New Updates: Threaded Comments and Reporting Blog Posts

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We have another round of bug fixes and minor enhancements that released on September 4th. As always, if you know of a bug that you don't see in this list, let us know in the comments and we will give you a status, or thank you for identifying something of which we were unaware.

(the picture is how I envision our developers moving around each other working on the code)

Here is what went out in the most recent release.

Threaded Comments: Now you can directly respond to a comment on a blog post. Comment responses will work in the 'threaded' manner very similar to how you would see on Facebook. If you respond to a comment the author of that comment will be notified of your response. Comment responses will have all of the same capabilities as when you leave a comment, meaning you will be able to include links, images, tag other members, etc. 

In order to respond to a comment, hover your cursor over the comment to which you wish to respond and you will see a link that says 'comment'. Click that.

Ability to Report Blog Posts: This is long overdue! Now, at the top of every blog post will be an ability to report a post for a variety of reasons. The three reasons are

1. Non-original content. It's a real member but they aren't creating unique content, or tagging it properly when they do use content they have permission to use but did not author themselves. Once we are made aware of these, and confirm the content is not original, we can quickly remove the points, add no-index tags so that the serach engines don't see the content, thereby hurting our SEO prowess as a group, and notify the offending party of the community guidelines on this issue.

2. Spam: You guys know what this looks like. Anyone need medications? Or maybe looking for a timeshare in Bali? Or maybe you'd like $14.5M from an Iraqi Prince?

3. Violations of our Community Guidelines

Once you click the 'report' button, you will be asked to pick the reason. If the reason is 'non-original content' you will be asked to let us know where else online the content appears. ONCE A BLOG POST HAS BEEN REPORTED ONCE, YOU CAN'T REPORT IT AGAIN. So if the button is lit up and allows you to report it, thank you. If the button is grayed out, when you try to report it, it will tell you that it has already been reported and we just haven't had a chance to respond.

Improvements and Verifications to the Schema.Org settings: is a type of markup language that has become universal on websites for telling search engines exactly what is present on a page. We had our team go through and update any out of date code as well as confirm that everything we expected to be running was in fact in place.

Posting Directly to a Group: We fixed the ability to post directly to a group, without actually posting to your blog. Now, if you would like to post to a group directly, you can write a blog post in your blog editor as you normally would, then when you select a group, you will see an option of whether you want the post to appear in your blog, or just in the group (without showing on your blog).

Cleaned Up Groups: We eliminated every group that hasn't had anything posted to it in the last year. Next we will walk that down to the last 6 months. Then to the last 3 months. The idea is to clean up the inactive groups and leave us with groups that have activity.

Sessions Expire Much Less Frequently: Over the years, there has been an issue with members being signed out at very inopportune times, like in the middle of writing a blog post. Now, sessions (which means how we keep you logged in on the site) should only expire after 24 hours of inactivity. We hope that this significantly reduces issues people may have with being logged out in the middle of doing something. One thing to remember. If you start a blog post today, and then you leave the page open in a tab on your browser, and then come back more than 24 hours later and finish the post......IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK! You will have been logged out, even though you think you are still logged in when you go to the tab and finish. So try not to walk away from a blog post without saving it (although in theory it should auto save every 3 minutes) and leaving the page. That way you can pick back up the next time you are ready without being fooled into thinking you are logged in.

Expanded Commenting Powers in Q&A: You can now tag someone in comments as well as comment responses in the Q&A section. Bascially anywhere that you can leave a comment on ActiveRain (or a response to a comment) will give you the ability to add a link, an image, tag other members and all the fun stuff you can do in a comment on a blog post now.

Migrate Errbit to Third-Party Service: I'm just seeing if you are paying attention. There are a ton of things like this that got done.....and I have no idea what they mean. It's developer speak for 'make things work better'. This happens to be one of many things they are doing behind the scenes to make things work better. Although I actually know what this one means.......kind of. Basically it's a way that our developers are notified when things break. So in this case, we are going to get better at knowing when things break and alerting someone to jump in and start working on a fix.

Back to Top Button: When you scroll down on a blog post, there is a floating scroll bar that you can use to leave a comment at any time. That floating scroll bar will now have a button allowing you to return to the top of the blog post. This option is available once you hit the very bottom of the comments for a blog post, but sometimes if your post has a ton of comments, you may want to get back to the top without having to scroll all the way down or all the way up. 

URLs with Capital Letters Now Work: In the past, if you tried to go to you would not be able to access my profile. It would send you to the home page because our URL structure did not recognize caps. Now it does.

Blog Likes Will Show in Notification Area: That little flag at the top of the page, the one that lets you know when something has happened with your blog on ActiveRain (like someone left a comment, or tagged you in a comment, or sent you a message) will now tell you when someone 'likes' your blog post. 

Instagram On Your Profile Page: You can now add a link on your profile page to your Instagram account in the 'find me at' portion of your profile page. 

Copy and Paste From MS Word: You can now copy and paste directly from a word document and it will hold the formatting from the Word document. 

Delete Images from File Manager: You can now delete images from the file manager. BE CAREFUL!! IF YOU DELETE AN IMAGE THAT IS IN A BLOG POST, THE IMAGE WILL DISAPPEAR FROM THE BLOG POST. But many members have told us they have images they'd like to remove because they were mistakenly added so you can now delete images in the file manager.

