First Round of Updates Released on Revived ActiveRain

Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain Corp.

Since the sale of ActiveRain from Zillow to Ben Kinney, this is our first release where we are making updates to the code on ActiveRain. We inherited a capable development team from the Zillow group, and have seeded that team with our own people to make sure we have the best of both worlds; legacy knowledge about the code base combined with a fresh approach to developing new features.

For this first round of updates, we wanted to take it a little slow and make sure that everything is in order with our new servers and testing environments so that we can avoid as many hiccups as possible when we bring enhancements to the site.

We actually have three 'sprints' worth of development work ready to deploy once testing is complete. Here is a list of things that went out in today's release. There will be two subsequent releases that will deal with additional known issues around the site. So if you don't see your most annoying issue in today's list, feel free to ask and I'll let you know if it's slated for one of the next two releases.

Today's Fixes and Minor Enhancements

Ability to mark contact messages as spam: You've gotten them. And if you haven't yet, you will soon. You know the type.....a rich prince in the middle east would like to give you $10M because he likes your profile picture. Now, from the messages area you will be able to mark those messages as spam and it will notify us so that we can block the IP address if necessary.

Add a Filter on the Points Page: Previously you were able to sort your points only based on month. Now you will be able to sort your points based on: blogging points, commenting points, product review points, profile points, Q&A points, invite points, and other (where contest points end up in other). Now if you think you never got points for that last contest, you can easily check and sort your points for a given month based on different types of points.

Blog Snippets on Hyper Local Pages: Previously if you went to a hyper local page (here's an example of a community page for the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle) you were met with the entirety of whatever blog posts had been shared to that page. In order to enhance our SEO, we have moved to a snippet view of blog posts on hyper local pages. This makes the pages look much cleaner and also drives anyone reading on that page to click directly into your blog post in order to read the entire thing. 

Code Review on the Write a Blog Post Page: There were about 8 issues all connect to this one ticket. We had one developer go through and do a complete overview of the code on the 'write a blog post' page. Each of these individual issues was fixed assuming that we could recreate the issue. You should see less irritation with this page now. But as always, it makes sense to clear your cache from time to time to avoid unnecessary hassle when writing a blog post. 

Editor Not Saving Entire Draft Post: This had been reported by a few different members. As part of the code review we tested every save option possible (auto save, clicking the save button, hitting the close button) and each of these scenarios tested out and should be working properly. 

Built Mobile Versions of Hyper Local Pages: Those same pages I spoke about above....they now have a mobile optimized version that will display when someone access the hyper local pages on their phone or mobile device. 

Nightly Chron Job Warning: This one won't mean a lot to you on the surface, but it's a big help to us. I'm sure you have noticed that every now and then notification emails get caught up in our system. Then, when we release them, you get a flood of emails. We built something in to make sure when this happens we are notified and your email notifications don't get stuck for too long. I'm talking ringing sirens and clanging bells in the office!

Draft Post Save Before You Go: If you try to close down a window that has a current draft post in edit mode, you will be met with a pop up that asks you if you would like to first save the draft post before exiting the page.

Spell Check Fixed: In certain browsers there may have been an issue with spell check. Spell check has been verified and fixed on all browsers and everyone should be able to once again use the spell check function inside of ActiveRain

Ability to Edit an Answer: Previously you were unable to actually edit an answer that you may have left on a question in the Q&A section. This has been fixed.

There are another 12 or 15 tickets that were either behind the scenes or very specific to one member. I'll spare you the details. As I mentioned above, we have another round of bug fixes and minor enhancements that will deploy in the next 7-10 days (or possibly sooner depending on if this release causes any issues).

Questions or Comments

If you have some specific issue you are wondering about, ask in the comments and I will update you on the status. 

This first round of bug fixes and minor enhancements gave us a chance to get to know all of the developers on the team and also let them get to know us. We have added some new faces to the team so making sure that everyone understands how everyone else works is helping to set us up for some awesome work moving forward. After we get through these first three rounds of sprints, you will start to see us tackling some larger projects on the site. 

If you see anything around the site that doesn't seem right after this update, please leave a comment and let us know. Our team will be watching for any reports and ready to jump in and make fixes. 

