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Kevin | 09 Jul 2014 | 1 comment

Updates deployed to the Connect production servers as a result of the code sprint that ended 08 Jul 2014.

User Facing: Desktop

  • Fixed an issue that was allowing unpublished content to show up on list pages.
  • Patched code that was sorting URL aliases incorrectly.
  • Updated cache flushing code to include URLs with the "device=desktop" suffix.
  • Added code that sets a limit on the length of feedback submitted to the translate.cloud system.
  • Updated email notifications to consistently use https:// when linking back to Connect.
  • Eliminated cases where content updates were programmatically submitting redundant cache-clear requests to Akamai.
  • Removed references to Badgeville badges from user profile pages.

Admin Facing

  • Enhanced the link checking tool to avoid reporting false-positives in broken link reports.

Performance Wins

  • Tuned code to serve up...
Kevin | 25 Jun 2014 | 3 comments

Updates deployed to the Connect production servers as a result of the code sprint that ended 24 Jun 2014.

User Facing: Desktop

  • Added code for post-by-email users that would, depending on the size of their file attachments, either include the attachments with the notification (if the attachment payload is less than 5MB) or include a link to the attachments in the notification email.
  • Added code that would keep the system from sending an email notification to users when a new node of type "User Agreement" is created.
  • Fixed code that was occasionally displaying the mobile UI to desktop users.
  • Created a new "Encryption" forum that houses Symantec's collection of encryption products.

Admin Facing

  • Removed code that was updating child blog posts (resetting the updated on date/time) when the parent blog meta node was changed.
  • Granted new permissions to users in the "Translator" role so they can...
Kevin | 12 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Updates deployed to the Connect production servers as a result of the code sprint that ended 10 June 2014.

User Facing: Desktop

  • Added code that would limit posts that display in the list of "Recent Blog Posts" to those that are in an published (not draft) state.
  • Added code that will keep users from running into access denied errors when they submit feedback to the Tranlsate.cloud system.
  • Fixed an issue with email notifications not always firing when a solution is marked.
  • Fixed the sort order of RSS feeds to display the most current posts at the beginning of the feed.

Performance Wins

  • Optimized code by removing legacy "Views" that were generating the various article list pages.
  • Wrote code that identified and removed ~5,000 invalid records in the Accreditations and Certifications database tables.

SEO Wins

  • Added "noindex, follow" meta information to...
Kevin | 28 May 2014 | 0 comments

Updates deployed to the Connect production servers as a result of the code sprint that ended 27 May 2014.

User Facing: Desktop

  • Added code to notifications emails so they would properly display images that are embedded by authors in their posts.
  • Retooled forums to support a 'product > subproduct' organization style in addition to the legacy 'product > version' style.
  • Tuned the user interface of the rich-text editor for consistency.
  • Added code to the translation interface so it would, by default, retain the original author and the original publish date when a post is translated by someone other than the author at at some time other than the original posting.
  • Updated the system to send "Welcome to Connect" email in HTML instead of txt.
LeslieMiller | 23 May 2014 | 51 comments

Beginning June 1, 2014 we will no longer be awarding points for comments posted to the Symantec Connect site-- this includes comments on forum discussions, blogs, and any other kinds of content posted on Symantec Connect. (Comments have previously been awarded at the rate of 1 point per comment.) In addition, the number of points awarded for a verified solution to a forum discussion will increase from 35 points to 50 points. All other points for content will remain the same.

We believe that this creates an incentive for all Symantec Connect users to provide thoughtful, useful feedback on the site. In addition, this will help minimize any "comments for points" behaviors that may be occuring. 

As always, we thank you for your participation on the Connect community. 

 

 

Kevin | 14 May 2014 | 0 comments

Updates deployed to the Connect production servers as a result of the code sprint that ended 13 May 2014.

User Facing: Desktop

  • Added code to search results pages so each result displays the "posted on" date rather than the "updated on" date.
  • Fixed a few issues with the Accreditation and Certification update scripts that were keeping new data from flowing into the profile pages of Connect users.
  • Refactored the 'short summaries' blog code so it does not use the short summaries on blog overview pages.
  • Updated the presentation template used for Vision presentations to use the updated 2014 version.
  • Fixed a rendering issue with content submitted with the <code> tag.
  • Added code that hides the public/private checkbox from users who are not members of any groups.
  • Added code to notifications system for post-by-email users that does not print the username at the top of notifications if the username matches...
Kevin | 30 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

Updates deployed to the Connect production servers as a result of the code sprint that ended 29 April 2014.

User Facing: Desktop

  • Added spam scanning to the private message forms. If the scan engine determines the contents of a private message is spam, the message will be rejected.
  • Fixed an issue with line breaks and carriage returns reported by post-by-email users who are submitting posts with Outlook 2010 in text mode.
  • Added the ability for post-by-email users to submit attachments with their email posts and comments.
  • Added code to the post-by-email subsystem that detects "Automatic Replies" (vacation rules) in mail coming from Outlook accounts. The code ignores the message and creates a log entry each time a post is ignored for auditing purposes.

Admin Facing

  • Created a broken link checking tool for Community Managers to check their communities for broken...
Kevin | 02 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

Updates deployed to the Connect production servers as a result of the code sprint that ended 01 April 2014.

User Facing: Desktop

  • Fixed an issue that was causing unauthenticated users to see an incorrect vote count on posts because pages with votes were not being cleared from the Akamai caches when a vote was cast.
  • Fixed and issue in post-by-email groups that was sending email notifications to users who were not group members.
  • Gave group administrators the ability to restrict posting across groups. If a group admin enables the "disable cross posting" feature for Group A, users will not be allowed to submit a post to Group A and Group B. When a user attempts to post to a restricted group and any other group(s), they will be asked to choose which group(s) the post should be removed from.
  • Modified our voting code and some other snippets to handle database save requests from anonymous users;...
Kevin | 21 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

Updates deployed to the Connect production servers as a result of the code sprint that ended 18 March 2014.

User Facing: Desktop

  • Added the ability for blog administrators to enable a feature that exposes new links in the bottom of the "About this blog" box. Clicking the "Share this blog" link lets you share the entire blog using a selection of social media tools. "Follow this blog" adds an email subscription to your profile so you'll be notified, via email, whenever new blog posts are published to the target blog.
  • Upgraded the rich-text editor. This updated version of the editor gives our design team greater control over what user-submitted formatting is accepted -- an important feature as we evolve the Connect experience into one that's responsive to different viewing devices.
  • Fixed an issue with missing bullets on sidebar lists that appear on blog pages.
  • Fixed an Omniture bug that will allow us to more closely...
Kevin | 05 Mar 2014 | 15 comments

Updates deployed to the Connect production servers as a result of the code sprint that ended 04 March 2014.

User Facing: Desktop

  • Added the ability to browse through private messages listed in your inbox (Account > My Inbox) by clicking one of the posts and navigating via the prev and next buttons on the pages you visit. See prev-next-profile.png
  • Added the ability to browse through posts in your list of bookmarks (Account > My Bookmarks) by clicking on one of the bookmarked posts and navigating via the prev and next buttons on the pages you visit. See prev-next-bookmarks.png
  • Added the ability to browse through posts listed in your profile's activity feed (Account > My Profile) by clicking on one of the posts and navigating via the prev and next buttons on the pages you visit. See prev-next-profile.png
  • Fixed an issue duplicate "Featured Posts" blocks in the right sidebar of blogs that...