ActiveRain Dev Wishlist - June 2021 Update

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We've seen some very nice improvements on the ActiveRain site in recent months. The presentation of the site is taking on a more modern and polished look. Thank you to the AR team for working on these things!

Meanwhile, for those using the site frequently (i.e. this means the reader of this post), you have no doubt seen a few things that previously used to work better. Now there are several things no longer working as expected! These are less of the user interface issues (UI) and more of the user experience (UX) issues.

We have been given the opportunity to email the devs when we find issues that need attention. We also have a voice in the regular zoom meetings where we get to talk directly to Ben Kinney and his dev team. In fact, tomorrow (Tue June 22) is another such opportunity! We'll get a look behind the scenes to see what is in the works for the site next.

The list of things I could suggest for the site would be a very lengthy one. I do apprectiate that resources have a limit. That's why I try and laser focus on the most important points. To repeat, I feel like the member (blogger) experience has diminished lately and this is the theme built into the following presentation. There are seven things that I give attention to and discuss.  I may have some influence on things or I may have zero influence on things. At least I will have presented my (our) case to the team!

 

In the following video, I illustrate the 7 points that I think need the most attention and I hope that it will be a useful explanation to the team behind the scenes. And for any members that have also realized that some things have become "broken" from what you are used to, this video also shows that there are some simple but effective workarounds that you could employ until when and if the fix appears.

(run time 15:12; tip: after starting, you can click full screen button to view larger if needed) 

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Craig Daniels
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Comments (32)

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

Thanks Craig Daniels we'll find a good time for both of us. 

Jun 22, 2021 09:50 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Craig Daniels 
Thank you for all the time you give us as a gift towards AR's "recovery" process.
Very generous of you to do so.
All the best - Lynn

Jun 22, 2021 10:25 AM
Craig Daniels

thanks Lynn for the kind words always :)

Jun 22, 2021 12:03 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Brother Craig Daniels 

I hope to see you on the Zoom call in just a few minutes.  

Fingers crossed - your list with be a good guide for the Dev Team and will begin to work on the fixes/improvements in the short term.

Thank you! 

Jun 22, 2021 10:52 AM
Craig Daniels

Good to see the dev team today and compare some notes for what we need! thanks sis

Jun 22, 2021 12:03 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Maybe you can work on this project as a part-time consultant ... no doubt the Dev Team can use the help.  Craig Daniels 

Jun 22, 2021 10:53 AM
Craig Daniels

I am happy to offer suggestions based insights of being a developer and a site member and blogger here. Glad to hear today the team welcomed this post and video for their including on their 'what's soon' map!

Jun 22, 2021 12:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Craig... excellent list. SEO went down the tubes here quite a while ago and I don't see it improving. Hopefully that means not improving "yet." Thanks for all you do.

Jun 22, 2021 12:08 PM
Craig Daniels

Thanks Nina. I completely agree about the SEO. I have seen in my testing the similar poor ranking. How times have changed! They are doing what they can to turn it around though.  Quality content is one of the keys and that depends on the authors.

Jun 22, 2021 01:14 PM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Many thanks for keeping on top of this. I think your #7 is a great suggestion - our blog feed page would be greatly enhanced with feature photos!

I didn't mention my issue at the Zoom meeting because of noisy landscapers outside my window. But maybe you have a workaround. 

When I add photos to my posts - some have a lot of photos - they are spaced very far apart. Support tells me this happens because I copy and paste from Google Docs. So I wrote the next post directly in the AR editor and it was exactly the same.

My posts look amatueurish because of this. Not a huge deal but I'd love to solve it.

Jun 22, 2021 12:08 PM
Craig Daniels

thanks Margaret. Funny that you mention it, I haven't seen it happen about the spacing. Kathy also mentioned something like that above. I should add you to the zoom call where we look into it! :)

Jun 22, 2021 01:16 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks for this, Craig. I concur 100%. I hope there was some promising news at the Zoom meeting today. D 

Jun 22, 2021 12:42 PM
Craig Daniels

Thanks Debb! Yes, today's call went very well with the devs having a great conversation with us about what we users want to have fixed ;)

Jun 22, 2021 01:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Craig:

Thanks for an awesome list - seems to be you have covered the key isssues pretty thoroughly. Thanks for taking time to share this with the developers so they have a good sense of key problems that should be addressed.

From the sound of our meeting today, there has been lot of progress and the devs are open to hearing about the issues.

Jeff

Jun 22, 2021 01:14 PM
Craig Daniels

I was glad for today's conversation with the folks in control of what we get fixed next. I think it went very well. Thanks Jeff!

Jun 22, 2021 01:23 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Craig, so good having your background and experience addressing key issues and helping to summarize how things have improved and what is needed going forward.  Hope all the AR devs appreciate you as much as we do!

Jun 22, 2021 01:21 PM
Craig Daniels

I appreciate the kind words Kris! :) 

Jun 22, 2021 01:24 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Craig excellent job in not only bring up the issues we are having but also presenting it in a clear and understandable way.  Hopefully these issues will be correct in the next month.

