the election’ etc).

    MrHappy

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  77. Adam Smith (888 comments) says:

    Looks good, congratulations

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  78. Deborah (156 comments) says:

    My partner and I both post on Kiwiblog, under our own names / handles – but even when he was logged in under his own handle, from a different computer, he couldn’t give me karma props, nor could I give him any. We can both give karma points to other commenters, but presumably once one of us has done so, then the other will be blocked. Very, very tricksy.

    [DPF: I think the karma detects IP address so yeah if one the same connection it will treat you as same person. No easy way around that I know of]

    Oh well. Luckily I love, honour and obey him, all the time. ;-)

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  79. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    Took at look at the SezWho plugin – it is calling back to their server on every transaction. Not much that can be done about that.

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  80. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    Karma? haha let me test this “bit of fun” out …

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  81. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    Helen Clark is a GODDESS

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  82. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    John Key will save us all.

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  83. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    I hate gays

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  84. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    I love gays

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  85. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    Yeah, i think you get the picture already. Just another form of PC thought policing. At least now we now for sure. Excellent plan in wrapping it up in “fun” though. No one will ever notice!

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  86. dad4justice (7,791 comments) says:

    People like Mrs Unhappy will notice eh? Do they have a karma button in parliament everytime the head case Mallard Mauler is unleashed into action ? Have they got a karma button for the Phillip Field trial ?

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  87. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    Thing is D4J, I’d have to go round every commenter and press thumbs up even if I didn’t agree with their opinion. It’s unbelievable that someone like Tane would get a sudden surge of positve karma here, just like you would be unlikely to get the same from members of The Standard blog. It’s Human nature. The only twist is that people here are usually crazed enough to purposely bombard people they don’t like with positive karma for some element of secret pleasure: There they’ll be, chuckling to themselves that they voted positive karma on the guy they dislike the most.

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  88. Dave Mann (1,169 comments) says:

    A great set of changes DPF. Well done… it looks as good and works as well as its excellent content :-)

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  89. Peak Oil Conspiracy (2,948 comments) says:

    Could someone please shake the Beehive and ask Peter Dunne to log in – I’d like to see if he can tame KiwiblogKarma(TM) like he did with the TV worm. Or whether the brutalising arena that is Kiwiblog will leave him flailing like a Shrewsbury biscuit :)

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  90. Linvoice (14 comments) says:

    Thanks for cheering me up, you guys..I laughed out loud at all the testing of karma! May you have good karma today! Now get on with your work..yes I’m old enough to be a grandma….. not your grandma….but looking forward to it, too..maybe this year??

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  91. xy (152 comments) says:

    I like it overall. Gripes:

    * the enormous navigation buttons at the top – in conjunction with a wide banner and the reflection effect, you’ve got a huge amount of space before you reach the actual content now. Please ditch the reflections at least
    * the left column links on the homepage – these make it visually hard to find the content. The detailed post pages are much better for this purpose. Having to skip past a big list of who’s online just distracts.

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  92. Glenn (69 comments) says:

    Just another form of PC thought policing. At least now we now for sure. Excellent plan in wrapping it up in “fun” though. No one will ever notice!

    I think the karma function is a very good feature. It’s not a case of “PC thought policing”; what’s PC about it? It doesn’t pander to minorities … quite the opposite, in fact. There’s no “policing” in any event, unless you’re a sensitive flower and feel “policed” by a little negative feedback. The initial madness and vindictive psychos notwithstanding, what it does do is identify trolls and the so-called “kiwiblog right” who seem to have a whole lot more time on their hands than those who would want to refute them. It should answer those critics who seem thing that kiwiblog is inhabited solely by the D4Js and the Redbaiters of the world.

    Great stuff, DPF!

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  93. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Cool, now just have to figue it out.

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  94. dito (1 comment) says:

    looks great – the only quibble would be that the little logo on the tab (terribly technical term that) – looks like a wee pile of poo. Best to fix that early!

    Aside from that, well done!

    Simon…

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  95. 103PapPap (127 comments) says:

    It’s too slow!

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  96. RRM (9,471 comments) says:

    All looks very flash – but something is wrong because it takes an inordinate amount of time to follow links or refresh the page. E.g. 3 minutes of “waiting for kiwiblog.wordpress.etc…” after logging in, before anything appears.

    Never had this problem with the old-look blog. I am using Firefox v2.0.0.12 at work and our normal broadband speed is “pretty good”…

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  97. Chuck Bird (4,684 comments) says:

    There are a lot of pluses with the new blog. However, it would be nice to have links to other blogs in the sidebar. I was also wondering how to take part in the polls.

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  98. Waymad (136 comments) says:

    dc – nice one mate. Done and dusted. Amazing how sane a thread can look when you apply a RIP or three….now the next thing is for commenters not to get drawn in to answering the RIP’ed. But that’s against human nature…..cheers.

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  99. Waymad (136 comments) says:

    Oh, and I do surf using Steven den Beste’s old Proximitron, his settings just slightly tweaked, with extensive ad filtering, and I’m having no probs with the new 2.0 DPF. Hmmmm.

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  100. Mr Noisy (27 comments) says:

    God bless RIP – no more indecipherable ‘…’ and ‘…eh?’ to scroll through!

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  101. ebsfwan (44 comments) says:

    What happened to the blogroll? It just brings up the linking policy now. Where are all the links?

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  102. Colonel Masters (420 comments) says:

    Would be quite useful if the “Goodnight Kiwi” was a link to the home page. I keep clicking on it thinking it will take me somewhere.

    (Yes, I know the “Home” tab is just beneath it, but it’s an automatic reflex to click on the kiwi.)

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