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Our latest site updates

By James Cridland
Posted 1 April 2015, 2.17pm edt
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This is a thread that'll contain details of latest updates to media.info code, as we continue to upgrade and update the site. We use continuous development, and regularly push new versions of the site to the live servers multiple times a day.

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PRO2 years, 5 months ago

This is a thread that'll contain details of latest updates to media.info code, as we continue to upgrade and update the site. We use continuous development, and regularly push new versions of the site to the live servers multiple times a day.

Wed April 1, 2015

  • new articles have alt-text on the main image eg Mark Rock image
  • bespoke additional images can now be added eg player images
  • 'former names' imported from the Media UK database eg Absolute/Virgin
  • 'former names' can be searched for eg JACK
  • former names are now in the edit page for media titles. (Caution: you can add, but you can't delete these, for policy reasons)
  • Automated maps in jobs now zoomed out for placing where in the country a job is eg

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

  • A site switch to https rather than http, for your security. Significant updates to the code as a result, to ensure that https works correctly as the primary protocol, and that we're tweeting and emailing the correct links in future.
  • Facebook logins now capture https versions of user images. We'll use these at some stage in our discussions, though currently we only use user images in the admin tools.

2 years, 5 months ago

new articles have alt-text on the main image eg Mark Rock image

This is a recommendation of W3C anyway. That images shall have alternate text.


A site switch to https rather than http, for your security. Significant updates to the code as a result, to ensure that https works correctly as the primary protocol, and that we're tweeting and emailing the correct links in future.

Mind a suggestion?
For reasons of avoiding "mixed content" conflicts, you might consider autotransforming http links to https ones in certain user content - like images posted etc. It might be not necessary; however, I read on a specialist forum about such "mixed content" issues - so it's up to you.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

  • You can now add more than one tag at the same time, separating with a comma. It works just as you expect it to. Tags are now also clickable in directory pages.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

  • TuneIn integration now works with our HTTPS website. The TuneIn player is now a pop-up, which allows it to work again (it requires an insecure iframe). Here's an example for TD1 Radio

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

  • A "pro" membership feature is now active, as you'll probably have spotted. Pro users get no ad banners and no restrictions on directory use (we'll put into place a generous quota for usage of the directory shortly). It's £5.99 for a year, available to UK subscribers only (thanks, EU!), and the credit card payment code is now active and working well.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

  • Viewing figures for TV - at least, links to the right section of BARB - are now live. BBC One has links to both the weekly top programmes and the long-term channel share; Al Jazeera English has the weekly top programmes.

2 years, 5 months ago

James, I hope putting the "PRO" button everywhere is a temporary measure for promotion.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

  • When adding 'people' to the directory, you can now add their Twitter screen-name when you enter the person, rather than wait for the person to be approved.
  • Visitors from the UK are now offered the opportunity to remove ads using a pro account. (Visitors elsewhere shouldn't be offered this).
  • Visitors using ad-blockers are now offered an opportunity to also remove ads while supporting us.

Josh - you'll note we've toned down the 'pro' badges, though it is my intention to keep them.

2 years, 5 months ago

Visitors using ad-blockers are now offered an opportunity to also remove ads while supporting us.

Huh?


...we've toned down the 'pro' badges, though it is my intention to keep them.

And you changed the link too. To one more - semantic. Looks o'k now.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

If you were using an ad blocker, Josh, you'd have spotted a lovely little message just for you, encouraging you to give us a donation. But because you aren't, which is nice, you'll not see it.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

  • We now list top weekly editors in our directory pages, like here. This shows the amount of edits that have been approved.

2 years, 5 months ago

We now list top weekly editors in our directory pages, like here.

You mean people?
That is a link to the "Radio" directory page "worlwide", and I can't see any changes.

As I've already wondered, what if we (you) had an expanded list of recent edits?
For now, I can see a 4 mention on index pages. "See all" only looks promising - it leads to a simple alphabetical list of everything, no sorting.
Technically, you already have such a list - for now virtual. What if we could see it real?

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

It's on the right-hand side of the page.

