A few days ago Kiwiblog had its one millionth comment made. A nice wee milestone. The current stats are:
- 25,748 posts
- 1,004,072 comments
- 4,856 tags
- 11,633 registered commenters
A few days ago Kiwiblog had its one millionth comment made. A nice wee milestone. The current stats are:
Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn blogs:
A little over ten years ago, a blog was born. Two days later, on February 18 2003, I made my first post, having been lured aboard by my then-co-blogger Mike (who then wandered off and left me in charge, which may have been his cunning plan from the beginning).
Congrats to No Right Turn on the 10th birthday.
That reminds me that on 27 July 2013 Kiwiblog will be ten years old.
I’ve been thinking for a while that it would be nice to have a 10th birthday party to celebrate the blog, and the impact it has had in various ways.
To allow me to do something a bit more appealing than a function with water and carrot sticks only, I am wondering if there are any organisations or companies out there that would be interested in sponsoring the 10th birthday party. If you are interested, drop me an e-mail and we can discuss possibilities. Not looking to do anything massively flashy but would be nice to be able to provide a bit of food and drink. In return of course would be some publicity.
The actual party would be in early August as I will be in the United States in July.Tags: Kiwiblog
We have reactivated comment karma which allows you to vote up or down on comments you feel are especially good or especially bad. Don’t vote on every comment as that can cause load issues, and if you vote try and be fair – vote on what is being said, not on who is saying it.
No comments get hidden if they get negative ratings. The ratings are just a feedback device.Tags: Kiwiblog
Note that there is a new feature which may be useful on threads with lots of comments.
At the bottom of each main post is text which says “You can skip to the end and leave a response”.
If you click on this it will take you to the bottom of the comments for that thread.Tags: Kiwiblog
Note that almost 20% of all visits were on a mobile or tablet.
I’ve excluded searches on the name Kiwiblog and my name.
3,300 posts is a scary number!Tags: Kiwiblog
As an centre-right person it is no surprise I have supported most of what the Government has done. But that doesn’t mean there have not been issues where I disagree with them, or support something from other parties, or give an opinion that isn’t helpful to the Government. I’ve had a quick look through the archives, and below are a surprising large number of links:
I will use this post as a reference point for the next idiot who states that I always agree with National and never criticize them.Tags: DPF, Kiwiblog, National
Okay, have just closed voting in the 2012 Kiwiblog Awards. The winners are:
Thanks to all those who voted in the (unscientific) blog poll.Tags: Kiwiblog, Kiwiblog awards
Voting is now open via the blog polls in the sidebar for the 2012 Kiwiblog Awards. Any names that got more than one nomination were included. As no person (except mikenmild) got nominated more than once for Public Servant of the Year, no voting for that category this year.
The nominees are:
Press Gallery Journalist of the Year
Rodney is not technically press gallery but he writes on politics so have allowed the nomination. Likewise Fran is a business columnist but again often writes on politics.
Minor Party MP of the Year
National MP of the Year
Labour MP of the Year
MP of the Year
I forgot to do this in 2011, but it is a good tradition to continue. The Kiwiblog Awards.
Please nomination in comments people for the categories below over the next couple of days. I’ll then run a poll of the most popular nominees over several days for people to vote in. The categories are:
Tags: Kiwiblog awards
This week Kiwiblog had the 9,000th user registration, which is what allows someone to make a comment.
We’re also a few posts away from 24,000 posts and are up to 912,000 comments. We’ll need a party for the one million mark!
There are 4,565 different tags or topics also which is a bit disturbing!Tags: Kiwiblog
Just been looking at all the complaints that the Advertising Standards Authority has had to deal with this year. There are a staggering 523 complaints, and reading through many of them, you see so many people with a total lack of sense of humour. For example:
The direct mail flyer showed a picture of a cow that had attempted to jump over a steel gate, but had got stuck half way. The position of the cow over the gate appears uncomfortable. Above the image is the heading “Rural broad band… no more obstacles”. Further information about the broadband packages is listed next to the image. …
Complainant, C. Bateman, said: in part “This image is disrespectful to animals, is offensive to anyone concerned about animal welfare and even if it’s meant to be “tongue in cheek” it is not even remotely humourous.”
Oh Good God. And that is one of the more sane complaints.
Anyway this has given me an idea for a regular feature – focusing on the idiotic complaints people send to to various regulatory bodies.
But I need some help to do this.
What I’m after is one or two people who will say once a week on alternate weeks go to the websites of the ASA, BSA and Press Council and have a quick skim of complaints. Then all you have to do is send me a link and/or an extract of the ones which are basically seriously demented or show someone totally lacking in humour.
If this appeals to you, just e-mail me. I think we’ll be doing a public service by highlighting the inanity of some of our serial complainers.
