Restarters.net software updates (changelog)

Late January 2021

:art: Redesign

  • We’ve updated the Fixometer. When searching the database of repair attempts, you can now also see unpowered items. We’ve also polished up the search filters.

:translate: Localisation

  • We’re working on adding translation to the Wiki. If you’re interested in translating any of the Wiki into another language, get in touch!

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Early February 2021

:art: Redesign

  • We’ve started work to redesign the main dashboard to make it more useful and less overwhelming. Keep an eye out for the new version soon!

:bug: Bug fixes

  • It’s now possible to edit repair records on event pages again - thanks for reporting this @James_Diamond :pray:
  • We put on our monocles and tracked down an event that had gone missing

:bulb: Suggest new features and vote for other people’s ideas in #help:feature-requests

:bug: Report any bugs or errors you find in #help:bug-reports

Late February 2021

:art: Redesign

  • 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…

:translate: Localisation

  • 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 :pray:

:bug: Bug fixes

  • 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

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:bug: Report any bugs or errors you find in #help:bug-reports

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March and Early April 2021

:art: Redesign

  • We’ve finished redesigning the main landing page to make it less confusing and more useful. It’s now super easy to add data from your previous events!
  • We’ve also redesigned the events page to make it easier to find your events, events near you and even see all events across the network

:translate: Localisation

:bug: Bug fixes

We've done some thorough spring cleaning and cleared out a lot of bugs. Click here for more details (if you dare!)
  • we fixed an issue where some special characters would display weirdly in some places (e.g. “Repair Café” would display as “Repair Café“)
  • we fixed the squashed logo on Talk that appeared on mobile
  • online events now display as being online again
  • some people had issues logging into the wiki - they shouldn’t anymore
  • group name isn’t removed when sharing URLs for Fixometer search queries any longer
  • we fixed a blank ‘add event’ button so everyone can understand what it does
  • we fixed CSV data exports

:bulb: Suggest new features and vote for other people’s ideas in #help:feature-requests

:bug: Report any bugs or errors you find in #help:bug-reports

Late April and Early May 2021

:star2: New features

  • 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. :spiral_calendar: :spiral_calendar:
  • 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.

:bug: Bug fixes

  • 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.

:bulb: Suggest new features and vote for other people’s ideas in #help:feature-requests

:bug: Report any bugs or errors you find in #help:bug-reports

Late May & June 2021

:left_speech_bubble: Introducing event conversations

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:

:star2: Other new features

  • You can now filter the list of all events on the events page by name, country and date

:translate: Localisation

  • Your language preference will now be carried across to the Wiki too.

:bug: Bug fixes

  • Cancelled events no longer contribute the full number of hours to your ‘hours volunteered’ stats
  • We went around with our code spanner, fixing broken links, helping the login button accommodate French and making other small tweaks.

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:bug: Report any bugs or errors you find in #help:bug-reports

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July to Nov 2021

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…

:bar_chart: 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

Read the full details here

:star2: New Features

  • When creating a new event, you can now press a button to set the event location to your group’s location (instead of typing it out manually)
  • When listing an online event, you can now add a link (e.g. to a registration page or Zoom call) and no longer need a physical address. This link will appear on your event page

:wrench: General improvements

  • We now show you a more useful and comprehensive selection of groups in your area on the dashboard and on the groups nearby page
  • Group hosts: you can now see your events awaiting moderation
  • When signing up to Restarters, you are now returned to where you were before (e.g. the Workbench or Talk)

:globe_with_meridians: Localisation

:busts_in_silhouette: Features for networks

  • Networks can now choose whether or not they want to approve events before they appear live
  • We’ve developed a prototype dashboard for network coordinators to monitor the number of events and groups in their network over time

:bug: Bug fixes

  • If you RSVP to an event, you will now be able to edit that event’s devices again
  • We exterminated a veritable ecosystem of 34 other bugs, big and small

:bulb: Suggest new features and vote for other people’s ideas in #help:feature-requests

:bug: Report any bugs or errors you find in #help:bug-reports

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Dec 2021

:left_speech_bubble: Introducing group conversations

Earlier this year, we added the ability to send messages to everyone who has RSVP’d to an event. We’ve now expanded this to allow group organisers to communicate more easily with everyone in your 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:

:clock1: Site updates

  • We’ve updated two important bits of software that power most of Restarters.

