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More fixes!

written by planetcruiser - 2011/12/19 21:36

Another Release Monday, another announcement. We are getting some routine going here - niiice! New today:

  • Allowing new, not approved members (Pending status) to send messages to other users - this is actually quite a big change - see below..
  • Greatly improved usability of profile edit page
  • Fixed "mark as spam" functionality in messages - now we are notified again
  • Added email notification for new profile comment or update
  • Added number of user photos to left-hand navigation on profile page

Also there about 15 more smaller changes. See the changelog for a detailed list and all the glorious details.

A note on the possibility of new members to send messages to other members straight after they signed up: We decided to allow this, because when you are on the road and trying to contact a host that only accepts guest via BeWelcome you don't have time to wait around until your profile is approved by one of our volunteers. We hope new potential members like this improvement! We will however keep an eye on spam levels and add more spam protection mechanisms in the next releases.

Related to this I would like to mention that for the last 3 months we had a preference setting that allowed you to opt-out of messages from new members. We removed this setting again because a) it was not working properly and because b) we are planning to drop the manual reviewing of profiles in three months from now. This means new members will become full members after they confirmed their email address. We will then, like most other community websites, rely on flagging of joke or abuse profiles by our users. So we are going to "crowd-source" our review process. ;)

I think that's all for today.

Thanks to bikepunk, coroa, crumbking, jeanyves, matthias, lupochen, pablobd and steinwinde for contributing to this release.

May non-profit hospitality exchange prevail! :)




written by crumbking - 7 years ago (i)
Good we got that done before Christmas ;-)

Thanks to you, too!!

Way to go!

written by thorgal67 - 7 years ago (i)
Great news Meinhard,

Thanks again for all the work you guys are putting into this!

I like this

written by pablobd - 7 years ago (i)


written by polyglot - 7 years ago (i)
Thanks Meinhard for all the great work. After larger profile photos I have now been able to remove comment notification and faster activation of new members from my wish list! My other wishes for next year are listed in the "interest section" of my profile, for lack of a more concenient place to keep track of them.

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