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Dear Reader,

"Blogger was the beginning, now it's moved out of the basement, it's called www.zerohedge.com"

Today we officially launch our new website (www.zerohedge.com), which will serve as the scaffold for much additional expansion in the months ahead. Blogger has been useful, however it has reached its limitations and it is time to move on. This is especially true as daily traffic has grown to a level far beyond what was envisioned possible when Zero Hedge was started.

As part of the transition you will see many changes, and a format much more reminiscent of a "real" website. Due to bandwidth limitations,the index page will be more streamlined and cohesive, at least initially - we hope to give readers the option of designing their layout shortly. More importantly, we have moved our physical servers and domains offshore, partly to be independent and never be held hostage by any major provider, partly to avoid what has become widespread abuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to silence whistleblowers and force the pre-emptive removal of content without due process of any kind. Most importantly, over the next month, once we are comfortable that the website is fully functioning and bug free, we will launch several major expansions that we believe will provide a substantial service to readers and investors and address "unmet market needs" in banker parlance. Last but not least, the new website is now fully open to reader input with numerous forums covering extensive and broad topics, and will also stream real time news content from RAN Squawk: one of the best headline news scraping services available. Over the next few days, a contributors section will also be up and running, providing a venue for a select few of Zero Hedge's closest and most erudite collaborators to engage and syndicate their best ideas. Which brings me to another point - Zero Hedge is going global. To address demands for a broader event focus, and to provide what will be almost constant news coverage, we are close to finalizing exclusive relationships with a European and Asian contributor. The ongoing economic drama is not American, it is worldwide.

In the meantime we will cross post on the old blogger website (http://zerohedge.blogspot.com) as we iron out all kinks. We apologize in advance for dropping Disqus in the new version, however it is with a specific purpose in mind, which will be made evident over the next month. Also, for all beta testers, thanks for your work - unfortunately you will need to reregister once again.

Needless to say, we are very excited at all that it unfolding for Zero Hedge, and it is all geared to providing the best possible independent and informative environment for you, dear reader.

We welcome all constructive input: much more than anything, Zero Hedge is an evolving experiment in author-reader interaction. When you speak, we listen.

 

 - Your Zero Hedge Team

 

P.S. Please register to the website. As Disqus will no longer be supported, you can recreate your profile, and also you will need to be registered in order to post on the Forums.

 

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Mon, 06/29/2009 - 02:44 | 2696 Anonymous
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does this work?

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 02:48 | 2699 Anonymous
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I don't know

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 02:45 | 2697 Anonymous
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guess i answered my own question..

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 02:45 | 2698 Anonymous
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I love the new site!

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 03:08 | 2700 Anonymous
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Great.Look fast load!
..now if only Michael will remember Bubbles (the Chimp) in his will, I can get some sleep....

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 03:12 | 2701 Anonymous
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Hello, world!

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 03:17 | 2703 adavies42 (not verified)
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Hello, world!

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 03:19 | 2704 Anonymous
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Not as user friendly, but looks slick....

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 03:22 | 2705 Anonymous
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Having spent 25 frustrating years on Wall Street trying to change things when I could as the criminals bought cars, boats, and airplanes with the public's money while never taking a risk, and where no agency cared for anything but it paycheck and a vacation, my sincere wish is that your site brings about a revolution aagainst the corruption that often steals from those who can afford to lose their money the least.

Unlesh Hell, Tyler!

Steve

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 03:37 | 2707 Anonymous
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Kickin' it up a notch, 'eh Tyler?

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 03:47 | 2709 xx747xx
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It has been great to see ZH grow over the last 5+ months. Entertaining and insightful stories and thoughtful comments make your site my daily must read.

Thanks TD, Marla, Travis et al.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 04:14 | 2711 Anonymous
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Zell out!

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 05:02 | 2713 Anonymous
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Too bad the old comments filled with gems of wit and insight wont make the transistion though? Great work nonetheless...

Now if only I can get that blasted song out of my head:
"Whats is going to be-eeee-eeee-eeee?"

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 05:08 | 2715 Zero Hedge
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A lot of them made it. We're not sure we can get them all.

