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PixlBit Changelog - March 26, 2013

A brand new polling function and slight improvements to the private messaging system headline our latest set of changes.

Hi every-body! I must apologize for the delayed release notes for this latest changelog. Somewhere around 10PM EST yesterday I released the actual changes to the site, but did so silently. I'm sure some of you have noticed them already, particularly the minor upgrades to the private messaging system.

If you click over there now, you'll see that messages and notifications are now displayed separately to make them easier to consume. With so many notifications zipping around, they can easily bury everything else in your inbox, which can be a real frustration. Furthermore, it's likely that by the time you read the notifications, you've already consumed the contents by simply browsing the site. In order to accommodate for that for now, I've included two batch operations - Mark All Notifications Read and Delete All Notifications.

The two functions are represented by clickable icons in the Notification header bar and will only execute operations on your notifications. Private messages, which are much fewer in number, must still be manually managed one by one. Eventually I'll produce a more robust system to handle all of these, but I figure that the blanket operation on the notifications will be the most valuable for the time being.

What nobody has had a chance to see yet is the brand new polling function. This will allow you to vote within given articles on whatever the topic is on hand. Jesse Miller will be putting this to use at some point today for a special MIA feature and it's likely that Angelo Grant will be using it to help direct our Backloggers Anonymous podcast. Whenever we're ready to move on to a new game and we don't have one planned, we'll be looking to our fantastic community to vote on what we should kill off our backlog next.

While the changes outlined above aren't very substantial, the release itself was quite large. Much of it was dedicated to back end improvements for the staff to allow them to provide better and more diverse content for you all.

For the next round of changes, I look to you all. I am already planning on creating a place for user preferences, so you can customize which notifications you receive from the site, as well as a history log of all of the comments left by a user to help you keep track of threads you're currently involved in. Outside of that, I have a couple staff requests that I'll be working on as well. So please, let me know if there's anything at all that's giving you trouble and I'll be sure to  add it to my list.

Enjoy!


 

Comments

Matt Snee Staff Writer

03/26/2013 at 08:56 AM

great changes, especially the "Delete All Notifications" button.  Thanks a lot, Nick!  Hope the family is doing great!  

Nick DiMola Director

03/26/2013 at 11:41 AM

Glad you're liking the changes! Family is doing well, thanks. Now if my youngest would just sleep through the night, we'd be perfect!

mothman

03/26/2013 at 09:22 AM

Something strange has happened to my notifications. It says I have 11 but when I open it there are none.

mothman

03/26/2013 at 09:28 AM

Never mind. I didn't scroll down far enough 

mothman

03/26/2013 at 10:03 AM

and now a real comment.... I like the way you've divided up PMs and blog comment notifications. 

Nick DiMola Director

03/26/2013 at 11:42 AM

Cool, glad you're liking that. I figured it would be a little cleaner, I know I prefer it this way as well.

transmet2033

03/26/2013 at 10:28 AM

happily surprised to notice those changes this morning.

Nick DiMola Director

03/26/2013 at 11:42 AM

Awesome!

trefingers

03/26/2013 at 10:30 AM

This site is awesome.  Really cool to be part of something that sees such regular improvements, transparency, and with a focus on community.  Hats-off; I'm glad to be here.

Nick DiMola Director

03/26/2013 at 11:44 AM

Thank you sir! We're glad to have you - it's been fun getting stuff out the door for you guys and seeing it put to use. Can't wait to get to some of the other stuff planned, I think we'll be breaking some new ground in terms of community interaction.

BrokenH

03/26/2013 at 12:02 PM

Noticed PMs are separated into their own bracket in the messages section. It's been very helpful. Thanks,Nick!

Temperance

03/26/2013 at 04:47 PM

The changes to the notification system are much appreciated.  Now I don't need to double click through every message to delete them!

Dandichu

03/26/2013 at 05:43 PM

Thanks for the update as always! *^_^*

Cary Woodham

03/26/2013 at 06:28 PM

You're so good at figuring out how to do stuff on this site!  I could never figure out how to do that.

The one thing I'd like to be able to do is post links easily on my profile page.  But that's not a priority or anything.

Super Step Contributing Writer

03/27/2013 at 05:44 AM

Thanked you towards the end of both my previous blogs, but may as well say it here: thanks for the changes, and what you're planning sounds awesome!

Ryan Bunting Staff Alumnus

03/27/2013 at 11:36 AM

Excellent work with these updates - you're doing a killer job with the site, and I can only imagine that it's going to keep getting better!

Chris Iozzi Staff Alumnus

03/27/2013 at 01:43 PM

Um, is something broken? I can't seem to get to my blogs or comments or anything from the home page after signing in. Am I just blind?

Chris Iozzi Staff Alumnus

03/27/2013 at 01:48 PM

ok figured it out. Its IE we use at my workplace. The whole top of the page is disabled and I need an IT admin to upgrade it properly. Runs fine in Firefox.

Nick DiMola Director

04/02/2013 at 03:55 PM

Going to be dropping another update tonight. Nothing too major, but it's a nice little feature that I think people will enjoy.

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