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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Housekeeping: Last Chance for the TTAG Survey [CLOSED!]

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Today is the last day to fill out the TTAG reader survey. We already have enough responses to be statistically significant, but just like any good statistician more responses can only mean good things. Go ahead and click that link to take the survey, and if you give us your email address at the end we will enter you into a drawing to win a night vision monocular (pictured). The survey will close whenever I get around to clicking the button this afternoon.

[UPDATE] We now have enough responses for a 99% confidence level with a 2 degree spread. Thanks for your help, the survey is closed!

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Housekeeping: Malware Mea Culpa

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We still don’t know exactly what caused the malware misegos that bedeviled your browsers. We reckon malicious code buried in our ads was the culprit. As you can [not] see, we’ve killed all but two of our ads until we sort this out. This will turn our cash flow into a trickle, but needs must. (If you’d like to help keep the lights on, please use the PayPal donation button on the right of the home page.) But we apologize deeply and completely for the electronic imposition. The Truth About Guns didn’t get to be America’s most popular firearms blog by compromising on its editorial integrity or your privacy. Or letting evil actors interfere with our readers’ computers. While we work on this issue we will continue to provide firearms-related news, reviews and editorial. Your patronage, patience and understanding are most appreciated.

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Housekeeping: Thank You For Your Patience

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Late yesterday afternoon TTAG was hit by a malware attack. Thanks to some quick work by our ad partner Lanista Concepts along with un-named drones somewhere deep within the Google monolith, all has been restored to normal. Now comes the post mortem process in which we figure out if we were victimized by some malicious ad code or whether a banned commenter who tried to take credit for causing our difficulties is about to hear from our attorneys. In any case, we regret the downtime and thank you for your continued readership, support and patronage.

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