2 years, 5 months ago

A nuisance: with a 125% zoom, it's down there - even below the "Share" section.
It happens on pages sometimes, you worry if it causes some trouble though...

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

  • A (jQuery-less) transition now happens on the comments box to enlarge it when you're typing in there, to encourage longer comments. Not that it's been an issue so far, mind you!
  • You can now remove Twitter accounts from people pages
  • Posting a job? You can now edit it, too. You’ll see the edit link on each job you posted.
  • Job closed? We now remove the 'how to apply' information.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

  • The comments box transition now uses jQuery and simply toggles to open.
  • There's a new front page: surfacing more data from the website and better highlighting what we're all about

PRO2 years, 4 months ago

  • Our lists of Twitter users - that one's for radio people in the UK - has been broken for a while. We've fixed it. Thanks to Mossaab for alerting us.

2 years, 4 months ago

Found a bug with the twitter followers, I have 160 followers but because I am on 5 entries in the directory it's coming up as 800 for me.

2 years, 4 months ago

Robbie, let's keep the threads on topic. As James pointed out, you're free to start a thread if you've got to have a topic to discuss. O'k? Keep it simple: no titles relevant - you're on.
James, you might want to clean these afterwards...

PRO2 years, 4 months ago

I think it's on topic to report bugs here. Robbie: good spot. Will go and take a look. I'll also paginate these shortly.

PRO2 years, 4 months ago

  • Bugfixes for the stylesheet, including faster-loading index page, better displays of trending news, better footer text on different size screens
  • Twitter code updated to get public user information even if their account is protected (we were using statuses/user_timeline rather than /users/show).
  • People images (from Twitter) are now retina-ready. Smaller images are correctly resized. People pages have corrected CSS for people images.
  • Corrected canonical links in the 'data' section, allowing you to link to the UK Twitter list for radio stations within Facebook, without it linking to the Irish list instead.

2 years, 4 months ago

I'll also paginate these shortly.

Without it, we've sorta bug now: there are more topics in the radio chatter than fits into those 3 pages - and those that do not fit... Well, I used a URL pattern to fish a thread out: I knew it was there -- others might not know.

PRO2 years, 4 months ago

  • The pagination in the forum areas is now correctly calculated, following the above bug report.
  • The very long main list of titles (/radio/stations for example) is now no longer linked from the header, which now links to /radio/starting-with/a to offer a less massive page.
  • starting-with pages no longer include the non-existent 'starting-with' URL in the breadcrumbs
  • fixed regression of formatting info defaulting on visible
  • you can now edit your own comment if nobody else has yet replied

PRO2 years, 4 months ago

  • Freeview (UK) and Freesat channel numbers are now listed in our directory, for TV and for radio. "Watch" pages for television channels are now linked-to from all channels on these services. Here's an example. We'll add Virgin Media and Sky shortly.

2 years, 4 months ago

  • The very long main list of titles (/radio/stations for example) is now no longer linked from the header, which now links to /radio/starting-with/a to offer a less massive page.
  • starting-with pages no longer include the non-existent 'starting-with' URL in the breadcrumbs
  • fixed regression of formatting info defaulting on visible

Somebody translate it to English, please...


you can now edit your own comment if nobody else has yet replied

Really? I'll check it out...

PRO2 years, 4 months ago

  • Removed debug code that gave mind-numbing detail of an added personal Twitter account when editing a person.

PRO2 years, 4 months ago

  • Fixed images for articles held on Blogger (like a516digital). They'll now use a decent quality image rather than the tiny little pixellated thing that Blogger feeds Facebook. You'd have thought that Google ran Blogger and wanted to make Facebook rubbish, wouldn't you? Oh.

PRO2 years, 3 months ago

  • Numerous fixes over the past few days, removing (and adding) 404 errors for non-existent pages. Fixed (again?) the a516digital images. People pages no longer return as 404 errors if those people no longer work in the media, for example; also listening/rajar/etc pages in the directory no longer display even if the media title doesn't exist.
  • Added 'people' pages for discussion users: currently limited to those who post new posts (i.e. those who appear as authors at the top of the screen). Here's Art Grainger for example. Information about new posts made is now also added to people pages, too - here's mine.

