No, It’s Not Another Redesign

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Visitors to the Spec‘s website might find the front page looking a little lacking in content.


Rather than the first step in a makeover, tipsters tell us that there’s “some serious internal – and possibly legal – drama going down.” Spec editor-in-chief Melissa Repko declined comment on advice of lawyers, and online editor Ryan Bubinski, who oversaw the most recent redesign, has not responded to requests for comment.


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  1. Sounds like a  


  2. Ugh  

    Ok, who ratted this out to BWOG? Really now?

  3. Bwog is on it  

    Dig up that dirt, dig it up deep

  4. I told them  

    it would only be a matter of hours before Bwog got the story rolling.

  5. Twitter  

    "Spec website held hostage by rogue programmer?
    37 minutes ago from txt"


  6. spec reader & fan

    well, this ain't good - what the f is going on?

  7. lol

    so much drama for a newspaper that matters so little

  8. Spec-ulation!  

    Ha Ha it's a pun.
    So, I speculate that they got a DMCA takedown notice due to a sex video between the Publisher and an Editor that was in a secret folder, embedded in a racist comment left on one of their fact-free articles. Now where's my Pulitzer?

  9. former spec editor

    this is lame of me to bring up, but does anyone else remember that bwog comment thread from the spring of '07 in which we were all gossiping about each other? and it just went on and on? so much posturing and recrimination... good times.

  10. nice  

    i really like the new design. simple, straightforward, and a little edgy.

  11. Actually

    His methods (extortion and blackmail) can easily cause more harm than good for Spec. His issues are very much legitimate, and there are many staffers who agreed with him in those issues at the beginning (he did not start or even organize this conflict, though no one imagined it would evolve into this). But his latest move is both extreme and selfish and has potentially destroyed the good in the original cause. Just him stepping down would have been enough of a gesture, since no one on staff has his skill capacity.

  12. damn

    is spec on some andy kaufmann style prank or do they really think it's a good idea to have an internal argument on the comments of a widely-read blog?

  13. So...

    Now that all the Spec editors are in the room, can someone please explain what the site is being held hostage over?

  14. Bwog

    You won't need to do any reporting if these speccies keep it up.

  15. Ron

    What's amusing is how Spec editors come to Bwog when Spec is down, but I sincerely doubt Bwog staff goes to chat on Spec when Bwog is down (which rarely happens it seems).

  16. Spec Question  

    Do staffers get paid?

  17. nope  

    staffers don't get paid.

  18. hahahahaha  

    im glad i got out of that hellhole when i did.

  19. surlybastard

    This Bubinski kid seems like a twat.

  20. So confused  

    Wow, Spec staff, this comment thread proves you all to be more self-destructive than Eliot Spitzer.

  21. /b/

    Twat. Good word. I almost forgot twat.

    So is anyone else wondering why a paper whose only readers are also its columnists gets so much coverage when some psycho twat d-bag decides to hijack the site and screw his own future over too?

    This is more entertaining than the balloon boy.

  22. STFU.  

    Spec people, I know you're itching to break the story even at the expense of damaging your own paper, but breaking it gradually and with loads of misinformation in the comments on a Bwog posting is just not the way to do it.

  23. Ian Malcolm  


  24. Redacter  

    Because Bwog censors.

    Posted by Lame : #15 · reply · track
    October 17, 2009 at 2:12 AM
    This kid [REDACTED] is a gaping asshole.

    Posted by nice : #18 · reply · track
    October 17, 2009 at 2:27 AM (from campus)
    [REDACTED] hope everything works out for you

    Posted by Amusing : #43 · reply · track
    October 17, 2009 at 3:12 PM (from campus)
    It's kind of amusing how [REDACTED] took down all of the Spectator websites, except [REDACTED] own ( [external link to courses.columbiaspectator.com] I wonder if [REDACTED] and gang realize they've been hosting ColumbiaClasses for several months.

    Posted by That site sucks : #45 (in reply to #43) · reply · track
    October 17, 2009 at 3:22 PM (from campus)
    That site sucks. I signed up a week ago and still have not received the confirmation email I need to be able to log in. And it is NOT in my spam folder. Way to go, [REDACTED] - if that's your real name.

    Posted by surlybastard : #47 (in reply to #46) · reply · track
    October 17, 2009 at 3:49 PM
    Does this mean that [REDACTED] resembles [REDACTED] from Seinfeld?

    Posted by interesting... : #48 · reply · track
    October 17, 2009 at 5:02 PM
    [REDACTED]'s home page, which used to look like this (google cache): [external link to www.google.com] ...is now blank: [external link to [REDACTED]]

    i imagine that's probably because practically all of his "what I've done"/ resume-esque links are to spec-related websites. he seems to have shot himself in the foot here!

    Posted by oops : #50 · reply · track
    October 17, 2009 at 5:37 PM
    [REDACTED] seems to have wasted his well-intentioned cause with this tirade...didn't know he was hosting Columbia Classes (which no one uses at all) on Spec's hosting though. That's awesome.

    Posted by More on [REDACTED] : #51 · reply · track
    October 17, 2009 at 5:51 PM (from campus)
    [external link to www.linkedin.com]

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