"Your ass looks delicious."

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 05:08 | 2714 Anonymous
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Could you please go back to the old system of showing the entire post at once? It is inconvenient to have to click so many times to reveal posts, especially on a slow connection.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 05:12 | 2716 asdf
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Nice, somehow the design reminds me of dealbreaker, but with more interaction.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 05:32 | 2717 Hoi Polloi
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TD, wish you all the wisdom and strength to reveal the endless thievery in the Temple of Doom call Wall Street.

"He knew this was not right and he did something about it. He made a whip out of cords, or small ropes and he drove the money changers out along with the sheep, oxen, and doves. He turned the tables over and poured out the money on the floor of the temple. "

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 05:48 | 2718 Anonymous
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your logo for zero hedge, that O superimposed H looks like theta for time decay...intentional or not, that's pretty damn sweet.

the comments are a bit busy though...i think that the author and time should be different from the comment itself.

i think that recent posts in the sidebar may be a good idea—makes it easier to toggle between them.

overall, pretty clean though a bit less friendly looking (blogger makes everything look so friendly)

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 06:02 | 2720 Zero Hedge
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A little bit of theta never hurt anyone who was paying attention.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 05:54 | 2719 Anonymous
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ads from major corporations on the new site? check.

tweaking site to increase clicks while decreasing readability? check.

assimilate into the established financial blog order? big check.

all that's left is to get rid of that pesky tyler durden moniker now, that doesn't quite fit. maybe jay gatsby is still available...

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 07:16 | 2723 tkr (not verified)
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I don't know about all that, but the third column on the right is pretty awful. It makes readability go way down - can't we stick with two columns?

And the shading/no shading/dark text take away from legibility as well. I just always thought this was a function over form (or at least form follows function) kind of place, and I agree that it would be nice if this new site could at least maintain the usability of the old one.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 16:59 | 2839 Anonymous
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good point tkr! readability is not as great as before.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 06:30 | 2721 Jeanbon
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Dear Mr. Durden

Outstanding informations, very good comments,
thanks alot. Best financial page in the Universe :-).

Best regards from Switzerland

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 07:24 | 2724 Anonymous
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First of all, fantatsic website! Great work.

As for the new design, the top featured articles is a nice touch, but the 3 column layout and the different greys/black header is a little messy. The 2 column all white look was nicer to look at and not so busy. Maybe try setting the 2 side colums to white instead of grey. Or as there is not much on the left, it would be better to shift that content into the right column too so the content is not so crowded and just have 2 colums again.

Just my thoughts..

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 07:53 | 2726 chomper
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If i could throw my panties at you TD i would :)

love the site

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 07:54 | 2727 Anonymous
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i am 1 of so many admirer of yours ... whatever happens in the future i will forever (not the long run obviously) speak about OH with respect and awe ... thank you very very much ... in my book the importance to democrazy and freedom of your work is at a level comparable to that of martin luther king ... i'm not kidding ... now i just hope that "they" do not bump you off like they bumped him off ... pls take precautions ... the threat is real ... would just hate to read about your suicide ... and now a suggestion:

why dont u add an annonymous tip off box ... like what clusterstock/businessinser has for example

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 11:00 | 2745 Tyler Durden
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There are extensive guidelines on how to contact us anonymously in the right column (lower down)

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 08:07 | 2728 Anonymous
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You're all growns up Baby

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 08:25 | 2730 FischerBlack
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It's slick, Tyler, but not too slick that someone will mistake you for MSM. And I'm relieved to hear you moved offshore. Keep up the good work.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 08:26 | 2731 Anonymous
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Congrats!

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 08:56 | 2732 Anonymous
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love it!

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 09:05 | 2734 Anonymous
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Very good work. In a previous generation you would have been Adam Selene. Go get 'em buddy.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 09:43 | 2736 Arco
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Congrats on the new site. I enjoy seeing the site progress almost as much as I enjoy reading the content.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 09:44 | 2737 slore
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im on zerohedge.com, are you?

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 10:47 | 2742 Anonymous
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Born again...and it feels soooo goooood !!!

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 10:52 | 2743 Anonymous
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nice site, like the addition of comments.

