No, he’s not. Appears we got a little ahead of ourselves.
There is no mystery John Emmery is my cousin. I do websites. John Emmery wanted a website and liked the one I did for Borderline and wanted something like it. I’m the editor and writer of Borderline. I am not anonymous as there as been an article in the Border Mail and I have appeared several times in Prime news as the author of Borderline. – Paul Green
I’ve left the original article (plus updates) over the fold.
UPDATE: A whois search for Borderlinealburywodonga.com reveals that the domain is officially owned by Paul Green of 330 David St Albury. Another scenerio is that instead of Emmery being responsible for the Borderline website, Paul Green actually did the ACRM website for Emmery. I wonder if the name “Paul Green” will appear on the ACRM ticket in the upcoming council elections? end update.I’ve been enjoying BORDERLINE, it’s a muckraking rag written by someone with a minutely detailed interest in the skulduggery at Albury City Council.
But I believe the author of Borderline has a strongly vested interest in discrediting Albury’s sitting councillors. When you look at the evidence, it seems bleeding obvious.
I’ve been designing websites of doubtful quality for over six years now. I’ve done everything from straight HTML to content management systems to blogs. The thing about HTML design, like any design, is that the author’s idiosyncrasies often shine through in multiple works.
Consider this menu bar from the anonymously published BORDERLINE:
The Borderline menu uses simple HTML and a couple of images to create a rounded button that when you hover over it, highlights. The button is actually two images, when you hover the mouse over it, the second image is displayed.
You can right click on any page and select “view source” to see the HTML used to generate it. A menu created in this fashion is just a huge series of div tags. Each one has an ID and instructions on which image to display. The top button has the ID Oobj600, the next one is Oobj578, and so on.
These sorts of regular automatically generated ID’s are usually the result of using a script or program to generate your menus.
Now consider this menu from the Albury Citizen’s and Rate Payers Movement, an organisation headed by John Emmery.
a website we know is designed by John Emmery. It’s for a political party in the upcoming city council elections, and John Emmery is of course a candidate.
This menu was created with simple HTML, a series of div tags in fact. Again two images are used, again they display in contrasting colours. Again all the div tags have unique ID’s.
The ID for the “mission” button is Oobj88, the next button is Oobj27.
The things we use to design a website leave little regularities all over the place. And when the same person designed two different web pages, you can compare all these little regularities across the two pages. To my eye they stand out as plain and certain as a fingerprint.
You don’t even need to go down to code level to see it. Compare the two websites, note the similar design solutions, the way they both organise pages in the same way, and the similar way individual story pages are organised. How many fingerprints can you spot on Borderline?
P.S: I do hope the “anonymous person” behind Borderline keeps publishing, it’s certainly been interesting.
P.P.S: I’ve saved a copy of the source code for each website, just in case one should mysteriously pop off-line.