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Welcome To What's Next


Lil BauHaus

Lil BauHaus
Filed to: Announcements
  • Kinja
2/11/13 5:03am 2/11/13 5:03am


The site seems different today because it is different. Not only have we entirely redesigned the way this site looks, we've changed the way it operates. Yesterday, you were a reader and a commenter. Today you can be a writer, an arbiter, an editor, and a publisher. You'll still read, but now you can also contribute.

With the full launch of Kinja 1.0, which you've known only as the 0.4 commenting platform, we've opened up Jalopnik to all of you. 

Our philosophy has always been to demolish the walls that separate the conventional wisdom from the truth, the reader from the writer, and the powerful from the curious. Today we have the platform to match that philosophy. As of this moment you now have all the tools we have.

Gawker wanted this on Jalopnik first because of the strong community. Much of what's printed on these pages is plucked from the comments on our stories, the emails to our tips line, and the posts on our active subforum.

Here's how it works.

1. The Redesign

Websites, like cars, suffer from model bloat. We changed over to a new visual motif in late 2010, but everything was still built on a much older platform. It's all been thrown out and we've created a newer, simpler, and cleaner system with a design to match. 

"Simplify and add lightness." It works for websites, too.

You'll notice we've nixed the two-rail system and returned to a free-flowing, endlessly scrolling blog. We've retained the "big picture" concept from the previous iteration that allows us to highlight our best work, but we've responded to your input and made everything easier to navigate.

There are a few great new tools, including the ability to "heart" stories and comments, as well as "follow" or "block" anyone in the system, including the Jalopnik staff. We've also added image annotation, which will allow you to comment directly on the photos at the top of a post.

The comments will look familiar to those of you who have been here since the launch of Kinja commenting last year, we've just opened it up and made it a little easier to navigate. 

Everything here has been Beta-tested by readers and users over the past few months, but we're still rolling out improvements so if something seems odd please drop us a comment or open a ticket with our help desk. We also have a general FAQ and a more detailed explanation from the head of tech.

2. Your Personal Kinja Blog

When you login for the first time you'll notice you'll be invited to setup your personal Kinja blog. This is similar to what your personal page used to be with a few important changes. First, you'll notice it's hosted on (you can see me at

This is the hub at the center of our wheel.

Your personal Kinja blog will automatically record all the comments you make but if you've got no real desire to do anything but reply to the occasional article, you can stop here. If you've always wanted to do more keep reading.

You'll also notice your Kinja blog has the ability to compose. This is so you can use your page like an actual blog, creating original content to be shared, commented on, and viewed by others in the community. 

Have you always wanted a blog in our network? You can do that, too.

Want to create a blog about Fox Body Fords? Go nuts. Want to create a site devoted to Starfox Cosplay? You're strange, but go ahead and do a barrel roll!.

All blogs are created equal. Your blog will look similar to our flagship sites and will have all the same is neither affiliated with the authors of this page nor responsible for its contents. This is a safe-cache copy of the original web site.