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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Welcome to the CUNY Academic Commons, Version 1.4

We’re delighted to announce the latest release of the CUNY Academic Commons, version 1.4. The development team has been working feverishly over the past few months, addressing important issues such as profile privacy and group communication in response to feedback and insight from our community. Though the 1.4 milestone includes many new features and bug-fixes, [...]

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Spam Comment Moderation Messages on July 8

Several bloggers on the Commons contacted us to let us know that they received a flurry of spam comment moderation notifications yesterday, July 8th. WordPress, the platform we use for the Commons, sends such messages to blog owners when it receives spam or spam-like comments; rather than publishing them directly to the site, it puts [...]

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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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PressCrew and Infinity Are Joining the Commons In A Box Team

The Commons In A Box project aims to provide universities and similarly minded organizations with a powerful, professional, free, and easy-to-use platform for community engagement. A central part of any such platform is its interface. CBox is built on BuddyPress and will work with any BP-compatible WordPress theme. Thus, organizations with the right kind of [...]

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Welcoming Ray and Dom to the dev team

Cross-posted from the CUNY Academic Commons Dev Blog
The CUNY Academic Commons is delighted to welcome two new members to its development team: Raymond Hoh and Dominic Giglio.
Raymond Hoh is one of the most respected members of the WordPress and BuddyPress community. Known around the WordPress community as r-a-y, Ray is a frequent contributor to the [...]

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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 cuny.edu domain. We would very much like to spread the word about the availability of this [...]

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Commons Version 1.3 Has Arrived!

We’re happy to announce that version 1.3 of the CUNY Academic Commons is now live!
All upgrades to the site are important, but this one brought a considerable number of new features and revisions (our highest to-date).  Here are some highlights:
New Members Directory Filters
Our biggest, and probably most noticable difference, is the new directory filter on the [...]

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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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