The site will be given a small upgrade today, which will mean the whole website will be down for a couple of hours. Most of the upgrade is for other parts of the site, but you will notice a few changes on babble and in your user profile. Rebecca and I hope that these will be positive changes, but we'll have to see once the upgrade hits. Mostly, if you're wondering why the site is down, if you read this, you'll know why.
Here's what our resident tech guy has to say about the upgrade and the brief down period:
Hello rabble.ca people,
Early next week rabble.ca is upgrading the software the site is built on.
The primary purpose of the upgrade is to move to a more current version
of the back-end so that we can take advantage of new features and make
rabble.ca run smoother.
For most users, we've kept things relatively the same for now, but some
aspects have had to change and you will notice some slight differences.
... and yes, there may in fact be some broken items.
You may have noticed that rabble.ca is a fairly big site, and once
running live, new errors may surface.
Please help us discover and address these quickly by reporting them on
this form (http://rabble.ca/contact/bug%20report).
The small FAQ to start you off.
- the rabble tech team
WHERE IS MY MENU?
Perhaps the biggest item most users will see right away is the
disappearance of the My Menu bar on the right. Everything that was here
has now moved to the menu at the top right of the page. Clicking on
'Content' will bring you to your workspace where you can create new
content and see all of your past posts.
MY USER PAGE HAS CHANGED, WHY?
It hasn't changed much.
Content has now been separated into two blocks to show you clearly what
posts of yours have had recent activity, and to keep track of your most
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE STATUS BOX?
It was a nice little feature that was fun for a few users. We may bring
it back, but it is a prime example of a piece of the software that when
upgraded, it had significantly expanded it's feature set well beyond our
needs and caused us concern with site performance.
THE CONTENT CREATION FORM LOOKS DIFFERENT!
Yup. Though very little is actually different here, we did try and clean
it up some.
You'll notice that some of the broken features in the WYSIWIG now work.
For example, formatting an image's alignment and padding.
PAGE X IS DISPLAYING WEIRDLY IN MY BROWSER. WHY?
Great! Please let us know asap via http://rabble.ca/contact/bug%20report
and we'll put it in our list of things to fix.
THIS THING I WANT TO DO DOESN'T WORK THE WAY I WANT IT TOO. WELL TO BE
HONEST IT NEVER DID. WHY?
It's true, somethings didn't work the way everyone wanted them too on
the past site, and this is part of the motivation for the upgrade.
See the references to the contact form above and let us know. We'll put
it into our support queue, and hopefully this is something we can