We continued to update group pages, this time focusing on the events section. Your group’s upcoming and past events are now easier to browse and look more consistent with the rest of the new design.
We’ve done a lot of work behind the scenes to improve how certain interactive parts of the site work. The result of this means that adding new repairs to an event will now automatically update that event’s environmental stats instantly without having to refresh the page.
Good news for you repair detectives: when adding items to events, you can now record as many sources of repair information as you like for each item. Happy sleuthing!
We cleaned out a few bugs clogging up some parts the site with errors. Things should flow more smoothly now.
We’ve updated the way your group’s device stats appear on your group page. This should make your stats clearer and more screenshot-friendly if you like to share them elsewhere (check it out)
Product categories are now translatable and we’ve already added French translations (thanks again to @Florine_Paquay for your help here). If you’d like to see product categories in your language too, get in touch!
The navigation menu on Talk hid the Wiki icon when viewed on mobile. Knowledge should be accessible to everyone no matter the device being used, so we’ve brought it back!
We’ve redesigned page that shows the groups you follow, the groups nearest to you and a list of all the groups on the site. It should now be easier to use and it’s much quicker to search for groups in the ‘All groups’ tab thanks to @Edward_Hibbert’s tech wizardry Take a look for yourself
You can now unfollow groups (for example, if you move away and no longer want to receive notifications about events in the area)
If you’re a network coordinators, you can now make people hosts of their groups (thanks for the feature request @Manu_RepairTogether )
We fixed a link on the dashboard that promised guidance on running repair events, but only led to a disappointment and a 404 error page. The new link is the real deal.
We’ve added a new section to the site: the Data Workbench. The Data Workbench is home to microtask activities—quests—that let anyone analyse the repair data we all record. Each quest helps us learn more about why products break and how they could be made easier to fix.
While some experience with repair is often helpful, you don’t need to be an expert to get involved. Head to the Data Workbench to discover the latest activity!
We’ve changed the navigation tabs on the repair wiki to make getting around more intuitive.
We’ve released the first part of the redesigned dashboard to make it easier to get to groups you follow, learn more about the site and see the latest Talk conversations. We’ll release some extra additions to this page soon…
We’re continuing to work on adding translation to the Wiki. If you’d like to help make wiki content available in your language, let me know
The event page forgot how to count volunteers and presented unhelpful warnings. We’ve taken it through its 1, 2, 3s and numeracy has been restored. Thanks @Florine_Paquay for the report!
The Fixometer got greedy and refused to let people download repair data so we reminded it that the repair data is open to all. The data export now works again. Thanks for the report @Angel!
When adding a new unpowered item, there was a missing tooltip for the item type field. To save everyone from having to guess what item type means, we’ve added a tooltip
Repeat events have arrived! Due to popular demand, we’ve added a ‘duplicate event’ function, to allow hosts to create repeat events more easily. Learn how this works here.
We’ve also added a new ‘item type’ field to certain categories of electrical devices (e.g. small kitchen item) when you’re adding repair data to an event. This is to help improve the quality of repair data we all record.
We reassured the event page that it doesn’t need to take Special Relativity too literally. Events are now displayed in order of date and time again.
The wiki is still grappling with learning new languages (aren’t we all?). But we fixed a couple of visual bugs, which should make the process a bit easier now.
A number of event organisers have asked for an easier way to contact everyone who RSVPs to an event. So we’ve added event conversations. Now, when you create a new event (and it has been approved by a network coordinator), we’ll automatically create a private message here on Talk for that event.
The conversation will include the person who creates the event and anyone who RSVPs will be added automatically.
The subject line of the event conversation will be the name you gave to your event. The first message will be the event description.
Event conversations are private message threads on Talk and work in the same way. That means, by default, everyone included in a message will receive an email notification every time someone posts in the conversation. If you’d like to change your personal settings, you can do this in your email preferences.
