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October 04, 2004

New Format & URL

First, if you have visited the site before, you will notice some obvious changes, hopefully for the better. With a life saving consulting assist from Nick Aster, who helps produce Wonkette and other blogs for the Gawker empire, I’ve narrowed the line spacing to make things a bit easier to read, added a set of frequently asked questions about political polls to organize things in the right column. You'll also notice some self-serving promotional blurbs and hopefully a bit of advertising to help defray expenses.

Also, starting today, you should be able to access this site using just www.mysterypollster.com (although the longer "typepad” links will continue to work indefinitely). Please update your links.

You may have noticed that been continuing longer posts on a "jump" continuation page, largely to the main page easier to browse. With a little time, I may edit the exiting posts to conform. As for the Frequently Asked Questions, I’ll continue to add questions and tinkering with their function, but for now, when you click one of the question-categories, only posts from that category will appear on the main page.

Thank you for your good wishes and continuing patience as I learn to blog on the fly. In the twelve days since I unveiled MP with an email to Mickey Kaus, we've had over 65,000 page views. Amazing...Back to Party ID later tonight..

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Posted by Mark Blumenthal on October 4, 2004 at 08:05 PM in MP Housekeeping | Permalink

Comments

The new format looks good.

You have no doubt noticed polls like Newsweek/Gallup/CBS showing dramatic shifts since the debate, while other polls, such as Rasmussen/Zogby/Pew/ABCWpost have shown that Bush dropped a couple of point at the very most.

Rather than argue about who is right or wrong, I have more of a historical question:

Has there ever been a time when so many nationally known polls have been so wildly divergent? Not just in raw data, but in trends..

Posted by: Dr. X | Oct 4, 2004 8:51:27 PM

yes it has, in 2000!

Posted by: ed | Oct 5, 2004 11:54:47 AM

May I put in a vote for *not* hiding most of the post behind "Continued" links? It's a pain to have to scan down the page while opening umpteen windows, then read and close them one by one, and that's the only way to deal with blogs that use this sort of thing. (Using it for the occasional really long post is one thing, but you seem to have started using it for almost all posts.)

Posted by: jaed | Oct 5, 2004 1:34:30 PM

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