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

Kyle Whitfield 1 year ago in BLOX CMS • updated 4 weeks 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?

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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 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Aidian 4 weeks 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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Delay in sending newsletters

Kyle Whitfield 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 month 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 1 month ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert Dundon 1 month 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 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by CadillacNews IT 1 month 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?


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styling Twitter list in horizontal format

Pat Checketts 1 month ago 0

Hi, is there a way to horizontally display a Twitter list and do it responsively?  For large formats, we would probably look for 5 or 6 tweets, then switch to a vertical feed for mobile formats

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Feature Request: Display email vs Login email

Robert 1 month ago in BLOX CMS 0

We have some users who have signed up for BLOX with their personal email address, but have since gone on to be staff (from volunteers) so they then get their own site-branded email.


We are unable to change their email address since the system spits out that they need a static address for login purposes. We could make an entirely new user account, but there's too many articles to change over.


It would be great to be able to add/change the profile "display" email address to be different than the login one, so emails can go to a work address rather than a personal one.



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Webinar | Announcing the new and improved BLOX Business Directory

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 2 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 1 month ago 1

New features and exciting improvements make it even easier for your site to be a one-stop source for business info in your community. At our November customer webinar, Phil Pracht, product manager for BLOX Business Directory, will show you how to:


  • Easily create enhanced business profiles with the simplified Storefront setup in BLOX CMS.
  • Leverage your business directory to power Local Niche Guides for new advertising possibilities.
  • Save time and money with new automated enhancements for simplified directory updates.
  • Take advantage of TownNews.com’s new partnership with Guarantee Digital for complete fulfillment packages.
  • . . . and much more!

Ready to see the new and improved BLOX Business Directory?

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Can the sticky ad be displayed on all pages?

Nick 1 month ago in BLOX CMS 0

I've tested the new sticky ad on an asset and it works great. But we'd like the position on ALL pages. Is this in the works? And can they be stackable?

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Moving the "Save" and "Cancel" buttons in the asset creation window

Nick 2 years ago • updated by Kevin M. Cox 1 month ago 19
We've had several times when reporters are writing stories and they accidentally move the mouse a half an inch too far and click "Cancel" when they meant to click "Save." I know in this tech savvy world they should know to save, but at the same time auto-save exists in other programs and so they're used to the system saving for them. I think an easy fix(I changed it in the in-browser CSS code in about 15 seconds) to this would be to move the "Save" button and the "Cancel" button a few inches apart.

That's the easy way. I think another thing that would help this issue would be to add a "Are you sure you want to cancel?" prompt if the "Cancel" is clicked and the asset hasn't been saved in a while.

I know TownNews is proud of its in-browser asset creation, but I think the majority of the reporters here have been burned too many times and just write in a word processor, then copy and paste it in TCMS.