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Commons 1.18.7

I’ve just released version 1.18.7 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is a major-update release for plugins and themes, and also includes an upgrade of WordPress to a new major release series (5.6.x). Other fixes include:

  • Hotfixes for Ensemble embedding
  • Fixes for improperly displaying activity items
  • Improvements to the appearance of unread forum replies
  • Fix bug that caused invitations to appear in “unaccepted” list after joining a group

For complete details, visit the 1.18.7 milestone.

Commons 1.17.6

I’ve just released version 1.17.6 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is a major-update release for plugins and themes. It also includes the following fixes:

  • Fix display of Public Portfolio headers on mobile devices
  • Fix encoding of widget titles on Public Portfolios
  • Improve appearance of forum titles
  • Fix bug that caused error when attaching avatar during registration

For complete details, visit the 1.17.6 milestone.

Commons 1.17.5

I’ve just released version 1.17.5 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release includes the following fixes:

  • Fixed problem that could cause group forum posts to be orphaned in certain cases
  • Fixed compatibility between pressforward-turnkey-theme and WP 5.5+
  • Fixed bug that made it impossible to add library items with # in the filenmae
  • Improvements to the daily digest mechanism for group notifications
  • Fixed the Notifications UI in user Settings area

For complete details, visit the 1.17.5 milestone.

Commons 1.17.4

I’ve just released version 1.17.4 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is a major update release for plugins and themes. It also includes a major update to WordPress, to release series 5.5.x. Commons 1.17.4 contains a number of fixes to ensure compatibility with WordPress 5.5.x, as well as the following:

  • Fix bug that could cause Reply link to lead to the wrong place when viewing group forums in a thread
  • Ensure that content copied from a template at the time of site creation is attributed to the site creator

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.17.4 milestone.

Commons 1.14.2

I’ve just released version 1.14.2 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a maintenance release, which addresses the following bugs:

  • Fix escaped quotes on Public Portfolio widgets
  • Increase performance when deleting bbPress topics and replies
  • Increase performance of activity queries with respect to Social Paper filtering
  • Fix bug in BuddyPress that could cause incorrect metadata to be stored for post items in some cases
  • Remove Simple CSS metabox from front-end interface, especially in Events
  • Fix bug preventing the creation of groups in some cases
  • Fix bug that caused Submit button to be inaccessible in some cases when previewing forum post
  • Fix bug in Site Layout tool that prevented site privacy settings from being saved properly
  • Add notice when leaving site creation process (as to visit a demo site) without saving changes

For complete details, visit the 1.14.2 milestone.

Commons 1.13.10

I’ve just released version 1.13.10 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is also a major update release for themes and plugins. Fixed in this release:

  • Improvements to the registration process to avoid problems with commons username and email address confusion
  • Improvements to the email notification unsubscribing process
  • Removed unneeded “Topic Status” selector from group forum topic creation process

For complete details, visit the 1.13.10 milestone.

Commons 1.12.9

I’ve just released version 1.12.9 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is a major update release for plugins and themes. It also fixes a bug when editing forum topics, and disables the functionality that causes friend requests to be sent when an email invitation is accepted by a new Commons member.

For complete details, visit the 1.12.9 milestone.

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.