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A New Year, A New I-Mockery!

I-Mockery's huge redesign is live! Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Notice anything different? Yes indeed, the huge redesign we've been working on for waaaaaaaay longer than I care to admit is finally up and running! Considering how long it's taken us to get this massive project off the ground, it's really exciting to finally unveil it to you guys.

So what exactly has changed on this big crazy place we call I-Mockery? Well, lemme break down all the new features for you:

-A New Site Layout: As you can tell, the site has a much nicer (and wider) design. The days of 800x600 screen resolutions are a thing of the past and I'm more than happy to help push the envelope as far as that stuff goes. This new design not only looks better and loads faster, but it's also allowing us to fit a whole hell of a lot more fun content on the site. I gotta say, it's really nice to finally be able to go to all the different sections of the site and see everything in a more unified style.

-The New "Weeklies" Section: If there's one thing I've been really looking forward to with this redesign, it's gotta be the launch of this brand new "Weeklies" section. This new area is divided up into 4 categories - Video Games, Movies, Comics and Music. So what in the hell makes this new section different from all the other content on this site? Well, frankly it's a fun way for us to talk with you guys about all the stuff we love (and the stuff we love to hate) as we rate each thing on a 1-5 pickles scale. In addition to our regular articles on I-Mockery, we'll be updating each of the 4 Weeklies categories with at least one new review per week! Which leads me to the next feature...

-User Accounts: We finally have real user accounts here on I-Mockery that will allow you to post your thoughts about any reviews we make - and they'll always be absolutely free. No longer are you confined to the forums to do such a thing. All articles from this day forth will have an area for user comments directly below them. The Weeklies section is also geared specifically to having you guys share your opinions with us about the movies, games, comics and music that we review every week! You'll also get to give yourself a user avatar to go with any comments you post, and who doesn't love avatars? You can also make a profile page for yourself for others to see and we'll eventually be adding more features to your user accounts in the not too distant future as part of "Redesign - Phase 2". Boy, doesn't that sound official? Well anyway, you get the picture.... now is definitely a good time to register a free user account for yourself and start blabbing with us.

-The New And Improved Blog: When posed with the question "Rog, how can you possibly make your blog, the most amazing blog ON EARTH, even more entertaining?" I unleashed a chortle of gargantuan proportions upon that interviewer in my head and told him all about my idea to make this a TRUE I-Mockery blog by having all four writers participate in it on a daily basis instead of just me. That's right, from now on, you'll see posts from Dr. Boogie, Max Burbank, Protoclown and yours truly here in the new and improved I-Mockery Blog. On top of that, the new blog is embedded on the I-Mockery homepage so you can see snippets each day from what we're posting about before you go in and read the full posts! Keen! As if that's not enough, we've also added user account compatibility to the blog! What that means is, if you're logged into your user account, you can use it to post comments in the blog with your avatars 'n all! If you're not logged in, you can still comment anonymously (only in the blog, not on other areas of the site) but who would wanna do that now that you can get those spiffy user accounts, right? RIGHT.

-A Search Feature: If there's one thing more people have asked for on I-Mockery, it's a Search feature! Well, you guys asked for it and now you've got it. No longer do you have to scroll through our seemingly endless archives trying to find the articles of yesteryear, now you can just do a quick search from anywhere on the site because it's always included in the top menu just like your user account features are!

-Forums Condensed: We got rid of a lot of the old kitschy sub-forums that never saw much activity and merged them with the larger, more popular forums on I-Mockery. As a result, the forums are now nicely condensed and it's easier to find exactly where you want to go to talk about whatever's on your mind with the rest of the mockers!

-Index Pages Reorganized: The index pages of our main sections are no longer crammed so closely together and hard on the eyes. Now you can easily scroll through them and we've also added some categories to a few pages such as the Games and Comics areas.

