Ello development update, Feb 3, 2015
There's been a lot happening over here at the Ellonet, and I've been slacking on making a new dev update post. We have some great new people on the Ello team, who you can find & follow here, and the Denver development team is moving offices in the next week. We're getting after it!
We've made improvements and fixes across the board, to these areas most noticeably:
If you missed my first post about media embeds, you should know that you can now paste a URL to a YouTube/Vimeo/Dailymotion/Soundcloud/Mixcloud video or sound to create an inline embed! Since then...
Soundcloud playlists are now supported
Mixcloud URLs now support special/international characters
YouTube should return better thumbnails for all videos
Embeds should appear consistently in the Notification Center
If you've set your profile to Post Adult-oriented Content, your avatar & header images will now show a pixelated version for users who choose to not View Adult-oriented Content (and visitors who aren't signed in). This means you can have your ugly bits in your profile images and the rest of us don't have to see them if we don't want to
Another important note about NSFW: If you have a SFW avatar and header image, and only occasionally post NSFW content, we recommend only turning on your Post Adult-oriented Content setting before you make a naughty post, and turning it off after posting. This setting is in fact attached to individual posts! This lets your SFW posts show by default for people who have View Adult-oriented Content turned off. We're going to refine this process, but this is the best workflow for now.
You can now see a list of users that you've blocked on your settings page. If you've blocked a lot of users, you might not see them all in the list, but we're working on making the full list available.
New feature preparations
As we prepare for several large feature releases, we have a ton going on behind the scenes, but I really can't say much about these efforts quite yet
We're continuing to build backend tools to make community/site/content management easier on our end. We have a lot of awesome Elloers to keep safe, happy, and interactive
General bug fixes & improvements
We fixed a ton of bugs across the platform and are working on refining what we've built so far. The following systems have received some love in the last couple of weeks:
The invite system
Ello site SEO
Emails & the onboarding process
General site performance & stability
We're committed to refine our Ello until it's where we want it to be. No software is perfect, especially software under such heavy development and frequent releases, but we have an amazing crew working hard to make it even better.
As always, we appreciate all of the great feedback that you give us. Please remember to report bugs and send suggestions via our email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We're listening, and your opinion matters! The more we hear about something, the more likely we'll address it
Thanks for being here with us, and