Improvements! Part 3

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We’ve had a good deal of helpful feedback in recent weeks (plus a few ideas of our own), resulting in several improvements in the site. Here’s a brief summary of each:

Email login: You can now log into your account using username OR email address–both will now work with the same password.

Notification frequency setting for each relationship: In addition to a default notification frequency (set in the account modify page under the message tab), you can now control notification frequency for each relationship. From the Relationships link in the sidebar menu, select either the Memberships or Friendships tab. Each relationship in the list includes dropdown fields for notification frequency–immediately, daily, weekly–for both messages or items posted in that group or by that user. These settings will have priority over your default notification frequency.

Improved searching: Search functionality has been improved in three areas

  • First, searches for items and groups from the top search bar have been improved with the Sphinx search engine and will produce much better results.
  • Also, an item search bar has been added to the top of the My Items page, so you can search within your own inventory.
  • Finally, an item search bar has also been added to the top of the item listing for each group and user, making it possible to search within a group’s or user’s available items.

Watch list links for favorite groups: To make it easier for you to find the requested and offered items posted by users in your favorite groups, we’ve created links on the home page just below the sidebar menu. For each of the top two groups in your relationship schedule (found by clicking the Relationships link in the sidebar menu), there is both a Requests and Offers link under the Watch List in the left sidebar. Clicking on one of these links will take you directly to a page for that group showing the requested or offered items currently available in that group.

Easier item entry with ISBN/ASIN: A new field has been added at the top of the item entry form to make the process a little easier. Now you can use either an ISBN (for books) or an ASIN (for any item available on Amazon) to populate the form with data about that item. Just enter the ISBN or ASIN and click the search button, then the system will use that number to pull data and an image from Amazon’s database. Complete the remaining fields as necessary and then submit the form by clicking Preview Item. (FYI: The ASIN is available in the “product details” section on the Amazon page for any item.)

Item tags: Finally, we’ve added a tagging function to aid in organizing your item inventory. For example, if you’re adding a large number of books to give away and are storing them in boxes, you can give each box a name, create a tag with the same name, and assign that tag to each book in that box. That way, when someone requests one of your books, the item tag will tell you exactly where to find it. (To manage your tags, click the “My Tags” button on the “My Items” page.)

We hope you find these improvements useful. Keep the feedback coming–we’re all ears!

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