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Topic # 26276 16-Sep-2008 23:26
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I have had a comparison of NZ broadband deals, Dial up Deals (as so many still use it in NZ), and an ISP general config info page up for about 8 months now.

My hits on these pages are very strong and I would now like to update its format a bit.
As you will see, the website is in a current overhaul status and I have just moved domain and server.

Page is Http://www.symsysit.com/Review/NZ-Broadband-Comparisons.php

It is a bit 'pants' at the moment - filled with basically 'raw' information. I thought I would put it past you guys to suggest any best way of displaying the information. eg I can put a graph at the top to give a rating but a lot are on different pricing structure and some eg Voda are only showing 'all in' deals with tolls.

Searches show a LOT of people hunting IHug settings because it has'nt sunk in that Voda took over. The ISP TV Advertising usually sends me through the roof so I plan on taking that somewhere more to a blog format.
MANY searches are 'no Tolls'  or 'No Contract'

Shall I satisfy my popular keyword requests or do something else.

What matters particularly to YOU - What do YOU want to see?

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  Reply # 164979 16-Sep-2008 23:34
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Thanks to you guys on here, I have seen snap.co.nz so I will be adding them to my list after having a look :)

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  Reply # 164994 17-Sep-2008 07:43
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There is the http://www.nzconnection.net/ wiki which is a community driven page with information - a lot of information. You can help adding information there and make it bigger - I think for end users, consumers it is better to have a single repository where many people can contribute.

My main question would be "are you going to keep this up-to-date"?




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  Reply # 165001 17-Sep-2008 08:04
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The Slingsot plans and data pricing are for the old plans that they stopped selling.



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  Reply # 165008 17-Sep-2008 08:48
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The Slingshot plans are according to what they had advertised on thier website LAST WEEK!
Thier website is so over dripping with marketing touches and gadgets that all are laborious to look through.

Every single one of these supplier sites were looked though and updated a maximum of a few weeks at a time - they don't change that often.
I will have a look and contribute to - and more than likely LINK to the Wiki community driven page - that will be filled with opinions and experiences.
All I want here is a LIST of 'all' packages to compare and relevant links. I think it is best to leave the personal experiences and moaning oportunity to forums and blog sites and keep this one 'static.

I went to the nzconnection site and found it verrrry slow to load the Broadband pricing comparison - in fact I am still waiting.
Its wizzing through now - must be first visit problem. They have combined all regional and business packages too - not what I wanted really - too much input can blow your head up.


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  Reply # 165010 17-Sep-2008 08:51
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Gremlette: I will have a look and contribute to - and more than likely LINK to the Wiki community driven page - that will be filled with opinions and experiences.

All I want here is a LIST of 'all' packages to compare and relevant links. I think it is best to leave the personal experiences and moaning oportunity to forums and blog sites and keep this one 'static.


I think you will find there's no "opinion" or "spam" in that wiki. There are a few moderators there that ensure all the information is relevant and up-to-date.




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  Reply # 165013 17-Sep-2008 09:09
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These plans have been out of about 2 and a half months maybe 3 months.

Data Costs http://www.slingshot.co.nz/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabIndex=0&TabID=22&SubNav=7

Plans http://www.slingshot.co.nz/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=999&tabid=11&subnav=3

There is also naked dsl, which has different information again.

Are you going to have an API on your site, so information can be made more functional and web 2.0?

Slingshot uses alot of marketing talk,  Slingshot's web development team gets  alot of input marketing, after all the core role is to sell stuff.  But I think you right and that the slingshot webste is infomation overload.  With each page have links to more infomation without covering the basic's in a clean and clear format.

It's like a infocomercial,  with the old "but wait, there more ..."

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  Reply # 165033 17-Sep-2008 10:35

Personally I think you have way too many personal opinions and comments on there, also alot of information is unaccurate and could do with updating


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  Reply # 165036 17-Sep-2008 10:51
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undecided: Personally I think you have way too many personal opinions and comments on there, also alot of information is unaccurate and could do with updating


It's a wiki.  If you think it needs updating, signup and update it!

