Why is UMW’s Bullet on Fredericksburg.com?

I have to be honest with you, I have always wanted the folks at UMW’s school newspaper to look towards open source applications like WordPress or Drupal for publishing their paper online. So it is a bit agonizing to look at UMW’s Bullet hosted by (and sharing the same terrible, pop-up laden design as) the Free-Lance Star.

Image of the new UMW Bullet

This is just about one of the worst sites you could be forced to look at, and more than that the text-encoding for today’s articles is completely screwed up. I know this because I am a featured source for the “Faculty loses Two More,” as UMW’s prodigal son 🙂

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6 Responses to Why is UMW’s Bullet on Fredericksburg.com?

  1. Andy Rush says:

    Jimmy, I couldn’t agree more. It is just stunning to me that someone said “yup, this site’s ready to go live.” Awful! I think the answer to your question as to why Fredericksburg.com is in the pop-ups and banner ads, and Google ads – $$$. I thought the print version was obscene and now this.

  2. Serena says:

    I am similarly horrified.

  3. Tom says:

    Sounds like Jim is offering to host it for them.

  4. Tom says:

    I went and read the article. If only Jimquits was still alive.

  5. Reverend says:


    I’m kinda glad it was killed now that I think about the longtail of fun you could have 😉

  6. Mary-Kathryn says:

    As a parent I am horrified at the paper period. Sexclamations…I won’t even tell you the very vivid words that runs through my mind when it comes to that column. But I guess sleaze sells.

    Oh, and I do agree with you about the site chosen. Everytime I see those bouncing heads from the classmates website it’s too much.

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