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Lording it over the internet

Zixian pointed me to this blog – As she said, it is quite amusing how the 70-plus members of the House of Lords are more active in blogging and reaching out to the public than our beloved local MPs. P65-blog, wherefore art thou? An impersonator has taken your place, reclaim thy honour.

There are so many things wrong with the p65 blog that I don’t even know where to start. Let’s just start with technical details.

1. A 13-year old can do a much better job at building a website than the train-wreck the p65 blog is. Hell, an average wordpress or blogspot blog feels and looks much better than it.

2. Are those cut-off heads of our MPs that vaguely trophy heads on a wall supposed to somehow appeal to the younger generation? It is so freaking juvenile, and unappealing. Not to mention our highly intelligent MPs look rather stupid.

There is no need to treat us like idiots that are fascinated by cut-off heads, really. The average under-35 net-using singaporean appreciates a clean, simple interface, and not Nickelodeon-like graphics.

3. The slogan – “It’s where we talk”. Seriously? Seriously?!

4. No RSS feed. After I just told you how much I hate looking at the site, do you really want to not provide me with a RSS feed that allows me to read the entries without going there and getting turned off, and subsequently never coming back?

5. Updating of content – most of the time, it is Baey Yam Keng and Lam Pin Min who are posting entries. Some of the MPs have not posted for more than a year.

6. Quality of content – can anyone spell boring?

Here’s where I personally volunteer to redesign the entire site – for free. Seriously. I’ll consider that my service to the nation (though this is not my nation). And of course, I won’t be getting paid for it, so you know, I don’t think I’ll be accused of being a PAP mole by the internet conspiracy theorists. But of course, the content will be up to our beloved MPs.

Update: One of the commentors pointed out that there is indeed an RSS Feed, but you need to open the iframe in a new window. Talk about not being user-friendly.


April 20, 2008 - Posted by | Politics | , ,


  1. […] know we will never hear the end of it until we appear to be engaging the public in cyberspace. Like I said, we are all very busy, and […]

    Pingback by Secret blog of a P65 MP: Part 4 | | My Very Own Glob {Curiosa Felicitas} | April 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. If you open the iframe in a new window you get access to the RSS feed. And it’s powered by WordPress, just seems to have a crummy theme.

    Comment by kalleboo | April 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thanks for the tip. 🙂 But how many people would be able to discover it… goes back to my point about user-friendliness.

    Comment by pleinelune | April 20, 2008 | Reply

  4. Frames? World class blogs don’t use frames… they use columns!

    Comment by the(new)mediaslut | April 20, 2008 | Reply

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  6. Not to mention that they have also refused to let through comments that are civil but oppose the substance of their posts. An echo chamber is not exactly an ideal outreach method.

    Comment by Ponder Stibbons | April 21, 2008 | Reply

  7. Oh no they Discover the iframe vulnerability. Hide the contents 😛

    Comment by Onlooker | April 21, 2008 | Reply

  8. Hell, an average wordpress or blogspot blog feels and looks much better than it.

    On the other hand, using wordpress or blogspot doesn’t allow them to track your IP. If you leave critical comments, ISD will know whose door to knock on at 2AM so that you can occupy the cell that Mas Selamat vacated.

    Comment by Lalaman | April 22, 2008 | Reply

  9. Actually, yes you can track IP on wordpress. 😀

    Comment by pleinelune | April 22, 2008 | Reply

  10. most of the blogs dont use frames, as this is not considered search engine friendly. There are some plugin available on the web which gives your wordpress blog the functionality to track IP address.

    Comment by water powered cars | April 23, 2008 | Reply

  11. Hide the contents.

    Comment by Used items | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  12. You can track IP on WordPress if you need help let me know

    Comment by | August 14, 2008 | Reply

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