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website/common.inc

 #print "Public Whip is down for maintenance. When it is back up it will have some new things for you though :)";
 #exit;
 
-# $Id: common.inc,v 1.26 2009/06/23 07:29:04 publicwhip Exp $
+# $Id: common.inc,v 1.27 2011/04/11 13:20:43 publicwhip Exp $
 
 # Included from all main .php files on the first line
 
     return $var;
 }
 
-
-?>

website/header.inc

 <html>
 
 <?php
-# $Id: header.inc,v 1.103 2010/06/01 11:27:03 publicwhip Exp $
+# $Id: header.inc,v 1.104 2011/04/11 13:20:43 publicwhip Exp $
 
 # The Public Whip, Copyright (C) 2003 Francis Irving and Julian Todd
 # This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under
 </tr>
 -->
 
+<!-- banner advert for shutdown -->
+<tr>
+<td colspan="2" style="font-size:140%; padding:1em; background-color: #d0ffd0; color:#00000">
+    Deadline! Find Public Whip a good institutional home, or it'll shut down.
+    <a href="http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/openletter.php">Read our open letter</a>.
+</td>
+</tr>
+
 <!-- the site logo -->
 <tr><td class="identity" colspan="1">
 <a href="<?=$toppath?>index.php"><img src="<?=$toppath?><?=$gificon?>" alt="The Public Whip"></a>

website/index.php

 
 //cache_begin(rand(0, 10));
 
-# $Id: index.php,v 1.76 2010/05/11 06:42:35 publicwhip Exp $
+# $Id: index.php,v 1.77 2011/04/11 13:20:43 publicwhip Exp $
 
 # The Public Whip, Copyright (C) 2003 Francis Irving and Julian Todd
 # This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under
 </a>
 <p><a href="mpsee.php">
 <img src="votemap/mpseethumb.png"></a>
-<p><a href="mpsee.php">Where are Clegg, Cameron and Brown?</p>
+<p><a href="mpsee.php">Where are Cameron and Clegg?</p>
 </a>
 </td>
 

website/openletter.php

+<?php require_once "common.inc";
+require_once "db.inc";
+
+# $Id: openletter.php,v 1.1 2011/04/11 13:20:43 publicwhip Exp $
+
+# The Public Whip, Copyright (C) 2003 Francis Irving and Julian Todd
+# This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under
+# certain conditions.  However, it comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
+# For details see the file LICENSE.html in the top level of the source.
+$paddingforanchors = true; $title = "Open letter to people who want to know how their MP votes"; pw_header();
+
+$db = new DB(); 
+$referrer = $_SERVER["HTTP_REFERER"];
+$querystring = $_SERVER["QUERY_STRING"];
+$ipnumber = $_SERVER["REMOTE_ADDR"];
+if (!$referrer)
+    $referrer = $_SERVER["HTTP_USER_AGENT"];
+if (!isrobot())
+    $db->query("INSERT INTO pw_logincoming
+            (referrer, ltime, ipnumber, page, subject, url, thing_id)
+    VALUES ('$referrer', NOW(), '$ipnumber', 'faq', '', '$querystring', '')");
+
+
+?>
+
+<p>Dear voter,
+
+<p>We've been running Public Whip for almost 8 years now.
+
+<p>It remains the only way you can easily find out how your MP voted.
+
+<p>People use it and rely on it, it has become core infrastructure of the UK
+political scene. 
+
+<p>Luckily the bulk of the maintenance is done by <a
+href="http://www.mysociety.org">mySociety</a>, who keep the Parliament Parser
+running, which they also need for <a href="http://www.theyworkforyou.com/">TheyWorkForYou</a>. 
+We thank them for that. But even so, there is still work that needs doing on
+Public Whip itself from time to time.
+
+<p>Yep, it's our fault for not making it sustainable. For not building an
+organisation at the start that could maintain it for a long time. Foolishly we
+thought that a well funded organisation like Parliament or the BBC or mabe even
+an NGO might have taken it on by now. 
+
+<p>Alas, I still can't find out how Julian's MP Louise Ellman voted on the Iraq war from <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/louise-ellman/25701">her Parliament page</a>. And the BBC's massively
+well funded Democracy Live, <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/">has
+nothing about voting at all</a>. As if MPs just turned up in Parliament like some weird 
+version of Question Time that the editor hasn't cut enough, rather than having an actual
+means of asserting power while they are there.
+
+<p>There's loads of things you could do with Public Whip. It's not the difficulty
+of maintaining it that is the sad thing, it is the opportunity cost of nobody
+who cares about it iterating on it and improving it.
+
+<p>If you want to know how your MP voted, you can still find out. Phone them up.
+Click through zillions of pages on the Parliament website. Watch the video on
+Democracy Live, maybe you'll get to see them creeping into the wrong lobby.
+
+<p>Maybe it doesn't matter any more how your MP votes. Perhaps you should
+give up and head to the <a href="http://www.dark-mountain.net/">Dark Mountain
+Conference</a>, <a href="http://scraperwiki.com/">run your startup</a>, or 
+<a href="http://www.freesteel.co.uk/wpblog/2011/04/another-fortnight-ticks-by/">Kayak in the sea</a>.
+
+<p>Yeah, that's probably best. It feels like summer now anyway.
+
+<p>Francis
+<br>Spring, 2011
+
+<p><strong>Update:</strong> Enough people seem to find it day to day useful,
+that we're instead leaving it running until 27th July 2011, to give
+people time to migrate. Please <a
+href="http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2520">discuss and
+suggest solutions here</a>.</p>
+
+<?php pw_footer() ?>
+