Today has been really good because I finally feel like I can use the site the way we intended. Since December 2, we’ve made the following changes:
- New posts (those created after the November 27 launch) now display links and emojis properly.
- We’re updating everyone’s rank to match what they had earned in the past. We’re currently working through Senior Members (trust level 3) and will promote everyone over the next few days.
- The directory of all users has been removed. It was causing performance issues on the database and it didn’t feel right for College Confidential. We can consider bringing a version of it back, but that’s not a high priority at the moment.
- A number of dead links have been fixed, but there are still we need to work on.
- When you mention another user in a post (
@username), that will now become a link to their profile.
- Thread title and category links now show up in the site header when you scroll down the page. (Sorry for the bold, but this is kinda a big deal.)
- Adjusted a few settings to make the moderator’s job easier.
- You can now send messages less then 10 characters long. (But the minimum is 3. If you don’t have much to say, consider just using the “like” feature! The limit helps prevent accidental messages.)
This round of changes has helped me personally enjoy using the site far more than anytime in the past week. Still, we know there other issues we need to correct. That work will continue for as long as it takes.
In other news, I’m finding it so much easier to discover interesting conversations. Just today I noticed:
I know these sorts of conversations happen all the time on CC, but I personally had the hardest time navigating the old site and rarely noticed them. (By the way, Bosch dishwashers are amazing. We sold our house last year and nearly took our Bosch dishwasher with us. In the end we left it and had to buy a new one for the new house.) Seeing this sort of side discussion alongside the many college admissions discussions encourages me that things will be alright once we get past the bumpy transition. Honestly, I’m getting excited.