Jun 22, 2021 02:40 PM
Craig Daniels

wouldn't that be awesome George if the next zoom we checked off all these items! :) thanks

Jun 23, 2021 04:25 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Craig Daniels Your input is appreciated. Your post was well received and the ZOOM call today proved that they are listening to all suggestions. Many thanks!

Jun 22, 2021 04:26 PM
Craig Daniels

thanks Margaret! I was very pleased with the dialogue around the points that I made in my video and post.

Jun 23, 2021 04:26 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Thanks for your participation and support and efforts to make AR more relevant to those who are AR fanatics, Craig Daniels. For those of you reading this, you know who you are!

Jun 22, 2021 05:44 PM
Craig Daniels

Thanks John! I am hopeful that we'll continue seeing good updates from this dev team in our behalf. :)

Jun 23, 2021 04:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I went back and watched the video this morning. All I can say is EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT! Thank you for taking the time to do this.

 

I have been just manually shrinking my photos so they didn't look warped, but I didn't realize there was a specific width we could put in the editor to fix that. So that's great to know the workaround.

 

My biggest challenge remains the lack of comment notification on our posts. I'm actually losing patience with AR functionality and it's all because of that one thing. I don't really want to spend extra time hunting around to see if I have comments. Grrr.

 

Thanks again - this was a wonderful way to highlight some of the ongoing usability issues. I appreciate you!

Jun 23, 2021 06:07 AM
Craig Daniels

that's awesome Kat, thanks! PS - don't forget to use your POINTS page now to keep track of new comments and which posts they are on. did you see that point?

Jun 23, 2021 11:17 AM
CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

Thank you Craig Daniels.  I read your posts and always think, man that man is smart!

Have a great day!

Jun 23, 2021 01:17 PM
Craig Daniels

😊

Jun 24, 2021 07:13 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

As usual....very well done and exactly what we need! I look forward to each of the issues being resolved! Thank you so much for all your effort.

Jun 23, 2021 06:09 PM
Craig Daniels

thanks Sharon! it seems promising that we could see some of these wishlist fixes coming our way shortly. we'll be watching...

Jun 24, 2021 07:13 AM
Sandra Mathewson
RE/MAX 4000 - Grand Junction, CO
CRS, CLHMS, ABR, SRES, GRI,CDPE, PSA, SFR

Craig,  Thank you for the very in-depth update.  I was not aware of all these things and you explained it very well.

There is one thing I wish for, but I'm sure it is impossible for Dev team to do.  I would like to take an IDX Broker widget (showing all the available homes), and paste into a blog post.  I don't want to do a link, not everyone will click.  On a widget, the list of homes is visable in the post.  Is there a work-aroudn for this?

When you have time, we can finish our tasks.  Thank Craig!

Jun 24, 2021 06:06 AM
Craig Daniels

Thanks Sandra! I'll have to look into the IDX Broker widgets. AR will not let us embed script based sources, but we can do iframes. Perhaps there is something we can put together in that regard. I'll message you soon when I have a moment to look at it.

Jun 24, 2021 08:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Craig Daniels - This up-to-date information is greatly appreciated. Who would ever dreamed so many people would be members of ActiveRain and what it would take to make the whole lot happy? I can't even imagine the on-going work that has been done, needs to be done and will be done to benefit the membership. This is a huge task and beyond anything I could do myself. Unfortunately, it's a lot easier to complain and whine than to understand the complexities. I want you to know and the developers I greatly appreciate all the behind the scenes work that is being done.

 

Thank you!

Jun 28, 2021 05:39 AM
Craig Daniels

thanks Patricia! yes there is lots going on behind the scenes. It is good for us to be patient. More good updates are getting worked on. thanks for checking out the blog!

Jun 28, 2021 07:22 AM
Randy Mitchelson,APR
Marketing Advisor & Squeeze Mortgage - Bonita Springs, FL
First Impressions are made at First Click

Thanks for sharing the Kanban board and being transparent on the pipeline of enhancements and fixes. 

Jun 29, 2021 10:33 AM
Craig Daniels

thanks Randy. We heard on the zoom call that they were taking into consideration these points in the updates to come.

Jul 01, 2021 04:50 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thanks Craig for sharing your expertise and wisdom with us!  Great catches.

Jun 29, 2021 01:21 PM
Craig Daniels

Thanks Jan. Hopefully we'll see some of these coming to us soon. 

Jul 01, 2021 04:51 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Craig, it is very nice you put this list together for the Dev Team.  I just wish we could get notifications of comments, so we can reciprocate.

Jul 08, 2021 07:04 AM
Craig Daniels

Exactly right! I'll keep pushing the issue for sure! :) The only way I knew you made a comment now for instance was monitoring the points page... majority of people will not know to do that so comments will just go unnoticed!!!

Jul 09, 2021 08:27 AM