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A new chapter for Connosr

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@jeanluc
jeanluc started a discussion

Here we are then! A new version of the site and a new chapter in the story of Whisky Connosr. We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped shape this community, we massively appreicate every bit of input along the way.

It has been a long day here so I'm going to keep this brief and will be providing more detailed updates in this post over the next 24 hours.

Thanks again for all your support over the last seven years.

Cheers from @jeanluc & @pierre

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There's lots to say about the new site - more than I can write tonight - but I do want to state that this is the first release of a new platform which will see many iterative improvements over the coming weeks, months and years. There is still much to do but this gives us a great new base from which to build the community.

Design & usability

  • Responsive design with support for mobile, tablet & desktop devices
  • Image upload feature for reviews and comments
  • Review cover images with photo library feature
  • Customisable user profiles with cover images
  • Better content formatting options for comments and discussions with formatting guide
  • Embed YouTube videos into discussions and comments
  • Improved categorization of reviews with more filtering functions
  • Edit reviews (1 hour time limit)
  • Edit comments (15 minute time limit)
  • Mute discussion feature to override notification preferences
  • Discussions with new comments are flagged
  • Activity timeline is filterable content type (with more improvements planned for the timeline)

Social features

  • 'Follow' system replaces the old 'Buddies' system
  • Users can 'Like' things
  • Notifications centre with HTML email alerts
  • Improved messaging interface with messages shown in conversation thread
  • @ mentions are tracked and have notifications
  • Emojis

Account management & security

  • Improved account management features (password recovery etc)
  • Social sign-in (initially Facebook but more to follow)
  • Report inappropriate content & spam
  • The new site is served of HTTPS with SSL encryption

Brands & Products

  • New brands added to the database
  • 500+ new key products added and linked to existing reviews
  • First phase in a major overhaul of the product database

Visual statistics

  • Introduction of a brand/distillery ranking algorithm
  • User cabinet stats
  • Brand rating stats
  • Author ratings stats on review page
  • Tagging data and tag pages with filtered content
  • Functioning search (basic at present but improvements planned)

3 months ago

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@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

For now I'm going to enjoy this which I've been saving for a this moment.

3 months ago 1

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@sorren
sorren replied

Like the new look..

3 months ago 1

@vanPelt
vanPelt replied

Congratulations! It looks splendid, and I look forward to enjoying the present and future community here. Well done!

3 months ago 1

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

What an exciting new site I have to admit it's going to take a while to figure out how it all works.

Questions I would like to ask (which I'm sure will be answered in the fullness of time) include:

  1. Has the buddy system been replaced with a twitter-like following and followed system? And can you send messages only to people you follow and who follow you?

  2. It looks like the cabinet history has been merged with the active cabinet. Is there a way of deleting unwanted items in the cabinet?

That's all I can think of for now. I'm really happy about the option of emojis. I'm wondering if the site supports other alphabets?

Congratulations!

건배 !

3 months ago 2

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

@vanPelt:

Has the buddy system been replaced with a twitter-like following and followed system? And can you send messages only to people you follow and who follow you?

That is correct. We have converted confirmed buddies to reciprocal followers.

It looks like the cabinet history has been merged with the active cabinet. Is there a way of deleting unwanted items in the cabinet?

Yes, we have this flagged in the cabinet database but it's just not separated out yet in the interface yet. There are few bits of functionality still to add around the cabinet which will go in this week.

relaxed

3 months ago 2

@chrisbator
chrisbator replied

can't wait to look around... and I have a lot of bourbon to add to my cabinet....

3 months ago 0

@Nelom
Nelom replied

Looking good! Now to start poking around at features and what-not. relaxed

edit: A post editing feature! Hallelujah!

3 months ago 2

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

@chrisbator we seem to have found one, yes. I have disabled the email alerts on discussions for now. I'll drop you an email Sir.

3 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@Nelom how do you edit posts?

the editing function doesn't seem to work for reviews yet, and I thought I saw an icon for posts but I can't find it now.

I also found some other interesting things:

Old private messages both sent and received together, but no way to see new messages sent.

@jeanluc I am not complaining...just drawing attention to things that may not have been noticed.

