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Welcome to Commons 1.6!

The Commons Development team has just released Commons 1.6!  This release features a number of great improvements to the site, including something everyone will love – HTML email notifications.  We have also souped up the Commons member profile pages with widget improvements (including a new Twitter Widget), and fixed a design issue that makes it [...]

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We’re Hiring! Site Analytics/Metrics Specialist, UX Specialist

The CUNY Academic Commons is hiring! Please see our ads below for two part time positions. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Site Analytics and Metrics Specialist (Part-Time)
The CUNY Academic Commons, an academic social network connecting the 24 campuses of the City University of New York, seeks a Metrics and Analytics Specialist [...]

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Welcome to Commons 1.5!

We are pleased to announce CUNY Academic Commons, version 1.5! While this is our first major release in more than a year, to say that the Commons 1.5 milestone has been over four years in the making is certainly not an understatement*.
Though the 1.5 release includes over twenty new features, below are some highlights.
The marquee [...]

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CUNY Academic Commons Launches Commons In A Box (Press Release)

New York, NY — November 19, 2012 2:00 PM EST
Contact Information:
Matthew K. Gold, Ph.D.
Director, CUNY Academic Commons
The CUNY Academic Commons, an initiative of the City University of New York, is proud to release:
Commons In A Box – A free, open-source platform for community connection, [...]

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Commons 1.4 — Reply By Email!

The marquee feature of Commons 1.4 is the awesome BuddyPress functionality developed by the Commons Dev Team that lets members respond to email notifications directly from their inboxes.
If you wanted to respond to a discussion forum post before Commons 1.4, you’d need to click on the hyperlink in an email notification, log into the Commons, [...]

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Introducing Google Analytics for Your Blog

Have you always wondered how many people are visiting your blog on the Commons? The Commons team is happy to announce that visitor statistics reports are now available to the CUNY Academic Commons community via Google Analytics. New features in Google Analytics have made it possible for the Commons team to provide personalized reports to [...]

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Akismet Spam Protection for Any WordPress Installation on a CUNY Domain

Thanks to the terms of a licensing agreement generously made available by Automattic, the CUNY Academic Commons recently purchased a subscription to Akismet, the premier spam-prevention service for WordPress blogs, that can be shared with any WordPress installation on a domain. We would very much like to spread the word about the availability of this [...]

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Reactions to the Commons In A Box Project

Traffic on the Commons was up 44% throughout the week as news of the Commons In A Box project circulated through academic journals, blogs, and Twitter.  Comments on our initial announcement were numerous – some congratulatory, but most written by representatives of institutions anxious to chat and gather more information.
The same day as the announcement, in [...]

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