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  Reply # 165041 17-Sep-2008 11:04
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freitasm: I was confused by undecided's statement - not sure it was related to the wiki or Gremlette's page...


I though undecided was talking about the wiki. If not, my post is incorrect.



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  Reply # 165044 17-Sep-2008 11:23
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hellonearthisman: These plans have been out of about 2 and a half months maybe 3 months.

Data Costs http://www.slingshot.co.nz/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabIndex=0&TabID=22&SubNav=7

Plans http://www.slingshot.co.nz/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=999&tabid=11&subnav=3

There is also naked dsl, which has different information again.

Are you going to have an API on your site, so information can be made more functional and web 2.0?

Slingshot uses alot of marketing talk,? Slingshot's web development team gets? alot of input marketing, after all the core role is to sell stuff.? But I think you right and that the slingshot webste is infomation overload.? With each page have links to more infomation without covering the basic's in a clean and clear format.

It's like a infocomercial,? with the old "but wait, there more ..."





I looked at the links - sure enough is the same information I used.
OOps sorry - the data block purchases went UP in price - sorted. I was looking at the plans more than anything on the last update.

You rant a lot dont you!:) Got an unhealthy fascination with Slingshot who dont provide the best imho anyway.

'Web 2.0' - bull** term for those who decide to fill thier sites with gadgets and widgets.

Are the users of this site only interested in websites they can stick thier 2peneth into on live content?, If I wanted to run a site that had huge maintenance on forum / post administration then I would do. ... we have other work to do. I thought it would be good to have another site with info people look for. Our feelings on them are not up for debate - or rather web 2ooood lol



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  Reply # 165053 17-Sep-2008 11:44
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undecided:

Personally I think you have way too many personal opinions and comments on there, also alot of information is unaccurate and could do with updating



I think it has a lot to do with how it is displayed rather than accuracy issues. The supplier links need to be clearer, and work on the layout. Really it just needs to be reverted to an index page of relevant resources.... and the opinions/comments - duly noted.

Thanks for the response

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  Reply # 165058 17-Sep-2008 11:53

freitasm: I was confused by undecided's statement - not sure it was related to the wiki or Gremlette's page...


Just to clear things up, it was for Gremlette. I think its a great idea to have the site, esp with the tech info. It would be interesting to see a site that compares bband/tolls/fixed line/mobile with maybe calling calculators or something. Just an idea!



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  Reply # 165062 17-Sep-2008 12:23
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  I think its a great idea to have the site, esp with the tech info. It would be interesting to see a site that compares bband/tolls/fixed line/mobile with maybe calling calculators or something. Just an idea!


Its a great idea. The main thing that is brain racking is that there isn't particularly a benchmark for direct comparison with all these plans. It seems that tolls is an option that cannot be left out as many are trying to nail it down to toll combo deals.
If I write a program up to calculate a comparison on data vs speed packages then it will really only deal with Naked DSL primarily in the interest of accuracy - and then look for expansion.

And so, whether plans are charged per MB or bulk GB packs, stripped naked of toll packs, I would like to calculate them all as if on a sliding scale/MB on various speeds for direct comparison. More of a 'toy' really. Some will be estimate comparison level because theyre only selling bulk packs and some true to scale.

Straight up - what do I get $1/MB

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  Reply # 165116 17-Sep-2008 17:01
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Finally I get to have a say in this Smile

While I don't run NZ Connections, I do most of the handling and updating (I just wonder around the sites in my free time), so you could probably blame me for any errors. I also do the styling around the place (e.g. front page)

Wikis are great - anyone can edit! I'm only one of three moderators on the site, but that's alright. There's not too much spam there.

And I've got a RSS feed which tells me when something's changed (like today, Maxnet got new info), and when I see spam, it's usually gone within 24 hours.


I know it's difficult to make something suit everything. Even my tables aren't perfect too.
I'm actually currently doing something very cool to update the tables to provide more info in less space (but I'll reveal that to the public later on)


It's a great site there, the page is a little long.... but you've got some commentary on the ISPs.

Also, thanks for linking to us! Smile


NEW: I do realise that the site is slow - it's in LA. I'm not responsible for hosting though!




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