Please, please, please reject some ads. Sex chat room ads on zero hedge? If you're going to allow those, I think it'd be better just to host your own sex chat room too.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 10:59 | 2744 Tyler Durden
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Alas for now google adsense provides the bulk of advertising, and it SHOULD be context driven. I have no control over adsense: alas it pays the bills for the time being. Please ignore ads that trouble you. Although, I have no clue what context could prompt google to push a sex chat ad.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 11:10 | 2747 Anonymous
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No ads here.. TD, it's a great site, loads fast and very easy to transition to.

Good work!

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 11:15 | 2750 Anonymous
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On DMCA, the latest is from Judge Posner: Proposing no linking on the web.
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/06/28/how-to-save-the-newspapers-vol-xii-...

Time to move our discourse to China or North Korea where discourse is will be free. At least freer.

Clearly DMCA and freedom are incompatible.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 11:27 | 2752 Anonymous
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This looks like your typical run of the mill conspiracy theory website. I like the old design (white) much better.. it was cleaner and more professional

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 11:33 | 2753 Anonymous
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I could count on one hand all the redesigns that produced a better website. Unfortunately, yours was not one of them. Love your content, hate the new site. Once again, newer is not better.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 11:51 | 2757 Rex Crotch
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Props to the new site. Keep up the good work.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 12:12 | 2764 gammaman
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"Out these windows, we will view the collapse of financial history. One step closer to economic equilibrium." Going to miss the old blogger though... reminded me of Paper Street.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 14:36 | 2790 Anonymous
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The old site stood out phenomenally through all the bauble-trinket sites infesting the internet .. it was pure great matter and very readable .. no clicking around..

Am I the only one hating this *new look*.

Tyler .. pls take a poll.. this is a usability issue.. keep it clean and simple like before.. no clicks..no new pages..no new tabs.. no navigating around.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 14:40 | 2792 Anonymous
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The new layout has made it much, much harder and more time consuming to browse and to read. Instead of a clear, large, whole posts, we now have truncated posts sandwiched into a tiny space in between huge useless side bars.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 14:46 | 2793 Tyler Durden
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Layout is still work in progress. Also, reread the transition post. As we are no longer being hosted by google, there is a bandwidth issue: ours has surpassed that of Dealbook, however we do not have a New York Times to fund us.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 15:30 | 2810 calltoaccount
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Must regretfully agree, new layout, while work in progress, is much less user-friendly and unnecessarily burdensome than the old. Having forums is fine, but dilutes spontaneity. One wants to be able to immediately access, view and respond to latest postings and comments in chronological order-- and to note volume of comments and ratings thereof under choices and within easy to read "big picture" format heretofore available. This seems no longer possible and a definite bummer. Also, column right news-feed consumes much space and might better be a drop-down menu for those seeking same. Must be a way to serve the rationale for the change-- without making it a change for the worse. Hope work in progress will duly consider these comments as it evolves.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 15:56 | 2822 Uomo senza nome
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I was pleasantly surprised by the new look. Keep up the good work for all of us Tyler.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 16:48 | 2836 agrotera
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i thought it was fun rating people, but it's no big deal.

Faithful followers will get over their current shyness soon....

Who cares about what ads pop up! But, i hope you get sponsors with deep pockets.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 18:15 | 2856 Anonymous
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I too liked the clean, elegant look of the old layout.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 19:28 | 2873 Bubby BankenStein
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Congratulations on the new site! I like it!

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 19:39 | 2875 Printfaster
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Hi Tyler
Appreciate the effort.

One suggestion to give a more professional, less mother's basement look: Use rounded boxes and soften the edges make them thicker and taper the density.

Love Marla. Can we see her in a bikini?

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 20:12 | 2882 Comrade de Chaos
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I don't hate but...

it is kind of dark in here, heavy on eyes and has too much of resemblance of yet another conspiracy site.

it would be nice to see more of friendly zero hedge blog interface

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 20:33 | 2885 FischerBlack
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The new website is fine, a little more slick than I was expecting, but everyone will get used to it. I hated Disqus, so glad that's gone. Comment threading is clearer than the old. Overall, an improvement.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 21:01 | 2892 Anonymous
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Test

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 21:05 | 2894 Anonymous
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nice touch on the keyboard replacing the y with a z. ZHN, im guessing that was intentional... lol dont let the haters hate on ya. The site is slick.

