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Warning: This post was published more than 10 years ago.

I keep old posts on the site because sometimes it's interesting to read old content. Not everything that is old is bad. Also, I think people might be interested to track how my views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured!

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might have changed in the 10 years since I wrote this post.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Regular users will have noticed a number of changes on the site in the last few weeks, as I’ve updated a few things, changed some graphics, and tried to bring the blog kicking-and-screaming into 2007.

Perhaps the most obvious change from the user perspective is the complete redesign of the Work pages, to separate them out more from the blog – in essence, to differentiate more clearly between the things where I know what I’m talking about and the things where I really don’t. It’s also quite important, as I know that several schools and sixth-form colleges link to the pages from their intranets, so it’s probably preferable for them that the work content is separated out more clearly from the blog.

More significant to the site, however, is the introduction of a formal comment policy. I’ve had almost a thousand genuine comments on the site over the last few years, and up to now I’ve been moderating on a pretty ad-hoc basis. But after a couple of complaints from people who’ve been personally insulted in comments, plus the wider debate in the blogging community about comment policies, I decided that I should probably feature one for the benefit of my users. So here it is.

The design of the site in general has changed, with the old side boxes replaced by a proper sidebar, the introduction of ‘notes’ (the smaller posts-between-posts) so that I can say things briefly without having to create a big dramatic headline, and some general tidying – including of the print function, so that you can once again print a clean copy of any page by employing your browser’s normal print function.

So, in summary: A few minor aesthetic changes, but underneath the surface everything is pretty much the same as ever. Remind you of anything?

This 1,065th post was filed under: Site Updates.






More posts worth reading

What I’ve been reading this month (published 6th November 2017)

What I’ve been reading this month (published 5th October 2017)

What I’ve been reading this month (published 3rd September 2017)

Guy Browning: Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade (published 27th July 2005)

Photo-a-day 113: Olive and Bean (published 22nd April 2012)

A portrait of Mail on Sunday readers (published 17th June 2007)

Photo-a-day 18: Antibacterial lightswitch (published 18th January 2014)


Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 17:12 on 13th February 2007.

Just a note to let you (and the rest of the world) know that I am NOT the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby.


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 20:03 on 14th February 2007.

How about a reader poll?
Who would make the best girl friend between Anna Nicole Smith (if she were alive),Lisa Nowak, the NASA diaper girl, or Karla Homalka, the Canadian woman who recently got out of jail after she and her ex-husband murdered several young women.She is reported to have just had a baby. (Notice there is no long line of men claiming to be the father on this one)
Only reason I ask is it makes me feel even my ex-wives were not all that bad.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:37 on 14th February 2007.

Thanks for clarifying the position re the paternity of the late Anna Nicole Smith’s baby… As for the reader poll… might well be a good one for Yahoo Answers


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 16:22 on 16th February 2007.

I took your advice and went to Yahoo Answers about the girlfriend question. Got some good answers.
I am going to keep the good wife I have.
Sorry, Lisa and Karla, she had me first.


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 16:30 on 16th February 2007.

On a serious note.
I(and many,many others) joke about the situation, but the poor children who were born of these women as a result of their unwise choices are a concern.
Media write about their mothers and someday the children will be old enough to read the comments.
These children are going to need much in the way of counseling if they are to be able to lead normal lives.
All parents and potential parents should be aware of what their activities will look like to their children 15 or so years after they do them.
We should not reward bad parenting by giving such people riches and good publicity.


Comment from Babs


by Babs

Comment posted at 03:23 on 25th March 2007.

What’s happened to the header? It was cool, now its crap.


Comment from Anonymous


by Anonymous

Comment posted at 12:01 on 1st April 2007.

Hear, hear.
Bring back the old head!!


Comment from Andy Wheeler


by Andy Wheeler

Comment posted at 18:59 on 5th April 2007.

agreeed – the books are terrible, the old one was good


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 19:02 on 7th April 2007.

You want it, you’ve got it – the old header is back. But slightly tweaked and improved.


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