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Old April 1, 2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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BATFE FAQ ... Gone?

For several years I have kept a bookmark to the BATFE FAQ site. I clicked it yesterday to research a question, and ... no more FAQ site. I get the same thing if I search for "BATFE FAQ" is a search engine. The result is the same URL I had bookmarked, and it no longer works.

http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq

Does anyone know if the BATFE has moved the FAQ to a new URL? Or have they just stopped paying for that miniscule amount of server space as part of "sequester" savings?
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Old April 1, 2013, 12:51 PM   #2
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If you type "FAQ" into the search window, then links to FAQ pages come up, but they don't look like the old letter and number format I remember from a few years ago.

http://www.atf.gov/search/node/faq

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Old April 1, 2013, 01:28 PM   #3
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The ATF sent out an email a couple weeks ago saying they had a new site design rolling out today.

Yeah, on April 1. I don't think they recognize the significance of that. But anyway...

My guess is the busted link is due to changes in the structure of the site. I just tried to find the FAQ, and while there's a tab for it on their Firearms page, that little tab tool isn't working. I don't think they have worked the bugs out yet.

Incidentally, I am amused that in the sections they list, they have Firearms, Explosives, Arson, and Alcohol & Tobacco. Almost like Arson is its own industry...
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Old April 1, 2013, 01:49 PM   #4
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Just clicking around their site, I found this:

http://www.atf.gov/contact/faq.html
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Old April 1, 2013, 02:17 PM   #5
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I hope the new format is at least as useful and informative as the old one. Considering the source, I expect that it will not be an improvment. The old FAQ wasn't perfect, but it was helpful.

I wonder how much the gummint spent to revamp the web site? I can't escape the thought that a government that's operating trillions of dollars in the red probably doesn't have an urgent need to redesign web sites that have been fully functional for several years.
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Old April 1, 2013, 03:21 PM   #6
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I just checked again. NOW the FAQ link tab is working.

http://www.atf.gov/content/Firearms/..._industry_tabs

Correction: Some times it does, some times it doesn't.


From what I can tell, they probably didn't spend too much on the redesign. At least, it sure doesn't show.
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