August 30, 2006

New features

A new version of BlogBuilder has been released today with some new features:

Textile 2

In order to provide better editing capabilities for entries and comments, we have upgraded the markup library that we use to Textile2, which supports new features such as tables and footnotes. The full list of Textile2 features are available for viewing here

Obviously with such a large change there may be minor errors that occur. Any problems can be reported here or on the Blogs Feedback Forum

“Watch this entry for new comments”

You can now “watch” or subscribe to entries in order to be notified by email when there are new comments on them. You can stop watching them at any time by clicking the link in the notification email. To watch an entry, check the checkbox underneath the comment form when you make a comment or click the link at the top of the list of comments for an entry.

Requesting Deletion of a comment

If you make a comment and wish for it to be deleted by the author of the entry, you can now click a link at the bottom right of your comment and send an email directly to the author of the entry.

Scheduled Entries

It is now possible to schedule entries to appear at a time in the future, for example if you wish to maintain a regular posting schedule on your blog or if you wish for it to appear, for example, after a lecture or assignment deadline.

Collaborative Draft Editing

When you save an entry as a draft, you can now allow other people to view it before it is published by giving them the link to the draft entry. To get this link, click on the title of the entry from the Admin Entries screen.

As always, if there are any problems, feel free to comment on this entry.

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  1. Nice one. I think the “Watch this entry for new comments” feature might be more widely used if it notified you on the frontpage of Warwick Blogs (when you signed in) than by e-mail though. I’m imagining subscribing to one of the 100-comment threads and facing a barrage of e-mails before you have time to cancel them. I might be tempted to use scheduled entries occasionally.

    30 Aug 2006, 17:06

  2. Mathew Mannion

    In fairness, that’s what “My Comments” is for :)

    30 Aug 2006, 17:31

  3. Fancy pants.

    30 Aug 2006, 17:38

  4. Should probably mention that the changes to textile don’t get applied to existing entries, so if you want single line entries to work properly you have to republish them.

    30 Aug 2006, 19:45

  5. Mathew Mannion

    Yep, basically. (i.e. you need to edit them and then just click “Publish now” again)

    30 Aug 2006, 20:51

  6. I give this update awesome/10.

    01 Sep 2006, 01:50

  7. so will you get a notification for EVERY comment or just the fact that there is a new comment since you last viewed that particular post?

    02 Sep 2006, 18:56

  8. I get an error when I try to view my favourites, its the Apache Tomcat error/5.0/30 And I’m not suing internet explorer. It was working fine yesterday!

    05 Sep 2006, 04:49

  9. Mathew Mannion

    so will you get a notification for EVERY comment or just the fact that there is a new comment since you last viewed that particular post?

    Every comment.

    05 Sep 2006, 09:33

  10. Mathew Mannion

    Apache Tomcat error/5.0/30

    Just for your information, that doesn’t really help as all errors say that there’s a load of information on the page to give us. It seems to be working fine now?

    Rule of thumb is to take a screenshot and email it off to blogs at if in doubt.

    05 Sep 2006, 09:44

  11. I think I knew that in the back of my mind, I’m glad its working again anyway.

    05 Sep 2006, 14:35

  12. How come the Schedule Entry options for timing have become more limited (only being on the hour?) in the last few days?

    07 Sep 2006, 18:35

  13. Mathew Mannion

    It was part of our performance fix. We had a problem in that we couldn’t cache queries because we had to check for new entries every five minutes, which was causing the showall pages (and every other page) to become very slow. By only allowing scheduled entries to be on the hour, every hour, we can cache queries every hour as well so that performance is greatly improved. I don’t think there’s any particular use case where you’d need to create an entry at x:05 instead of just x:00 is there?

    08 Sep 2006, 09:37

  14. No, was just wondering. Cheers Mat.

    08 Sep 2006, 14:15

  15. Mathew Mannion

    We actually did a minor release at the start of this week (probably not worthy of a news entry that fixed the following):

    Release Notes – BlogBuilder – Version

    • [BB-954] – Preview comments is sometimes broken
    • [BB-958] – Textile badly falls over when entries are pasted from MS Word
    • [BB-959] – Footnotes will break whenever two entries on a page use them
    • [BB-960] – Aggregation page link from front page doesn’t work when signed out on IE6
    • [BB-961] – Regexes don’t handle single characters very well
    • [BB-962] – Everything is broke in IE
    • [BB-964] – RedCloth cannot handle HTML comments properly
    • [BB-966] – Permissions checks are case sensitive to user codes
    • [BB-968] – Tag links on group screens broken
    • [BB-969] – Stuff in tags needs ing
    New Feature
    • [BB-950] – Implement Atom Publishing Protocol API

    08 Sep 2006, 14:25

  16. [BB-962] Everything is broke in IE

    Surely this applies to the entire internet…

    08 Sep 2006, 21:27

  17. Mathew Mannion

    But not to us!

    09 Sep 2006, 10:43

  18. Hey, would it be possible to like limit the amount of entries your blog displays per page?
    Merci :)

    04 Oct 2006, 11:09

  19. Any idea how I would go about blocking a particular commenter on my blog. I’m currently deleting comments but that makes me feel guilty!

    08 Oct 2006, 19:17

  20. Mathew Mannion

    Hi Eleanor,

    This is not a feature at the moment. However, if you feel that the person commenting on your blog is breaking the terms and conditions you can contact blogs admin and it may be possible (although rarely enforced) to block someone from the entire system. Of course, if the person is logging in and posting offensive comments, then disciplinary proceedings can also be brought against the user.

    08 Oct 2006, 21:54

  21. Its not offensive, just annoying so probably not breaking terms and conditions, plus I’m guessing its different for non-signed in users? Hmmm. thanks though.

    08 Oct 2006, 22:14

  22. Mathew Mannion

    If a non-signed in user uses the same IP, then it’s possible to ban them if there was a serious breach of the T+C. If they’re not, I’m afraid that only way around it is to not allow anonymous commenting, or make your anti-spam question something that that person wouldn’t know…

    08 Oct 2006, 22:16

  23. Maybe I shoud set my question as ‘Is your name Charlotte’ and then only those who answer no shall be able to comment! haha.

    08 Oct 2006, 22:39

  24. You have to be cruel to be kind…

    08 Oct 2006, 23:27

  25. Yes but I just feel cruel. Next I’ll be buying up dalmations in order to make myself a coat of their soft soft fur!! Its a slippery slope.

    08 Oct 2006, 23:30

  26. Maybe I shoud set my question as ‘Is your name Charlotte’ and then only those who answer no shall be able to comment! haha.

    It’s all John’s fault for blocking comments on Big Cook Little Cook. ;-)

    14 Oct 2006, 09:45

  27. I know. I blame him totally. Although who knew it was such a cult tv show?

    14 Oct 2006, 15:17

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