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This is a heads-up warning: crossposting and update pinging (to external services) will be completely removed as a feature from Tabulas on October 15th. We will be wiping all crossposting account data from our databases on October 16th. 

This is a part of an effort from my end to get control over the overwhelming code base of Tabulas and pare it down to useful features. 


Posted by tabulas on October 6, 2012 at 07:16 PM in General News | Add a Comment

What I've always loved about Tabulas is its ability for people to tell their life stories. The blogging format is really perfect for that.

But what about people who want to write fictional stories? The reverse chronological format doesn't encourage proper reading, nor does it really encourage feedback (most people are too lazy to click comments!).

Well, we're trying something new here. I've introduced a new feature which allows you to specify your account as a "story" account type.

The story account type changes your Tabulas in a few ways:

  • Your entries show up in the order they were published
  • No more than one entry ("chapter" as they're called) are shown per page
  • You navigate each chapter like a book - going to the next/previous
  • Each chapter also displays the comments automatically to get feedback from readers
  • Your sidebar also adds a new templating tag (ONLY for story account types: the most recently added chapters)

The idea is to encourage the creative members of Tabulas to post their stories; use the new easy account creation feature to create smaller Tabulas sites to write your short stories!

This is an evolving feature - more of a trial balloon to see how you guys like it. Please let us know what you think!

Want to see an example? I've created http://storyaccount.tabulas.com/ - it has the first few chapters of the Little Prince, my favorite book!

In the coming weeks, as people have story accounts, we'll highlight the best writers and have little competitions

Posted by tabulas on October 26, 2010 at 01:46 AM in General News | 3 Comments

There was a recent question on the FB wall: "Can I have more than one account on one email address?" Absolutely!

And guess what? I've made it even easier for you to create multiple accounts now! There's now a page under settings called "Create new account."

This view helps you easily create a new Tabulas account, without the hassle of verifying your accounts.

Even better: it automatically groups your accounts, so you can seamlessly log-in and log-out of them!

Go ahead and create new accounts and have fun

Posted by tabulas on October 17, 2010 at 03:23 AM in General News | Add a Comment

First off, thanks to all of those who tried out the Flickr integration! I know there were some rough spots, but this weekend, I spent some time polishing off some of the features.

If you go to the Flickr sync page, you can now one-click delete all images that were imported from Flickr. I've also gotten rid of that nasty bug that had the Flickr images import into the root-level folder.

One of the "smart" things that Tabulas does with the Flickr sync is to not actually delete images that were imported from Flickr. Since the system resyncs your images from Flickr every few minutes, if I actually deleted your photos, they would just come back again!

So in order to work around that, Tabulas will store your deleted Flickr images into a recycling bin - if you want to force images to re-import, you need to empty out your recycling bin.

The "recent images" on the homepage of Tabulas has also been updated to be a bit more visually fun - I hope you discover some talented photographers on Tabulas!

Posted by tabulas on October 17, 2010 at 03:16 AM in General News | Add a Comment

What's very important to me is in keeping that sense of community spirit of Tabulas alive. And over the past few months, there has been a back and forth between the spammers who keep creating fake sites and myself. I've create tons of tools in the back to help deal with the spammers, but even they can't catch everything.

Well, you can now help me out!

Whenever you visit a Tabulas site, there is now a link that says "Report spammer:"

Simply click this button, and you'll have logged a vote against this site! If enough votes are captured for this user within a time period, we'll automatically ban them. (Patron accounts will automatically ban that site!)

Hopefully this gives more power to YOU to help keep the Tabulas community clean, and will let me focus more time on developing better features for Tabulas!

Posted by tabulas on October 16, 2010 at 12:27 AM in General News | Add a Comment
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