PRO2 years, 3 months ago

  • 'People' pages for discussion users now have an RSS feed embedded within them, so you can subscribe to latest new topics, or news articles, from your favourite authors. Here's my RSS feed for example.

PRO2 years, 3 months ago

  • You no longer need a Google+ account to use "sign in with Google" - that now uses the new Google signin code to make it even easier to log in.

PRO2 years, 3 months ago

  • New feature - media titles by owner. Here are UK radio stations by owner.
  • Finally fixed, I think, the occasional broken image for media title branding. Here's the Lancashire Telegraph looking pretty.
  • Lots of tiddly tweaks in job listings and people pages for better SEO. So tiddly you're unlikely to even spot them.
  • Virgin Media radio channels all added to the directory. Also, all NOW TV channels also added.

PRO2 years, 3 months ago

  • The Facebook checking script now updates company names and Facebook page links. That's all Aiir's fault. (Seriously, thanks for the bug report).

PRO2 years, 2 months ago

  • media.info now passes referral information through to the websites we link to again - you'll spot https://media.info in your referral logs if we link to you. Here's moz's article on referrer tags. Here's what a referrer looks like to a standard http site.
  • We've added 'proper' Facebook/Twitter links at the bottom of the page, which appear to work nicely.
  • For UK readers, we've added RAJAR vs TuneIn and RAJAR vs Twitter comparison scatter graphs. Not entirely convinced that there's much of a correlation, but others are.

PRO2 years, 2 months ago

  • Our site search is now rather more forgiving of spelling errors. A search for The Daily Tellygraph, for example, now finds the Telegraph, while Karl Sfenson now finds Karl Svenson.
  • Users of Gmail or Inbox may notice additional quick-click options in email alerts from us when adding jobs, registering, or taking part in discussions.

2 years, 2 months ago

You allowed for posting about bugs?
Here's one.
On THE Radio page (UK>Radio) there happened to occur a link to a TV chatter thread.
After I caught this, I realised it might be not for the first time or at all, an exception: lots of links (news etc.) about, say, Dr Who - I can't remember WATCHING Dr Who on the radio, can you?
So... See to it - those off-topics take place of some radio topics that should be there.

PRO2 years, 2 months ago

Currently, all discussions are shown in directory indexes. This is partially because of the quietness of the non-radio areas.

PRO2 years, 2 months ago

  • After checking today's 'empty search' log - things people searched for but didn't find - we've further refined the search hints system to give better hints for multi-word searches. A search for irish obituaries will now, for example, help further.

PRO2 years, 1 month ago

  • On the rare occasions when it's required, directory editors can now edit the 'slug' - the name seen in the URL - for media titles.
  • There's now a link to the latest comment in the discussions.
  • We now list Radiofeeds links in our "listen live" pages, for the UK and Ireland.

2 years, 1 month ago

There's now a link to the latest comment in the discussions.

Not on the index page?
You might duplicate it there making it look like
Our latest site updates -view latest-
Last comment just now by Josh Lincoln

PRO2 years, 1 month ago

  • People who post jobs now get better stats once the job closes.
  • LinkedIn is now included in watchlist mails from the news system.
  • It's a bit messy-looking, but 'view latest' is now on the main index, directory indexes, and discussion topic indexes.

2 years, 1 month ago

It's a bit messy-looking, but 'view latest' is now on the main index, directory indexes, and discussion topic indexes.

It must be temporary anyway. Till the first unread properly implemented, I presume...
Right, the first unread can in future get laid out as a small orange button like at the beginning of the second (who posted when) line.

2 years, 1 month ago

Something to improve...

Wanting to share a job on my Fb timeline, in the process I found the preview is meaningless and uneditable. So I hit "cancel", after which I ended up with another same page in this new tab - so I had two duplicate, identical tabs in the browser.

The process: sharing opens in a new tab (Chrome). It happens, though many sites make in a sort of pop-up.
The drawbacks: sharing to Facebook, the preview does not contain any meaningful titles or headings to tell what it is all about (only "media.info" in both lines) and it is not editable (some sharers allow you to get to edit two of the three areas in the preview - the title area and the abstract area, the latter being absent in our case here).

