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Commons 1.12.4

I’ve just released version 1.12.4 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release fixes a browser-security bug in the Accordion Slider plugin, and includes improved error messages when posting to Reply By Email from an invalid address.

For complete details, visit the 1.12.4 milestone.

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Major plugin and theme updates for December 26, 2017

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.5 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for December 26, 2017:

  • Author Avatars List (1.13)
  • Broadcast (42.1)
  • BuddyPress Docs (2.0)
  • Bulk Move (1.3)
  • Event Organiser (3.6)
  • Event Tickets (4.6)
  • Events Manager (5.8)
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com (5.5)
  • List category posts (0.74)
  • Media Library Assistant (2.65)
  • MediaElement.js – HTML5 Audio and Video (2.23)
  • Meta Slider (3.6)
  • Query Monitor (2.17)
  • Redirection (2.10)
  • The Events Calendar (4.6)
  • Twitter Widget Pro (2.9)
  • User Role Editor (4.38)
  • WP Retina 2x (5.2)
  • WP-PostRatings (1.85)
  • WP-RSSImport (4.5)
  • WPMU Plugin Stats (2.4)
  • Yoast SEO (5.9)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.5 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for December 26, 2017:

  • Hemingway (1.59)
  • Rowling (1.10)
  • Twenty Eleven (2.7)
  • Twenty Fifteen (1.9)
  • Twenty Fourteen (2.1)
  • Twenty Seventeen (1.4)
  • Twenty Sixteen (1.4)
  • Twenty Ten (2.4)
  • Twenty Thirteen (2.3)
  • Twenty Twelve (2.4)

In addition to these plugin and theme updates, WordPress itself will also be updated to a new major version: 4.9.

For more details on major update releases, please visit our release schedule and procedures page.

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Commons 1.12.3

I’ve just released version 1.12.3 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is the last maintenance release in our old, thrice-monthly release schedule; future maintenance releases will take place on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. See the announcement post for more details.

This maintenance release includes performance fixes for the DiRT Directory integration, as well as a fix for the way that the Hypothes.is plugin accesses Commons PDFs.

For complete details, visit the 1.12.3 milestone.

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A new maintenance release cycle for the Commons

For the past few years, the Commons has seen maintenance releases three times monthly. On the 1st, 11th, and 21st of each month, plugins and themes were upgraded to their latest versions, except in the case of “major” updates, which were done en masse as part of the release on the 21st. Date-based releases are good for predictability and regularity. But they often result in releases on Fridays or over the weekend, when members of our development and IT teams are not fully available. This has led to the occasional performance issue or period of downtime, when a release caused an unexpected problem, and we were underequipped to handle it.

Beginning in December 2017, we will be moving to a new schedule, in order to mitigate these shortcomings:

  • Maintenance releases will take place on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at approximately 11am Eastern time.
  • Each month’s “major plugin/theme update” release, previously scheduled for the 21st of each month, will now be part of the month’s second release (on the fourth Tuesday). The corresponding blog post will still appear on the 5th of each month.
  • When a scheduled release falls on a major holiday (like Christmas 2018), the dev team may decide to push the release to the following business day. This has always been our informal policy, but this post makes it formal 🙂

Maintenance releases have been added to the Commons Calendar of Events. See https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/events/event/commons-maintenance-release/ for an iCal file that will add the releases to your scheduling application.

The guidelines at https://dev.commons.gc.cuny.edu/release-schedule-and-procedures/ have been updated in accordance with the new policy.

Please leave questions in the comment section below, or direct them to our help desk using the Help button in the toolbar.

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Commons 1.12.2

I’ve just released version 1.12.2 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a maintenance release.

For complete details, visit the 1.12.2 milestone.

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Commons 1.12.1

I’ve just released version 1.12.1 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release addresses a number of issues:

  • Usability improvements for Reply By Email, including better error messages when attachments cannot be posted
  • Improvements to ScholarPress Coins plugin
  • Fixes for the group cuny.is URL admin panel
  • Fix for a Social Paper bug that caused hidden groups not to be shown when associating a paper with a group

For complete details, visit the 1.12.1 milestone.

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Major plugin and theme updates for November 21, 2017

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.2 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for November 21, 2017:

  • Author Avatars List (1.12)
  • Broadcast (41.0)
  • FeedWordPress (2017.1020)
  • Make Builder (1.1)
  • Media Library Assistant (2.62)
  • Password Protected (2.1)
  • Query Monitor (2.16)
  • Redirection (2.9)
  • ScholarPress Coins (2.2)
  • Super RSS Reader (2.6)
  • User Role Editor (4.37)
  • Yoast SEO (5.7)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.2 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for November 21, 2017:

  • Basic (Themify.me) (1.8)
  • Reveal (Themetrust) (1.2)
  • Sydney (1.42)

For more details on major update releases, please visit our release schedule and procedures page.

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Commons 1.12.0

I’ve just released version 1.12.0 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Twice each year – once in the spring, and once in the fall – the Commons team prepares a “major” release, which generally includes some new features or large overhauls to existing functionality. Version 1.12.0 is our major release for Fall 2017.

Here’s a brief overview of the major improvements in 1.12:

  • The registration process has seen a substantial streamlining and redesign. Notable changes include the elimination of many profile fields from the registration page #8637, the addition of an improved avatar upload form #8639, and a new “progress” UI for newly registering members #8640.
  • When participating in group forums via email (“Reply by email”), it is now possible to attach files to the email. As long as these files meet our general size and filetype restrictions, they’ll be added as attachments to the forum post #8386.
  • Groups on the Commons are now automatically provided with cuny.is URLs. Group administrators who would like to customize the automatically-generated URL can request a new one on the group’s Manage panel #6241.
  • We’ve made some under-the-hood improvements to the way that uploaded files on non-public Commons sites are protected. First, we removed a layer of protection for public sites that have no need to hide uploaded images, etc; this change means significant performance improvements, especially on image-heavy pages like the Media Library. Second, we added additional tools that ensure that files uploaded to non-public sites cannot be accessed by guessing their non-public URLs #7997.

For complete details, visit the 1.12 milestone.

A small programming note. We generally do minor releases on the 1st, 11th, and 21st of each month. Because November 1 is only two days from now, I’ve slated 1.12.1 for November 11. This means there will be no release on November 1, unless there is some sort of urgent issue that must be fixed earlier.

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Commons 1.11.16

I’ve just released version 1.11.16 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a maintenance release, and is a major update release for plugins and themes.

For complete details, visit the 1.11.16 milestone.

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Commons 1.11.15

I’ve just released version 1.11.15 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release fixes a few issues:

  • Improve the way that CAPTCHAs are handled on certain contact forms
  • Improve the way that HTML tags are validated when writing forum content

For more details, visit the 1.11.15 milestone.

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