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Commons 1.11

I’ve just released version 1.11 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is our Spring 2017 feature release.

Commons 1.11 introduces a couple of major improvements. A few notable items:

  • We’ve relaunched our Help site with a new look and newly organized resources.
  • Improved subject lines in email notifications, making it easier to get the most important information up front.
  • The group Announcements tab has been deprecated. Group administrators may now send email notifications to members by checking a box when creating a new topic. Existing announcements have been migrated to forum topics.
  • New, simplified addresses for starting group forum topics via email.
  • A new “Quote” button on group forums, so that responses to specific bits of a forum thread are formatted elegantly, with links back to the original content.

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.11 milestone.

Commons 1.10

I’ve just released version 1.10 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Version 1.10 is a major feature release for the Commons. Watch our news blog in the upcoming days for more details on the highlights of the release. In the meantime, here’s a very brief summary of some interesting projects that the development team has worked on for 1.10:

  • Improved email notifications – Email notifications have been migrated over to the new BuddyPress 2.5+ system, which features better support for third-party plugins, better appearance on mobile devices, and more.
  • Rich text in forum posts – We’ve introduced a rich-text editor when creating a new forum topic or reply. Rich-text forum content should integrate nicely with email notifications and Reply By Email.
  • Group calendar shortcode – Display a calendar of a specific group’s events in the content area of a WordPress site with our new shortcode. Documentation is in process.
  • Registration nudges – When a user registers for the Commons but doesn’t click the link in the confirmation email, we now send an automated follow-up 24 hours later.
  • Improved upload privacy for non-public sites – Sites whose privacy settings limit readership to Commons members now have their file uploads protected in the same way.
  • Events UX improvements – We’ve added a Room Number field, and an improved datepicker.
  • Social Paper group interface improvements – Group paper directories now have some improvements to layout and messaging, for better consistency with the top-level directory.

For more details on these and other improvements, visit the 1.10 milestone.

Commons 1.9.18

I’ve just released version 1.9.18 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This release addresses a number of minor issues:

  • Improve formatting in some email notifications
  • Fix problem when pasting content into portfolio widgets from MS Word
  • Fix problem when using Instragram oEmbed in WordPress posts
  • Fix incorrect “More Blogs” link on the home page

For complete details, visit the 1.9.18 milestone.

Commons 1.7.3

I’ve just released version 1.7.3 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Highlights of this maintenance release:

  • Improved cache validation for home page widgets
  • Improved handling of some Reply By Email errors
  • Fixed formatting of some plain-text emails
  • Fixed bug that prevented editing of the Positions profile widget in some cases
  • Fixed bug that caused new Docs in private groups to be invisible to some members
  • Force CAPTCHAs wherever Contact Form 7 is used
  • Added promotional video to home page

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.7.3 milestone.