Well, day 3 and the new website is still up, although some odd traffic patterns earlier led us to believe that we may not make it. We did... And thanks to many of your generous donations and hat purchases we have been able to buy a redundant, hot-swappable server which will assure we are around when we are needed most- that is, when certain others have the most cause to wish we were not.. Plus it will speed up load times materially.
Furthermore, we are reading your feedback. We know what you want and are working toward achieving it. The good thing is now you all know what we have to work with: from here on, readers will be, at worst, pleasantly surprised. But remember: there are many gorgeous websites out there, many of which would pass the Calvin Kline smell test of what a "cool" website should look like. Frankly, we couldn't give a rat's ass. And judging by the huge boost in traffic neither do most of you. As a reader pointed out, give me a Lynx text browser, and I will still read Zero Hedge over another website anyday. Of course, we are flattered.
But the point is, we want to make Zero Hedge not just informative but esthetically pleasing. We will get there, and we thank everyone for the hundreds of suggestion emails and forum posts. From day one, Zero Hedge has been an adventure in democracy, ironically in parallel with our country becoming anything but.
So your patience as we roll out is appreciated. Like I said before, there are some very exciting launches coming that would not have been doable on any other platform. Once the majority is happy with this initial stage, we will divulge them.
In the meantime, keep reading and writing. As always, the thing that differentiates Zero Hedge is our proactive readers. At times we hate you but we can not exist without you. So keep punching us in the ear: that is what democracy is all about. We can take it.
In other news, I will be in Europe for 10 days after tomorrow, collecting toxic debt samples. If the MSM is unwilling to go to ground zero, someone else should. Which is why I leave you in the capable hands of Marla, Cornelius and Travis, and some of our closest friends, who will soon share their delightful and provocative thoughts with all of you.