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Soul Source site log - improvements etc

a topic to log  soul source site improvements and moderation

this is an announcement type topic, please start a new topic for q's and/or comments on the below

 

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Improvements have been made to all event comment highlight boxes on the soul source front page, forum page, the event index page

They now show distinct event comments, as in they will just show a single latest comment from each event, this will hopefully help lessen the flooding of event comments issues.

For now a general 'all in' comment block covers all the various section index pages

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/calendar/

 

activity feed

Members following content notification switched off in the activity feed - this was an automatic thing reporting an automatic thing that never really added any value to the feature

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/discover/

 

personal messages

a new layout format of the inbox has been recently switched on

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/messenger/

 

new eBay news letter started 

a new ebay newsletter has been started up - this one is sent via email DAILY and does not publish in the forums

sign up here  https://www.soul-source.co.uk/newsletters/

 

leaderboard

leaderboard feature now switched off as hardly got used despite links on every  profile and via extras page

 

moderation

2 members been given site warnings over the weekend for over the top event promotion 

 

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was a overnight back engine server upgrade 

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events

Improvements have been made to all event comment highlight boxes on the soul source front page, forum page, the event index page

They now show distinct event comments, as in they will just show a single latest comment from each event, this will hopefully help lessen the flooding of event comments issues.

For now a general 'all in' comment block covers all the various section index pages

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/calendar/


 

the allnighter, weekender, alldayer and soul nite specific comment highlight boxes have returned tweaked as above to just show a single latest comment from each event

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activity feed

the activity 'When a member reacts to something' has been switched off in the activity feeds for a trial to see if it improves the quality/usefulness of the feed

 

events

the 'hot!' highlight that shows on some events listings now takes into account the actual event # of rsvps, # of views and # of comments

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today saw another major-ish back engine server upgrade - no new features, apart from improvements to the pm search

 

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forums

archives moved out of freebasing to main index - improve layout of forum indexes - one level of sub-forums

sales forums

new ebay newsletter forum setup - improve the 'mint sub' forum - as the daily email ebay newsletter posts now have own separate place

Soul Source Competitions

Competitions  return for a summer run...

 

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Competition Winner announced

 

Site Search
Freebasing archive (old) posts no longer show in the search results - a trial to cut down demands on the resources needed for the site search engine

 

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site files/images
a major reorg of the file storage/structure has been going on in the background to improve performance/delivery etc

still ongoing

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messages

more improvements

when viewing pm folders (inbox) you can now use the search feature 

- easier search link added see below

 

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19 hours ago, Mike said:

messages

more improvements - easier search link added

when viewing pm folders (inbox) you can now use the search feature

see below

 

search.gif

 

was a minor site issue with this

should be fine now

 

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some hassle with advert sizing - hopefully now resolved 

site emails

changes to backend email service - hopefully a more solid and reliable service

cleaning up of members with bouncing email is ongoing

help guide

added edit event entry 

 

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Forums

Sidebar removed from forum indexes as part of a push for better uniform site wide layout 

Events

Work started and ongoing on event layout improvements

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uniform!

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improvements to layout continue

Event Guide - venue title and performer (artist or main dj) fields added to the submit form as part of ongoing improvements

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On 07/09/2019 at 15:06, Mike said:

improvements to layout continue

Event Guide - venue title and performer (artist or main dj) fields added to the submit form as part of ongoing improvements

more ongoing event guide work, the venue title is now part of the 'location' field

improvements to the site layout continue

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Event Guide

still ongoing -  the venue name has now been added to the location form

ask all promoters to please use the location  as it does help your event , the event guide and the soul enthusiasts attending

Ebay Newsletter 

improvements ongoing - https://www.soul-source.co.uk/newsletters/

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event guide

updating event locations to include venue names/titles 

sales section

a new reference feature being trialled out - last 7 days of ebay results newsletter

details here...

 

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the members only 'members downtown' forum is  now titled 'current affairs'

thinking is that a more defined title should work better... in theory

 

 

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our soul source video feature and our sales feedback feature have had upgrades

 nothing major new but just letting you know in case any unforeseen glitches show up👍

 

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back to this

a recent major layout upgrade occured last week

still some follow on work going on

 

video feature had some major issues with some clips - now resolved - thanks for passing on

started using tags more

eg all bbc content tagged here

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/tags/BBC/

 

member store/offers feature - work re-started

this long time  on and off feature has been revamped - its now re-opened but not announced fully yet 

using magazine selling as an trial/test method

 

event guide - focus on online events for lockdown period


virtual online events some confusion on what is an virtual online event and what is an radio show

(loose) virtual event criteria - for now if a event has a min of 3 hours duration with 3 djs and is billed as a virtual event with no mention of radio show/station

 

front page news layout upgraded

follow on work on the actual listings planned

 

 

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issues with spotify seem to be playlist only

albums and songs seem working

 

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backend image work

just a test

 

 

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there was a layout issue with long members names hiding message links on the profiles page

should be now resolved

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17 hours ago, Mike said:

various layout  improvements in the article feature

main index page spruced up

 

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/

 

news, articles, event news and northern soul hof also been given a kick and a slap

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/news-soul/

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/soul-articles/

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/northern-soul-hall-of-fame/

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/articles/news-events/

have a look

 

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our regular clean up of inactive members continues

accounts inactive for over 3 years are closed

accounts inactive for over 4 years {currently june 2016) are deleted

 

 

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spotify have sorted their playlist embed out

 

some top adds showing off our upgraded articles and news feature

members only forum takes on a new name - current affairs - now a site led feature

 

 

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performance improvements to the 'similar topics' feature

 

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current affairs forum moved from the top level of forums to the sub-freebasing level

Merge concurrent posts has been increased to 2 mins for a trial

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member store/offers

the trial/test mode showed up a few issues with the software intergration, due to these the feature has been removed

 

event guide

move from 'lockdown' mode to 'new normal' mode has started

main focus is currently on all promoters tagging any 'planned' events as confimed

 

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twitter

the title of any content being shared by 'share on twitter' link was being duplicated in the tweet

now sorted

eg

 

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profile members status switched back on for a trial run

basically offers public messaging a member

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freebasing clean up
all freebasing posts (less the photos topics) before 2020 have been moved to the freebasing archive forum - where they are archived (no comment, no search index) but can still be read by members
if anyone wishes  any old topics to be moved back out of the archive. for example if they would like to comment/continue please pm me

archives forum

moved under site support forum

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videos -soul source feature

ongoing clean up of 'expired' you tube videos started
aim to either update or remove all 'non-playing 'youtube videos

 

 

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