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You might have noticed some big changes since the last time you saw us

By Administrator - 16 March 2005 33

Well the hard drive on the server died shortly after my last opportunity to add to the site from work. As far as I know these were unrelated incidents.

Due to complicated technical and emotional events of four years ago, it is a very tricky business continuing to use the site as we did before. Basically we were able to restore the site so search results will still be able to see it. But we’re no longer able to add content.

There was some consideration of just jacking the whole thing in. I mean no advertisers want to touch us with a bargepole, and we seem to be making enemies at a frenetic rate (which is fun for a while but loses its appeal over time). The site consumes a great deal of time and effort. This is all to say nothing of regular legal threats from Liberals.

Give the ALP some credit, we give them a very hard time (they are in Government) but while Labor folk have left rude comments and sent chastising emails they’ve never brought out the really heavy stuff the way Liberals do.

Sure, we know from experience that threatened writs never actually appear. But the stress involved each time is not something I’d wish on anyone.

I should thank the other guys in the team for standing by me in the fights I’ve gotten us into, sometimes ill advisedly. There have been times when I’ve considered buckling on a point of principle, down at the pointy end. But every time when I tell the guys what the deal is, and the trouble they could be getting into, they invariable say words to the effect of “stuff the bastards, lets keep going”.

Anyway the offers of help and concern during the crisis were such that we decided to keep going forward.

As you can see we’ve changed engine to WordPress which we think offers some amazing functionality (and will let us fiddle with it without getting technically petrified like we did last time).

It’s possible we might find a way to revert to the old site in the next few days.

For now you’ll need to register to submit news (on the other hand just email it in to

We haven’t caried over any of our previous registration information, so you’ll need to sign up again.

You won’t need to register to post comments, but the server will want to know who are (and for a moderator to have allready approved an earlier comment) before there will be open slather. We regard this as a compromise from our oft-debated intention to remove anonymous comment alltogether.

There are more changes than we can mention in this space but feel free to ask questions in the comments or via email.

It’s not going to be the same comfortable space we knew (and there are plenty of changes to come, because right now it’s on the ugly side), but we’ve decided to turn this problem into an opportunity.

What’s Your opinion?

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33 Responses to
You might have noticed some big changes since the last time you saw us
Bodhichitta 9:41 am 17 Mar 05

Keep up the good work guys. Im glad you decided to persist rather than take the easy route.
Im not HTML guru, but I do know computers very well and if you ever need a hand, Id be more than happy to volunteer my services.

LurkerGal 9:39 am 17 Mar 05

I really want the yellowness to go away too. I find this really hard to navigate. But that’s ok, at least it’s back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Simon 9:28 am 17 Mar 05

Yes, it’s ugly. But at least it’s here.

I’m assuming the yellowness will go away eventually?

Anonymous 9:11 am 17 Mar 05


Ari 9:10 am 17 Mar 05

Great to see the site back up and running.

mister z 5:09 am 17 Mar 05

glad you decided to keep plugging away, JB and co-conspirators. seriously, the Canberra Times website is so shit (Pryor cartoons excluded) that there’s no reason not to say RA is the bestest ever canberra community, news & independent ranting website in the world. you’re definitely my official source for being connected to the place, so for gods sake keep going or my sister is going to get really annoyed if you quit and I have to ask HER to do the necessary MLA-bashing and brothel reviewing.

expat canberrian.
oxford UK.

S3 12:39 am 17 Mar 05

I hope you guys stick with it. Canberra-centric sites will one day rule the whole internet, and you don’t want to miss that boat, don’t you??

johnboy 11:04 pm 16 Mar 05

Worth noting that you no longer need to know html to post stories on this site,

very easy now to get things looking good without knowing html.

johnboy 10:09 pm 16 Mar 05

send me an mail and we can sort out the beer.


JoeyJoeJoe 10:02 pm 16 Mar 05

I’m guessing that users have to re-register, as my old account details didn’t seem to work – might be worth letting the readers know.

Keep up the great work, and let us know where to send the beer.


johnboy 9:32 pm 16 Mar 05

sounds painfull

what time is kickoff?

Santa 9:26 pm 16 Mar 05

ten four good buddy. Rugby at UC saturday?

Administrator 9:17 pm 16 Mar 05

Thanks guys.

Santa, We need to catch up on the weekend and I’ll get the CD from you.

David Heidelberg 9:14 pm 16 Mar 05

Stick to it boyz!

I’m glad you’re hanging in there. As I’m currently not a Canberran, and need somewhere to view what’s going on.

santa 9:07 pm 16 Mar 05

Bring it on boys. If I can buy some beer to fuel you all on, let me know!
JB, Changeable Dan are good to go for next Pod cast!

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