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Live "blogging" article updates

Robert 4 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Henry M. Lopez 3 days ago 2

We're interested in doing "Live" blogging or article updates. Previously we've just relied on Live Twitter Feeds in articles, but something more substantial would be better for the direction we're wanting to go.


Does anyone have a service that works well with BLOX? Any limitations or potential issues, such as the ~5 minute cache?


Are there any plans for implimenting a Live Blog/Article service in BLOX? Would be fantastic for stories about council meetings, elections, sports games to name a few. Possibly tying it closer to the mobile version of the back end would mean our reporters could do updates on-the-fly and on the field.

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Feature Request: Minify CSS/JS on the Fly

Robert Dundon 4 days ago in BLOX CMS 0

Let's say we have some CSS and JS in the global skin and UTL components. It's on the CDN as the other JS/CSS files as Core TN stuff. This works great!

However, can there be a way to access a minified version of those files? For example, if we have a file in global in resources/scripts/somefile.js (which would translate to something like https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/example.com/content/tncms/live/global/resources/scripts/somefile.js on the CDN) can we have a minified version like https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/example.com/content/tncms/live/global/resources/scripts/somefile.min.js ?

Just a humble idea by me. Thanks!

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[Complaint] New E-Edition format, not the best for mobile. [Screen Shots]

Jeff Sebestyen 5 days ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Rich Griffin | Product Manager (Product Manager) 5 days ago 3

I am usually very optimistic when we get new updates in Blox.  But I have 3 issues with this format.  

  • First, as pictured, the navigation buttons cover up content.  Sure, I figured out how to remove the buttons, but my users won't be able to.   The deprecated white navigation buttons in the red bar were the way to go.  I'd like this to be a Per-Site choice to make.
  • Second, under the hamburger menu, there are no descriptions as to what each button does.  
  • Third, because of the update, I have a random gray bar at the top that I now have to fix.  
  • Forth, I do admire the fact that swiping pages left to right now takes a split second.  Finally, the swiping has been improved.  


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Question about / feature request for more configurable autonav block

Brad Bautista 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Maureen Reinert 5 days ago 6

Here's my quandary: 


We're trying to make our calendar utilization more robust, in part by making calendar categories more easily navigable and by hiding some of the breadth of the calendar categories from users by curating the presentation of certain categories.


To that end, I'd like to use an autonav block to direct users to specific calendar pages, though not necessarily all the subcategories of /calendar/, and possibly even to pages outside the /calendar/ directory.


So, to wit: One of the requested features was a page where users can see text listings of a large number of upcoming events — say for the next month. If I create an associated URL (/upcoming_events/) in the /calendar/ directory, it will show up in the autonav block configured to call /calendar/, but it will also show up in the user submission form for calendar events on the dashboard. I don't want users to be able to submit an event as an upcoming event, but I do want them to be able to utilize the autonav to navigate to /upcoming_events/. If I create /upcoming_events/ outside the /calendar/ directory, it will not appear in the dashboard submission form, but it will also not appear in the autonav.


Similarly, we would like users to be able to make submissions under certain categories that are not necessarily presented to all users in the autonav. This is because we have a number of calendar categories which are not extensively populated (dance, car shows) but could be presented together in a broader category (say, entertainment). If /dance/ and /car_shows/ exist under /calendar/, they'll appear in the dashboard submission form, but also in the autonav. We do not want this because we'd rather direct users to fewer, more populated pages instead of many sparsely populated pages. I can use a card block to pull in /dance/ and /car_shows/ submissions to an /entertainment/ page, but the /entertainment/ page will not show up in the autonav unless it is also under /calendar/ — and thus it will show up in the dashboard submission form, which we do not want because "Entertainment" is a broad enough designation that it becomes meaningless unless curated on the front end.


If I've got it right, this is because the autonav and the dashboard submission form both call /calendar/. After racking my brain, the most efficient solution I can think of for this is a block that looks and functions (for the user) like the autonav, but which can be configured in the CMS to display only selected directories. Is there a block that does this? Is it possible? Am I missing an obvious answer?


Any insights are appreciated.


Brad Bautista

Citrus County Chronicle

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Answered

Anyone have any suggestions on how to best handle quickly-updating stories?

Kyle Whitfield 1 year ago in BLOX CMS • updated 6 days ago 10

So let me pose this scenario:

We've got a story on our the site. Let's say the New Orleans Saints are making roster cuts on deadline day. Our guys are updating their story w/ new player names every couple of minutes. The story tells readers to 'check back frequently' or 'reload the page' for the latest info. How can we best display this info in BLOX so that people who visit a page frequently during a breaking story actually see the most up-to-date info?

Answer

Here is the doc which discusses how you can use flags to reduce caching times for important articles:


http://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/design/blocks/block-library/article_d2b122f4-f038-11e4-a844-ff7a130047bb.html


As the doc says, there are a few limitations, but in general you'll get updates about every minute or so.


However! Note that this does not affect the users' local browser cache. That is still subject to a 5-minute cache. (You could, if you could find the right words, tell users to force reload the page. It is different in different browsers though, so I'm not sure if there could be an elegant way to say this.)


So this doesn't really work for "live blogging" - but it should address the needs of corrections and story updates and breaking news that you want to push to the front page.


We did have a discussion internally today about some enhancements we can make to bring us closer to having some kind of live blogging environment... I will look into that as a possible future feature.

