The Inquirer

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The Inquirer is a British technology tabloid website founded by Mike Magee after his departure from The Register (of which he was one of the founding members) in 2001. Mike Magee later left The Inquirer in February, 2008 to work on the IT Examiner.

The magazine is entirely Internet-based with its journalists living all over the world and filing copy online.[1]


Writing style

The site hews to The Register's slogan, "Biting the hand that feeds IT" (later changed to "Sci/Tech News for the World"), and is known for its early access to industry news based on insider sources. When served with "cease and desist" orders, the website sometimes publishes them in full, with commentary.[2] It has also recently started publishing information regarding hardware available in the UK, USA, France and other countries.[3]

The Inquirer's articles are written in a subjective and opinionated tone, with much the same style of reporting common in British tabloid newspapers.[4] In the English version of the site, slang terms, particularly those common to the United Kingdom, are used. On each visit to the main page of the website, The Inquirer shows a random comment or quote (usually sarcastic) at the top of the page.

The Inquirer has a diverse writing staff coming from many different countries, with Rob Coppinger being the news editor as of 4 May 2010 and Madeline Bennett the overall editor since June 2009 [2]. Paul Hales left at that time. Some people[5] suggest that several of The Inquirer's writers are actually pseudonyms. Among these are Adamson Rust, an anagram of Nostradamus, and Eva Glass, an anagram of Las Vegas suggesting that these names are really pseudonyms of other staff members. Inquirer writer Charlie Demerjian, who uses the nickname Groo_ on the Ace's Hardware messageboard, more or less confirms this in one of his posts there.[3]

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