Hell of a site redesign eh? We really wanted to go in and rip out I-Mockery's guts and fill it with shiny new guts that will dazzle your eyes more than the Japanese Seizure Robots could ever dream of doing. Again, we've just completed Phase 1 of the redesign and we're going to start on Phase 2 immediately. Phase 2 will involve redoing all of the old I-Mockery articles so that they match this new site format as well and so that you'll eventually be able to post comments on any of those old article pages as well (You'll know an article hasn't been converted to the new style yet if you see a nauseated PickleMan resting at the top of the page). Phase 2 will also involve adding more features to your user accounts along with other goodies to improve The I-Mockery Experience™. We just had an insanely active / busy holiday season between Halloween and Christmas, and now with launch of this huge new redesign, 2008 just might be the best year for I-Mockery fans yet. We've got so much cool stuff in store for ya I can hardly wait to get to work on all of it, but most of all, I'm really excited about the opportunity to interact with you guys on a daily basis now that you'll all have user accounts that you can post comments with.

Think of it this way - we're gonna keep doing the same amount of pieces for the site that we've done every week, but now you're also getting a bare minimum of 4 additional updates to the new Weeklies section each week AND you're getting a hell of a lot more activity in the I-Mockery blog each week as well. All this for the low, low price of... FREE. What a deal, what a deal...

Ok that does it for the big site news. Make sure you go register an account and start joining us for discussions in the Weeklies section, the blog, the articles and in the I-Mockery forums. Before I go, I have to thank a few people who really helped out with this redesign project more than they probably know:

Thanks to Re (Strange Puppets) for constantly giving me feedback on the site redesign and doing countless revisions with me. We probably came up with over 40 different styles for how this site could've looked before we created the right one. A lot of sites don't care as much about how their design looks, which is why there are a bajillion web 2.0 cookie cutter sites out there, but coming from a web design background, having this site maintain this unique look was always very important to me and Re helped make sure it never lost that.

Thanks to Shawn (Cfr5) for picking up the pieces where our old programmer left off. He's truly worked wonders with was some hellaciously mangled code. He's also now gotta be the world's foremost expert on hacking apart our forum software to make it work like we need it to. He doesn't fear the code... the code fears him!

Thanks to Andrew (Aversionline) for coming in late and saving our asses with his CSS wizardry. If you notice that this site looks just about the same in any browser and loads about 50 times faster than it used to, it's almost all because of his CSS code. He and I are also both determined to kill Internet Explorer because of the many asinine ways it manages to screw with your head when trying to code a web site that displays properly in it.

Thanks to Dr. Boogie, Max Burbank and Protoclown for stickin' by me side all these years and for helping make I-Mockery what it is today.

Thanks to Chojin for continuing to to be the sheriff on the I-Mockery forums, and for helping condense them into a much easier format for people to use. Nice shootin', Tex!

And of course, thanks to YOU for reading I-Mockery. It's pretty spiffy you've made I-Mockery a stop on your daily internet travels when you could just as easily head outside for some fresh air. Actually, that air outside? It's probably poisonous, so you're better off staying indoors reading this site anyway.

Ok that about wraps it up for the big site redesign news. Have a Happy New Year and we look forward to rockin' your pickles in 2008!


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zeldasbiggestfan on 12/31/2007 2:50 am

Oh wow, this is awesome. It's gonna be fun checking out all this new stuff. Congrats on the launch, and happy new year!


Doctor Who (Guest) on 12/31/2007 3:05 am

Sweet redesign, man. Can't wait to check out the Weeklies. You guys rock!

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Darktrooper11 on 12/31/2007 3:24 am

Been reading the site for a while now. Gotta say I like it and its new look. Happy New years.

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Anti.5 on 12/31/2007 5:57 am

Heh, glad to see things finally hit the site. I was out of commission pretty much all day yesterday (literally) with yet another crippling migraine. Fun.

You probably don't care, but I haven't seen this thing on a Mac yet, so I fear the other white meat... errr... shitty browser might choke on a thing or two, but hopefully not. I'll have to crack one open and take a frightful peek sometime soon... unless you happen to start getting raving complaints from a diehard Mac user about avatars loading 14px to the left sometime in the next 24 hours, ha, ha...

