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New Site – Info & Guide

Welcome to the new OffG. After such a major reboot and transfer there will inevitably be some minor glitches. You may encounter some missing content and some brief downtimes for a week or two, but overall we are hoping your experience of the site will not be seriously impeded during the teething time.

Our site now has its own theme – generously donated to us by Wild-Reality.net. In developing it we’ve tried to combine the best of the design and interface you all liked in our old home with a few wholesale improvements and developments.

FRONT PAGE

Our frontpage is divided into three major sections:

LATEST: Right at the top, lists our latest posts.

IN THE HEADLINES: articles dealing with current or breaking news.

BELOW THE LINE: OffG was founded by a group of Guardian readers who were sick of being censored BTL, and our comment section has always been dear to our hearts and an important part of what we are. So we decided to honor this by giving our contributors below the line a place on our front page.

SITE INFO: background on the site, our privacy policy,contact info etc.

OTHER CHANGES

Two other major structural changes are:

The COMMENTS. Our old comment system has been a major headache for us and our readers for some time. We think you’ll find the new one a huge improvement. It uses the WPDiscuz system and provides greatly increased functionality, including (yes!) allowing people to edit their own comments and to easily format their posts.

The “OFFG SECTIONS”. These subpages take some of the strain off our erstwhile chaotic front page, while allowing readers to more easily dig into our archives and categories to find what they are looking for.

Media Watch contains our ‘On Guardian’, ‘Censored on CiF’ and general media analysis.

Politics & Geopolitics contains our old ‘Empire Watch’ and expands on it.

Brave New World unsurprisingly looks at the increasingly dystopian levels of social control we are subject to. Censorship, surveillance, Big Pharma, Big Ag and more.

Outside the Overton Window takes the discussion beyond the current comfort zones of mainstream discourse. From 9/11 as an inside job to allegations of media and government fakery.

Arts and Culture is where you’ll find book and movie reviews, essays, fiction – anything that grabs our interest.

Historical Perspectives is probably as self-explanatory as it gets. Lessons from the historical record.

Multimedia is where you’ll find full-length documentaries, short videos, audio interviews and podcasts.

We hope you find the transition smooth and un-traumatic, and the new design to be in every way an improvement, but if any major problems or issues do arise for you, or you want to make suggestions or ask questions email [email protected], subject line “new site”.

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Mira
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Mira

Info & Guide

The block (making the blockquote) is HUUUGE. At least, reducing the bottom margin, between text and border, will make it look better instantly. Perhaps further reduction of the other margins can be done too to make the block slimmer.

Admin
Moderator
Admin

Good catch.

Mira
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Mira

Cosmetics: when typing a comment, some of the formatting buttons have mouseover text (b-quote, u, code, spoiler), the other buttons have no text.

Test: let’s see what the ‘spoiler’ tag will do ..

Spoiler
spoiler says what?

Mira
Reader
Mira

How long will the edit function work after posting a comment?

Thanks, it’s looking good!

Admin
Moderator
Admin

edit function works for fifteen mins

Mira
Reader
Mira

15 mins is generous!

Yarkob
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Yarkob

good stuff off-g. having done a couple of hosting and site replacement jobs over the years, i know how stressful it can be! looks and feels great

Toby Russell
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Toby Russell

Well done guys, it looks great, and the html editor is a huge improvement over that old WordPress junk! Thank you for all your hard work!!

Editing too! Plus time of comment, elegantly nested replies, fixed navbar at the top, donation button. Excellent additions!

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

Seems to be something (intermittently?) wr0ng with paragraph and blockquote formatting?

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

One replicatable (part of?) “intermittently” – messages long enough to “Read More” unformatted in initial view, formatted OK in Reading More view… (always or only on old old Androids ??).

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

Suggestions so far:

1) Cancel button for abandoned posts

2) Expand All button/s for BTL section – either or both of:
(a) All “View Replies” in full (i.e. as before, which is what I like to scroll through, time permitting
(b) A short view, of poster “Name” with the first few words from opening line/s
Note: I have no idea whether or not either of these is practicable or only OK for the too-hard file.

(3) A permanent publicly viewable “Suggestion Box” with a FIFO number of messages limit if necessary. About the only place where the bizarre fanboy system of up/down votes would provide actionable info.

And a question – what is the little green bell beside the “Post button” for?

Jen
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Jen
TheThinker
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TheThinker

    Looking good Off G

admin
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admin

Thanks, Thinker 😀

tonyopmoc
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tonyopmoc

Test

0use4msm
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0use4msm

test

edit: cool!

John2o2o
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John2o2o

just seeing if it works. I wasn’t able to comment on another part of the site … hope it will be okay now.

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

Welcome to the New OffGuardian

Good job.

alaff
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Like after a new haircut, you feel fresh and different)

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