Weekly Patch - October 30, 2022
🐞 Bug Fixes 🐞
- Corrected the behavior of two checkboxes on External File linking in Content/Releases
This month we’re bringing you our spoookiest update yet! October’s release is primarily focused on under-the-hood updates, lurking in the shadows just out of sight (See, spooky!). Our recent releases have introduced quite a few new UI elements which take cues from your visual theme. We thought this would be a seasonally appropriate time to help you dress up your testing community by bringing you some new and improved Visual Theme-focused content!
We’re holding a Visual Theme contest to spotlight your hard work and celebrate those who take the extra step! If you’ve got a good looking site, this is a great opportunity to get your name out there in the world and maybe get a little something on the side! Alternatively, if you’re not happy with your theme, we can help (but you’ll be DQd from the contest)! Check out the Announcement below for information on how to participate.
Our first piece of content focuses on explaining the value of a good Visual Theme, and the influence it can have on tester enthusiasm and participation. To help get those creative juices flowing we also provide a number of example templates, a few helpful tips and tricks, and a curated collection of background images.
Next up we have a brief (but informative!) article with step-by-step instructions on how to access the Visual Theme tools, and how to apply your themes throughout your site once they’ve been created.
And last, but not least, we’ve created a detailed guide explaining how each of the Custom Images and Custom Color will affect your site, each with accompanying images of some of the more prominent places you’ll see those changes.
We've added the ability for customers to utilize OAuth to authenticate their email accounts used in email reply integrations (a.k.a. “POP Integrations”). Once it’s enabled on the back-end, you can access this function via a button on the community level Email Template and Logs page. If you have an existing email reply integration that either uses or needs to be updated to use OAuth, let us know so we can make the necessary adjustments.
Like a haunted house covered in sheet-ghosts and fake cobwebs (or toilet paper), the appearance of your testing site significantly impacts your testers’ perception of your program.
A well-presented site can elevate tester enthusiasm, brand confidence, and even professionalism. To help maximize your candy (feedback) haul this season, we’re holding a customer contest for the best-dressed site and giving out prizes for the best-in-show! You may or may not see some of our favorites showcased in the future… 🧙🔮
We can only accept one submission per customer site, and only one prize per company. If we get more than one submission for a site, we'll use the first one—and that submitter will receive any contest results or prizes.
Submissions must be received throughout October through November 11, 2022. Winners will be announced in the November Newsletter.
Themes will be evaluated based on specific criteria including accessibility, use of brand colors, cohesiveness, creativity, and some spooky mystery categories.
This contest is only open to customers who have implemented their own themes. While we're always willing to help you design your site's look, themes created by Centercode employees (via Services or otherwise) don’t qualify for this contest.
Full-sized candy bars only; no apples.
Submit two screenshots of your site on or before November 11th: one of the login page, and one of the User Management page, as shown in the examples below. Send your submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Visual Theme Contest”. Include your screenshots and any details you’d like to call attention to such as the name of your theme, special notes about it, etc.
https://<YOUR IMPLEMENTATION URL>/welcome/
https://<YOUR IMPLEMENTATION URL>/community/users/default.html
First, take a screenshot of your site (Windows: [Windows]+[Shift]+S, Mac: [Shift]+[Command]+3). Then simply paste (Windows: [Control]+V, Mac: [Command]+V) in your email to add the screenshot. Repeat for each screenshot you want to take. Finally, just send it our way and you're all set!
This month, we're bringing meaningful quality-of-life updates to make your Centercode experience better than ever. This latest patch provides updates to our infoboxes and validation everywhere in the site. Our Feedback List and file attachment UIs receive a visual refresh. And as usual, we continue to deploy bug fixes throughout the month, details of which are listed below.
Last month, infoboxes got a big visual refresh. This month, we're continuing to improve your Centercode experience with a copy refresh! Our new UX writer is bringing more consistency, readability, and personality to the Centercode experience, and we hope you enjoy the voice she brings to the platform as much as we do!
Informative AND fun!
The Feedback List is a high-traffic page that presents large amounts of information in a way that's compact, clean, and easy to read. Given its value to all Centercode users, we've polished the design. Updates to the UI include bolder titles, more prominent icons indicating blocking issues, items sent to Jira, etc., and a stand-out treatment of status. Check out the before and after in the screenshots below.
Old Simple Feedback List:
Our file attachment UI also saw some sprucing up across both the admin and tester versions to make the interface more defined and easier to read. The active parts of the block are more visually pronounced, and they present you valuable information (ex: size and format recommendations).
New File UI: