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SE 4.1.2 Scheduled for Release

Version 4.1.2 is scheduled for release Wednesday of this week (February 16th), and will predominantly consist of bug fixes. Some of the most-often reported v4.1.1 bugs that were fixed in v4.1.2 include:

  • The “X Updates” button will not mark all notices as read now (unless you click “Mark All Read”, of course).
  • The CSScaffold package in SocialEngine now is able to work around the CSS “4095-selector” bug in Internet Explorer.
  • The “parent path not found” bug is fixed. Please note, though, that you may experience this issue again one last time while upgrading. Please see the “Upgrade Instructions” below to fix this.
  • Commenting on forum activity feed items is fixed.
  • Filtering blogs by a tag is fixed.
  • The pages “Terms of Service” and “Privacy” will now auto-linebreak if no HTML code is detected in the language variable.
  • Links on the RSS widget are now clickable.
  • The SE3-to-SE4.1.1 media migration has been fixed.

These are just a few of the bugs fixed; there are of course many other bugs fixed in v4.1.2. For a detailed list of changes, please see the “changelog.html” file in each of the upgrade TAR files (once they have been released). To open the TAR package file on your computer, please use a program like 7-Zip or WinRAR.

Improvements:

  • Comments can now be liked.
  • Messages can now be prohibited or allowed based on member levels.
  • Group owners are now able to send a message to the entire group.
  • Transparent images (GIF and PNG formats) should now retain their transparency when resized.
  • Usernames can optionally be disabled.
  • The main CSS file is now able to paginate itself automatically. This solves the 4095-selector bug in Internet Explorer.
  • Member can now remove their profile photos (setting it back to the default no-photo image).
  • Album photos are now able to be re-ordered by the album owner and moderators via drag-and-drop.
  • Moderator posts in forums are now distinguishable from other posts (custom CSS rules are required).
  • Several modules had new widgets available:
    • Albums: “List Popular Albums”, “List Recent Albums”, “List Popular Photos”, “List Recent Photos”
    • Events: “List Popular Events”, “List Recent Events”
    • Groups: “List Popular Groups”, “List Recent Groups”
    • Music: “List Popular Playlists”, “List Recent Playlists”
    • Polls: “List Popular Polls”, “List Recent Polls”

Upgrade instructions:
During a previous upgrade, you may have experienced the “parent path not found” bug. There is a fix for this issue in v4.1.2, though unfortunately you may experience this error again as you try to upgrade. If you experience this error message, please follow the instructions in our KB article:
Resolving the “parent path not found” Bug in SE4 Upgrades

Theme Developers:
Please note that the package manifest for themes have recently changed. Previous theme manifests included an array key “meta” that contained the theme details such as the title and description. As of version 4.1.x that “meta” array is deprecated. Those entries should simply be moved to the root array. For the duration of 4.1.x both array formats will work, though in 4.2.x the “meta” key will no longer be read. Please adjust your theme manifests accordingly.

29 Comments

  1. John
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Very cool!

    Noticing a new trend with you guys. Thanks for the frequent blogs. I no longer feel alone, or that I need to rely on other sources to get relevant and new information. I was starting to lose hope on SE, but you have outdone yourselves with SE4 and now with the constant communication and frequent updates.

    Thank you

  2. Karlie
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Does this fix the problems with migration? The migration does not import any photos. It does import profile fields accurately but does not retain the hide on profile and the option to hide on profile in SE4 does not hide those fields. Also is the profile field width fixed. It's only 175px now and controls both the field name and the information entered by the user in the field. That css should be separated and the field should be more like 300 or 350px.

  3. Moti
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    one of the main thing that made me happy is "Comments can now be liked."

    Also what about the speed improvement???

  4. Glenn Norvic
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Nice. Likeable comments is the most welcome additional feature plus the new widgets :)

  5. Posted February 15, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    great work you guys! Can't wait!

    Regards,
    Alexander Isselt
    http://www.donateabuddy.com

  6. Steve
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Just a quick question – and thanks by the way for all your efforts in both fixing known issues and adding some welcome and useful enhancements.

    I've been holding my latest community back (pre-launch) whilst these new versions are released and rather than upgrading, I've chosen to implement a fresh install and then apply all of our changes to a presumably more stable base. Unlike some SE users, we've made some significant alterations to model, controller, views, CSS and manifests so it's something of a burden to keep installing rather than upgrading.

    Could you confirm (roughly) how long you expect this v4.1.2 to remain the stable release, so that we can bite the bullet and finally make the site live.

    Thanks again,

  7. Daniel
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    You should make it to where when a member looks at his notifications, then leaves that area they should reset to 0. Its a zillion times easier.

  8. Charlotte
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    @Karlie – Yes, this will fix the migration problems. We've updated the blog entry to reflect that. Thanks for the reminder!

    @Steve – We are actually trying to make an effort to have more consistent releases, approximately once a month. This is to ensure that bugs don't sit around for a long period of time and the platform is always being updated with requested features and improvements. I would recommend biting the bullet and starting your site now – you can evaluate at each release whether the features and bug fixes are worth the upgrade as you go along.

