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Is Little Green Footballs dead?
November 12, 2012 8:35 PM   Subscribe

What has happened to Little Green Footballs? Does anyone know?
posted by Neale to Society & Culture (20 answers total)
 
the problem is with your link, not the website.
posted by elizardbits at 8:36 PM on November 12, 2012


I give up. What happened? Besides the broken link?
posted by 2N2222 at 8:37 PM on November 12, 2012


Elizardibits, are you saying that the website is ok? Because I'm not seeing it (and haven't seen it for a week).
posted by Neale at 8:48 PM on November 12, 2012


It's working for me.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:48 PM on November 12, 2012


I see it just fine.

Do you have an ad-blocker installed? Sometimes sites randomly shut down on me when they add new features because I have various greasemonkey scripts and adblockers set to kill with fire anything that even hints at a facebook link. And then sometimes it takes out the entire page by accident. So check that.
posted by phunniemee at 8:49 PM on November 12, 2012


The site is fine. The link in your post is bad. Did clicking on HuronBob's link work for you?
posted by brainmouse at 8:49 PM on November 12, 2012


Oh, the link in your post got fixed when I wasn't looking. The site is still fine though.
posted by brainmouse at 8:50 PM on November 12, 2012


Thanks everyone - interesting result here then.

It doesn't seem to be ad-blocker related (neither appears in Chrome or IE, with or without Ad Blocker).

I'm in Hong Kong, I wonder if the Govt. has restricted access?
posted by Neale at 8:59 PM on November 12, 2012


I can imagine no reason why the Chinese government would restrict access to LGF in particular. There's nothing on there about Chinese politics; it's mostly Charles Johnson wringing his hands about Republican strategists' comments in the wake of the elections (he seems to think doubling down on the religious right and the Tea Party would be a huge mistake) and bemoaning conspiracy theories about the Petraeus scandal.
posted by Sidhedevil at 9:06 PM on November 12, 2012


Johnson's point of view used to be quite different (very far right, hawkish, PNAC) but even so he never posted much about China that I'm aware of.
posted by Sidhedevil at 9:25 PM on November 12, 2012


The site has been going through a lot of tweaking lately, plus some server upgrades, so maybe you're getting some weird, broken cached copy that won't load at all. (I can't even get the "Show More Articles" button at the bottom of the page to work today.)

Have you cleared your DNS cache lately?
posted by maudlin at 9:25 PM on November 12, 2012


I read that the Great Firewall was recently (and perhaps still is) in extra-paranoid mode due to a big Party meeting.
posted by zippy at 9:27 PM on November 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


According to "Blocked in China" LGF is perfectly accessible, and "Great Firewall of China" also shows it as accessible, so I doubt that's it.
posted by gemmy at 9:29 PM on November 12, 2012


Thanks everyone for helping me troubleshoot. I'll try clearing cache/etc and see where it gets me.
posted by Neale at 9:38 PM on November 12, 2012


Just for future reference, Hong Kong is outside of the Great Firewall, and the HK government doesn't block any websites.
posted by twisted mister at 10:35 PM on November 12, 2012


I like the site Down for Everyone...? for seeing if sites are generally working and accessible from the internet.

When I started having issues with sites "looking down" from my internet's perspective but clearly being operative to the general world my ISP's DNS proved to be the culprit and switching to Google's public DNS solved it conclusively and (so far) permanently.
posted by nanojath at 10:37 PM on November 12, 2012


Weirdo. It doesn't work for me, either. I wonder if there's some world DNS issue.
posted by katrielalex at 1:31 AM on November 13, 2012


I'm in Hong Kong, I wonder if the Govt. has restricted access?

Which government are you talking about? Mainland Chinese government or Hong Kong government? One is not the same as the other. Post-1997, Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region with rule of law based on the British legal system. The mainland's Great Firewall of China has no remit in Hong Kong.
posted by Mister Bijou at 1:49 AM on November 13, 2012


I like the site Down for Everyone...? for seeing if sites are generally working and accessible from the internet.

I like it too. Especially using its much shorter alias.
posted by flabdablet at 4:07 AM on November 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


Also worth mentioning is that if you've just tried to browse to a site and been unable to, you can run an isup.me check on it by typing isup.me/ at the front of the existing address in your browser's address bar, like this: http://isup.me/ask.metafilter.com/228770/Is-Little-Green-Footballs-dead
posted by flabdablet at 5:46 PM on November 25, 2012


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