Tomorrow We Move to the Washington Post. Here Is How to Follow Us.

by John Sides on September 24, 2013 · 10 comments

in Housekeeping

postheaderWe will be debuting at the Washington Post tomorrow—Wednesday, September 25.  Soon thereafter, our current URL —themonkeycage.org—will redirect to their site.  We will also be establishing an archive at themonkeycage.org with our previous posts and will circulate that URL as well.

To follow us at the Post, you can do one or more of these things:

  1. The new URL at the Post is here.  By tomorrow there will be new content posted.

  2. Our new RSS feed is here.

  3. You can sign up for a daily email newsletter with our posts here.  You need to create a free washingtonpost.com account first.

  4. You can follow us on Twitter here.

  5. You can follow us on Facebook here.

As we’ve discussed, the mission of the blog is not going to change.  We look forward to the new opportunities we will have at the Post, and hope that you’ll continue reading us.

There is one casualty of the move, alas, and it is the orangutan pictured above.  He was never the perfect fit for this blog—being an ape, not a monkey—but we will miss him nonetheless.

{ 10 comments }

Chaz September 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Right now the orangutan is the only thing the WP page does have! Why are you getting rid of him anyway?

John Sides September 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm

He won’t be a permanent feature of the site, as he is in our header here. Alas, we do not have the rights to this image!

Thomas September 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

A belated congratulations on the move. I hope you find an expanded audience there.

Alan T September 25, 2013 at 12:33 am

Thank you for several years of political science. I am particularly grateful for your answers to my occasional questions. I will continue to follow you at the Post, but I expect that you will get so many comments that you won’t be able to respond to them.

In my case, at least, you achieved your goal of sharing political science research with the general public.

Scott Monje September 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

“I expect that you will get so many comments that you won’t be able to respond to them.”

Yes, and I’m afraid the quality of the comments will suffer tremendously.

Bill September 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

Just promise me you won’t defect to Fox Sports after a couple years….

Tom September 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm

To be honest, I’d have preferred an RSS feed with full articles such as the one from this site… If crippled RSS is the price for posting under the Washington Post label, it’s probably going to be a pass for me. (Plus, I’m starting to get mad right now because of that stupid registration requirement at the Post.)

roger September 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Another technical, internet note on the transition:

…the new WashPost TMC web host is heavily loaded with ad-servers and trackers (at least 17, which is a very high #). This is not only a privacy issue, but can significantly slow down page-loading and internet browser performance for people accessing the blog.

JavaScript control on users is now mandatory, but previously unnecessary for TMC. Forum participation now requires a registered account, though that was previously also considered unnecessary.

Dean Eckles September 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Is it a requirement of your deal with WP that you don’t include the full content in the RSS feed? I click through to a lot of articles, especially to read the comments, but many I just skim through enough to see if they interest me. The snippets available in the new WP RSS feed are often not enough for that.

John Sides September 25, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Re: RSS. This seems to be Post policy. I will check on this further but I am not optimistic that it would change. Thanks for this feedback. I am closing comments on this post and previous posts so to avoid spam for the time being, but any others can feel free to contact me directly.

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