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Topics covered

The focus is Cobourg – not Port Hope or Northumberland.  Not all news is covered – but if you feel it should be but is not, feel free to email me at john@cobourginternet.com   If it fits per the criteria below, and it’s of local interest, I will likely post on it.  For a list of other online sources of news in Cobourg, go here.

News items covered: 

  • Cobourg Council Meetings – occasionally County Council – also Municipal activities
  • Provincial and Federal Politics that directly affect Cobourg
  • Major crime like hold-ups but not minor crime like domestic disputes
  • Elections in Cobourg and related politics 
  • Business issues – including some Real Estate updates
  • Significant Police activities
  • Citizen activism
  • Anything significant enough about Cobourg to get in Toronto or National papers.

Items NOT covered

  • Most sports events – unusual or major events may be mentioned.
  • Fundraising (although Fundraising events will often be listed on the Entertainment calendar)
  • Community meetings – instead see this list of Community organizations.
  • Community notices such as weddings, deaths, engagements, births
  • A  repeat of news previously announced
  • Church announcements.

Other information about Cobourg

  • There is a whole lot of information about Cobourg at the parent site: Cobourg Internet
  • Included is a comprehensive Entertainment Calendar, Transit info and Council/Town info

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Advertising

Unlike some other news sources, there are NO “sponsored” news items – Sponsored means paid for.  No news is paid for.  The only advertisements are labelled Google Ads.  Their content is determined solely by Google.

Comments

What pages have comments

New comments are enabled for news items for the current year for 90 days.  Old comments will not be deleted.

How to Comment

Under the heading “Leave a Reply”, click in the box where it says “Start the Discussion”.  Or click on reply under a specific comment. Enter your comment then be sure to enter a name and your email address. The email address is not published but must be provided. It is used for the notify feature and for the rare occasion that a moderator communicates with commenters. If you are not logged in, click the ReCaptcha box. Comments that include slander, spam or hate messages will be deleted. Spam includes any attempts to sell products or services or soliciting votes in an election. Slander includes any personal attacks.  For example, don’t call someone a liar. Most attempts at spam are automatically deleted – others will be manually deleted.

Comments should be related to the subject of the post or to the previous comment. Unrelated comments will be deleted.

Your name should be unique – don’t use “anonymous” or any other name already used. If you bypass these requirements, your comment will be deleted.  Many blogs require 100% registration – the only thing I ask is that you identify yourself – is that so hard? Once a name is chosen, continue to use that. If you pretend to be two (or more) different people, your name may be edited and you risk being banned – it will also help you with repeated comments if you use the same name.

Your Email should be real (that is, it must work and be valid) – if not your comment may be deleted.  If you persist with an invalid email, your comments WILL be deleted.

Comments are limited to 2500 characters.   After 200 words, comments will include a read more tag to see the rest of the comment.

You may edit your comment for up to 3 hours.

Comment Subscriptions

Immediately before the Reply text box is an option to be notified of follow-up comments.  You can choose to be notified of all comments or just those responding to your comments.

To Register

In the column at right on every page, click the link to “Register”.  Enter your user name and email address and once you are approved, you will get an email allowing you to set or change your password. Click the link to set your password.  A complicated password will be provided which you can copy down or change to whatever you want.  In future, to login click the login link in the side column.  Note that you must be from Cobourg or nearby to be approved.  Applications for a user name from Russia, China, Peru, Brazil, the Netherlands and even Las Vegas and Mexico will continue to be denied.

Blog features

  1. If you are registered and login, you can edit a comment for 3 hours after you posted it;
  2. All new posts are tweeted;
  3. You can subscribe – that is get an email whenever a new post is made.  Emails are sent at 8:00am.  Subscribe here.
  4. You can sort posts by Tag.
  5. The count of hits is more accurate since a repeat visit is only counted after 4 hours instead of more often;
  6. Integration with Google+ and Twitter;
  7. Ability to “Like” a post.
  8. Repeat comments will not end up with “please enter a name” as the name;
  9. Comments will be updated as they happen (every 30 seconds) and while you watch.
  10. The requirement to include a user name and email will be enforced;
  11. Integrated Photo galleries with a slide show – but also “click to enlarge” on individual photos.
  12. Excellent management of spam.
  13. Easily print an article.

Problems

If you suddenly cannot get access to the site at all, chances are that you have been inadvertently locked out. The most common reason for this is if you have attempted login unsuccessfully 7 times inside 15 minutes. If this happens, you can wait a month or two to be automatically unblocked or contact me and I will unblock you.

Occasionally, your comment will be accepted but not published. Generally I can and will manually authorize your comment. The symptom of this is a delay in becoming visible.  The most common reason for this is that you included more than one link (URL).

Technology

The site uses WordPress and URLs as follows:

  • CobourgBlog.ca
  • CobourgBlog.com
  • Cobourgnewsblog.ca
  • Cobourgnewsblog.com
  • Cobourgnews.ca

Any of these URLs can be used to access the site.

The site is secure (encrypted).