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2012-12-17 06:28:50 -0500

Welcome to Release 0.9.4, the last code deploy before the holidays! These notes combine fixes that were deployed this weekend in two separate batches, resulting in two brief instances of downtime. Coders ecuoln, Elz, Sarken, and Scott contributed code to this release, which was tested by the small, but not any less awesome testing team consisting of Jenn, hele, Lady Oscar, and mumble.

This marks the 15th code update this year, including a breathless flurry of small releases in June to address various performance issues, and our humongous filter rewrite deployed in October. (You can see details about all previous code updates under our Release Notes tag.)

We think that is quite a lot of new code for a site maintained entirely by unpaid volunteers in their spare time (or, in some cases, while sneaking away to the dark recesses of their workplace's server room, armed only with their laptop - not naming names here to protect the gainfully employed). From the bottom of our collective heart, the Accessibility, Design, & Technology committee thanks everyone who submitted code or helped out with testing at any point during the year. The Archive literally could not exist without you.

This release sees a small number of bug fixes that we wanted to get out before the end of the year. Unless the site breaks in a show-stopping manner between now and January, we will resume active deploy work after the New Year's Eve celebrations. We're hoping to post an updated version of our quite outdated 2010 Roadmap very soon; it will give you a rough idea of what we'd like to accomplish in the foreseeable future and beyond. Watch this space!

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.

Release Details

Bug fixes

  • Replying to comments on a news post while logged in was temporarily broken and has been fixed now!
  • Bookmarking a work by a still-anonymous creator would display as a "Mystery Work", hiding all information about the work; this has been fixed!
  • Marking a comment on your work as spam, even by accident, would immediately send the comment into spam purgatory and make it invisible to everyone but admins; you are now asked if you're sure first to prevent accidents.
  • Trying to view bookmarks for a non-existent or misspelled tag was resulting in an error 500; it now gives the more reasonable error 404.
  • The "Share" code attached to each work, for easy copy-pasting of recs or update annoucements, included a link to the site's \o/-shaped favicon in front of the creator's username; this .ico file wasn't displaying properly in Tumblr and looked quite broken, so it has been removed from the work info for the time being.
  • On the admin side, we added pagination to the list of invite requests by users (for handing out to friends etc.) for easier request management
  • For wranglers, trying to reply to comments left on a tag would lead to an error 500; this has been fixed!
  • To prepare for work on site translation (that is, enabling usage of the Archive in languages other than English), old and unneeded translation code was removed in the background.
  • The bit of Javascript that rolls out a little calendar to pick start and end dates for your challenge more easily was embedded on all pages, wasting precious resources; it's now restricted to relevant challenge pages only.
  • The Rich Text Editor plugin we use (TinyMCE) was trying to load a CSS file that didn't actually exist, resulting in numerous invisible errors; this line has now been removed.