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Support the Tally Room on Patreon

I’ve been running this website now for just over nine years, and in that time I’ve put in thousands of hours of work, in particular making election guides and electoral boundary maps, more recently expanding into producing clean election results datasets free for use.

A handful of much-appreciated readers have been donating a small monthly amount for a while now, but it’s only just enough to cover the financial cost of running the web server.

I’ve explained on my Patreon page what I’d like to do with any additional donations – my goal is to have twenty regular donors giving every month to keep up my current work, but I’ve also set some stretch goals that would allow me to spend more time on the website and get more stuff done. I’m planning to do regular updates about my ongoing work to those who sign up as patrons.

My plan is to see how many patrons sign up in the month of December, and then use that to plan my work for 2018.

You can become a patron by clicking this button:

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And below the fold you can read my spiel from the Patreon page.

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Website maintenance Saturday

I’ll be undertaking some maintenance tomorrow morning on this website. I’ll have to copy the contents of the website over to a new server, so there’ll be a period where any new comments may be lost. I plan to do this between 9am and 12pm tomorrow, but I’ll post on here when I’m starting and finishing. I advise avoiding commenting during this time.

EDIT 9:24am: I’m about to make a copy of the old website, so no more comments please.

EDIT 6pm: Unfortunately the move didn’t work so we’ll be sticking with our existing system. Feel free to comment again.


Introducing the new comments policy

The volume of comments has exploded on this blog in recent times. In July over 1000 comments were posted – this is only the second time I’ve received more than 1000 legitimate comments in a month.

With this I have experienced more occasions where I’ve had to make judgement calls about deleting or editing comments, and I suspect we’ll see more with the federal election still to come.

To help commenters ensure their comments don’t fall foul of the moderator, I have prepared a brief comments policy.

Of course, I maintain the right to exercise discretion when it comes to moderating discussions, but I hope this will help commenters find their way, and play nice.

Comments are not permitted on the comments policy, but I will leave the comment thread open on this post if any readers wish to suggest any points I might have missed.

Credit goes to Poll Bludger and Larvatus Prodeo‘s comments policies, which I used for inspiration.


Introducing my time-series maps

I’ve been making and posting my Google Earth electoral maps on my blog since day one, and I have now got quite a large collection posted. These include national electoral maps for the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland, as well as subnational maps in Australian and the UK.

Some of my maps now cover up to four elections for the same jurisdiction. In order to view these in an interesting and simple way, I’ve developed a format which allows you to quickly flick between different maps for the same area, while holding to the same position on the map.

I’ve produced a number of these time-series maps, including state maps for New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, and national maps for Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

You can access them through a new page dedicated to time-series maps.

The following images show you how these maps are designed to work, in this case using the example of the Victorian state elections from 2002 to 2010.

Click to enlarge each image to its full size.

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Follow #penrithdebate on Twitter

You can follow today’s Twitter debate between NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, Leader of the Opposition Barry O’Farrell and Greens MP Lee Rhiannon right here at the Tally Room.


The Tally Room on Facebook

Now that I have finished New South Wales and South Australia and reached 100 profiles, I am working on getting the remaining seats in Queensland posted soon. I have now also created a Facebook page for the blog which you may wish to join. This page will run a feed of posts from the website which you can access within Facebook.


The new-look Tally Room

Welcome to the newly redesigned Tally Room blog. I have changed to a new theme which mainly redesigns the front page. The top of the front page will regularly cycle through the three most recent posts. Each post will include an image to identify the post. However, for a reason I can’t understand I can only post frontpage images for new posts, so it will take a few weeks before the front page takes on its new look. Please let me know what you think of the design and pass on any suggestions for how to improve the site.

Update: I think I’ve got the hang of  it now, and I’ll be gradually going back over posts from October and November to give them identifying images, although I don’t plan to go back through the entire back-catalogue. You may also see other minor changes in coming weeks in the sidebar and possibly the featuring of federal election seat guides on the front page.