A new AwakeNetwork!

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1 week 1 day ago - 1 week 1 day ago #113635 by Tom Otvos
If you are seeing this message, welcome to the new AwakeNetwork!

As I mentioned the other day, AwakeNetwork is going through some changes. This is to allow the site to be more stable, more secure, and more scalable. It also looks prettier, and works better on mobile devices.

While I tried to test the new infrastructure that powers AwakeNetwork as best I can, I have no doubt there will be some minor issues. And there are also ongoing tweaks to the layout and configuration that I plan to do, but my priority was to get the site back up as quickly as I can. The migration was very labour-intensive, and I don't want to repeat it, so now that we are on this new platform I can do those tweaks more or less in-place.

So all that said, please use this thread to report issues or annoyances, and I'll try my best to knock them off quickly. On my short-list of things to address include:

1. The forum sub-menu doesn't match the options we used to have.
2. The forum posts needs some more visual separation on mobile devices. Some subtle colour would be nice.
3. The login/profile dropdown needs more whitespace.
4. Display (and update) the Terms of Service.
5. Import Magazine content.

Thanks for your patience through this, and thank you for your continued participation in AwakeNetwork.

-- tomo
Last edit: 1 week 1 day ago by Tom Otvos.
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1 week 20 hours ago #113636 by Shargrol
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Looking good so far Tom. Congrats!! :)

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1 week 18 hours ago #113637 by Chris Marti
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Thanks for the upgrade, Tom.

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1 week 18 hours ago #113638 by Chris Marti
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Tom, I took a quick tour of our new place and it looks great. I'm sure there are pieces to add back and maybe even some to fix, but generally, I'm happy with what I've seen so far. The only suggestion I have is one that you've already sort of mentioned - add some background color to the forum posts.

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1 week 15 hours ago #113640 by Tom Otvos
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I should also mention that, currently, email notifications of forum posts is turned off while I set up the bulk mail handler. This is high on my priority list to fix.

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1 week 7 hours ago #113643 by Noah
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Thanks Tom, looking great. I'm having trouble locating the practice logs section. I think they are under the Dharma Refugees or KFD parent folder but not sure beyond that. I previously used the recent threads to navigate but I think that history was cleared in the upgrade.
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1 week 4 hours ago #113644 by Tom Otvos
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Noah, it should be here: awakenetwork.org/forum/111-personal-prac...s-comments-questions . You should also be able to find your practice log from the "My Topics" tab. Do either of those work for you? If not, I think I may have screwed up permissions.

Does anyone else not have access to something they did before? Chris, as an admin, you don't count.

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1 week 4 hours ago #113645 by Tom Otvos
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Just as a quick update, there was indeed a problem with the permissions. Nothing a little SQL voodoo couldn't fix quickly. Noah (and others) you should now be able to see what you are supposed to see.

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1 week 2 hours ago #113647 by Shaun Elstob
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It does look pretty Tom! Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put into the site.
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6 days 18 hours ago #113648 by Chris Marti
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Chris, as an admin, you don't count.


I'm used to not counting, Tom.

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6 days 14 hours ago #113651 by Noah
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awesome thank you!

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5 days 16 hours ago #113655 by Chris Marti
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Tom, I tried to change my avatar image (JPG file) but while I can upload the file and save it, the image doesn't appear. Do I need to change the file type?

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5 days 15 hours ago #113657 by Tom Otvos
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Chris Marti wrote: Tom, I tried to change my avatar image (JPG file) but while I can upload the file and save it, the image doesn't appear. Do I need to change the file type?


No, something is messed up there. I tried to do the same last night and couldn't. In my case, I was getting an error saying that email address was already in use. I am going to turn off avatars for the moment until I get that figured out.

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5 days 15 hours ago #113658 by Chris Marti
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Got it, thanks.

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5 days 14 hours ago #113659 by Tom Otvos
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So the avatar upload with the email conflict was just a "me" thing. I have fixed that. But I can also confirm that avatar uploads are still failing, and I am not sure why yet. Furthermore, it seems like I cannot turn off displaying avatars easily (hmm), so right now this bug is outstanding in my backlog.

There is another issue which is that topic subscriptions are currently not emailing out their updates. I had this working while I was staging the site, but the service I am using for high-volume emails is currently inaccessible from my host. This is my top priority to fix, unless quick-fix bugs come in that I can knock off without derailing me too much.

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5 days 14 hours ago #113660 by Chris Marti
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I'd say the avatar issue is the last thing to worry about.

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4 days 21 hours ago #113667 by Ona Kiser
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I like the new action buttons with cute icons (reply, quote, etc). 

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4 days 17 hours ago #113676 by Tom Otvos
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Another useful thing I have found is the "Unread" section of the forum. I live by "unread" in my email, so this is nice to keep things filtered. But related, if you click on a category there is an addition button to "mark category read". As an admin, I see stuff that are not always relevant to me personally so I can quickly mark them as read and move on.

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13 hours 56 minutes ago #113727 by Tom Otvos
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I believe that I now have email notifications of topic/category subscriptions working. To do this, unfortunately I had to declare "subscription bankruptcy" in that any existing subscriptions you may have had are gone. This is probably a good thing because it helped cull out subscriptions from members that are no longer active. However, it does mean that you are going to need to re-subscribe to anything you want an email notification for.

My ask is that we ease into this. If there is something you want emails for, by all means subscribe to it. But for the time being, please limit to a single subscription (like your practice thread, for example). If all goes well for a week, say, then we can open it up to more. Since these emails are classified as "bulk email" we need to ensure that things are flowing nicely to avoid hurting our reputation, which impacts the number of emails that can be sent at one time.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

-- tomo
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13 hours 41 minutes ago #113728 by Chris Marti
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Thanks for all your hard work, Tom.
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