We’re pleased to see that a massive influx of visitors has hit G&T recently, thanks to some news or other that may or may not have been going on (is the nonchalance schtick wearing off yet? Oh good). And indeed, over the last two-and-a-bit years since our major relaunch, we’ve seen the rebuilding of a strong and vibrant community around here, which is great. In that time, however, the focus has shifted somewhat onto community discussion and our ever popular news bits. I wonder, therefore, whether many of our current readers are aware of just how much in the way of longer articles and features actually exists here on G&T. I mean, there’s loads. Really loads. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly much of it there is.
Er, sorry. But yes. G&T first launched in 1999, with John joining founder Ian in 2003 – and for the next couple of years they worked like bastards to become the internet’s foremost storage house for original, inventive, witty and even occasionally relevant extended analytical writing about Red Dwarf. When Cappsy, Austin and myself merged our sites into the fold in late 2006, meanwhile, we each brought with us literally several articles of our own. And while, admittedly, the sheer volume of new lengthy content has dipped since we all stopped being fucking students and got proper jobs, we’re still striving to provide reviews, analysis and opinion wherever we can – as well as the occasional Dwarfcast series.
But while we dumped all of that content onto the site in its raw unexpurgated form way back when, we never really got around to providing a decent and easy-to-use navigation system in order to help people find their way around. Ask anyone who first discovered the original G&T back in the “glory days” of 03/04, myself included, and you’ll probably hear the same story – that upon chancing upon one particular article on the site, they were hooked by something (with me it was this, as it happens) and ended up sitting up all night reading every single sodding article on the site. But since 2006, despite there being all this (well… some) extra content, it’s not been easy for new visitors to do that.
Feast your eyes, if you will, on the new “In Depth” Archive. A handy set of categorised pages – split into Features, Reviews, Interviews and Dwarfcasts – neatly sorted with helpful descriptive blurbs, that will enable you to gorge on self-aggrandising obscenity-filled polemic to your heart’s content. In future, you’ll be able to access this archive from the “Read more In Depth” link on the front page – and we’ll be re-jigging our top-of-the-page navbar to include it at some point soon as well. So from 2002’s Future Extras to the most recent Dwarfcast, it’s all here. We have enough features and reviews and cultured fungus for you to scrum yourselves stupid until the day you die.
Oh, and yes, if you’ve spotted the “Coming Soon” section of the page – pretty soon we’ll be relaunching one of the old G&T’s most popular features – pages and pages of lists of obsessive trivia! We’ll have some old G&T lists, some new ones, and even some classic material from the pre-G&T generation of web fandom…