Author Archive | Matthew K. Gold

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New Outreach Coordinator: Michael Smith

It gives me great pleasure and excitement to announce that Michael Smith, Assistant Professor of Communications Technology at York College, has agreed to join the CUNY Academic Commons Community Team as our new Outreach Coordinator. If you’ve been around the Commons for a while, you’re probably already familiar with Michael’s work, which includes the York […]

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Boone Joins the BuddyPress Core Team

We’re very proud to announce that CUNY Academic Commons Lead Developer Boone Gorges has been named a core committer on the BuddyPress project, along with Paul Gibbs. Congratulations to both Boone and Paul! As Boone explains in his post about the promotion, this means that he has been “handed the keys” to the software; he […]

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Send Us Your Images!

Since we’re (finally) about to update the photos on the homepage of the CUNY Academic Commons, we thought that this might be a good time to put out a call for new images. To wit: we’re very much in need of CUNY-related photos that can be posted on the front page of the site, and […]

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What We Did Last Summer

As you might know from Brian’s ( @brianfoote ) excellent post on the Ground Control blog and from our About page, the CUNY Academic Commons is administered by several groups: The Development and Community Teams: The Development team handles the technical side of the site — writing code, administering servers, troubleshooting bug reports — while […]

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CUNY Academic Commons, Version 1.0

Although you may not know it, you’re now looking at a new version of the CUNY Academic Commons. Despite the fact that the site debuted almost a year ago, at the December 2009 CUNY IT Conference, we’ve tagged this version 1.0. It feels so fresh and sparkly! But we know that that fresh and sparkly […]

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One Week | One Tool: The Reveal

I’m very proud to announce that Boone Gorges, Lead Developer of the CUNY Academic Commons, recently took part in a remarkable summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities. Titled “One Week | One Tool: A Digital Barn Raising,” the program gathered twelve participants from across the country in […]

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Site Upgrades

Those of you who visited the site tonight between 7pm and 9pm might have noticed that the Commons was down for routine maintenance. Well, “routine” is a bit of a misnomer, since we were engaged in far more than tinkering on the site; in fact, we were in the middle of a major platform upgrade. […]

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When the Commons is Down . . .

This morning, we had a short outage as the server on which the Commons resides went down for a bit. We’re sorry about any inconvenience that this might have caused you, but we are extremely thankful to Commons member Steve Brier for bringing the issue to our attention and to our most excellent Systems Administrator, […]

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New Feature: HTML Editor on Forums, Wires, Blogs

In response to member requests, we’re very happy to announce a new feature on the Commons: HTML editing buttons now appear throughout the site on text boxes. You’ll find these boxes on group discussion forums, member profile wires, and blog comment boxes. Please see the image below for an example. Due to security concerns, we’re […]

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A New Design

Upon reaching the Commons today, you might have noticed that the site has undergone a pretty dramatic transformation. We hope you like our new look, which has been designed to make the site more attractive and more usable. The revisions to our site design have involved both a visual makeover of the homepage and an […]

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