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Anti.5 on 12/31/2007 6:43 am

Update: For some fucking moronic reason the gym was closed this morning, so I got up at 5:30am for nothing. So I looked at the site on a Mac. It looked about right to me. Miraculous.

Congrats again on getting everything up!

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Protoclown on 12/31/2007 7:31 am

Haha, nice avatar, Andrew. I should've known. :P


Jesse B (Guest) on 12/31/2007 8:10 am

I need to adjust.

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aj2217 on 12/31/2007 9:34 am

Yay new features


Nicole (Guest) on 12/31/2007 10:39 am

Rog...this just might be the BEST thing to happen to the Internet

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bicostp on 12/31/2007 10:42 am

Nice redesign! It's got the right mix of "Web 2.0" features and the i-Mockery style we've come to know and love.

'i-Mockery: New look, same great taste!'


MagicFlyinLemur (Guest) on 12/31/2007 10:55 am

For some reason a lot of articles just bring me back to the main page instead. Dunno what that is. I like the new look though.

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Christine d’Abo on 12/31/2007 11:37 am

Wow! I've been a reader of your site for years, but this is the first time I've posted. I wanted to let you know that I love the new changes!! Much easier to read and super easy to find things. What a kick ass way to start 2008. :)


soundsurfer (Guest) on 12/31/2007 11:38 am

very nice redesign!

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Evil Dead on 12/31/2007 11:50 am

I was going to say the exact same thing as, Christine, but she beat me to it..

I-Mockery has kept me sane many a dreary night at the office.

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MLE on 12/31/2007 12:01 pm

I do kinda like the new integration, so if i just want to comment on an article, I don't have to start a thread or post in some huge one where it'll get lost.

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Furry_Fan on 12/31/2007 1:44 pm

This is undoubtedly the coolest thing ever, I love this site quite a bit.


Albert (Guest) on 12/31/2007 2:26 pm

The games don't work. They redirect to the blog.

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macrodeath on 12/31/2007 2:53 pm

What the shit? This looks like...What? I don't know, maybe it takes time to get used to this look, but right now i think i liked the previous version of I-mockery better...
But here's one thing i'm interested about: Are you going to make an article about redesigning the website? Please?
And now, while i'm writing this, something clicked: This design is f***ing great, it just blew my mind all of a sudden... Thank you! :)

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-RoG- on 12/31/2007 2:56 pm

Hey all, thanks a lot for the wonderful comments so far. I'm really happy to see that you guys dig the new design so much. Hope it makes the site all the more fun for you guys to check out! Please lemme know if you find any glitches too!

Albert, yeah I was actually just working on that page when you posted the comment haha. It's all fixed now. Thanks for the head's up though!

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Bizarcane on 12/31/2007 3:07 pm

Looks good, RoG. Here's to i-mockery in '08!

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Captain Awesome on 12/31/2007 4:31 pm

Rog, this rules.
Cheers! o/

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MarioRPG on 12/31/2007 5:50 pm

You managed to nail everything I wanted included, and then some! Great job, the site looks great.

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Jeff The Ninja on 12/31/2007 6:47 pm

Looks nice, clean, and easy on the eyes. Good Job.

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Nick on 12/31/2007 7:15 pm

Oh my, you certainly have outdone yourself, ROG. This is new design made my New Year a little more sweeter. It was so fantastic that I had to actually make one of those new fangled "user accounts" I've hear so much about. They're certainly the bees knees! Happy New Year, I-Mockateers!

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doopa on 12/31/2007 7:31 pm

This is awesome. I'm very excited!!!!!
Congrats to everyone for all the hard work it took to pull it off. I'm really looking forward to all the new blog posts that will be on the homepage.

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incognit000 on 12/31/2007 9:17 pm

The pure awesome has, somehow, just gotten EVEN MORE AWESOME!

I am going to snort I-Mockery off a hooker's chest.


BoMToons (Guest) on 12/31/2007 9:45 pm

I likez.


BoMToons (Guest) on 12/31/2007 9:47 pm


The link to ToTAQ doesn't work.

