The Political Sword has been upgraded with additions to the items under site pages in the right panel. These include Blog Watch, Sword Watch, Liberal Watch, Nationals Watch and Greens Watch. [more]
Blog Watch is a feature that facilitates access to a wide variety of Australian political blogsites. Like Favourites or Bookmark facilities, it is provided to assist visitors quickly target the sites they prefer, all from one site – The Political Sword. It has been augmented with the addition of several blogsites, for example the political blogs provided by The Australian, such as Meganomics, Current Account Blog and Jack the Insider. Links to several other popular sites have been added. The Political Sword now has the most comprehensive set of links to political blogsites in the Australian blogosphere. Ten of the most popular sites are updated daily with the new items appearing on those sites, sometimes more often. Links to each new item are provided and added at the top of the list, which features the last few items on those sites in descending chronological order. It is anticipated this feature will save visitors considerable time.
Sword Watch is a recent addition. It is an index of all the items that have been posted on The Political Sword since its inception. There are now over 100 items. Each title is listed and linked to the piece, and is accompanied by a short description of the subject of the item and the date of posting. It is offered to facilitate easy access to previous postings.
Government Watch has been modified recently. Instead of posting every media item on the Australian Labor Party website, Government Watch now refers visitors directly to that website which is updated almost every day.
Liberal Watch and Nationals Watch replaces Opposition Watch, which related to just the Liberal Party of Australia website. Now visitors can access both websites to ascertain what the Opposition is saying to the media. Like Government Watch, instead of posting on The Political Sword every media item on these two websites, Liberal Watch and Nationals Watch now refers visitors directly to those websites which are updated almost every day.
Greens Watch has been added as around ten percent of voters support The Greens. Like the others, it provides a direct link, in this case to The Australian Greens website.
Don't forget the search facility in the right panel. Use it to search the site for subjects, titles, names and keywords. To include comments in your search, tick the box below the search panel. You can then search by name for the all the comments made by a particular commenter, and the replies made by Ad astra to that commenter, which appear as a numbered list at the foot of the search results.
It is hoped these changes will make The Political Sword a more useful site for visitors. Suggestions for improving the site would be welcome.