You can find the conversation for your events in your Talk inbox or on the page for that event:
It’s been a while since I posted about what we’ve been working on behind the scenes. But work hasn’t stopped! Here’s a summary of the most important updates we’ve made to Restarters since June…
Updated environmental stats
After a 6-month project to find new environmental data, we updated the environmental calculations used to measure the impact of your events. This was a huge piece of work and has big implications for your group and event stats! In short, we…
Updated all existing environmental data for powered devices
Added environmental data data for 10 categories for the first time (including for unpowered items)
Added 7 new product categories
Changed the way we estimate the impact of repairing miscellaneous items
Recalculated the impact stats for every event and group
If you’re a group host, you can send everyone in your group a private message from your inbox right here on Talk. Simply create a new private message and in the ‘to’ field, start typing the name of your group - press it when it pops up.
These messages work like ‘reply-all’ email and be sent to all everyone who follows the group. Anyone in the group can reply and everyone can see each response.
Note that by default, everyone included in a message will receive an email notification every time someone posts in the conversation. If you’d like to change your personal settings, you can do this in your email preferences.
You can learn more how this works here:
We’ve updated two important bits of software that power most of Restarters.
The login door to the wiki wasn’t opening for some people. We’ve changed the locks so everyone should now have access again. (Thanks for reporting this @Dave and @Adam )
It’s now easier to edit the end time of events on Chrome (thanks for reporting this @Jonathan_Vigne )
We fixed an issue affecting which events were displayed in the ‘upcoming events’ or ‘your events’ sections
We’ve changed how unapproved events appear in the system. If your group has already been approved (which is almost all of you), events you create will now immediately appear to everyone on the site without needing to be approved themselves. If your group hasn’t yet been approved by an admin or network coordinator, events you create will remain hidden until approved.
We’ve added a banner to the Wiki, which we can use to post messages (especially useful to encourage people who found the wiki through a search engine to contribute to it, for example)
We’ve changed the site’s favicon (the little image that appears in the tab of your browser) so it’s more visible for people using dark-themed browsers. Thanks for the suggestion @Monique
Timezones have arrived! This is a big one. Every group now has a time zone set and we display the time zone of your events wherever the time is displayed on the site. If you’re a group host or a network coordinator, you can check and update your group’s time zone in the edit group page.
We updated translations for French (BE)
We improved & expanded our automated testing (to help catch bugs before they are introduced)
We improved our disaster recovery infrastructure, which should make the site more resilient if things go wrong.
Fixed some visual problems on Talk
Fixed an issue experienced by some hosts who were unable to message their group
Fixed a bug preventing some people from logging into the Wiki
Fixed some issues related to the introduction of time zones
Item categories weren’t translated in some places. They are now.
Parts of the dashboard and events pages disappeared for some people. We brought them back.
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We’ve continued working on Restarters over the last few months. Here are the most important changes…
November 2022 to January 2023
Introducing data downloads
If you are a group host or network coordinator, you can now download your repair data! This option is available for individual events as well as for groups as a whole. See how it works here:
Features for networks
We’ve added some new capabilities to the API used by networks. It can now fetch more information about groups and API users can now filter by date when retrieving events
We added an ‘item’ column to the item log on event pages (to make it easier to see what was brought to the event at a glance). Thanks for the suggestion @Florine_Paquay!
The first message in event conversations is now much clearer
Sharing a wiki page on social media will now look better, featuring an image
Back end upgrades
We’ve complete a huge piece of work to upgrade some of the back end technology on which the site is built (Laravel and PHP). This will help us stay up to date with security patches and more.
We added more automated testing to catch bugs before they’re released into the system
Adding or editing items brought to events sometimes deleted certain fields. We’d like more detail, not less, so we fixed this.
Some items were recorded as being many hundreds of years old. It’s probably safe to assume that Renaissance mice would require a zooarchaeologist rather than a repairer (at least, probably), so we’ve capped the age limit to 500 years.
Long titles in tabs no longer break the layout in the ‘Device breakdown’ section on group pages
Number of repairers at events is now displayed consistently in different parts of the site
Re-ordered lists of past events by most recent first. Thanks for flagging this @Florine_Paquay
Fixed mislabelled iFrame impact visualisation
The email field on the reset password page no longer appears deactivated. Thanks for reporting this @Alex_Horn