Poll Bludger version 3.0

Welcome to the new-look Poll Bludger, brought to you as part of a broader incursion into the blogosphere by wealthy benefactors/gentleman admirers at Crikey. Note parallel developments from Possum Comitatus. The site has a new address in the Crikey domain: the old site will redirect here. The interior decoration is incomplete, so don’t despair for apparently missing features quite yet. To pre-empt the complaint which is now no doubt forming in many minds: no, you do not need to be a Crikey subscriber, trial or otherwise, to comment on this blog. However, you do have to register, which means providing a real email address which you will need to verify โ€“ I do not think anyone can rightly complain about this. To pre-empt another complaint: this site is run by WordPress just like my old site was and will run in very much the same way, without the limitations you might be familiar with from the old Crikey blogging platform. Beyond that, it will be business more-or-less as usual. There will be a slight difference in my moderation policy, which is to say that I will have one. More on that shortly.

As you can see, all the posts and comments from Wednesday are present and correct, so please carry on as before. Please keep this thread for requests/feedback/bug reports/complaints about the new order, and direct political discussion where appropriate.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. No capitals in the user name, but if you click ‘Site Admin’ up at the top, you can change the way your name is displayed throughout the site. That’s how William and I have our full names displayed (but you can also have a completely arbitrary “nick name” if you want to stay incognito).

  2. Jeff, can we have it so the recent page of 50 comments is the one that loads, rather than the first one? This was a long-time bugbear on the old site until I worked out how to change it.

    I would encourage commenters to amend their profile names: the lower case names are freaking me out. As GP points out: “The trick is to change your nickname in your profile, save, then from the drop down list of display names, choose the capitalised nickname.”

  3. Silly test account to show the new “Preferred display name” stuff working during sign-up… that’s much better! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Personally I find WordPress to be cumbersome, even though this new site looks spiffy.

    All the avatar stuff, and profile settings should all be in one place.

  5. I LOVE it that you can see the names of other active threads at the bottom of the screen, it makes it easy to know when something new has arrived in the scene and if your comment is more appropriate somewhere else, you can move it there. Previously, I had to keep a second window open to the main page and then refresh that to know if a new thread was open.

  6. G’day all!
    I was formerly Progressive on Poll Bludger, now I’m Evan(my real name) over here.
    Thanks William, and good luck with the new site!

  7. No 95

    Thanks William.

    Again, I can’t for the life of me work out why these things can’t be individually set by the user. Shame on WordPress!

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