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 21:30 | 2907 Arm
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Site is a bit streamlined, so it is nicer. However, I HATE the change in slogan

"ON A LONG ENOUGH TIMELINE, THE SURVIVAL RATE FOR EVERYONE DROPS TO ZERO" is MUCH better. It is punchy and matter of factly as most financiers eventually blow up.

The new enigma part ads to the conspiracy theory hype. There is a thin line between informing on what other media will not and printing any conspiracy theory that comes along. For the most part standards have been kept, but I am troubled by the new slogan as it seems to signal an "editorial shift".

I recognize this is a hard balance to maintain, but do try to keep it. There are dozens of conspiracy sites that print loads of garbage but ocassionaly get something right that gets drowned out by the noise. That is a something you want to avoid.

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 00:32 | 2967 Comrade de Chaos
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it (site) looks better at night :)

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 02:33 | 2989 agrotera
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Hey Tyler,

I just clicked on the archives and found that the comments to your articles arent listed, and i was sad for this loss.

New readers will be missing all of your record if they can't also read the comments associated with your posts.

I hope you have saved all our comments in case you decide you want to make some kind of an almanac or other chronicle of some sort ...

I followed baselinescenario.com for a little while and they were talking about making a book out of the work of their blog--unfortunately for them, the blog seems to have morphed into a "groupthink thinktank" .

I guess you probably know all of this already...and thank you for all your most wonderful work!

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 02:59 | 2994 Anonymous
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Great site, and I appreciate the need to 'diversify' from Blogspot. A couple of suggestions, though:

1. There should be less space above the first post. I read your blog on a 1024x600px screen. On the new site, the first page no longer shows the first post heading. This makes it more difficult to tell whether the blog's been updated 'at a glance'. I suggest that you dramatically reduce the height of the 'Zerohedge' logo and header, and abandon, or reduce the height of the three 'feature' stories at the top

2. It would be much more convenient if all the stories were shown in full. It takes extra time to 'click' on links to read the full story. Moreover, sometimes I might see the introduction to and headline of a story and not be immediately interested, but on scrolling down spot a chart that captivates me and draws me back to the story. This opportunity is missed with the new format at present.

Otherwise, it seems great. Keep up the good work!

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 03:52 | 3000 Anonymous
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Like the old site since you did not have to drill down to read full post.

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 04:00 | 3001 r0n161616
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there is strange typing on the left side of the page, it says "(function(){ var wikinvestScript = document.createElement('script');wikinvestScript.type = 'text/javascript';wikinvestScript.src='http://plugins.wikinvest.com/plugin/javascript/ads/?adType=wire&partnerN...';document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(wikinvestScript);})();

please fix thanks!!

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 04:04 | 3003 r0n161616
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your new slogan is stupid, keep the original one.

also the text fades out into the typewriter and looks dumb.

AND the main header is off center and looks all messed up.

other than that....thanks for this site.

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 04:15 | 3004 agrotera
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I think your new slogan and your site is awesome in every way...your site's header is good art and very inviting.

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:32 | 3052 Anonymous
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Ty -- you've GOT to include full posts in your RSS feeds, as you did previously. I find you have some really good non-consensus insights, but I will not click through every post to find them. Dealbook does a similar model and I usually end up going through about 30 dealbook postings at a time and reading maybe 2-3, whereas if the entire post was available on rss, I would read most or all of the majority of the posts. Please reconsider this.

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 19:46 | 3260 PSgirl (not verified)
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I was just going to comment on the blogspot site that someone who the NYSE would respond to needed to have a better blogging platform. Then I saw the link to the new site.

This is much better! Congratulations on your success.

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 01:55 | 3450 My cognitive di...
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Icarus'

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 13:25 | 3579 Anonymous
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Do you think we can remove the top three page headers once a story is clicked in this new format? once i click on the story i want to read it is needless to have to scroll down to see it.
thanks.

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