(I'm in IE 7)

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Angryhydralisk (Guest) on 12/31/2007 11:59 pm

The Weeklies section sounds very nice. I wonder if the whole music/movies/game reviews would ever come back.


The Sarah Fish (Guest) on 01/01/2008 1:09 am

Holy heck! I was definitely startled when I decided to pop over here today. The new design looks GREAT! Very nice work.

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Kitsunexus on 01/01/2008 3:19 am

Rock on, I-Mockery!

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zaihos on 01/01/2008 4:14 am

Love the redesign. All this eye candy as well as the cool new features just give me even more reason to check into the site daily. Plus everyone must now bow before the might of my Ryu Hayabusa avatar.


Dungeobrownies (Guest) on 01/01/2008 6:57 am

Im actually glad this came about as late as it is, as coincidence may be, I just got my new widescreen monitor and new computer right when this site had changed formats!

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recycled_bastard on 01/01/2008 9:50 am

Boy howdy Rog.

The work you've put in definetly paid off. The new site looks spiffy as all get up and I STILL carry my I-mockery card in my wallet and spread the gospel as much as possible.



agent orange (Guest) on 01/01/2008 2:39 pm

Also much more room for advertising! sweet.

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JackSchmidtKnifeThrower on 01/01/2008 4:03 pm

Can't wait to see what comes to the 'Weeklies' Section. Great new design!

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-RoG- on 01/01/2008 6:28 pm

Thanks sooo much everybody... I really appreciate all the positive feedback so far. It really has me excited about all the new things we're gonna get to do each week. It's also great to see so many people already registering new accounts and joining in the discussions!

On a related note, the Weeklies section is doing great so far and I'm glad you guys are digging it. Just to clear up any questions you might have about that section, it's not going to be updated just once a week. We'll be adding reviews to the Weeklies section SEVERAL times per week on average. They're just called "Weeklies" because they'll be updated a bare minimum of one time each week.

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bazilisk on 01/01/2008 7:11 pm

As unbelievable as it is, this site actually got better =)

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The Pirate Captain on 01/01/2008 11:59 pm

The new design is great, a real improvement over the old site! One question though: I see you have RSS feeds for the blogs, any chance that you will include feeds for the features and weeklies as well?


T (Guest) on 01/02/2008 3:31 am

Man. That's awesome.

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Johnny Lee Lemming on 01/02/2008 5:01 am

Yahhoooo!! the redesign is suuuuuper. Soupeur doupeur méga fou. Really.

As Pirate Captain said, RSS feeds would be a nice feature to have for future design updates.


Tim (Guest) on 01/02/2008 7:02 am

At first the new look scared me (I frighten easily apparently :P) but after a few seconds of hyperventilating I noticed it seems much easier to navigate. Nicely done.

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Coryjonc on 01/02/2008 1:31 pm

Holy crap, it took a little bit of getting used to, but I really love the new layout. You did a great job man.

Only thing is, every once in awhile when the "Recent Pieces" column becomes an ad, and I need to refresh the page. That pisses me off.

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bbolt on 01/02/2008 3:07 pm

sweet, it is easer to read and find the content i want. great job, and happy new year!

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Autrach Sejanoz on 01/03/2008 8:28 pm

Happy happy joy joy indeed! The new site looks great, RoG! Now if only you could get the Pickleman game up and running, this site would be perfect!

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Mockery on 01/03/2008 8:38 pm

Thanks for the continued positive feedback all... it really is inspiring for us to see everybody enjoying the design so much. I'm also relieved that it went off without any big bugs or crashes. Talk about nice!

Pirate Captain & Johnny Lee Lemming, I'll look into adding RSS to the rest of the site when I have a chance. If it's not too complicated, I'll be happy to add it to the rest of I-Mockery. This blog software already came with the RSS built-in, so that's why I kept it in there as an option for those of you who use feeds like that. Thanks for the feedback!

Coryjonc, hrm, that could be some weird browser cache thing, cuz there are no ads set to display in that area, only recent articles. Glad ya dig the new layout!