:bug: Bug fixes

  • 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 :pray:)
  • It’s now easier to edit the end time of events on Chrome (thanks for reporting this @Jonathan_Vigne :pray:)
  • We fixed an issue affecting which events were displayed in the ‘upcoming events’ or ‘your events’ sections

As always, a huge thanks to @Edward_Hibbert and @neil, the dev engines behind the scenes! :clap:


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January 2022

:star2: New Features

  • We’ve made a new landing page for Restarters to help people understand what the site is for before signing up.
  • We’ve added environmental impact stats to the Fixometer data export
  • As a group host, you can now delete your own group’s events (in case you accidentally create duplicates, for example)

:globe_with_meridians: Localisation

  • We made most notification emails translatable, so if you would like notifications in your language, get in touch!

:bug: Bug fixes

  • Stats in the Fixometer’s table headings didn’t match the search filters. So we removed the figures (and added the correct ones to the downloadable export)
  • The footer of email notifications will now stop displaying random code (as reported by @Janet)
  • We fixed the height of the navigation menu on Talk on mobile (as reported by @Panda)
  • We fixed the position of the login button on Talk (as reported by @Panda)
  • The groups page wasn’t working for some users. We’ve made a temporary fix. If you find the groups page isn’t working for you either, try changing your profile location to somewhere nearby.

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:bug: Report any bugs or errors you find in #help:bug-reports

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February to April 2022

:star2: New Features

  • 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

:globe_with_meridians: Localisation

  • 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)

:gear: Backend improvements

  • 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.

:bug: Bug fixes

  • 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.

Help us maintain & improve this site :green_heart:

We’re working hard to make Restarters․net a useful tool and welcoming home for everyone involved in community repair. If you haven’t already, please consider making a donation to help fund this work. Until the 29th of April, all donations will be doubled by The Big Give, so there’s never been a better time to support us! Thank you :pray:
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Time really flies by…! Here are the highlights of what we’ve been up to behind the scenes since I last updated this topic

May to October 2022

:star2: New features

  • We finished adding support for timezones! Now everyone will know exactly when your events start and end, no matter where you are in the world. Read all about it here.
  • We upgraded the Wiki with a visual editor, which lets you edit pages without having to know any code! Why not give it a try? (we’re looking for help with our page on coffee makers, for example :wink: )

:memo: Improved data entry

  • We have some ideas to make adding items from your events faster and more accurate. Learn what we’re proposing and let us know what you think
  • You can now record items for an event as soon as the event is created. This lets you add items in advance if you ask visitors/participants to pre-register for your events.
  • You can now upload photos of items when adding them to your event

:globe_with_meridians: Localisation

  • The main menu on Talk can now appear in French (if that’s the language you’ve chosen)
  • If you’re a group host, you can now view & edit your group’s time zone
  • The main landing page is now available in French

:busts_in_silhouette: Networks

  • We’re delighted to welcome a new network to the site: Repair Café Hauts-de-France! They’re a network of around 120 groups in northern France
  • Network coordinators can now remove people from groups in their network

:art: Small improvements

  • Clarified the labelling of the event RSVP button (thanks for flagging this @Bill_Phelps)
  • Added arrows to the group actions and event actions menu buttons

:gear: Backend improvements

  • We improved our disaster recovery infrastructure, which will allow us to get the site back up and running in case of, well, disaster.
  • We’ve improved our API for connecting to other sites and our documentation for it
  • We’ve expanded our automated testing systems to monitor whether things are working smoothly (and catch bugs)

:bug: Bug fixes

  • We’ve fixed 29 bugs, great and small… for a full list, see our technical release notes at the link below.

Finally, if you’d like much more detail and to follow the changes we make to this site without waiting for me to write them up :wink: , you can now do so directly on Github:


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:bug: Report any bugs or errors you find in #help:bug-reports

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