Suggestions: i) to make it a pop-up; ii) to make it close both upon submitting the share and (or) cancelling it; iii) to make the preview meaningful - the sharer shall read and fill in at least the title/main heading of the item shared, the image and abstract being facultative.
To make the preview editable stays optional though desireable.

PRO2 years, 1 month ago

the preview does not contain any meaningful titles or headings to tell what it is all about (only "media.info" in both lines)

Good catch. I've fixed the preview in Facebook for you. The i) and ii) needs a little work, I think; I think that's doable, but needs a bit of refactoring the code.

2 years, 1 month ago

Couldn't help noticing that the "upcoming Escape" DAB station's page has a "escape-2" filename. And got curious what was there without "2".

Looks more like a glitch: https://media.info/radio/stations/escape

PRO2 years, 1 month ago

There's a blank Escape directory entry in television, which is why the Escape radio station has the "escape-2" slug.

2 years, 1 month ago

There is indeed.
The "blank" showed up in the Radio directory very well as you can see...

2 years, 1 month ago

On the "Radio-UK" index there's this double right now - resembling of the glitch I reported some time ago (double/trouble identical items of news). It's in the "elsewhere" section of the page: I have it at the bottom - but I use zooming.

PRO2 years, 1 month ago

  • Not actually a code change, rather a configuration change at the cache we use - but you'll now no longer see broken images in our news section (finally!). If you see random swirly dark red, then that's the error image and something's gone wrong somewhere. (Random swirly dark red? A photo taken by mistake while moving mobile phone quickly)
  • The Guardian images fixed - our code didn't work with protocol-relative URLs, and now does
  • Visitors to https://media.info/radio/data now get to see some of the country-specific stuff you'd see at https://media.info/ie/radio/data and https://media.info/uk/radio/data - because, I suppose, we should use country editions to filter out extraneous information, rather than to make it visible. That's a plan, isn't it?
  • Also, in previous code changes that I've not documented - some images changed to data URLs, to speed page loads theoretically by cutting down on additional HTTP connections.

2 years ago

James, I've sent you a private on Fb with some "item duplicate" bug snapshots.

PRO1 year, 11 months ago

  • Radio and television titles now support callsigns (which are in use in the US, Australia and Canada). You can also search for callsigns.
  • We have made a number of tweaks over the past month, including fixing a few bugs including one on the front page that made the site less than speedy for many visitors. We've also upgraded the database server to use SSD instead of magnetic media, and doubled its memory.

PRO1 year, 11 months ago

  • New function to merge media owners (when one takes over another)

PRO1 year, 11 months ago

  • Following, loosely, the GOV.uk design patterns I've redesigned the 'contact us' form here. It's significantly simpler HTML; and has much better accessibility as well as tweaked elements (like a square 'submit' button, clearer highlights, and better touch control). This will be the standard for forms going forward. The horribly ugly add a job, will have this style added; as will comments. These won't currently apply to iOS users.

PRO1 year, 11 months ago

  • New job tweets now have images of the employer logo, where known.

PRO1 year, 11 months ago

  • A significant upgrade to "people" pages, where you can now add a variety of URLs. While you can add any URL, we do special things with LinkedIn and Facebook URLs, as well as Periscope and SoundCloud. Here's James Stodd and Matt Deegan, both of whom have a set of these new links added.

Suggestions for further URL types would be welcome here.

PRO1 year, 11 months ago

  • And a much, much prettier login and registration: streamlined language and clearer, more accessible forms for everyone.

PRO1 year, 11 months ago

  • You can now edit people's names, add their gender, and write a short biography. Which is nice.

PRO1 year, 10 months ago

  • "Add a job" is now properly error-checked on submission, and the new-style form styling has been applied to the add-a-job input journey. That removes issues where some people have successfully added a job without completing all the relevant information, which has then behaved unexpectedly when it actually hits the website.

PRO1 year, 10 months ago

  • A date picker has been added (for Chrome users) on the 'add a people' section.
  • The login page now has a button marked "Log in with Google" rather than just "Log in".