Probably looking to do one post a week highlighting no more than six inane complaints. I suspect a few names will reoccur!Tags: ASA, BSA, Kiwiblog, Press Council
Peter Burns has e-mailed to say it was not him, who made the post on Cam Slater’s blog about his mother’s death. A search on the IP address shows it was an IP address never used by Peter, so I apologise to Peter who is a victim of malicious impostering. This means Peter is not banned for life, but he is still suspended until December for other comments.
The IP address, 220.127.116.11, has been used three times within 24 hours of the post on Cam’s blog by the commenter Luke Mutton here. The e-mail address “Luke” uses” is email@example.com. It is impossible to prove it is “Luke”, but it is very rare for two strangers to use the same IP address within 24 hours – and both be blog commenters.
A domain name lookup on yourvet.co.nz shows the registrant to be Flair Web Works Ltd, firstname.lastname@example.org. That company was deregistered in 2007. It’s shareholder and director was David Brindley. The fact Brindley is the registrant for the domain does not mean he is “Luke Mutton”. But it does mean he knows who “Luke Mutton” is – at least.
One of our commenters has posted on Brindley in the past.
The e-mail address email@example.com used to be used by My Name is Jack, who has been suspended four times from Kiwiblog. Luke Mutton is now banned. I think the same person was also Billy Borker who has also been suspended four times. He has a history of very abusive behaviour.
It is possible that “Luke Mutton” was not responsible for the impersonation of Peter and that awful comment on Cam’s blog, just as Peter wasn’t. If “Luke” wishes to get his ISP, Adam Internet, to contact me and certify that his account was not using that IP address at the date and time the comment was made, I’ll consider that.
I am not saying David Brindley made the comment. I am saying the comment was made from an IP address used within 24 hours by an e-mail address at a domain Brindley controls.
Personally I regard such malicious impersonation to be the despicable. Bad enough to make such a comment, but even worse to try and set up someone else to be blamed for it. Again my apologies to Peter.Tags: Cameron Slater, David Brindley, Peter Burns
This year I have been doing a post on house sitting days detailing what is likely to occur in Parliament that day, with links to the bills, and some analysis of the questions and bills.
The main reason I started doing it, is I was a bit frustrated that there is nowhere else you can get this. Don’t get me wrong – the Parliamentary website has all the information on it, but the order paper is a pdf, and the questions are on a separate page etc. The idea is a one stop shop, making it easier for people to see what the “action” is on a sitting day – and get an idea of whether the debates will be on laws that parties disagree on, or on ones that are controversial.
I’ve been too busy to do this on a regular basis, as I am not always able to get online between 1130 and 1400 on sitting days.
So what I thought I would advertise for is if there are one or more people out there (probably political science students, but can be anyone) who would like to become a Kiwiblog parliamentary analyst. The position is unpaid, but could be good on the CV, and bound to help you pick up guys or girls in bars and clubs.
At this stage, just looking for a comittment to do the sitting day posts. If I get two or three volunteers, could assign a day each. If people are keen, could expand over time to other stuff such as covering debates on controversial bills, scoring question time etc.
For the sitting day posts, what is required is:
It normally takes me half an hour or so, so isn’t a huge time commitment – but the challenge is being able to do it between 1130 and 1400, when Parliament generally starts for the day.
If you are interested in becoming a parliamentary analyst for Kiwiblog, just e-mail me. No pay, not even at minimum wage, but the occasional beer or wine – and the chance to show your skills off to the world.Tags: Kiwiblog, Parliament
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Tags: Back Benches
THIS WEEK ON BACK BENCHES—THE ELECTION PREVIEW: Watch Wallace Chapman, Damian Christie, the Back Benches Panel and special guests discuss the week’s hottest topics!
GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES: The Campaign is less than a week away. What have been the highs & lows of this campaign? Who has been effective in getting their message across? Who has failed? What have been the big issues? How would you rate each of the campaigns? Which party has surprised you?
TEMPEST IN A TEACUP: There have been a few scandals in this campaign—with New Zealand even getting their own Tea Party. We will be discussing the scandals—the tea-gate? The damaged hoardings and the carpetbaggers. How much of an impact will they have on the results? And were the “scandals” really scandals?
Join us for a night of LIVE pub politics from the Backbencher Pub: Wednesday, 23RD of November. Our Panel: David Farrar of Kiwiblog.co.nz, Victoria University Lecturer Ana Gilling, Morgan Godfery of Mauistreet.blogspot.com, and Mark Unsworth of Saunders Unsworth.
Back Benches screens on Wednesdays at 9.05pm with encore screenings on Thursdays at 9.05am and 1.05pm, Saturdays at 10.05pm, Sundays at 10.05am and 2.05pm – TVNZ 7
Massive dos attack is why we were down from around 6 pm yesterday. Some people are not so much into this free speech concept.Tags: Kiwiblog
Kiwiblog will be off air this Sunday between 6 am and midday approx. The server it is on is being cleaned and moved.Tags: Kiwiblog
Many people have also commented on the book’s timing, including prominent blogger David Farrar who said it was “appalling in itself” and that “Wishart has chosen to market the book during the coronial inquest into the death of the twins”.
