Commons 2.4.1

I’ve just released version 2.4.1 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is a major-update release for plugins and themes. It also addresses a number of additional issues:

  • Improve behavior of Sites directory search
  • Fix bug that caused incorrect user to show in ‘Last Poster’ column on group forums
  • Fix compatibility with recent upstream updates to two factor authentication tools
  • Fix compatibility with recent upstream updates to user data export tools
  • Add DBLP link functionality to CV editor
  • Lift ban on the use of email addresses during registration

For complete details, visit the 2.4.1 milestone.

Commons 2.1.5

I’ve just released version 2.1.5 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is also a major-update release for plugins and themes, and also included the upgrade to the WordPress 6.2. Specific issues addressed in this release:

  • Fixed bug causing “last active” member count not to match in all cases
  • Ensure that forum attachments are not included in group library clones
  • Fixed bug that caused 2FA code to be required twice in certain cases
  • Fixed regression in email notification subject lines

For complete details, visit the 2.1.5 milestone.

Commons 1.19.10

I’ve just released version 1.19.10 of the CUNY Academic Commons.

This is the final scheduled maintenance release in the 1.19.x series. The 2.0.x release is expected in the upcoming days.

1.19.0 is a major-update release for plugins and themes, and also includes fixes for the following:

  • Improved support for 2FA key auth
  • Fixed Expire Sticky Posts to work with the block editor

For complete details, visit the 1.19.10 milestone.

Commons 1.18.0

I’ve just released version 1.18.0 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Version 1.18.0 is a “feature release” for the Commons, in a series of twice-yearly milestones that include larger features in addition to the smaller fixes that come with our twice-monthly releases.

As in the last few releases, 1.18.0 focuses on making the Commons easier to use for the increasing number of CUNY community members using the network for teaching, learning, and connecting, especially during remote learning. Some feature highlights:

  • Group cloning: In 1.17.0, we introduced “site cloning”, a feature that allows users to create a new site using one of their previous sites as a template. With 1.18.0, we extend this functionality to groups.
  • Directory filters: We have redesigned and rebuilt the filters in our Members, Groups, Sites, and Courses directory, for greater power, consistency, and ease of use.
  • Improved assessment tools: We’ve built new tools for exporting user activity from sites and group forums. We think that instructors using these spaces for courses will enjoy this easy-to-use format for assessing student participation.
  • Group library improvements: The Group Library introduced in version 1.17.0 sees some improvements, including better tools for creating, renaming, and deleting folders.
  • “Pronouns” field: A new profile field gives community members a place to indicate their pronouns, which are then displayed throughout the Commons interface.
  • Two-factor authentication: Members can now opt in to enhanced login security by enabling 2FA in their Settings section.

In addition to these user-facing improvements, we’ve made a couple large infrastructural changes. We’ve moved to a new tool for handling “mapped” domains – cases where non-Commons URLs are used for Commons sites. We’ve migrated our Digital Research Tools integration from the defunct DiRT Directory to its successor, TAPoR. And we’ve improved performance by adding compatibility with new caching APIs in WordPress.

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.18.0 milestone.