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Super City website launches with Super Stuff Up

UPDATE: Soon after this story was posted, the Auckland Council website was taken offline. [Yes, NBR took down the Super City - Editor]. When it reappeared minutes later, the offending provision had been deleted. But it shall live on forever in the screen shot above.

Today the Auckland Transition Authority unveiled a website for the Super City Council, aka the Auckland Council.

What caught Private Bin's eye was the delicious bureaucratic snittyness of the About this Site section.

It includes the provision:

“You may not create links from other websites to this Website* in any way, including deep-linking or use of metatags, except with the prior express written permission of Auckland Council.”

Well excuse us. The government’s open data initiative, as celebrated by Communications Minister Steven Joyce at a conference just this Monday, and that whole web-surfin, sites-linking-to-each-other thing as a whole, doesn’t seem to have dented the super city consciousness.

* Note how only Auckland Council's website - sorry Website - gets a capital letter.

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I can see a link up there.

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Juha

You linked to the page about not linking to it! Clearly you shall now be arrested by the powers that be and judged by the search gods.

[There's nothing to do now but sit quietly and wait for a call from the UN Security Council. Or for a letter informing NBR that it's rates have doubled - Editor]

A good ole' fashion Google bomb is deserved for this page....

Nice to see their preef readers have been at work too

On the front page.....

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Auckland Council website launched
01 July 2010
The public face of the yet-to-be established Auckland Council is launched today (Thursday 1 July) with the first version of its website going live. read more

Now I was sure today was Wednesday.....

How would they enforce that policy?

He'll know and he'll either come over to your house on his Harley or send a swarm if killer bees to sort you out!

Johno Banks cannot be beaten. He is pre approved for IPv6.

He'll know and he'll either come over to your house on his Harley or send a swarm if killer bees to sort you out!

Johno Banks cannot be beaten. He is pre approved for IPv6.

They have removed the Links section from the conditions

I know of two other corporate websites in NZ with the same lack of knowledge about the Web, ie the same "do not mesage", so much for the Captains of Industry. Do they know what is going on.

I can smell the hypertext on their breath