As some of you have already noticed, in the last few weeks The Reg has been running more locally-sourced stories in Australia-New Zealand. Our plans here are still in soft launch mode, but we think it's appropriate (possibly even overdue) that we give local readers a head up about them now. For quite a few years now The Register …
Keep up the good work!
As a SysAdmin in Australia, can I just say TheReg is going from strength to strength. You produce in depth, intelligent and entertaining analysis that is usually right on the money. I have noticed and enjoyed the expanded Aussie coverage re: NBN etc, and look forward to more of it.
I'm an expat Brit in NZ
... and I read El Reg as a UKian publication.
I've had this argument with Google just recently. If you're going to provide me with "localised content" - fine, I understand why you'd want to do that, but please please PLEASE give me an opt-out - whether it involves just clicking something, or typing a longer URL, whatever, please give me the option.
There are times when I come here for news, sure. But mostly I come here to find what's worth getting riled up about. And from that perspective, there's very little point getting worked up about things that my friends back home have never heard of and care nothing about.
Okay okay, it's your site, your rules, I don't even pay for it. But you asked for feedback, so there it is.
you should try living in Finland mate
Most days I have no f***ing idea what google is trying to sell me (i consider this a good thing)
Yes, can we have an opt-out please?
I had noticed this going on.
Thanks for the official out though!
Keep up the good work etc etc
Pip Pip Tally-ho, eh?
OK, I'm going, you don't have to shove . . .
Bogan icon please
As a recent migrant to upside-down land I've really appreciated this local focus. Keep it up.
Turn it up?
How about some upside down icons then? :-)
<--- See, I know when I'm not welcome...
Keep up the biting of the feeding handses, just remember to keep chewing well as there is plenty o gristle about. :o)
But don't expect theregister.com.au...
...already taken by some dodgy domain name place holder.
I did wonder if you had a reporter down this way with the stories that have been popping up so it's nice to have that explained.
It's all good news to me. This is a global industry and a global community so global news seems entirely appropriate. Most expats I know still read El Reg years even some years after moving and plenty of locals too.
Might be nice to let us see what the front pages for other regions look like through a menu on the front page.
More Reg is a good thing.
And you've found right good hacks down under as well. Carry on then...
12 months already?
"So last autumn we decided we'd repay some of that by setting up a small Sydney-based sales and editorial operation, and by delivering a measure of localisation to our readers in Australia and New Zealand."
While you're busy localising and geolocating, you might also notice that up here down-under, its the first day of Autumn today...
Globally has two hemispheres in it....
I too was wondering which autumn it was, then I noticed the 'we' and figured it was the UK autumn.
re bogan icon
can u please make it resemble a guy crashing his car while .. ahem ... being distracted by his own hot rod?
Noticed this and appreciate
the clarification on what is being done etc.
Know your audience
So stories from Darwin involving sex and/or wildlife are guaranteed an international audience, while IT related stuff remains local? Fair enough.
Long time reader, first time poster
I finally got around to registering on the Reg just so I could come in here and say "yay!" for this. I had noticed the increase in Oz-based stories, and I applaud it heartily. Thank you.
/I also vote for the introduction of a "bogan" icon, but this one will do for now
... your beer's getting cold!
Warm beer on a cold night, like mulled wine, is seriously underrated.
Give it a try.
Mine's cold because the weather is still warm here, standing on my head :P
I've been reading The Reg daily for couple of years, noticing more and more Oz news.
For tech news relevant to Australia, we're usually stuck with Whirlpool Forums (word of mouth), RSS aggregators, and glossy articles in certain tech magazines a month too late.
Cheers to the change.
As a 'whingeing pom' who moved to Sydney in Oct '10, I am happy to see UK and Australian news articles on The Reg (along with other global articles).
Keep up the good work.
Welcome to the antipodes
I have certainly apprciated greater coverage of topics local to me, and look forward to continuing Reg coverage of A/NZ subjects.
I have been an avid reader, since I discovred BOFH. When are you advertising the roles? I would love to work for 'el reg!
Thanks for this.
As you'd know lots of underworlders read the Reg and a bit of local stuff would be appreciated.
Stories on local IT firms that do OK would be of interest, and how the big global IT firms are flogging stuff in Oz is also of interest.
