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Dear Reader,

"Blogger was the beginning, now it's moved out of the basement, it's called"

Today we officially launch our new website (, 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 ( 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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Anonymous's picture

does this work?

Anonymous's picture

I don't know

Anonymous's picture

guess i answered my own question..

Anonymous's picture

I love the new site!

Anonymous's picture

Great.Look fast load! if only Michael will remember Bubbles (the Chimp) in his will, I can get some sleep....

Anonymous's picture

Hello, world!

adavies42's picture
adavies42 (not verified) Jun 29, 2009 2:17 AM

Hello, world!

Anonymous's picture

Not as user friendly, but looks slick....

Anonymous's picture

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!


Anonymous's picture

Kickin' it up a notch, 'eh Tyler?

xx747xx's picture

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.

Anonymous's picture

Zell out!

Anonymous's picture

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?"

Zero Hedge's picture

A lot of them made it. We're not sure we can get them all.

"Your ass looks delicious."

Anonymous's picture

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.

asdf's picture

Nice, somehow the design reminds me of dealbreaker, but with more interaction.

Hoi Polloi's picture

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. "

Anonymous's picture

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)

Zero Hedge's picture

A little bit of theta never hurt anyone who was paying attention.

Anonymous's picture

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...

tkr's picture
tkr (not verified) Jun 29, 2009 6:16 AM

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.

Anonymous's picture

good point tkr! readability is not as great as before.

Jeanbon's picture

Dear Mr. Durden

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

Best regards from Switzerland

Anonymous's picture

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..

chomper's picture

If i could throw my panties at you TD i would :)

love the site

Anonymous's picture

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

Tyler Durden's picture

There are extensive guidelines on how to contact us anonymously in the right column (lower down)

Anonymous's picture

You're all growns up Baby

FischerBlack's picture

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.

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Anonymous's picture

love it!

Anonymous's picture

Very good work. In a previous generation you would have been Adam Selene. Go get 'em buddy.

Arco's picture

Congrats on the new site. I enjoy seeing the site progress almost as much as I enjoy reading the content.

slore's picture

im on, are you?

Anonymous's picture

Born again...and it feels soooo goooood !!!

Anonymous's picture

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.

Tyler Durden's picture

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.

Anonymous's picture

No ads here.. TD, it's a great site, loads fast and very easy to transition to.

Good work!

Anonymous's picture

On DMCA, the latest is from Judge Posner: Proposing no linking on the web.

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.

Anonymous's picture

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

Anonymous's picture

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.

Rex Crotch's picture

Props to the new site. Keep up the good work.

gammaman's picture

"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.

Anonymous's picture

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 new new tabs.. no navigating around.

Anonymous's picture

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.

Tyler Durden's picture

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.

calltoaccount's picture

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.

Uomo senza nome's picture

I was pleasantly surprised by the new look. Keep up the good work for all of us Tyler.

agrotera's picture

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.