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On February 8 2012 the world’s biggest network, Quakenet, got a new website. In comparison to the old, this new one is more of a Web 2.0 site with aesthetically pleasing URLs, the same design throughout all pages and a lot simpler to navigate. In the top-right corner there’s a flag which indicates the website might feature localization in the future. The translations will then be done by a team of already known people, to ensure accuracy.
The live statistics are now being updated periodically. In the old website, they were last updated on 8th of February 2005.
The Columns section has been renamed to Staff Articles. No new articles have been written, although the old ones (with the oldest dating back to February 2002) have been transferred over.
According to the (also updated) About page, the site was written in Django, a language that’s become increasingly used lately.
The left bar now shows the two latest news items, instead of a list of help topics, like it did before.
8 items in the main menu, which now are located right below the logo, have been removed. Some of them have been relocated to sub-pages and some have been removed. One of the removed ones is the Forum link, which has been dead for a few years. No forum is currently present, but there might pop one up in the future.
The logotype has been updated to a very simplistic one, made in only two colours. The primary reason for this was because the old logotype wasn’t owned by Quakenet. All content, including the new logotype, is now owned by Quakenet, as stated in the footer.
In addition to the user and channel statistics provided by Netsplit.de and SearchIRC, Quakenet now hosts a page with official statistics. It features line diagrams for both users and channels, and users can choose to look at either the last 24 hours, the last week or the last year.
One interesting feature that’s pretty unique for IRC networks’ websites is that the server list automatically calculates the distance from you to each server. Along with that, each server has its location and its current user count periodically updated.
This is not the end though. Behind the scenes there’s a long list of awesome features that may or may not be added to the site in the future, meeb says.