2019 Updates - Round 1!

gvbrown - Photographer
gvbrown
(Photographer Michigan, United States)

Hey All -
We just posted some major updates to various portions of the site.

*** Search ***
First, we launched a new version of search. This uses a visual / map display, as well as GPS / Location services to pinpoint your current location, or your default location, as provided in your profile.

This was a massive undertaking, requiring that we remap a signification portion of our database, as well as converting existing data to a new format. Behind the scenes stuff, but all for the good - more accurate search results, as well as performance improvements and long term scaling for growth.

We have a few pending requests in a number of areas, which are next on the list - including some additional search improvements. What you see there is just the beginning.

For those that really loved the old search, you'll find a link to the "legacy search" in the footer of the new search section. We also now require a login before using search, this was becoming abused by non members.

*** Main Feed (home page) ***
We rebuilt the homepage entirely, whether you are logged in or not. Logged in users will see their feed (based on favorite users), or all network activity for approved members.

This will show incremental updates by users, as well as their most recent images within a certain time frame. The formatting is a bit nicer than what was there previously.

*** Swag ***
For fun, we have a line of swag featuring different "Official" MuseCube designs. These are printed on premium apparel (and we were very picky), featuring unique designs, specifically created for us!

When coming up with the format for our swag, we wanted to create a line that was actually interesting, artistic, and didn't make our members look like a cheap, walking billboard.... style is important!


*** Overall ***
Membership, traffic and activity have been steadily increasing. We have also been much more strict on what members pass the "gateway" to be approved on the site. While we understand that everyone must start somewhere, there is a baseline of acceptable quality that we are allowing on to the site at this point. With these updates, you will see more activity increases in the near future....!

*** To Come ***
We will be knocking out a list of feature requests next. Followed by some much bigger things!

As always, we welcome your feedback!

Geoff B



Posted at 02:41 PM on Jan 18, 2019
gvbrown - Photographer
gvbrown
(Photographer Michigan, United States)

Update 2 -

We have posted a patch which should resolve the spinning "unicorns" issue, where the uploader appears to be stuck processing. This occurs if there was data missing from your profile, which caused the upload to fail. This patch is retroactive, and will resolve the issue for those that have experienced it previously.

Geoff B



Posted at 03:56 PM on Jan 18, 2019

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