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This site runs on the QPixel software, maintained by Codidact. What progress has been made recently?

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December 2020

  • 19th:
    • Added community switcher (right side of the top bar).
    • Added link to pending suggested edits to the category nav.
    • Added more information to usercards, which are now configurable per community.
    • Made search inline instead of having to go to a separate page.
    • Added the ability to nominate posts for network-wide promotion (cross-community advertising).
    • Added wiki post type.
  • 16th: Updates to the core logic for posts, which makes it more flexible. URLs change from /post-type/:id (example: /answer/39540) to /posts/:id (example: /posts/39540); but redirects should apply from the old URLs.

November 2020

  • 29th:
  • 23rd:
    • Added "mark all as read" to notifications.
    • Improvements to signup flow.
    • Moderators can now see a list of flags that have been recently handled.
  • 13th:
    • Added table of contents to questions (summary of answers). (Known bug in sorting, being worked on.)
    • Added support for Markdown tables.
    • Misc small UI improvements (Permalink -> Copy Link, better tooltips in places, etc).

Gap in log

Stuff happened but we fell off the wagon here, sorry. (Feel free to help back-fill.)

August 2020

  • 17th: Moderators can now see a list of recent comments.
  • 8th: Fixed hot posts links.
  • 6th: Added staff indicators.
  • 4th: Enabled syntax highlighting.
  • 3rd:
    • Added comment timestamps.
    • Added read/unread buttons in notifications.

July 2020

  • 31st:
    • Moderators can now feature posts, events, or other links in their site's sidebar. Global moderators can feature things everywhere.
    • New users will be directed to a new tour that will show off the basic mechanics of the site.
  • 21st: Added a proper diff view in post histories, and started tracking title and tags changes.
  • 20th:
    • Added more anti-abuse systems (spammers, trolls etc)
    • Added public user activity log (example)
    • Added audit logs for all admin/mod actions, user annotations, and abuse blocks.
  • 16th: New tool to allow mods to disable comments on posts.
  • 11th: Added community ad templates for site promotion.
  • 6th: Added a reference suggest addition to the Sefaria linker for Judaism.
  • 3rd: Post Validations JS API & you'll now be given a warning that images are missing alt text if you try to post without any (you can still post, but alt text is encouraged).
  • 1st:
    • Tags now have a hierarchical view to more easily show how tags are related. Also a bunch of new help center articles thanks to our Docs team.
    • Judaism now has the Sefaria linker plugin, to link automatically to sections of scripture.

June 2020

  • 30th:
    • Tags refresh. Proper tags lists, tag information & posts pages, and tag hierarchies are available, with options to see posts from a full hierarchy or only the current tag.
    • Spammers and trolls beware. You can now be warned or suspended.
  • 26th: Search now has qualifiers for votes as well as score.
  • 25th: Categories can now have moderator-only tags that nobody except moderators can use or edit.
  • 20th: Posts drafts are saved as you type and restored when you refresh or come back to the same page if you haven't posted them.
  • 19th: Sign-in and sign-out are now network-wide; signing in on one site will sign you in everywhere.
  • 17th: Post scores are now displayed as up/down and answers are sorted by a calculated score instead of a simple sum.
  • 16th: Post "tools" menu available containing moderation tools (convert to comment, change category)
  • 11th: It's now possible to suggest edits if you don't have the necessary privileges to edit directly. Users with editing privileges can approve or reject them.
  • 8th: Article post type (no answers, but has comments)
  • 3rd: Markdown engine changes to make posts align more closely with previews, and to support CommonMark better
  • 1st: Bugfixes and feature tweaks

May 2020

  • 28th: Email-based two-factor authentication
  • 23rd:
    • Sites can enable MathJax in site settings
    • Sites can add an optional Note section at the top of the sidebar
  • 19th: Finished customizable data import process is available.
  • 17th: Email addresses must now be confirmed before the account is enabled.
  • 12th: Sites can now link to a chat platform of their choice in the sidebar.
  • 10th: Categories now can have "required tags" (posts must have >= 1 of these) and "topic tags" (which get special markings). The question list now has more prominent notices for answered/unanswered state.
  • 7th: The order of categories in the bar at the top is now configurable.
  • 5th: Two-factor authentication is now available in users' Account settings. Also added a proper interface for Markdown editing.
  • 4th: Post authors can now specify under which license each post they write is available from a set of CC licenses. Categories also have default licenses.
  • 3rd: QR code-based mobile login; post close/delete notices are now at the top of posts.
  • 1st: Categories subscriptions and new-post indicators (and a bunch more automated tests).

April 2020

Much of April was sunk into figuring out the data import process for a new site, Outdoors, which launched on the 23rd.

  • 30th: Categories customization and some display changes to allow for easier display on pages with wider content.
  • 28th: Trinkets Tuesday: #40, #42, #43, #44, #45
  • 27th: Categories header UI to aid in category discoverability.
  • 25th: Base Categories implementation - every post now belongs to a category, and its tag set and other rules are governed by the category. This is a preliminary to some more work around categories to expand the features.

March 2020

  • 23rd: Spam-protection measures have been introduced to user signup after spammers started mass-creating accounts.
  • 22nd: Main and meta tags have been split by the introduction of "tag sets". Questions may only use tags from one tag set; main and meta have separate tags.
  • 16th: Site design has been updated to use the Co-Design framework: Design changes are a-coming!
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August 2021

  • Search now supports "user", "category", and "post_type" filters

  • Threaded comments:

    • notifications are less noisy
    • more markdown support (code blocks in particular)
    • auto-delete the thread if there are no more undeleted comments
  • Small display improvements:

    • length limits for posts/titles
    • post list now shows author along with last-activity info
    • sorting answers by activity now actually sorts by activity (not age) like it says on the tin
  • Answer links didn't used to work right if the question had more than one page of answers and the answer wasn't on the first page. Now the link takes you to the answer (by displaying that answer first, out of order). Also improved the URL format for answer links (maintaining backward-compatibility).

July 2021

  • Communities can now set rep (up/down) per post type per category (previously it was per post type across all categories)

  • Comment improvements: more context for thread pages, auto-follow preference

  • More stats on user profile pages

June 2021

Gap in log

February 2021

  • Inline search (instead of having to go to a separate page), search by tag, negation operator.

  • Community switcher

  • Link for pending suggested edits (but we'd like to make this better)

  • Support for new post types; added Wiki type (like articles but with easier editing and without voting), and we can add more on request. Communities get to decide which post types they use.

  • More user preferences

  • Communities can now nominate posts for network-wide promotion. The goal is to make it easier for Codidact participants to notice other communities or specific questions that might interest them.

  • Usercards now show more information, configurable per community.

January 2021

  • 7th: better support for new post types, including an admin tool to create or edit post types (example 1, example 2)
  • 4th: more user preferences, and better support for them
  • 2nd:
    • Added dashboard link to site switcher.
    • License selector now includes short summaries of the options.
    • Youtube embeds.
    • Many small usability improvements and bug fixes.
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