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State of the Riot – July 2008

By johnboy 1 August 2008 57

We’re re-instating the State of the Riot as a monthly feature. For new players there’s some fun stuff in the keywords down the page.

In the meantime, well, that’s a gratifying bounce on my return! Better than I hoped for and thank you all for reading and, where appropriate, for contributing.

Visits: 95,998 – Up 14.01%
Pageviews: 296,721 – Up 23.24%
Absolute unique visitors: 37,223 – Up 12.28%


While I’ve got you here a few house-keeping announcements. If you’re one of the thousands of Canberrans enjoying reading RiotACT perhaps you should consider supporting us? You can just make a donation

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Failing that Facebookers can just become a fan. We like fans.

Now, a note to our many fans in the wider Canberra media community. We all lift stuff from each other. No Question. RiotACT does it more than most. But we do credit the sources of our stories. So if we have made your life easier by giving you story ideas maybe, just maybe, giving us a plug back will help insure we’re here to help you out for years to come??

And isn’t it a little ridiculous referring to “a Canberra website” as if there’s only one?

Fun stuff

So the 20 most read stories on RiotACT in July were:

    1) Murder most foul in Charnwood
    2) New DFO Fyshwick will make airport seem “Brand Depleted”
    3) Ice, Meth and E soon to be sold by the cops
    4) Parton boned from 106???
    5) Raider implicated in All Bar Nun fight last night
    6) Goodbye Starbucks – you were never good enough for this town
    7) Glebe Park – the lover’s lane of Canberra
    8) The Return of the King… or, a dog to vomit.
    9) Is Marist College Legal?
    10) ACT government commissions review of suicide attempt
    11) WIN News gets it right
    12) Trimming down the bride…
    13) Canberra most haunted?
    14) GDE duplication is GO GO GO
    15) WTF? More Marist Trickery – Are these guys marist brothers or master magicians?
    16) Down Memory Lane
    17) Creation of a Marist Ex-students and Families lobby Group – Interest sought
    18) Reasons why the ACT is better than NSW – Jon Stanhope
    19) Police activity in Dickson
    20) The Kenja Trust presents “Guilty until proven innocent”

And the hundred highest ranked search terms which brought people to RiotACT in July were:

    1) riot act
    2) riotact
    3) the riot act
    4) riot act canberra
    5) the riotact
    6) mark parton
    7) riotact canberra
    8) the riot-act
    9) dfo fyshwick
    10) riot-act
    12) riot+act
    13) all bar nun fights
    14) todd carney
    15) helen volmari
    16) car+accident+on+majura
    17) canberra airport
    18) fraser court
    19) gde duplication
    21) flint restaurant
    22) chester
    23) the riotact rudd public servants
    24) the riot act canberra
    25) tonk system addict review
    26) ha ha bar belconnen
    27) dfo canberra
    28) foskey staffer roland
    29) grapevine voip
    30) limestone lizzy
    31) “barrel of monkeys” + canberra + band
    32) anu singh
    33) contented soul act
    34) riotact south vietnam
    35) wasabi dickson
    36) raiders+earth+hour
    37) griffith vietnamese
    38) nyssa76 anissa
    39) underground base canberra
    40) “overheard” canberra
    41) wasp’s nests
    42) massage canberra
    43) “lincoln hawkins”
    44) dale seaman daramalan
    45) hall ps
    46) canberra long-term parking
    47) best plumber canberra riotact
    48) riot act act
    49) jess wright
    50) cornucopia haunted
    51) angela shanahan
    52) my hat is a red saucepan
    53) richard mulcahy
    54) bootcamp in canberra
    55) riot act goolia
    56) 73549138494000
    57) gungahlin community council
    58) skidbladnir
    59) charnwood murder
    60) noodle house menu tuggeranong
    61) video ezy
    62) elvin group
    63) plaka pizza
    64) blossy canberra
    65) capital+city+punkfest
    66) canberra brewery
    67) dickson noodle house
    68) carney poll best player
    69) sausages site:
    70) act computer fairs 2008
    71) charcoal restaurant canberra menu
    72) crusty demons
    73) “police convention in civic” 2008
    74) events torch relay act map
    75) three mothers thai
    77) cam sullings
    78) katie bender parents
    79) “identical strangers” “canberra” “band”
    80) fireworks canberra
    81) “gungahlin drive”
    82) defence hq bungendore stupid
    83) delissio curtin
    84) new action bus timetable
    85) nyssa76 housing joker
    86) burgman anglican college
    87) craigslist canberra
    88) danman
    89) dendy premium cinema menu
    90) hansel & gretel coffee
    91) hughes canberra
    92) paintball canberra
    93) yum cha deakin
    94) central cafe queanbeyan
    95) kate carnell dui
    96) scumdorg+canberra
    97) westfield woden expansion
    98) canberra interstate rego
    99) daramalan victim
    100) adventure playground in gordon