In a statement to ONE News, Wishart also said the book’s timing was “appalling”.
However, he added it was not intentional and that “the only positive is that it has created a strong national debate on child abuse”. The story broke after ONE News contacted Wishart following a tip-off.
Wishart said it was not true that the publicity for the book, which is being published by his Howling at the Moon company and is due for release at the end of the month, was deliberately timed to coincide with the inquest.
My guest bloggers do not post often, so it is an easy mistake to make. But those quotes in questions come from Jadis, not me. If you scroll down the main page, you’ll see her listed as the author for the posting on 29 June at 10.26 am.
The site doesn’t list authors on individual archive pages, only the main page. I have on my to do list to get that changed.Tags: Ian Wishart, jadis, Macsyna King, TVNZ
With work so busy for me, plus the pressure of regular columns on other sites, I’m finding it difficult to do as much as I would like to on Kiwiblog. I’m not going to, and never would, do an Iain Dale and stop blogging – I enjoy it too much for that.
But what I am going to try, is to see if there are any readers interested in helping out with Kiwiblog. These are not paid roles, but volunteer roles. A chance to contribute, and if you really want have a fancy title
These are the roles which I have identified as most useful to me for now.
After someone who is a whiz on Excel. Don’t need to know all the fancy advanced features, but is good with data. I’d like to do more data analysis on Kiwiblog, but don’t have as much time to to do it all myself.
An example of what I am after is the planned series of posts on Electoral Reform. One of the posts will be on how porportional each of the five systems are. So what I am after is someone who can use the Gallagher Index to calculate the proportionality of the result for each election from 1996 to 2008, and the average over the five elections.
Then ideally to also model what the results of each election would have been under SM 90/30 and FPP, and to also calculate the Gallagher Index for each of those scenarios. Then one can compare the average proportionality (or not) of FPP, SM and MMP.
None of this is particularly difficult – it just takes time to enter in the data for 5 elections, create alternate results for 10 further scenarios, and then calculate the index for each.
Kiwblog used to have a regular cartoonist. If you want to take up the spot, send me a couple of cartoons.
We have the wonderful nature photos by Chtonoid every Friday. But what I am after is someone in Wellington and probably someone in Auckland who can attend significant political events (marches, rallies, demos etc) and take some photos for Kiwiblog.
So if you are interested in helping, e-mail me.Tags: Kiwiblog
Back in 2009, I had what I thought was a great idea. To have a Kiwiblog charity voted on by blog readers, and that we could then use the blog to fundraise money for, and organise fundraising events around.
And then I got busy, and remained busy. And months went by and I hadn’t had the time to properly organise online widgets for donating, arranging a schedule of events such as debates and quiz nights etc. So then I though maybe I’ll make them the 2011 charity instead of 2010. But I still never managed to find the time, and then the earthquakes struck and that wasn’t the time to try fundraising for another cause, and then we’re getting close to the election and I realised that realistically I had over-committed and couldn’t deliver what I wanted to.
Part of the plan was that I would donate 10% of the gross advertising income of Kiwiblog to Fred Hollows Foundation. Today I donated $10,000 to the Fred Hollows Foundation, as my contribution towards their wonderful live changing work. And for those mathematicians out there, no that isn’t 10% of the gross advertising income – it is a much much higher percentage. But I feel it is what I should do to make good on what I hoped we could achieve.
At some stage I would still like to try using this online community to organise fundraising events for charity, such as celebrtiy debates and the like. But realistically that would need a part-time organiser, not someone with around four jobs like I have.
Anyway the point of this post is not to highlight my donation, but to encourage yours. if you enjoy reading Kiwiblog every day, and appreciate the thousands of hours that has gone into doing 50+ posts a week, then you can show your appreciation by donating to the Fred Hollows Foundation. They are one of those charities where even a modest donations can make a huge difference, because in some of the countries they work, they can restore sight for just $25.
You can donate to them at this link, or by clicking on the widget at the top of the left sidebar. Please do so if you can.Tags: charity, Fred Hollows Foundation, Kiwiblog
A commenter who just received enough demerits to get him a suspension, has taken to e-mailing his displeasure to me. His four e-mails in the last hour have said:
Very strange, my last post wasn’t even on politics, but on an upcoming film I want to see.
The scary thing is that he gets a vote.
Anyway if he keeps e-mailing me I’ll publish his name and e-mail address. And I think his temporary ban is very close to becoming a life-time ban.Tags: Kiwiblog
Final reminder for those interested that Wordcamp, for users of WordPress, is on this weekend at Te Papa. Sessions include:
I’m also talking about some of the challenges of running a heavily trafficked blog on WordPress.Tags: wordcamp