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November 2012 site update

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#1 | Posted: 10/30/2012 04:46 | Post subject: November 2012 site update Reply with quote
Server upgrade
The last two months have been record months on BEA in terms of visitor volumes (which is great!), but at peak times BEA is now sometimes running at full capacity. To alleviate some strain, a server is scheduled to be upgraded next Tuesday 7th November at 7am EDT. There should be minimal downtime during the upgrade (30 minutes at most) and it will be done during a quiet time of day (for most people). However, some downtime is to be expected, as BEA won't be able to serve traffic while the upgrade is in progress. A reminder message will be posted nearer the time.

Custom charts
Custom charts are about to go live for Level 7 users. Custom charts allow you can add any type of album chart that you like, of up to 100 entries, but unlike the other types of chart, these charts do not count towards the overall rankings. To be consistent with the rest of the site, albums in these charts need to be official releases, full length, and the original version.

Improved localisation
Dates and times are now displayed in your preferred date format across the site, and are localised to your time zone. It's also now a bit easier to choose a preferred date format from your profile page (there's a dropdown list to choose from). The historical chart functionality on the overall chart and year/decade charts will obey and use your preferred date format. You can also choose a country to help localise some content for your region (if the auto-detection is not correct for your IP address, or if you are living abroad and want the content to be relevant for your 'home' country, rather than the country you are living in). This is an internal setting and will not be shown publicly, and is separate to the flag you can pick for your user profile.

Charts list
A few improvements & fixes have been made to 'The Charts' page. BEA now displays five charts per page (instead of three), we show the updated (& created) dates for each chart, & have fixed an issue with the pagination getting mangled when the list of charts was filtered by chart type. (Original thread)

Other changes
  • Fixed an issue where viewing a year, decade or overall chart 'back in time' only worked for the first page of the chart (& not for subsequent pages). (Original thread)
  • Fixed a caching issue where a track's average rating could sometimes be different on an album's track-listing compared to its individual track page. (Original thread)
  • White space is now (re-)honoured in object comments. (Original thread)
  • The filters on the newly added albums/bands pages no longer include items flagged as 'suspect'.
  • Fixed a bug on the 'My Chart' page where the wrong custom chart could be deleted
  • Avatars are now displayed in the member list
  • Fields are no longer displayed on user profiles where the user response is blank
  • Added an additional strikethrough tag for formatting text on the forums
  • The forums 'Insert BEA link' BBCode functionality now inserts the link where the caret is
  • Added a 'percentage of total posts' metric to the forum & topic posters pages
  • ...Lots more smaller fixes and improvements!

Support us
If you'd like to support BEA, you can do so in any of the following ways:

  • Link to BEA from other websites. Talk about us on other websites, create a buzz and get people to check us out (but be careful not to do this in a spammy way!)
  • Buy your music via BEA. If you discover a new album or track, with help from BEA, use the iTunes, Amazon and eBay buttons on this site to buy it from your favourite store. BEA gets a small commission (pennies), and it helps to pay our hosting fees.
  • Subscribe to our newsletter. Keep up to date with the latest site news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.
  • Use our chart widget. Share your chart on Facebook (or any other website)! You can find our chart widget on the resources page.
  • 'Like' us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Liking us on Facebook is a great way to promote BEA! If some of your friends see that you 'like' us, they might check us out too!

Enjoy the site and more soon...

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