Also for all the nerds here’s the breakdown on web-broswers used to read us:

    Internet Explorer 61.79%
    Firefox 29.30%
    Safari 7.04%
    Opera 1.00%
    Mozilla 0.40%

And operating systems:

    1. Windows – 87.53%
    2. Macintosh – 10.17%
    3. Linux – 1.81%
    4. iPod – 0.14%
    5. SymbianOS – 0.10%
    6. iPhone – 0.08%
    7. Playstation 3 – 0.08%
    8. (not set) – 0.06%
    9. SunOS – 0.01%
    10. Danger Hiptop – 0.01%

(There were also a views from a Nintendo Wii and a PalmOS but too few to make the percentages).


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ant 4:09 pm 12 Aug 08

Hey, I notice the Poolroom Taglines have been added-to! One of my nominations got up: Vicepope’s problem finding diplomatic postings for other ACT assembly members, as diplomatic relations with Hell have not yet been established. I’ll be watching the headers with interest to see what else got up.

Skidbladnir 12:42 pm 04 Aug 08

@Jazz: Possibly something along the lines of
Rating = ( (Average_votes_quantity * Average_votes_quality) + (This_votes_quantity * This_votes_quality) ) / (Average_votes_quantity + This_votes_quantity)

where –
Average_votes_quantity: The average number of votes of all items that have votes_quantity>0
Average_votes_quality: The average rating of each item (of those that have votes_quantity>0)
this_votes_quantity: number of votes for this item
this_votes_quality: the rating of this item

But its quite possible that that will just skew things a bit, instead of being a perfect system of developing ratings, it will require more polish.
Your codemonkey owes me a pint.

peterh 10:26 am 04 Aug 08

Skidbladnir said :

@peterh: But are they -identical- (as in monozygotic) twin boys?
PS: I’m not saying you’re not doing anything good (So long as the kids get fed, watered, educated, and don’t grow up to steal my car or stab my wife, you’ll do fine), just that fraternal (as in dizygotic) twins aren’t caused by anything fathers do, unless he’s slipping fertility drugs into his wife’s food.

ah, but I was the one who suggested a 2 embryo transfer. my wife thought that it meant a higher chance of pregnancy viability. She was so right. They are fraternal. and very very cute boys, with their own personalities, yet a love for each other that is very tender to see. When they ride in the car side by side, they hold hands. they are very loving towards their sister, as well. (when they aren’t working together to gang up on her, of course)

Skidbladnir 10:04 am 04 Aug 08

@peterh: But are they -identical- (as in monozygotic) twin boys?
PS: I’m not saying you’re not doing anything good (So long as the kids get fed, watered, educated, and don’t grow up to steal my car or stab my wife, you’ll do fine), just that fraternal (as in dizygotic) twins aren’t caused by anything fathers do, unless he’s slipping fertility drugs into his wife’s food.

