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A whole new scoop on Scoop, and it’s all bad

When you become “a person of interest” to the Whaleoil team, we crawl up your business with a fine tooth comb. ¬†Ok, that’s awful, but you know what I’m getting at.

It was as part of looking into the Internet Party and Alastair Thompson that we’ve noticed something odd about Scoop Media’s web site: scoop.co.nz.

But before I jump ahead of myself, let’s have a look at some hard data using Alexa as an independent source. ¬†Neither Scoop Media nor I have the ability to influence what this service captures about our web sites.

First, this is what Alexa has to say about Whaleoil

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That’s about right.

You can see the Len Brown spike, and the subsequent residual audience we have retained from it.  And you can see the dips around Christmas and New Year.

And, when competing against the likes of TradeMe, Google and Facebook, we still come in at 54th most visited site in New Zealand.

Notice our world-wide rank has improved nearly 3000 spots to 43,000-ish.  43,000th most popular site in the world.  Pretty irrelevant to us, but keep that number in mind.

Next, we look at scoop.co.nz ¬† Read more »

Random Impertinent Question

Q:  Coincidence?

Possible Internet Party Logo evolution?

Possible Internet Party Logo evolution?

Disgraced Alastair Thompson and the Scoop Media Cartel

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I don’t know about you, but for me, the world “Cartel” has negative connotations. ¬†The other word most associated with it seems to be “Drug”.

This is a definition of what a Cartel is

A¬†cartel¬†is a formal (explicit) “agreement” among¬†competing¬†firms. It is a formal organization of producers and manufacturers that agree to fix prices, marketing, and production.¬†Cartels usually occur in an¬†oligopolistic industry, where the number of sellers is small (usually because barriers to entry, most notably startup costs, are high) and the products being traded are usually¬†commodities. Cartel members may agree on such matters as¬†price fixing, total industry output,¬†market shares, allocation of customers, allocation of territories,¬†bid rigging, establishment of common sales agencies, and the division of profits or combination of these. The aim of such¬†collusion¬†(also called the¬†cartel agreement) is to increase individual members’¬†profits¬†by reducing competition.

One can distinguish¬†private cartels¬†from¬†public cartels. In the public cartel a government is involved to enforce the cartel agreement, and the government’s sovereignty shields such cartels from legal actions. Inversely, private cartels are subject to legal liability under the¬†antitrust¬†laws now found in nearly every nation of the world. Furthermore, the purpose of private cartels is to benefit only those individuals who constitute it, public cartels, in theory, work to pass on benefits to the populace as a whole. ¬† Read more »

So who are the notorious bloggers then?

A mate is at Starship at the moment with his boy. He was checking some blogs but ran into some bother with the free wi-fi…seems they are blocking some of the worst sites in the country.

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Hooton on Captain Mumblef**k

Matthew Hooton writes at NBR about the continued civil war within Labour’s activist base.

For some time, blogs have ceased to merely report grass-roots political activity: they are now where much grass-roots political activity actually occurs, with hundreds of different perspectives being put forward on various topics.

A generation ago, political reporters hung around dire regional conferences to get a sense of what the grassroots were feeling.

With little happening at today’s stage-managed conferences, it makes sense that they now observe the postings and comments on blogs such as Whaleoil, Kiwiblog and The Standard to get a sense of grass-roots opinion (noting, as always, that conference delegates and blog writers tend to be further to the extremes of the parties to which they purport allegiance).

Even with that proviso, the extreme language at The Standard about Mr Shearer is unprecedented, and it is again being ramped up.

A nickname for Mr Shearer has emerged: Captain Mumblefuck. His intelligence and admittedly poor diction are derided.¬† Read more »

Shearer too afraid to put leadership to the members

Eddie’s kite flying at The Standard appears to have failed. Eddie wrote that the whispers were that David Shearer was going to put his leadership to the membership regardless of caucus.

Vernon Small however has scotched that pipe dream with his tweet this morning:

Shearer was never going to fall for the kite flying of the disaffected, and his advisors…to a man are all Robertson¬†loyalists¬†and that¬†certainly¬†wouldn’t have helped their cause.¬† Read more »

World’s best ever Sysop lifts his skirt, shows world he doesn’t wear undies

Oh dear…Lynn Prentice, the guy with the girls name and the world’s best sysop is showing us the traffic over the Christmas break and explaining why he needs a multi-layered, industrial strength server set up for what is in reality a flea blog with flea traffic.

The primary server has been moved out into the offshore cloud far away from the expensive costs of having to pay for the costs of the Southern Cross cable monopoly. The ~5% of our traffic from human readers offshore wasn‚Äôt a problem. However the searchbots (most recently the bloody bingbot) and spambots causing us to exceed our ‚Äúfree‚ÄĚ datacap on overseas traffic. This was $3/GB when we started on the old server and is now $1/GB.

However it has cost us thousands of dollars in variable per GB charges since I moved the server back to NZ in 2011. Does nasty things to the site’s operating budget. For instance in November it cost $103 extra because the Bing searchbot tried to read the entire site including every comment link. They nearly did a million page views in November and 600k in December. The really irritating thing is that we get very few incoming searches from Bing. I’ve now constrained Bing to a more limited diet.

Which is all mumbo-jumbo pseudo tech speak that says in reality, that “though I am the world’s greatest sysop I’ve managed to be tucked by smarter people than me into paying thousands extra in traffic charges because I knew best”….

And it isn’t as though the traffic warrants it.¬† Read more »

See if you can guess this one?

via ODT - Campers calling it quits after persistent bad weather

via ODT – Campers calling it quits after persistent bad weather

As regular readers will know, I belt out articles like a H&K MP-5, but for this one I actually sat here stunned for a while not knowing what to do.

Let me start at the end first:

This sort of thinking does my head in.

Very few, if any of us, are effectively neutral on any issue. ¬†It’s why we have blogs that come at it from “left” or “right” or “green” angles.

But let me ask you a question:

Who would you blame for snow during the holiday period?

Who would you blame for people having to be moved from camp grounds due to swollen rivers?

Who would you blame for people not enjoying their Christmas holidays because it rained so much?

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Bitterness and Black Hearts at the 2012 Worst Political Blog

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Owen Glen used to be Labour’s go-to-guy when they wanted to win an election. ¬†That’s before they threw him under the bus. ¬†And if you think the above is a slight, check this out:

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Why do the lefties like a good sing-along?

In the tradition of a good old protest song, the Left often seem moved to express themselves by making up words to an existing tune. ¬†As did¬†People’s Power Ohariu at The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog.

This is¬†People’s Power Ohariu‘s anti-asset sales song.

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Just one problem, and guess who was there to help out?  That nice Matthew Hooton:

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