Colorado Pols Upgrade Update!

SmashingHeadOnKeyboardAfter a trying week in which it was necessary to effect many changes to our new WordPress-based website on an urgent basis, we're happy to report that the situation is improving, the website is relatively stable, and long-promised enhancements to the site's functionality are finally coming together.

GUEST EDITORS ARE BACK: One of the biggest challenges we faced after conversion was setting up a system for our elected front page guest editors to carry out their duties of authoring and promoting user content to our front page. It was necessary to very precisely configure their access permissions, and significantly modify the WordPress user management system to give them this power without compromising the privacy of our thousands of anonymous users. As of now, our front page guest editors ProgressiveCowgirl and Voyageur again have full authority to promote content, with important new features:

1. Guest editors have the ability to edit posts, BUT an archival record is kept of prior versions that administrators (us) can override. Editors may assign posts to the homepage using the "Front Page Posts" category, and toggle posts to appear in the top two highlighted spots using the "Make Sticky" function.

2. Guest editors now have the ability to moderate, edit, and trash (remove but not fully delete) comments. Editors can also send an email to comment authors. Please be aware of this important new capability! Remember, you can access your profile to change your email address at any time. If you don't want administrators to see the email attached to your comment, change it to a fake address–we don't care, folks. You can always send us an email if you need help. The system will only attach the email address in use by the user's account when that account is created, and your IP address is no longer recorded in our system.

As part of this upgrade, we have permanently deleted all historical associated emails and IP addresses from the approximately 500,000 comments currently hosted by our website. Going forward, the system is configured to not log your IP address at all, and only attach your user account email to comments to allow administrators and guest editors to contact you. At Colorado Pols, we are absolutely committed to protecting the anonymity of our readers. Contact us with any questions.

ALL CONTENT RESTORED: In the first few days after relaunch, a significant amount of content, both posts and comments as well as all of our historical images and upload documents, was anomalously missing. This has been corrected; please contact us if you find any remaining holes.

COMMENT EDITOR: One of the first of many new enhancements from our old platform we're exciting to roll out is a full-feature WYSIWYG ("what you see is what you get") editor for both blog posts and comments. This editor will allow users to use all the standard text markup functions available to them with no knowledge of HTML.

UPLOADED AN AVATAR YET? Click "Profile" to add your thumbnail image to every comment and post.

STILL TO COME: The highest remaining priority remains implementation of a better system for users to track and reply to their own comments on blog posts throughout the site. This was a function in Soapblox that, as it turns out, many users relied upon, and we are working hard on a replacement–including the possible development of a new WordPress plugin to do this if an off-shelf example cannot be found. Please be patient while we continue to work on a solution.

Based on feedback and experience with the new site actually hosting content, we will be making minor changes to the overall layout and color scheme of the site in the coming days. If you see anything out of place or broken, please contact us.

We have rolled out the ability to upload images and standard document types to our front page guest editors! We are evaluating making this function available to all registered users.

Thanks again for your patience while we complete this messy but necessary process. As we've said, our previous software platform, Soapblox, served us well for many years, but was no longer subject to new development. With such a huge body of valuable historical content, and ongoing as the most-read and discussed political blog in the state, we take our responsibility to deliver the highest quality user experience possible very seriously. As always, please let us know if there's anything we can do better.

30 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Oh wow, this editor is too cool! Good job on all of this guvs – reacting this fast and doing it well is not easy.

  2. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    I'm liking the all the new whiz bang stuff.  Great job Guvs!

    However, just ran into the permissions problem creating a diary tonight (posted it on the Weekend Open Thread instead).  First hint was when it nagged me that my browser (Chrome) didn't allow pasting directly into the comments/diary (a pop up appeared that allowed me to indirectly paste the text).  But when I hit the Publish button, it said I didn't have privileges to post or edit the diary.  

    Probably thought I was trying to hack the FPE commands.

  3. exlurker19 says:

    Trying out new formating keys.  Ooh, I was not impressed when David could figure it out,  but that I can figure it out is way cool.

  4. PitaPita says:

    So far so good! 

    Thanks for the update. Helps to know what's going on and I do like love these new formating keys. yes

  5. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    I love ti…but i don't know what most of this means and how to use it. ..so i am still anticipating a tutorial of some sort. BTW…Are we going to get a "New Comments" feature on the "diary feeds"section? And I am still hoping for a "back to top" button for those looooooooong diaries.

    But all in all.. way to go, Guvs.!!!! 

  6. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    I, for one, am excited about the possibilities… once all these bugs are stomped.

  7. Well, the avatars are fun.  Comment editing seems to work, but you get to edit raw HTML.  It's going to be interesting to see how the comment moderation plays out.

  8. Littletonian says:

    Hey y'all! As I've already informed Pols, the new site seems to be blocked in Mainland China, so I'll only be able to check in during my occasional sojourns to Hong Kong. I've missed everyone, though!

     

     

     

  9. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Is, the a href working?

    let's see

    <a href="http://www.wikipedia.org/" title="Wiki" target="_blank" alt="Wikipedia">

  10. The realistThe realist says:

    Error message when "My Comments" link accessed just now:

     

    Internal Server Error

    The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

    Please contact the server administrator to inform of the time the error occurred and of anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

    More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

     

    Web Server at coloradopols.com

  11. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    Woohoo! I'm a happy camper this morning, with my handy-dandy front page abilities restored. And purple text? Awesome.

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