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New look heralds big changes at RiotACT

By The RiotACT 12 August 2016 22

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We’re looking better than ever this week (if we do say so ourselves), with a revamped website that has been designed to complement our all-new team and revitalised editorial direction, and to make it easier for you to access and share the content we create together.

The site is now optimised for mobile use, which means you’ll be able to read articles and have your say more easily on tablets and phones. Hallelujah!

The design is brighter, livelier and more colourful than its yellow and black predecessor, to reflect our team’s positive outlook on Canberra life.

Behind the scenes, it’s more up to date, which will give us scope to further improve existing features, and more easily introduce future offerings. There are one or two post-migration glitches to iron out, but we’re 95 per cent there.

We’re keen to hear what you think, and open to making changes based on your suggestions, so please let us know by leaving a comment below or dropping us a line via social media or the Contact us page.

So, about that all-new team. You probably already know that the founders of the RiotACT haven’t been involved for some time, having handed the reins to new owners in 2014. What you may not know, though, is that the site has just been acquired again, by a group of Canberra entrepreneurs with some serious runs on the board in both the ecommerce and digital media spaces.

We’re looking forward to introducing you to them in the next few days, so you can share in our excitement about what their involvement means for the RiotACT and its readers, and for Canberra and the surrounding region.

The new owners have already made changes to the executive staff.

Award-winning former Fairfax journalist and digital first book publisher Charlotte Harper, who joined as acting editor in late 2015, has this week agreed to stay on permanently as Editor of the RiotACT. She is looking forward to recruiting a band of new writers to join the RiotACT’s strong team of regular contributors in coming months, and to steering the RiotACT’s mix of serious and less-so coverage of the coming ACT election. We can’t say too much about the latter yet except to reveal that it may involve cupcakes.

Joining the team as Business Manager is the irrepressible Josh Mulrine, another new media entrepreneur. Josh is a long-term fan of the RiotACT with real expertise in digital media and particularly video. He is looking forward to giving decision-makers around town the inside running on what we’re up to and how they can get involved.

We’ll be telling you more about Charlotte, Josh and their plans in coming days, and asking for your feedback on all of this as the RiotACT begins the most exciting phase of its journey so far.

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rommeldog56 11:02 am 20 Aug 16

TuggLife said :

I quite like the moderation – r/canberra on Reddit often links to RiotACT articles and is unmoderated, and the quality of the comments is rubbish, and often defamatory. I do agree that moderation could be a bit quicker, though – it would help to promote discussion if there was more frequent posting of comments.

+1. The frequency of moderation/posting has greatly increased of late. Previously, sometimes there were no new posts in a 24 hour period, despite there sometimes being 40+ contributions awaiting moderation. So thats a plus.

justin heywood 6:01 pm 19 Aug 16

mapinact said :

…I had a different account…but cancelled it when one regular commenter was allowed to post anti-climate-change crap unchallenged by moderators.

Surely it’s not the moderators job to argue the science of climate change? It sounds to me like you would like a return to the old days when the moderator would join or even lead the abuse of people who went against the tide. That did’t encourage intelligent debate either.
As far as I can see, the moderators here are pretty neutral, which reflects the middle ground of the general population. There are plenty of other boards which lean to the left or the right, depending on your fancy.

mapinact said :

I have yet to find any site that doesn’t descend rapidly into an echo-chamber of racist, sexist, right-wing nastiness from a small but committed band of undereducated, underemployed rednecks.

There certainly wasn’t a shortage of left-wing name calling nastiness here either, if I recall.
But if it comes from the left is that OK?

mapinact said :

I’m well aware of the double standards in this comment.

Yes there is a double standard in your comment. It sounds like you’d like a board that largely replicates your own outlook.

But I see where you’re coming from. Like most, I’m a member of several other boards, some of which are moderated hard for interest, relevance and content. The heavily moderated boards are usually interesting, but slow moving and not anyone’s first choice when doing some middle of the day procrastinating.

I agree, unmoderated boards are a cesspool. Five minutes spent below most YouTube clips will destroy your faith in mankind.

This version of the RiotACT is relatively new. There are a lot of well educated, witty and intelligent people in Canberra, many of whom may have been reluctant to ‘join the fray’ back when the moderation was a bit more casual and abuse more likely. I hope that the moderation policy now in place will encourage more of them to post comments, and this may take more time than we’ve had so far.

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