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Before/After Photo Slider

Kevin M. Cox 2 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Aidian 6 days ago 4

Does anybody have a quick/easy solution to get something like JuxtaposeJS working on a Flex site?

https://juxtapose.knightlab.com/


EDIT: Looks like I might be able to just embed the code though... (and I admit I posted before even trying but figured if somebody already has a system like this that is TownNews friendly it will save me some time).

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Feature request: URL/titles for SEO

Kyle Whitfield 1 year ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Aidian 6 days ago 3

Instead of URLs picking up an asset's title then generating new URLs when titles are changed, could we consider an SEO title field where an editor could manually define a phrase that would appear in a URL? And the URL wouldn't change as the asset's headline changes?

Example: Story about mass shooting in Baton Rouge

SEO/URL title: Baton Rouge mall shooting
Article asset title: 5 dead in Baton Rouge mall shooting

URL (that wouldn't change): theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/baton_rouge_mall_shooting/XYZABC123.html

Right now we shy away from opting for titles in URLs b/c of the mess it creates with multiple URLs per asset.

This would be used very often by us.

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Delay in sending newsletters

Kyle Whitfield 1 week ago in BLOX CMS 0

Would like to learn more about why there's a 5-10 minute delay in newsletters from the moment you click 'send' to the moment they're delivered to subscribers' inboxes. In breaking news situations, that delay puts us well behind our competition. Anything we can do differently?

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Feature request: Setting default section tags by authors

Kyle Whitfield 1 week ago in BLOX CMS 0

In breaking news situations, eliminating steps is always a nice thing.


It'd be awesome if BLOX allowed, in users' profiles, to set what section tags their new assets would default to.


For example: I'm Kyle Whitfield. I cover the New Orleans Saints. It'd be great if every asset I created automatically populated new_orleans/sports/saints like it populates my byline and author field.


What problems would this solve? See above


Why do you need this idea? See above

How often would you use this feature? Daily

How many people would this affect in our news org? 100+

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Feature request: Locking a block like an asset would be locked

Kyle Whitfield 1 week ago 0

We run into problems sometimes where 2 editors are simultaneously in a block, rearranging pins and then accidentally just saving over one another. It'd be nice for blocks to be locked when someone is in one, much like assets would be locked.


We run into situations, especially in breaking news, where 2 people might have our homepage top stories block open. Both are pinning and re-arranging stories -- but they're accidentally saving over each other's work without knowing it.


What problem(s) does this solve? See above


Why do you need this idea? See above.


How often would you use this feature? Daily

How many people would this affect in our news org? 100+

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Feature request: Option to turn on/off photo titles in vertical collections

Kyle Whitfield 1 week ago 0

Hi y'all,


We love vertical collections. It'd be cool if on an individual collection level you could turn on/off photo titles. For example, we love photo titles for listicles but don't like them for live event galleries, where seemingly every photo has the same title. Right now we have CSS on our site that always hides the titles. 


What problem(s) does this idea solve? See above


Why do you need this idea implemented? See above


How often would you use this feature? Daily


How many people in your org would use this? 100+

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Feature request: Ability to set defaults for in-line asset styles

Kyle Whitfield 1 week ago in BLOX CMS 0

We love the in-line asset styling options. It'd be awesome if there would be a way to set a default style for those within BLOX. For example, every time we pull a sibling asset into body text it'd be great if the styling options were already set to "presentation: summary."

What problem does this solve? Eliminating an extra, sometimes monotonous step, for reporters and editors.


Why do you need this idea? Save some time.


How often would you use this feature? Daily


How many people would this affect in our news org? 100+

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Feature Request: Add Publications within batch edit functions

Rod Guajardo 1 week ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Would be great to be able to assign multiple assets to a publication/page (Publications) through the batch edit function. 


Oftentimes reporters and editors put assets into the system before a dummy is dropped and they know exactly what page an asset should be assigned to. This leaves folks having to open up each individual asset later in the day and assigning a page number to that asset if we want designers to take advantage of the budget tool within InDesign asset manager. 


Example: Opinion page items are put in earlier in the day when possible. This page isn't always in the same position each day, so the editor budgets every asset for the general publication and section but isn't able to assign a page number. Once dummy is dropped and we know the page, each asset (often 10 or more) has to be opened up and assigned a page number. 


If there was a way to assign publications/sections/page numbers to multiple assets at the same time that would be a great timesaver for reporters and editors alike, while also allowing designers to keep using the handy budget tool within ID. 

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<Body> tag in FLEX?

Nick 3 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert Dundon 2 weeks ago 2

Can anyone tell me where to find the <body> tag in FLEX? I need to implement some code right after the body tag and I can't find it anywhere.

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Ability to add notes to user profiles

Nick 2 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by CadillacNews IT 2 weeks ago 3

If you're like me you get dozens of tech support calls every week. People needing help logging in, subscribing, navigating the website, etc. For a while now I've wanted the ability to add notes to a user's profile.


There are tons of times people call and say they spoke with me last month, last year, yesterday about X, Y and Z and I have no memory of the conversation because of the sheer number of calls I get. So it would be nice to have a place to jot some quick notes, hidden to the user of course. Maybe a date field and a field for text.


It would also help the user's experience that we actually do remember the conversation.


Would anyone else use a feature like this? Is there a BLOX workaround way to do this that doesn't involve a spreadsheet or text document?