A few days ago Kiwiblog had its one millionth comment made. A nice wee milestone. The current stats are:
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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
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
Sam Sachdeva at The Press reports:
NZ First has been embroiled in infighting after a blog slammed the performance of some of its MPs, leaked party emails show.
Internal emails, passed on to The Press, have revealed discord within the party, with Christchurch MP Denis O’Rourke among those attacking their Whip and the party’s board.
The emails relate to a post by website Kiwiblog that used a range of statistics to rank Opposition MPs.
The rankings placed Canterbury NZ First MPs O’Rourke and Richard Prosser in the bottom five for the third quarter of 2012, along with colleague Asenati Taylor.
I wouldn’t say the blog slammed any of the NZ First MPs. In the post I did, I mainly just report the data. Rajen Prasad is the only MP I really gave much of a swipe to.
As I said in the post, the data is quantitative, not qualitative. However I think it has some value as it does at least show if MPs are being active asking PQs and doing press releases.
To be fair to NZ First MPs, many will always struggle as Winston hogs most of the media stories, and front on almost any high profile issue. But that is no reason you can’t still be churning out some releases and gathering data through PQs.
NZ First Whip Barbara Stewart emailed the rankings to the caucus on October 4.
She said they showed “how others are judging you”.
O’Rourke and former North Shore mayor Andrew Williams hit back, criticising the rankings and Stewart’s decision to email them out.
What is fascinating is not that MPs disagree, but that one of the MPs has leaked the e-mails to the media. Not a good sign.
O’Rourke said the rankings were “not even remotely interesting or relevant” and were “utter nonsense”.
“I find it hard to believe that anyone with any brains would actually take any notice of a stupid Right-wing blog site,” he said.
Hey, I resent the “stupid” comment! And yes my blog is from the right and I am known to be a critic of Winston, but the MP stats are not designed to be pro or anti any party or MP. They are designed to both reveal how much work MPs are doing in certain areas, and how effective they are at gaining media attention. I do them for Government Ministers also.
Williams said Stewart’s decision to place importance on the rankings was “a sad inditement [sic] on you as Whip and of this party”.
“[Q]uite frankly I do not want to receive these ‘nanny’ type sermons from you. Have better things to do than be preached at.”
It is interesting that Winston promised soon after the election that the caucus would elect a Deputy Leader by the end of March 2012. They still haven’t elected one. Is it because they can’t agree?
In response, Stewart warned the MPs that their performance had been noticed by the NZ First board.
“The number of contributions or lack of – that you make . . . is also being noticed. A picture is being created about you!”
I’m biased, but I think the data in the ratings can be of some use to a party. Certainly only of some limited value, but it allows a party to say why has Brendan Horan does 16 press releases and Denis O’Rourke only one? Now there may be a simple answer such as Horan has a portfolio that has been more high profile. So the data is not the answer, but at least allows questions to be asked. Likewise why has Andrew Williams asked 22 PQs and Asenati Taylor just three?
So even I wouldn’t place huge reliance on the data, but that isn’t to say it can’t be of some value.Tags: Andrew Williams, Barbara Sumner-Burstyn, Denis O'Rourke, Kiwiblog, opposition statistics, Winston First
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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For those who missed it, the post before this one was by Jadis, one of my guest editors. As it happens I disagree with Jadis on this, and think Shearer will lead Labour into the 2014 election. Hell if Labour didn’t roll Phil Goff for non-performance, then Shearer has nothing to worry about.
I actually think he has a very decent chance of becoming Prime Minister.
I’m on holiday until early January so Jadis will be doing the odd guest post, as well as possibly other guest editors.
I’ll still do a bit of blogging, but will be less regular.Tags: Kiwiblog, Labour Leadership
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The Electoral Act states in Paragraph (g) of Section 197(1) that it an offence at any time on polling day (before 7 pm) to publish any statement advising or intended or likely to influence any elector as to the candidate or party for whom the elector should or should not vote, or any statement advising or intended or likely to influence any elector to abstain from voting.
This means I will not be posting any material after midnight that could be seen as influencing any elector as to how to vote, or not to vote. I am asking all those who comment to do the same. The law should be interpreted broadly, so do not post comments tomorrow on any candidate, MP or party, current issues or policy.
It is not my intention to disable commenting, just as I don’t expect Trade Me will close down their forums for the day. If any commenter does post a comment that could be considered in breach, I will be happy to supply their e-mail address and IP address to the Electoral Commission. I will also delete the comment and suspend the account.
If a number of people act retarded and post stuff they should not, them I may stick moderation on for comments so they do not appear automatically. I’d rather not do that, unless necessary.
I’ve already voted. I voted today for National, for Paul Foster-Bell, for change, and for STV. Whether or not you vote the same as me, make sure you vote before 7 pm tomorrow.Tags: Election 2011, Kiwiblog
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
Am very amused by this story on Stuff:
In the spotlight over whether the taxpayer has funded Labour’s party activities, deputy leader Annette King has taken a pot shot at right-wing Stuff blogger David Farrar. …
King said Labour was very careful about what its staff did during paid time at Parliament.
”We have looked at it and we have made sure they are doing what is appropriate for them to do.”
Other parties should also check their staff, she said.
”Because I have no doubt that in the past someone like David Farrar setting up his blog, a lot of it was done within Parliament.
”I’m not accusing him of using Parliamentary time but every party has to be careful of what they do in their own time, in their own equipment and in Parliamentary equipment.”
Farrar admits he was working at Parliament when he set up the blog in 2003, and over the nine months he spent working in the National Party’s leader’s office he occasionally blogged from Parliament.
”But the blog was hosted on the NZ Pundit server in Dunedin. No Parliamentary resources were used.
”I worked an 80 hour week, they were getting free time from me, so the taxpayer didn’t pay for my time.”
I literally laughed out loud when I heard Annette was talking about eight years ago in 2003. And as I told Danya, my blog was never hosted on servers paid for by Parliament. Gordon King from NZ Pundit hosted it back then.
I definitely did blog from Parliament during the nine months cross-over with working there, but did this openly and under my own name. I actually think parliamentary staff should be encouraged to blog – so long as they do it openly like with Frog Blog.
But with me, it was very much as an individual. I did not seek permision from, or even inform in advance, any MP or staffer that I was starting a blog. For me it was just continuing on the debates I had been having in Usenet since 1996.Tags: Annette King, DPF, Kiwiblog
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