I have hired Zack Darling Creative Associates to develop new colors and styles for us. The current style not bad, but decidedly "cool" compared our former warm and cozy website. I'm trying to bring back that feeling and polish it up a bit!
Since I know that even though our community shares broad progressive values, we are far from monolithic. So in light of that (and seasons) I've asked for 3 color schemes. Once they are refined and implemented everybody will be able choose which one they like (ie each member will see the scheme they have chosen). The scheme should also carry over to your digest!
And since this is our common home, I'd like your general
The New Posts option is back, but some posts appear to missing from the display
There are several issues with upcoming Business Directory, so it's been put on hold for a few weeks while we get the bulletin board system and digest running smoothly. However we are still accepting new listings.
Some searches, particularly by user, are failing.
The extra fields in the Events category (location, date & time) and the For Sale category (location and price) are not supported yet.f Also the prefixes (offered/Wanted) are not being displayed in the digest yet.
Some posts are being held for review by the moderators. This is not intended and we will release them as soon as we see them.
I am delighted to say that I have contracted with Zack Darling Creative Associates to develop a new interface for the system that will both return the site to a warmer feel, and take it a big step forward in both attractiveness and functionality. The digest and the upcoming Business Directory are also going to get a facelift!
Zack is the Art Director for both the Harmony Festival and Earthdance, a co-producer of the Tecno-Tribal Dance, as well as the son of Diane Darling, a long time Wacco. I'm hoping that we'll be able to show you the designs as the process progresses, and perhaps even let those of you who wish to use the new design as it is being developed (at your own risk!). As always, your feedback it appreciated!
The first step in this process is to implement an interim design in the next few weeks, that I think is an improvement over the current look and feel. You'll be able to choose whether you want to switch to that one or keep this one. The final design will be implemented this fall.
We have now located the source of the malware problem. It turns out it was the our banner ad system that was attacked rather than the bulletin board system. So the premature upgrade really wasn't necessary, but its just as well.
We have completely purged the malware from the system and upgraded it and have taken other steps to prevent this from happening again. According my understanding of the problem, you would have had to click on one of the banners and you then would have been prompted to install something on your computer. You would have had to agree to this in order for your system to have been affected by this issue. I hope you realize that we would never have a banner from one of our valued sponsors require to install software.
Again, if you are using a Windows-based PC, you should always be running some sort of virus protection software. And if you have any concerns, now would be a good time to do a full system scan. And again, I have received no reports of any user being effected by this problem.
Technical Issues Update
There are still several issues with this new system, particularly with posting images and having them show up in emails and the digest. We will be working on that very shortly to both fix some bugs and simplify the process and then post a video to help you this.
Published on 08-11-2010 10:12 AM
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Well we've made good progress and fixed several bugs today, but there are still several remaining issues:
Digest: The digest is mostly working and some of you probably received Wednesday's digest. The main problem is delivering it! Our email routine still needs to be refined. This should be fixed by tomorrow. However, problem #2 below effects it this, too.
Email Delivery:The ATT networks (which includes email address ending with @sbcglobal.net, @!att.net, @pacbell.net and @prodigy.net) has our email server marked as compromised. We are