Ello development update, Jan 07, 2015
[Update]: Click here for a French translation from @jean-boris-h
After a slightly quiet couple of weeks due to vacation schedules, the entire Ello crew is back and busy We launched some updates & fixes late last night and have big new features in store for the next couple of weeks. Here's what changed:
The new Reply All button found next to the comment Post button is now only available to the original poster. It was being used in annoying ways, and while useful in some situations, it wasn't quite right... So we changed it
Along with the Reply All button update, we realized that we no longer needed to pre-populate the original poster's username in a new comment. They were already notified about new comments, and this makes the commenting interface a bit cleaner. It also helps keep the Reply button clean - the Reply button grabs the names of the commenter (as well as any usernames mentioned in their comment), and throws those into your new comment. Be sure to @ mention anyone you're speaking to so they get a notification!
A huge optimization was made to our database. There have been lingering issues with the speed in which users were notified of other users' activity. When a database has billions of records, things get a little slow and weird. Kudos to the team for doing some freaky stuff to speed things up!
Several smaller bugs have been fixed:
* Occasionally if a user edited a post, canceled, then created a new post, the new post would overwrite the old one
* Usernames containing underscores were misbehaving when mentioned in a post or comment. Apologies if you have an underscore and missed some @ mentions!
* The Settings page wouldn't visually confirm that a user switched their account to non-public
* We can all now follow, unfollow and block the @ello user if you want. This account is a special system user that we've had to make some special cases for, but it's almost a first-class citizen at this point
* The toolbar was misaligned in the Noise view
As a closing development note, I'll leave you with an icon that I finished animating with a script this morning. It's a small part of something big that I've been working on for the past few weeks