I kinda do agree about the opt-out thing, I like to try and get global stuff, but the Reg seems to feed out a good mix via RSS so no complaints.
Speakn as one of those Aussies (who are nothing like the plastic cutouts in Home And Awry btw), I say Cheers.
And i thought i was going crazy
Good to see more Aussie content, interestingly there is a trend to setup publishing offices in AU due to the time difference advantages.
The main reason I read the Register because it gave a very broad coverage from around the world. But I hate localization, there was a reason I got to a .uk address to start with!
I thought the reason you got so many good stories from Oz...
... was that their government was more barking than the average when it comes to IT issues (great barrier/firewall, min breast sizes for porn, customs officers demanding to read visitors emails to name a few).
If I wanted to read theregister.com.au then why would I be visiting theregister.co.uk? Geolocation is very counterproductive
"And me might look at a few design tweaks to make the site stand out more when we formally launch the operation, in the next month or so."
Like an upside-down vulture logo?
'Like an upside-down vulture logo?" yeah, you could call the new site, theregister.com.ArseUp
Nice to feel the love.
Please don't make it to antipodean based though. As you rightly point out one of the best things about el reg is that it's more or less universal. I hate going to sites which are location specific. I want to read what the rest of the world reeds also.
I'm not reading a local pubisher
I read a UK publisher to get an off-shore point of view. I welcome a few local stories - particularly if edited by a UK or US editor - but keep in mind that I'm coming here to see how the rest of the world is seeing things.
Just a reminder in case this is missed, please be aware that Australia and New Zealand are two separate countries.
Auckland is about 1338 miles from Sydney.
London is about 785 miles from Madrid.
...and a bit further
Whereas Western Australia isn't a separate country with a proper name, but isn't.
Perth is 2045 miles from Sydney, and if we could move further west, we would.
See your pedant and raise you a troll....
Oh, and talking of icons, can we have a wowser icon too, please?
That is all...
Leave Margaret River please!
If you guys make room by moving west, does that mean we Melburnians get to move 2045 miles away from Sydney?
I thought WA was a separate country :P
Seriously now, while it's great that El Reg will now have more of an Aussie angle if one happens to be down under, I hope your filter does not remove stuff from the front page that I remain interested in (i.e. EU news). As one other has suggested, an opt-out option would be welcome.
why not go further
In Sydney we'd prefer that Melbourne move 8.000 miles west , especially if it takes it's "aerial ping pong" with it :)
Heading your way from down under. ;)
Keep up the great work, love reading the Reg and with some Aussie content it makes it feel that bit more personal. Plus most news sources in Australia just don't have the humour we'd like...
Can we get some kind of Aussie themed icon to celebrate? :D
My vote is for a Kangaroo with "wtf, mate?" above it's head, i know it's been done but it would be perfect... mostly because we'd need it for any article involving our government.
Thanks for putting in the effort for we Antipodeans, guys. It's appreciated, all the more so since most UK or US based sites don't even want to know that we exist.
One suggestion - have you thought about having someone at your Sydney operation moderate comments? That way, we don't have to wait until the next day for our comments to appear, which often leads to them going unread and unremarked since people have moved on to the newer stories by then.
*I* thought I was a commentard till I saw this...
(I agree of course, although I don't see it as something really important).
Yay (I think)
As long as us antipodeans don't miss any of the UK and US stories...
Yes, I want it all, and I'm not prepared to pay for it.
Whereas I welcome this extra bit of news sourcing, I hope to god you are not planning to 'localise' the UK feed to promote UK based news in favour of global stories. As everyone knows, the UK has no IT industry to speak of and we'll end up just reading about failed Government IT upgrades day in and day out.
I want an uncensored feed of ALL your stories please, I read initially via RSS and then click through to the main site to read any articles of interest so please keep that feed unadulterated and full content.
I love The Register and want to have its babies.
That explains the extra stories from Aus
And I thought it was because we were more interesting that everyone else...
Opt out option - PLEAAAASSSSEE
So you thought no-one noticed the change? Wrong.
While we appreciate your new focus on things Down Under, one the primary reasons some of us read El Reg is to find out what is going on elsewhere. The last thing we want is the front page to become another insular, syndicated Australian publication. So, don't patronise us, and give us an opt out option, please....
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