  9. Kelly Shines
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    A little confusion. One big question… what do you mean when you say moderator posts in forums are now distinguishable from other posts? Our moderators are involved in the discussions as regular members and we don't really want their posts to somehow stand out as better or more important than everyone else’s. Can that be disabled? I would like to know because we may not want to install it if it can't be.

    Also, you haven't mentioned all the text input problems using the text editors in forums and blogs? Any progress on fixing the bugs in those?

    On the Groups, you said that, “group owners are now able to send a message to the entire group”. But group owners on our site are already able to do that. So I'm confused why you’re saying they will *now* have that ability as they already do?

    This feature by the way has been damaging to our site because a group owner of sends a message to his 200 members, then someone replies, then another person replies and each reply goes to all 200 people. After a couple of days people were so mad that they couldn't get off this list they were actually leaving the site all together! Any possibility of making it so recipients can only reply to the group owner and not reply-to-all?

    Also, group admins can't perform many administrative functions. Will they be given more power to actually administer the group?

    Thanks you.

  10. Charlotte
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    @Kelly – The moderators' posts now have an extra CSS class added to them. Out-of-the-box, the CSS class doesn't do anything, so the moderators' posts won't be different than regular users' posts visually, but anyone who wants those posts to stand out can add custom CSS to their stylesheet that can do that now.

    I'm not sure what text input problems you're referring to – you'll need to submit a bug report if you're encountering issues.

    Regarding the groups: messaging groups with large numbers of members wasn't working properly. This now works, and displays a "To the members of <Groupname>" so that replying is prohibited (which eliminates the spam issue you're talking about).

  11. Wes
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    I have been holding off on upgrading from 4.05 to 4.1 due to people having issues with the migration. Will it be safe to assume that it will be easier to upgrade to 4.12?

  12. Nicholas
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Hello Webligos,

    This is a magnificent update. Love to see bugs squashed and new features. I am was hoping for like able comments (YES!) and wanted to say thank you for everything.

  13. Posted February 16, 2011 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Something I think is very important is the ability to set an album photo as the default photo, such as most major social networks have, whether it be myspace, facebook, myyearbook, etc. So that way a member can browse their photo album and simply click a "Set As Default Photo" button to easily change their photo. Has anyone else wanted this or am I the only one who thinks it will be useful?

  14. alex
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Please provide more Update details about :

    Better Mobile Compatibility,
    Performance/Optimization,
    Layout dramatic improvements…

    can we edit Forum and other Plugins layout?

  15. David
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    I would love for the community to help build the roadmap for future releases. Check out http://www.redmine.org/. I would also love to know if the community would like to see a project management module similar to the one on http://www.anahitapolis.com/extend/anahita-projects or if anyone here has the capability to port it to SE4.

  16. Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    You should make it to where when a member looks at his notifications, then leaves that area they should reset to 0.

  17. The Gender
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Sounds pretty good to me. I feel some pizza coming on!

  18. Halal
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    I like the improvements including the fact that usernames can optionally be disabled. I would also like to have the ability for new member to re-enter their email address when registering. People are misspelling their email addresses when registering meaning that verification emails are not sent to their correct email address. This is one of the common problem I am facing at the moment. Many people are writing back complaining that they have not received the verification email only to find in the admin that they misspelled their email addresses when registering.

  19. KrzysK
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking about reservation/booked option in classifieds module? I have got many requests from users that they would see this option very helpful.

  20. Kelly Shines
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I'm so psyched Charlotte about the group email fix! And thank you for the details on the forums. That's perfect.

    On the text input problem in the forums and blogs I thought you guys knew. There are just a lot of problems with paragraph breaks posting the way they're typed in. And when you edit a post twice as many paragraph breaks are added making it a real nightmare. Surely others most have noticed this. Anyway, thanks so much!

  21. Georg
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Hurray => Usernames can optionally be disabled.

    My ugly hack may vanish… 😉

    keep up the good work!

  22. Gilles
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    Hy Guys and Girls of SE team

    Thx for the release.

  23. Posted February 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I would still appreciate all the widgets to be fluid width based on the area you are dropping it into. Presently, you can place them only in the sidebar columns to make them look right. If you place them into the middle, there is still only a single column.

  24. Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    SE4 reversed our whole thought process of social networking. Instead of integrating entirely with FB, we're recreating our own Social Network and integrating our job site (www.myezjobs.com) as a plugin. SE4 rocks!

  25. Chris
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Can you provide an example of the new theme manifest format? I see that the manifests for default themes in 4.1.1 are still the old format…

    Also, would you please consider adding more IDs, particularly in menus. The lack of IDs causes considerable development pains.

  26. Ryan S.
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Love the regular script updates and blog posts – keeps us interested and updated on the development of the script. Good job!

  27. rony
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    Any plans for enhancing SE 4 Speed ?

  28. Jamie
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    I can't find any documentation regarding how to disable usernames. I need to display Firstname and Lastname, but I looked for and have searched other sites regarding this new feature, but can't find out how to do this. Anybody want to tell me how to use this secret new features that comes with 4.1.2? :)

    Thanks.

  29. Posted March 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    "Any plans for enhancing SE 4 Speed ?" Amen! Second that one

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