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asset search for invalid section tags

Mike Stickler 4 years ago • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 2
If you want to search for articles in a specific section it's fairly easy. Put a check next to the section in the drop down and hit search. In addition to this there is an "uncategorized" box that can be checked to bring up instances where there is not section tag.

However we occasionally run into human error issues where something might end up in the section tag field that is not a valid section. For example if no web category is selected in our pagination system then articles will be imported with a section_tag of none. TN gave me a shortcut to search for these (enter tag_section:(none) in the search text), however I'd like to see an "invalid" section search similar to the uncategorized one. The results from this search would return any asset with a section tag that is not currently a valid section tag for the site.
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1. In BLOX itself, there isn't a way to select a section that doesn't exist, so that shouldn't be an issue for sites creating content inside the BLOX hosted system, or our front-end editorial system, BLOX Total CMS. Since they are essentially the same system, they work in unison in this way.

2. For other front-end editorial systems, you'd have to talk to that vendor about not allowing invalid sections to be chosen for an article. It sounds like the sections should be a choice out of a selection of sections rather than something the user is asked to type in, anyway.

3. As far as auto-creating sections when a new one is found, I would think that it could lead to a lot of accidental sections that are misspellings or incorrect variations of existing sections. They would then not have ads assigned or could mess up page statistics. In BLOX, we like to think of the sections as more well-defined. Keywords, on the other than, are more organic and could vary in this way.

4. As far as searching for "invalid" sections, that is very difficult for us to do. We would have to perform an inverse search on every section tag that is possible from the database, and our developers felt there was no reasonable way to do that.

Hope this helps! Thanks!
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Did you miss TownNews.com's customer webinar?

anonymous 3 years ago • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
At this month's webinar, we discussed ways to ensure that your BLOX CMS site and content are search-optimized. Watch it today!

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The October edition of the TownNews.com Bulletin is out!



In this month's issue:

  • Group publishers: Stop worrying and learn to love sharing content
  • Content exchanges are an idea whose time has come
  • Image proxy enables efficient, on-demand image previews
  • Webinar video: What's new in October

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Read it now: TownNews.com Bulletin (March, 2015)

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews.com) 3 years ago • updated 3 years ago 1


In this month's issue:

  • How the Tulsa World boosts revenue and SEO with topic pages
  • New! Inline notes for easier workflows
  • Facebook updates API - check your social media broadcast settings
  • How to fast-track updates to your front page with flags
  • Marc Wilson on the future of media technology
  • Webinar video: Focus on SEO

READ IT TODAY!

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disable comments by section

Maunette Loeks 3 years ago • updated 3 years ago 4
Hello,
I thought I was remember something in documentation that I could disable comments per section (not per asset). If I am remember correctly, could someone kindly direct me to the right place? Thanks!
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You can use the blox_comments custom property to change the comments setting on a per-URL basis. Just go to URL settings, then add the name and your chosen value.

http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/blox_comments_5750.html
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AP Flag

Maunette Loeks-Van Patten 3 years ago • updated by Maunette Loeks 3 years ago 3
OK, maybe I am being blond. :) It wouldn't be the first time. 
We are testing the Asset Index: Headlines block on our front page. However, we are feeding AP stories into the block and the "AP" flag is showing.
According to the docs, we can hide a flag, but I've tried every different configuration I'm not getting it to go away.

This is from the documention: skipped_flags

With this setting, specific flags can be turned off. For example, if you have a block that pulls in assets that are flagged featured, every asset would have a featured icon next to it. To turn it off: skipped_flags = featured.

I'm not doing something right. Anyone? Thanks in advance.
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Having to authenticate EVERY DANG TIME...