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Well- everything must be working because I just now saw your post and I haven't had any issues... knock wood.  Thank you for keeping us informed. 

Aug 13, 2015 09:21 AM #62
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Thanks Guys/Gals. I am so happy to see the outside blog is back. Yes!

Aug 13, 2015 10:32 AM #63
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

I do believe we have a Captain on deck, and he is in communication with the engine room.  All engine ahead full speed.


WE HAVE LEADERSHIP!  Make good notes, we need you in the Nation's Capitol.

Aug 13, 2015 10:51 AM #64
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

These are great fixes! Glad to see that this is being addressed so thoroughly. I have had a problem for several years with my outside blog. If this is one of the fixes you mentioned, and I just didn't understand, please overlook this comment. My outside blog usually has strange formatting with huge blank spaces between sections of text or photos/images and text started in strange places and continued a few lines down.

I notice that it is looking a little better but there are still some glitches. If you look at this example you'll see what I mean. Thank you!

Aug 13, 2015 10:56 AM #65
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I wish we could add pictures easier... not have to download them into your system then add them... used to be able to just upload them into the blog and run with it... much easier.. thank you for everything!

Aug 13, 2015 11:12 AM #66
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I also did the survey and didnt get the 500 points promised...  but i feel like there is always a glitch in the machine about those things! I got featured once and didnt get points or the feature! Such a Deal!

Aug 13, 2015 11:14 AM #67
June Piper-Brandon
Houwzer Inc - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Wow, thanks for making the great platform at Activerain even better.  I keep telling people about Activerain, I just love it!!

Aug 13, 2015 12:23 PM #68
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Thank you for updates and fixes. I still encounter issues with tagging within answers - it seems that in order to tag in that mode one must first be following that particular member. Is that so?

Aug 13, 2015 12:34 PM #69
Bo Kociuba
McGraw Realtors - Mustang, OK
Realtor - Mustang, Yukon & OKC Metro 405-812-1572

Good fixes ... especially the ability to mark these pesky stupid comments as spam! Thanks! 

Aug 13, 2015 01:48 PM #70
Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Gracias!  Great work, love the dedication.  Appreciate each and every effort.  Keep it up 

Aug 13, 2015 05:03 PM #71
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Mesa, AZ

Olga Simoncelli ,

In the Q&A section you can only tag the author of the question, someone you are following, or someone else that has already responded to the question with an answer. However, in a response to a comment, you can not tag anyone (given that the person you are responding to gets notified). However, I think in our next release we are adding in the ability to tag someone in a response to a comment on Q&A.

Aug 14, 2015 02:45 AM #72
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Thank you for the detailed response, Bob. I think it would be useful to have the ability to tag all as it would enhance ease of continued dialogue. Thanks for considering it, look forward to seeing that feature.

Aug 14, 2015 04:04 AM #73
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Can't wait to see future, bigger updates!

Aug 14, 2015 12:45 PM #74
Mark Zubek
Land of Liberte' Realty - Indian Rocks Beach, FL
727-656-2651 Rental Manager/Broker Associate

I am really excited about all the change going on. Looking forward to the new features.

Aug 15, 2015 11:47 PM #75
Hank Dugie
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX
Mr. League City

Excited to see these new features. Keep it up!

Aug 16, 2015 09:01 AM #76
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

Thank You for the update. 

I too would like to see pictures easier to upload. And better emojis,,,,

Aug 16, 2015 10:09 AM #77
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

Thank you for the update! 

There needs to an easier way to upload photos as well as being able to correct the way they appear after being uploaded. Many of my photos are turned sideways and can not be deleted, leaving me with a folder full of junk.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Aug 17, 2015 10:53 PM #78
Bradford Bateman Jr.
Bonita Springs, FL
Royal Shell Real Estate

well done...thx for sharing

Aug 18, 2015 01:09 PM #79
Donald A. Masters
Master Home & Building Inspections, LLC - Rockville, MD

Thanks for the ability to "edit a comment". I'm always making mistakes that I want to go back and correct because I'm typing so fast while I'm thinking.

Sep 05, 2015 07:39 AM #80
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Just now seeing this - very useful information - will have to check this "blogger" to find other posts on the same topic.

Oct 17, 2015 12:58 AM #81
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