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Custom Properties

Mike Stickler 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 3
a few things drive me nuts about custom properties for blocks

1. Is there anyway for a block template to expose its custom properties in such a way that when you add a new property, instead of typing in the property name you get a dropdown of properties valid for that block template.
2. Not as big a deal, but ditto for properties that only accept a certain list of values. if the only acceptable values for a property are true and false then why not have a drop down of true and false instead of blank box 
3. I often take a screen shot of the custom properties when experimenting with changes or duplicating a certain layout elsewhere. however blocks often have more properties than will appear on screen at one time. the appearance tab of the edit block form has significant unused space below the custom properties block. If you expanded the custom properties to use the unused space it would allow you to see more without scrolling and reduce the number of screen shots I take

Added features for story comments

Lodi News-Sentinel 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Michael Becker 8 years ago 6

One of the more popular online commenting services is Disqus. I'd like to see the BLOX commenting system adopt these features. I've suggested these privately but here they are for all to critique:

For readers, the ability to:

• Upvote or downvote comments.

• Like or dislike other commenters.

• Set a rating threshold for which comments they want to see. For example: "I don't want to see any comments that have a rating of -5 (5 downvotes) or lower."

• Block individual commenters. ("I don"t want to see any comment by user John Smith.")

• Sort comments (e.g. oldest to newest, newest to oldest, highest rated first)

For administrators, the ability to:

• Assign commenters to groups, such as "Trusted" and "Not Trusted" commenters. Trusted commenters have their comments posted immediately without moderation. Not trusted commenters have their comments held for moderation.

• Post customized messages when any comment is removed or posted by a banned user.

• Close comments without removing previous comments.


What are your best BLOX power tips?

Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated 8 years ago 3

Hi everyone!

Starting tomorrow, I'm doing a content-related webinar series covering what I think are some cool - and sometimes overlooked - features in BLOX editorial. Here are the times:

What are some tips you think should be included? What are your best tips and tricks?

What webinars would you like to see in the future?

Thanks for any ideas and input you have! =)



Thank You for the Forum

Mike Stickler 8 years ago updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 1
When I suggested a user forum to TN a while back their initial response was "Sounds like a great idea Mike, Feel free to start one if you want." So I wasn't very hopeful for a TN created one. 

I was wrong. So thanks to the staff at TN for taking the time to put this together. Now that this is in place I hope we can get enough user participation to make it a great resource.

How can I add more flags to the events calendar?

sansone941 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews) 8 years ago 5
How can I add more flags to the events calendar

Ability to re-order saved searches in the asset manager

Lodi News-Sentinel 8 years ago in BLOX CMS 0

We're starting to accumulate more and more saved searches in the asset manager. It would be helpful to have the ability to re-order the searches by drag-and-drop or have them sort alphabetically (or both!).

Under review

Duplicating ad assets

Kent Lutt 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 4
This would be a SWEET feature in BLOX Ad manager; simply being able to duplicate ad assets, such as mobile Touch 5 spots with numerous different positions for phone and tablet.


Use Ajax to check to see if a username is available

Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated 8 years ago 0

On the signup page, add an ajax check (1 second after last keystroke, or something) to check to see if the requested username is taken. There is a system call for this.