2011 Happy New Year from What If…

First of all a very happy new year to all of the readers and contributors of the site. The past 2 years have been huge for Dunedin and this site. A wee while back we passed the milestone of 200,000 visitors to the site! When I first sat down thinking it would be fun to have a wee blog to discuss the design and architecture of the stadium little did I know what would become of the site. From the fun, serious and bizarre, this site has had it all over the last 2 years, but most of all it’s been one fantastic place for the frank and open discussion about firstly the stadium but latterly the city at large.

For that I am completely indebted to Elizabeth Kerr for her tireless work on updating content here. Little did I know that when I thought it an obvious step to invite prominent anti-stadium campaigner as a he said/she said, or good cop/bad cop (won’t speculate which hats we were wearing) opposing voice on the site, that it would be Elizabeth that would take the site to the next step.

So to Elizabeth on behalf of myself and all the contributors thank you so much. Finally to the contributors & commentators thank you. We’ve covered a lot, from sports to political systems. Without all of your contributions this would not have been possible.

We must be doing something right for 200,000+ reasons for folk to come back and visit the site.

2011 is going to be a massive year for not only the city but the country. I hope you all have a safe and fun New Year.

Posted by Paul Le Comte

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5 responses to “2011 Happy New Year from What If…

  1. Russell Garbutt

    Hear, hear.

    Congratulations to the site and to the Editors and Elizabeth in particular for providing a place where everyone that wishes to do so can discuss almost anything about Dunedin. There are other sites such as the ODT site, but that is poorly designed and has annoying things like postings are not listed in chronological order. The amount of editorial control is also high – bordering on heavy handed.

    Calvin’s tongue in cheek comments in this morning’s print version of the ODT are, I believe, prophetic in that we have already seen the huge growth in the spread of information or opinion in non traditional media. It will not be long before the influence of the traditional print media on local issues becomes more and more irrelevant.

    That leaves the whole area of investigative journalism in a void. While sites like this are a fantastic way to spread information or opinion quickly to places that are unlimited, several issues demand long investigation and time-consuming work to uncover the facts. Watergate for example took months and months of work by two talented and highly motivated reporters supported by a newspaper that simply couldn’t afford to do the same today.

    I hope that we may see sites like this as hosting, or perhaps doing some similar work – not by a single person, but perhaps by a collection of people all working collectively – much in the same way as a lot of computing power can be achieved by linking lots and lots of individual small computers instead of building one super computer.

    Anyway, congratulations on the site’s milestone.

    • Elizabeth

      “…the “Whatifdunedin” site which has an array of very strong commentators.”

      ### ODT Online Tue, 4 Jan 2011
      Bloggers may well wield power to change world
      By Calvin Oaten
      Christmas and New Year is the period when those who can, ponder on the year past, and make preposterous resolutions to change or do things to make life for those around us better. After much consideration, I have decided to “come out”.
      Read more

      • Calvin Oaten is a Dunedin ratepayer.

  2. Calvin Oaten

    I heard that, Elizabeth.

    • Elizabeth

      Paul’s post mentions 200,000+ visitors to What if? I love that we were another 9,000 down the track by the time he said it. :D

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