Referral Network on the Home Page: You can now access the referral network from the home page. I would encourage everyone to check it out and make sure that you have a referral alert set up.

One Email Per Comment: If you are tagged in a comment on your own blog post, or on a blog post where you asked to be notified of comments, you used to get two emails. Now you will get one email notifying you that you were tagged and that a comment was left.

Limited RSS Feeds: RSS feeds are now available only for member blogs. Any member can get an RSS feed from their own blog using Where you replace username with your own user name. We no longer allow RSS feeds from other pages on the site, like the home page or the blog home page. The reason for this is because after an audit, we found that the overwhelming majority of feeds taken from those places were being used by blackhat SEO people to try to benefit from ActiveRain member content. 

Some Other Random Stuff: I feel like this is getting ridiculously long so let's just say that there are another 15 smaller things that were also fixed or adjusted. If you want to know about something specific, please ask.

Please tell us if anyone is not acting right by leaving a comment below

What's Next? We are doing some interal work for the next sprint mainly focused around billing. I also heard a rumor at the AR office that some of you might be interested in (and some of you who are newer will have no idea what that rumor is talking about). There is a redesign of the home page being drawn out that starting to get our team really excited. Lots of work to be done and we're just glad you guys are here to enjoy it all!


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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Bob Stewart You & your team are real gems.  Thanks for all you do for therest of us Rain members.  Love ya!  (Hope that is not inappropriate.)

Sep 08, 2015 11:12 PM #112
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

All great fixes Bob, especially about getting logged out less frequently. My question is: why expire a session at all? Is it a security concern? Thanks!

Sep 09, 2015 12:13 AM #113
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

GREAT fix on the COMMENTS part. The recent jumbling of comments in relationship to the comment that was commented on (huh?) made trying to read a thread impossible.

Also, small item, but thanks for recognizing caps in URLs.

Sep 09, 2015 12:38 AM #114
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Bob Stewart ~ this is truly awesome! The hard-work and efforts show all of us you just how much you and staff care about making AR the best RE online community... Hopefully, you or staff read this comment and can get back to me... I tried to upload my Instagram, and even though it looks like it is there when I save it, it is not there

Sep 09, 2015 01:02 AM #115
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson


Sep 09, 2015 11:25 PM #116
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

You guys been busy...Thank YOU!!!!

Love the fact that we are now able to delete images from photo manager.

Sep 10, 2015 01:09 AM #117
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Wow!  It's obvious that AR was listening to the suggestions made and paying attention too.  Love that you have addressed some of the Group issues. That is HUGE ... thanks ...


Sep 10, 2015 02:15 AM #118
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Awesome step forward! Thanks Bob!

Sep 10, 2015 03:58 AM #119
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

THIS.  Was a hugely user-friendly update.  Threaded comments have been a real need for a while (now how to get 100 comments?  Challenge accepted!), reporting blogs through a button will clean the site up (along with the inactive groups going bye bye).  YOU GUYS ROCK!

Sep 10, 2015 09:21 AM #120
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Bob - I am enjoying the threaded comments. They are easier to keep track of that way.

Sep 10, 2015 04:35 PM #121
Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage
Empire Network Realty INC. - Orlando, FL
The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours!

Hello and congratulations on your featured blog post! Well done and hope to see you have many more featured post.

Sep 11, 2015 12:31 AM #122
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I like the new button to report new buyers which appear to be spammers(under profile).

Kudos to you!

Sam Shueh

Sep 11, 2015 12:08 PM #123
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Bob Stewart ....Sorry to comment again on this post, but wanted to check back about the outside blogs as I'm not sure if I missed an answer on another blog post.  Can you tag me when you post an answer with this?

Which leads me to another suggestion - maybe posts with official announcements could be pinned to the top of the home page or have a link at the top we could click on so we can read updates? If I'm away for a few days, I always wonder if I'm missing something and it seems to take me a while to click around to find out.

Sep 15, 2015 09:05 PM #124
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Awesome upgrades!  Thanks for all of that and more.  Referring to comment 124, what's happening with the outside blogs?

Sep 16, 2015 11:29 AM #125
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

I've been wondering the same Christine Smith.

Bob Stewart, are you still locked in a room?? 

Sep 17, 2015 07:29 AM #126
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Mesa, AZ

Judy C Jennings 
Christine Smith ,

I don't think outside blogs are going away. We realized during our pow wow last week though that we don't have enough information to make an informed decision. So we have our developers and another team member piling through a bunch of data to try to do a cost/benefit analysis of keeping outside blogs and updating them versus letting them go. We are leaning towards the keep and update side at this point but need to know in real dollars what this means. Sorry I didn't leave these thoughts earlier. I never like leaving 'I don't really have an answer' type answers, which is essentially what this is.

Sep 17, 2015 07:33 AM #127
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

Thanks for the update Bob. Hoping that you tilt over to the keep and update side!!

Sep 17, 2015 07:38 AM #128
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Bob Stewart....Thanks for the update! I don't mind waiting and don't mind the "we don't have an answer yet" answer.  I just wanted to make sure I didn't miss the answer!  

Sep 17, 2015 09:31 PM #129
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

Love the threded comments, it was a very much needed update.

Sep 20, 2015 04:37 AM #130
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I don't think the threaded comments are working properly. I'm not getting notifications when someone comments in a thread that I've started.

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