Having to authenticate EVERY DANG TIME I  want to watch a video discourages me from actually watching training videos. 1PWord won't even create a login >:-(

http://townnews.com/shared-content/perform/?domain_name=townnews.com&form_template=training_videos&tra
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longview presentation - cutlines

Maunette Loeks 3 years ago • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
I like using the Longview presentation for what we call our "Lifestyle" pieces.
However, if you pull the photo into the copy, you lose the cutline. Is there a photo presentation option I can use to keep the cutline working? I've tried showcase, but of course, it moves it to the top of the page.
http://www.starherald.com/entertainment/air-link-receives-state-of-the-art-helicopter/article_bd3e8753-5626-54e9-b446-5535dc92cede.html
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The cutlines are there, you just need to click on the photo to see it. We did it this way because sometimes cutlines are so long that they cause a huge break in the story that it is distracting.

However, I'll see if there is a way we can 'hint' to the user that there is more if you click on the photo. Maybe it needs to do something on a mouseover or something...

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Article personality

Maunette Loeks 3 years ago • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 4
OK, so I missed this section in the webinar because I was having difficulty logging into the webinar. 
How do I get the author to show up above as it shows in the documentation? Do I put the author byline in the "author" section? I've tried byline and tagline, have an image of the author, but it doesn't do it, so I'm assuming I'm doing something wrong. Thanks for your help!
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Hi Maunette!

The author needs to have a user account, be assigned to the story as "author," and the account should be filled out with their avatar, bio, etc. If they fill out their Twitter and Facebook, those will show up as well. 

Then, of course, you need the "presentation" mode set to "personality."
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App Server cache

Craig V 3 years ago 0
Is there any way to control the caching on the app server? We frequently need to update files on that server and it takes a while to see the changes.
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Read it now: TownNews.com Bulletin (November, 2014)

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews.com) 3 years ago • updated 3 years ago 0
TownNews.com Bulletin (November, 2014)
In this month's issue:

  • Ferguson unrest drives heavy traffic to St. Louis news sites
  • Learning the value of your archives
  • Webinar video: Exciting editorial enhancements help you create long-form stories, paged galleries, timelines and more!

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Editors: Don't miss this webinar!

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews.com) 3 years ago • updated 3 years ago 4
At this month's webinar, we'll give you a sneak peek at the upcoming BLOX CMS release. Scheduled for mid-November, the new version features a pile of exciting editorial enhancements.



Highlights include:

  • New article presentation modes allow you to easily create popular long-form and personality-focused stories.
  • New collection presentation modes help you build series, paged galleries, timelines and more.
  • Powerful new query rules give you more control over block content.
  • Results from the syndication tool are simpler than ever to browse and pull into your site.
Join us for a live webinar on Thursday, November 6th, at 10:30 AM CST. Sign up today!
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Hi there!

There is a list of them available as a link on this page, under the "icon" section:

http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/Utility-Infolink_5942.html

http://docs.townnews.com/kb_upload/image/Blox_CMS/Block_Templates/tn-common-icons.jpg

Hope this helps!

Christine
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General request for expanded sorting functionality

Dylan McKinley 4 years ago • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 7
Blox's power is obvious and awesome, but just imagine how we could enhance and improve efficiency in our various workflows if we had more control over the metadata we can see in the asset search results viewer. Perhaps it's already in the works, or perhaps there are technical limitations I am not aware of – but it would be fantastic to see all columns sortable, many more columns available to show more metadata fields, more and customizable functionality of what kind of preview hover text shows (for instance, right now the only thing you see is the image when you hover over it - it'd be great to tweak that to show the caption as well or be able to switch between them somehow). Generally, I'm hoping we can see the search results grow into something more like an Explorer or Finder window. I know I could shave a ton of time off the projects I work on with more options. Thanks for all your hard work, TownNews!
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Apple iOS 8 breaks browser-based file uploads

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews.com) 3 years ago • updated 3 years ago 1
Apple’s iOS 8 was released September 17, but if you’re a BLOX Go user, you may not want to upgrade just yet. Read more »
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Update: This issue has been fixed by Apple's iOS 8.0.2 release.