@Jazz: My code & doco inspecting hours are pretty much spoken for until we get our next enhancement release gets into Prod, but I may give it a shot (probably not for a while).

Jazz 1:19 pm 03 Aug 08

Skidbladnir said :

I will give your CodeGimp a whole dollar to go towards a pint or his next leather facemask if he brings in Bayesian averaged ratings for the “Five Star Posts” thingy.

Something with fifty four-star votes has more weight than one vote at five, but a single user voting to five-stars currently gets you top of the list. :\

I’d be more than happy to include that bit of code if we could find someone to write it for us. care to have a stab at it Skid?

BerraBoy68 3:43 pm 02 Aug 08

Mmmm, interesting point JB! Fear not, further opportunities exist where we will also seek to give RA credit for what it, and its mods, have done to assist/promote debate and discussion in the above mentioned case!

johnboy 2:58 pm 02 Aug 08

Which is particularly odd seeing as they do mention us frequently where appropriate.

I suspect it depends who you’re asking.

BerraBoy68 2:33 pm 02 Aug 08

caf said :

You can ask print media to mention RiotACT by name, but I doubt it’ll happen.

I was on ABC TV news recently talking about the Marist/Dara abuse issue and asked if I could plug RIOTACT for all the good work they’ve done (i.e. promoting the issue, letting discussion run free etc.). I was advised (very nicely) that as it’s the ABC it counts as advertising and they can’t do that.

johnboy 1:01 pm 02 Aug 08

Well you know we don’t actually make that stuff up.

First it has to happen and then we have to hear about it…

I-filed 12:50 pm 02 Aug 08

Love riotact but am I right in thinking there are fewer fed politics articles than there used to be? I like a mix of local shenanigans and federal derring-do – like the recent Annie O’Rourke affair at PMC …

cranky 7:32 pm 01 Aug 08

Seconded – with thanks.

Thumper for Premium Subscription status for his continued efforts !

bubzie 6:39 pm 01 Aug 08

My god, can someone explain number 52???

My hat personally ISNT a red saucepan!!

Granny 5:43 pm 01 Aug 08

peterh said :

I could ask for an increase in my project fund, but as i have shelled out $6K for a faceting machine, I don’t think it would be looked on favorably….

You need to come up with a good business case.

johnboy 5:31 pm 01 Aug 08

No Peter, Tyler was on topic, no action taken.

Even going to moderation doesn’t mean you’ve been silenced, just that comments have to be approved before they appear.

“Jumping the shark” refers to The Fonz waterskiiing over a shark in Happy Days, a moment most now regard as the point when the show went into irrevocable decline.

peterh 5:28 pm 01 Aug 08

Hey JB, where is the person who was trying to heap onto you? are they in the moderation queue? I believe that they “jumped the shark”?

funny comment that, still don’t know what it means, though….

peterh 5:17 pm 01 Aug 08

Skidbladnir said :

If the mother has released two fertile eggs, as he’s set loose millions of them originally, and eventually thousands of them make it to finish (and it just being a matter of whoever gets across the line first), then there are two chances of success.

For DZ (fraternal) twins, fathers aren’t the special one in the union.
For MZ (identical) twins, both parents need to be special in whatever the criterion for twinning is.

(I am of DZ parents, at one point went out with a girl who was a DZ twin, so though it might be worth finding out more about, before anything unexpected happened…)

It wasn’t bad enough that you put all this info up, but I was making reference to the fact that 2 little boys, 2 eggs, means that there must be something good that I am doing.

(now my wife is entertaining the idea of one more (or is it 2))

anyway, raising 3 kids under 4 has taught me that there is this dream state called sleep, that one day, after my daughter is married, I may be able to achieve again. not happening any time soon….. BUT, I earn the money in the house, my wife does the budget. fair trade I feel. Hate budgets, hate doing them even more.

I could ask for an increase in my project fund, but as i have shelled out $6K for a faceting machine, I don’t think it would be looked on favorably….

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