September 2008

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September 26, 2008

Tip: Don't go live on a site before filling in the boilerplate

As the MSA found out today with a mass announcement about their Homecoming Site:

Stuff that sounds good
Save the environment
Football
Yeah.

Screenshot:
Gieran: write some stuff for this text box

Posted by hampelm at 11:40 AM | Comments (0)

September 12, 2008

Which one of these is a link?

The big blue text?
The small blue text?
The bold blue text?
The bold tan text?
The words that say "Get your answers here"?

Click the photo for the suspenseful reveal!

2008-09-12_1550

Found on the current LSA gateway

Posted by hampelm at 03:53 PM | Comments (0)

Does anyone like Vignette?

Despite the fact that around 54 LS&A units use the Vignette CMS (PDF warning!), I have heard a total of zero staff members actually involved in day-to-day web work praise the system. Staff dislike using it; developers dislike coding for it.

n.b. Responses from LSA administrators involved in the purchasing process were not considered.

Posted by hampelm at 03:30 PM | Comments (0)

September 08, 2008

New CTools in the planning?

So is the rumor. No word yet on who's involved, but you can bet that one gentleman with the uniquename CSEV is in the room.

With luck, us mere mortals will hear about the planning process before it's over, so we can give input into the tools we need to use.

Posted by hampelm at 08:19 PM | Comments (0)

September 06, 2008

Does CTools test before releasing? Apparently not.

From the CTools homepage:

Attention: Problem With Manually Adding Users to Sites

There is a minor bug introduced in the latest CTools upgrade that may prevent you from manually adding participants to your CTools site. The bug is apparently triggered when selecting the option to send an email notification to the participant being added.

Either that, or it's gotten so bloated that they can't even run tests against basic functionality.

Hint: avoid changes to important features at the beginning of the term.

Posted by hampelm at 08:14 PM | Comments (0)

September 04, 2008

MBlog can't handle spam

FieldGuide was overwhelmed by comment spam earlier this month. I've cleaned it up. Sadly, UM is so far behind the times in dealing with the internet that this system doesn't have a simple captcha or blocklist.

This time last year, I wrote about spam blogs on MBlog:

As with every blogging service, your favorite pills store is represented. (more spam blogs here, here, here, here, here, and here).

And I filed a trouble ticket on 8/27/07. Scott Martin, Patrick Mcneal, Jennifer Nardine from the MBlog team were assigned to fix the problem. All the blogs still exist.

Posted by hampelm at 08:07 PM | Comments (0)