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 – 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. [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.”]

    William, no can do. I don’t get the option. Tried with the avatar, but not that fussed.

  2. roxanna: After setting your nickname, you have to save the options, then you can choose the nickname from the display name dropdown. Then save your options again.

    Having explained that, it seems silly, so I’ll take a stab at fixing it… and then send a patch to the WordPress team. 🙂

  3. Hi, it’s the poster formerly known as Rx here. I couldn’t use that nickname on the new site: something about nics needing a minimum of four characters. So, while having a cuppa I came up with the new nic.

    There seems to be a lot of threads open at the same time. Making individual threads slower-moving. I miss the fast pace Poll Bludger had when only a couple of threads were hot at any one time.

    I also find myself have to horizontally scroll, which is painful.

    Now that my “complaints” are out of the way, congratulations William. Onward and upward.

    All the best with this new chapter of PB.

  4. Chistian Kerr out, PB and Possum in. Crikey is definitely on the improve. If they can stop publishing asinine denialist letters from Tamas Calderwood in their daily E-mail I might even subscribe again …

  5. It’ll have to improve a lot more before I have anything to do with Crikey again. It’s painful enough having to come here to visit William and Possum.

    When are we going to be able to post photos to this blog? That’s lots of fun.

  6. FYI

    The gravatar is email addy dependent – if you get a message saying username pinched by some swine – just register a name, any old name, but use the email addy you registered here with.

    Then hey presto – gravatar with correct user name. 🙂

  7. Would be good to be able to login on the Header rather than click login then enter login and password. I’m sure there’s room for both fields even if small. Could still leave the link for the site/sight impaired.

    Links to photos should be fine, I think. Maybe a compromise is that thumbnails (like the Gravatars) would be permitted. If someones on dialup or using a phone you don’t want a blog to be full of Dr. Adam’s or anyone else’s indulgent images. Still they do add to readability and posting graphs as well as tables or calcs could be psephologically effective.

  8. Disaster boy: Yeah, definitely going to do an inline/popup login thingy, which will be much sexier. People without javascript (or who require a11y support) can just click through to the normal one.

  9. Thanks Jeff. Good stuff.

    Just the fights over who’s can get the biggest Avatar and whether to flood the ‘blog with piccies, to go. 🙂

    I don’t mind pictures or bigger vatar’s , just a bit of netquete to avoid oversized images being posted. 🙂

  10. it’s taken me two days to get this site to accept a password, they sent me one in the end thats a mile long and complicated, how can i reset it to one i’ll remember, if i wasnt so addicted i think i’d have run a mile, sigh.

  11. Judith, when you’re logged in it should say “Site Admin” or “Profile” on the top right of the page. Click on this and you’ll see a number of options for your account, including setting your own password at the bottom.

  12. William and Jeff, I cannot read the numbers on my screen. I use firefox if that makes any difference. It is frustrating having to count the entries. Hope you can help.

  13. Umm, it’s a bit odd, William and Jeff. The gravatar now works on Possum’s site but still not here. Should I take it up with the gravatar mob?

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