Edit: And now I se an edit icon. Does it disappear after a certain time?

3 months ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

I've just posted additional details above @Nozinan

3 months ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

@Nozinan You can edit review for an hour after writing them. Comments for 15 mins.

This is intended to prevent too much revisionism but allow typos and mistakes to be fixed in a timely fashion.

3 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@jeanluc I see. I think that's an excellent feature. It really is in the moment after "submit' is clicked that all the typos manifest themselves.

3 months ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

@Nozinan thanks, I think 15 mins is fine for this. Let's see what the general feeling is.

3 months ago 1

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

@chrisbator I've dropped you a note about the bug. That was fun sweat_smile

3 months ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

Did I mention that we support GIFs now too?

3 months ago 2

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

Just wondering what we do about formatting. There were a bunch of tricks for lines and BOLDS before. Will there be a user guide?

EDIT: well, given that all the formatting from WORD disappeared, I'm thinking it's going to be something altogether new.

3 months ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas replied

Looks pretty snazzy! Thanks for the detailed list of enhancements above—and, of course, for the enhancements themselves.

The new design is pretty sleek. Nice work there. I'll let you know if I have other feedback as I explore.

Question (or maybe a suggestion if the answer is "no"): The All Whisky Reviews page now shows some "stats" to help you browse the list, including the number of hearts and the scores. Can you see the number of comments too? I find the chat attached to a review to often be more interesting than the review itself, so I would browse and click on reviews that have the most comments.

And I bit of "I don't like it and I know it's just my taste" feedback on the new main page: The huge video that plays in the background is dominated by people I would stereotype (yeah, I know!) as "douchey hipsters." Except for the gals drinking on the rainy balcony, I can't see relating to any of those people. I reckon it's risk to show any people at all.

EDIT: What am I doing wrong in paragraph 3 to make that text a link to the All Whisky Reviews page? I'm following the example in the text formatting guide and I've tried a few variations on it.

3 months ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas replied

More feedback: It looks like the Timeline page is the new equivalent of the old main page for seeing what's new, and it's much better in that:

•It's reverse-chronological so you don't have to sit through the older stuff you already know about.

•It's endlessly expandable ("load more") so you can see what's been going on even if you've been away for more than a day or two.

•It's filterable so you can see (for example) just the new reviews, comments, and topics, without sifting through who's now buddies with whom.

That's great!

3 months ago 1

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist replied

Looks awesome! Going to spend a day browsing.

3 months ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

@Nozinan:

Did you see the formatting guide. I've added a link in the footer for now. It's also linked at the bottom of the comment box.

@Ol_Jas:

  1. Yes, that's a good point and we'll add the comment count on the review lists.

  2. Make sure there's no space between the brackets i.e [text](link) not [text] (link). I've fixed that one for you.

  3. Feedback taken on board about the video - we'll be mixing it up with lot's of clips hopefully including distillery shots and other scenes - and the plan was to collapse the video when you are signed-in anyway.

laughing The douchey hipster shopping for whisky is me, hahaha!

3 months ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas replied

Behold the power of anonymous scarf-based internet insult hurling! :)

3 months ago 1

@Victor
Victor replied

Will we get back the Connosr Top 100 Rated List? That's my favourite single feature on the site. Looks like it could sit (once again as "Popular") to the right of 'World' on the 'Whisky' page.

3 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@jeanluc

No, I did not see the formatting guide , but I see it NOW

I wonder if you can do italics and bold together. I see the answer. no

Thanks

3 months ago 1

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

@Victor yes it's coming back bigger and better 100

3 months ago 1

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

Interesting, I intended an italic in a comment I just made on a review but it came out in bold

edit - and so did it this time. I guess if you put 2 underscores in front and after the word it is bold and if you put one it is italic

3 months ago 0

@luckyshot
luckyshot replied

Nice job, looks fantastic to me. One thing though, I have use search To find bottles instead of number pages like 1 2 3 etc. it stays Stuck on page 1 on my canbinet.

3 months ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

Cheers @luckyshot glad you like it! I've fixed the cabinet pagination issue, thanks for pointing that out.

3 months ago 0

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