Housekeeping: Is TTAG an Echo Chamber?

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TTAG reader HS writes:

Robert and Crew,
I have read your site nearly every day for a year or so and enjoy most of the articles. Frankly, most of our worldviews line up so it’s not unpleasant reading the editorials and opinion pieces posted by the TTAG staff. Affirmations and all of that. My question to you and yours is this- What is your opinion of the comments section and how do those comments drive site content? I try to avoid reading the comments in the articles because there is no debate or thoughtful commentary . . .

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Housekeeping: About Those #@?&! Redirects

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Those of you who join us via a mobile device – either phone or tablet – may have suffered the indignity of having your browser hijacked and redirected to the Apple Store or some other site in an effort to get you to buy some kind of game. After much forensic work, we believe this was due to malicious code piggy-backing on an ad served by one of our ad partners. That code should now be eliminated. If you’re still being redirected, please let us know if the comments below (we know that you will). In the mean time, we apologize for the inconvenience and will work to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Thanks.

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Housekeeping: Muzzle Device Comparo Correction

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Some of you may have seen the original version of my 5.56 Muzzle Device Shootout. I didn’t include ALG’s Single Chamber Brake (SCB) in the recoil measurement testing. I kept the SCB out of the recoil test because ALG lent the device to me as part of their testing & evaluations program, which was mentioned in the article. My interpretation of their program’s policy: no comparos. After my article was published, it became clear that leaving out the ALG Single Chamber Brake – supposedly at at the company’s request – was a huge issue. All hell broke loose . . .

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Question of the Day: Should TTAG Reviews Use Laser Accuracy Testing?

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Accuracy testing is an important part of any firearms review. For pistol testing I have historically employed a sandbag rest, which makes for a pretty stable platform. However, it’s still up to me to line up the sights properly and consistently every time. I’m okay at this, but admit that I can have on and off days based on caffeine intake, tiredness, and myriad other factors. If I test the same gun on different days, the results are going vary to some degree. To take as much fudge factor out of accuracy testing as possible, I picked up a nice LaserMax Uni-Max Green universal Picatinny rail-mount laser. But herein lies the question I’d like to pose to y’all…

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Housekeeping: The Anti-Cop Bias Thing Again

There’s this idea – a myth really – that local policing used to be low-key, even-handed and, well, friendly. While we’re busy deploring the current pace, scope and scale of current police militarization, it’s important to realize that law enforcement officials have been on the wrong side of the battle to defend and extend our natural, civil and Constitutionally protected rights for many, many years. (Birmingham Sheriff Eugene “Bull” Connor’s treatment of civil rights protestors springs to mind.) Not all cops. Maybe not even most of them. But enough of them that I feel fully justified highlighting the threat as and when it appears. You can call me anti-cop all you like. Below if you wish. But I’m committed to defending Americans’ gun rights and civil liberties against all enemies. I welcome any and all who share in that mission, police included. Questions?

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Housekeeping: More TTAG Fixes on the Way

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We’re still getting comments and emails from readers re: our new look ‘n feel. Top of the list: lose the all-white background and ditch the stupid font. Dan’s sent a “hit list” – including these and other tweaks – to the developers, who will either jump right on it or take the weekend off. As TTAG ME pointed out in his previous post, the changes were largely driven by our need to monetize the mobile and tablet versions of TTAG, which are rapidly overtaking the desktop version in terms of page views. Rest assured we will continue to do everything we can to make reading TTAG easy, intuitive, aesthetically pleasing and, above all, rewarding. Meanwhile, thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Housekeeping: TTAG Updates User Interface

You may have noticed that we’ve updated our look and feel. We’ve done this in response to comments from you, our readers, and commercial imperatives (e.g., our mobile and tablet readers account for 40 percent of readership – and rising – but we hadn’t properly monetized them with advertising). If you’ve been on the mobile site, you’ve noticed that there are now a fair number of full-size ads. On the more positive side, you can (finally) respond to individual comments. At the same time, we’ve streamlined the home page to be more consistent with our tablet and phone versions. Yes, we know there are major and minor bugs to fix. Rest assured, there will be two colors on the home page (as before). And a san serif typeface. And we will make sure the comments aren’t too narrow on the mobile version. Fortunately we have top men working on these and other issues even as we speak. Meanwhile, the team’s reading all your comments below to iron-out the wrinkles and improve the UI. Your patronage, patience and understanding are most appreciated.

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TTAG Reaches New Page View Milestone

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In days gone by, TTAG’s biggest readership days always happened during the SHOT Show. It was like clockwork. Members of the Armed Intelligentsia huddled around their screens, wearing out their F5 keys for the skinny on the latest and greatest products soon to be hitting their local gun stores. But those were the olden days. Now, when gun-related news breaks, TTAG’s the place a lot of people jump to for instant analysis. So when President Obama announced on Tuesday afternoon that enhanced sanctions against Russia would prevent the import of certain firearms, we had to throw a few more gerbils on the wheels to keep the servers cooled. And that traffic spike carried over into yesterday, powering us to a new, largest-ever single day page view total of 363,440. So thank you, dear readers, for your continued patronage. As always, we’re humbled and flattered.

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TTAG Reader Survey 2014: Results

The Truth About Guns is the most popular firearms blog on the planet. The reason for our popularity is simple: we publish no-holds-barred firearms-flavored news, reviews and editorials, and lots of ‘em. And we listen to our readers. We constantly monitor your comments and read hundreds of emails per day to give you what you really, really want. To keep faith with the people who put food on our table and give advertisers insight into our clientele, every year we invite readers to fill-out a short online survey. [Click here for 2012 and here for 2013.] Ladies (both of you) and gentlemen, here are the results for 2014 . . .

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Housekeeping: Is TTAG [Still] Picking on Cops?

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Once again, TTAG’s taken some heat for featuring more than a few police officers in our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day feature. Some commentators feel that law enforcement officers are over-represented, indicating an anti-cop bias. I’ve already admitted that I view police officers with suspicion. Not only do most top cops actively support gun control, but LEOs at the sharp end are often careless with firearms and, worse, unaccountable for their safety violations. Not to mention lethal SWAT-mania (as above) and unnecessary dog shootings. Despite all that, is TTAG unfairly portraying police firearms malfeasance? Nope. And John Lott has the stats to prove it . . .

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The Truth About TTAG: 2014 Q2

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Every quarter we like to give readers an idea of how TTAG is doing in terms of readership and pageviews by throwing the books wide open and showing you the raw stats for the site. It’s probably not very interesting to most of you, but advertisers are naturally interested and that in turn keeps the doors open. If we had doors, that is. Most websites don’t share this kind of data, choosing instead to keep it confidential. We believe in openness and transparency, and in that spirit present the following accounting of TTAG’s performance . . .

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