Autrach, haha yeah there will be a bigger PickleMan game, I promise. In the meantime, you can play the other PickleMan game we made, "PickleMan and the Green Thumb of Triumph!"

We have another big game in the works that will be coming out next, but that project is CLASSIFIED TOP SECRET NO TRESPASSERS ALLOWED. Should be a real crowd pleaser... and if all goes well, it'll be completed within a few months.

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BoMToons on 01/04/2008 1:14 am

The new redesign made me decide to sign up for an account finally!


Pandajuice (Guest) on 01/04/2008 4:47 pm

I have to say I must be the only person that doesn't like the redesign and a bit baffled as to how that's possible. The community stuff that was added is nice, but making ALL of I-mockery into a giant forum is a bit over the top.

I can get past that though, except that, for me, I-mockery has always been about the articles. With this redesign, they've been put into the back seat it seems like. The current and previous articles are in tiny boxes at the top, and it now only shows the last 6 articles instead of the last few months worth on the old site. The blog dominates the page which to me, was always a nice afterthought of the site; a more personal glimpse of Rog and news for the site, not the main deal.

I don't check the site daily, so I was really fond of the expanded section on the side of the page that listed all the previous articles from the last month or so. I could scroll down, find where I left off, and carry on back up the page to catch up. I never used the main "Features, Shorts, Editorials, etc" links because I couldn't tell the difference between articles in each of them to find a recent article that I hadn't read yet; that'll be no different now.

Please expand the sections on the main page that deal with articles and reduce the size of the blog, it doesnt need to dominate the page like it does now. I-mockery has always been about the great articles, shorts, and editorials; not blogs and community comments.

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-RoG- on 01/04/2008 6:34 pm

Pandajuice, the articles will forever be the #1 priority on I-Mockery, hence the reason they still maintain all three primary spots on the top center of the homepage. We've just added new features to them so that users can interact and comment on them in a public way with the writers, rather than having to send individual emails or post in some random forum thread.

In essence, all the redesign is doing is giving you more content on top of what we've always done. There will be no less articles than before. You're getting the same amount of in-depth articles PLUS more frequent blog updates PLUS a brand new Weeklies section that are updated at least once or twice per week by all four writers.

In regards to catching up on the latest articles to appear on I-Mockery, you can always check out the article discussion forum if the "recent articles" list on the homepage doesn't satiate you. Furthermore, we're considering starting a weekly mailing list that is sent out to all users, but there's nothing set in stone about that yet.

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Pandajuice on 01/05/2008 7:04 am

Thanks for the reply Rog. I appreciate you taking the time out to address my concerns. I'm sure I'll get used to it after a little while and completely forget what the old design even looked like.

I'll just have to check the site more often so I won't ever have to catch up on older articles. ;)

At any rate, the redesign and all the new features at least shows that you 4 guys (and Re) are as dedicated as ever to the site and that it will continue for a long time to come. Which makes me happy and is all I care about in the end :)

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thecatillaccat on 01/05/2008 2:26 pm

I-Mock is bigger, stronger, faster. We had the technology! WE HAD THE POWAH!

Mixing Lee Majors and He-Man FTW.

But yes, I've been lurking here since 2001. 2001! Craziness! And suddenly it is keener than usual. Well done. You get a bag of fruit snacks.

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Aduross on 01/06/2008 1:20 am

Yo, I've been visiting the site for a while, but I never really interacted with the community. With these handy dandy User Accounts though, I felt this would be an opportune time to sign up. With that, I have only one word to describe the redesign:


Keep on trucking and here's to more I-Mockery niftiness.

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Ferrit on 01/07/2008 9:22 pm

RoG - this site rocks - can't tell you how many long work hours I've managed to kill off crawling through all the content here that our big brother corporate internet blocker hasn't deemed too corruptible to my soul and has allowed me to view - okay, maybe I can - it's been about 142 hours over the past year. I'm sure of it. Maybe even a little more.
Keep up the good work - keep the daily updates coming. My sanity is depending on it. :P

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