PRO1 year, 10 months ago

  • When changing a media title's address, the system now uses Google Places rather than Freebase. This has the (current) drawback of not deduping addresses on entry; which I'll go and fix shortly.

PRO1 year, 10 months ago

  • Updated the tweet button to conform with latest styling from Twitter. (Edited, though, to keep it within a standard size).
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PRO1 year, 9 months ago

  • Added (some) schema.org data to job posting pages, to aid parsing by third parties.

PRO1 year, 9 months ago

  • Corrected code in the jobs place-picker, and manually updated places in the current jobs database to correctly use place_id from Google's API.

PRO1 year, 9 months ago

Users of Google's "Inbox by Gmail" may now see that the top stories are now directly clickable in your inbox. As a reminder - if you're logged-in (which you can do with your Google account), you'll go straight to the story, on whatever website.

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PRO1 year, 9 months ago

  • Article pages - and, by extension, these discussion thread pages, which are article pages too - now have full schema, to aid parsing by third parties: including comments. Corrected an incorrectly-described link to the login section.

PRO1 year, 9 months ago

  • All pages on the site are (now?) gzip-compressed to be delivered quicker.
  • Some small changes have occurred to email to enable decent little avatar images in Inbox and Gmail; and to remove inaccurate Twitter logs.
  • News Article pages now have additional schema for better parsing.

PRO1 year, 8 months ago

  • Individuals can now request not to have their "guessed" email addresses made public on profile pages. There's only one person who's done that, so far, but we thought that was a good thing to enable.
  • Fix for a bug for a new visitor from outside UK/IE/GI, where the selected 'edition', Worldwide, wasn't being correctly highlighted on their first pageview.

1 year, 8 months ago

James, how can one know if their email is shown or not? And what does this "guessed" mean here?

PRO1 year, 8 months ago

  • We've removed the ContentClick advertising on article pages, and sent them an invoice for the last six months' advertising.

Josh - if we know how a company email address works - the 'personal' email field which looks like firstname.surname@bbc.co.uk - then we can make a guess at someone's personal email address. So you'll see Chris Evans's page contains his email address, marked as "possible email".

PRO1 year, 7 months ago

  • To cope with the raft of new launches shortly in the UK, talkSPORT 2 now correctly says "Launches" next to the launch date, instead of the incorrect "Launched".

PRO1 year, 7 months ago

  • On news pages, where a time is quoted, it's now converted to local time based on your computer's current settings.

1 year, 7 months ago

Just ntocied on the Radio Plymouth RAJAR figures page, that you give the TSA to be 259 people, not 259,000. There's a glitch in the system somewhere, not sure if it applies to others to, but noticed it on the Radio Plymouth one.

PRO1 year, 7 months ago

Ian - thanks. We fixed that issue shortly after you noticing.

  • Small changes to our CSS mean a reduction in the amount of fonts your computer will download to display our website. (We've waved goodbye to the headers being in 900 weight.)
  • An addition of AMP format pages for Google's launch later this week. Currently this is only for original content, like this piece about BitTorrent streaming which has a corresponding AMP page here. Of note - the media.info logo there is simply created with HTML. Probably worthwhile just doing that on the full site too, I suppose.
  • Hopefully fixed a broken favicon.

PRO1 year, 7 months ago

  • Bugfix to allow new Instagram accounts to be entered once more. Turns out that an 'INT' field is no longer sufficient in MySQL, since Instagram accounts are now a 64-bit integer. Wake up at the back there. Thanks, MartinP for spotting this.

PRO1 year, 7 months ago

  • Our logo is now generated purely as text. That's one less image your device needs to go and get.

PRO1 year, 7 months ago

  • A few weeks ago (un-remarked in these release notes) the search engine was altered for media titles. Results now occasionally come with a "recommended" link, based on user behaviour. These are geo-targeted results, returning the correct result for the country that a user might be in.

For UK users, for example, a search for 'Smooth' returns the national service (previously buried in the middle of the search results among other Smooth services).

For Australian users, a search for 'Smooth' returns NOVA Entertainment's Smooth FM as the recommended link.

PRO1 year, 6 months ago

  • Facebook opengraph improvements
  • AMP - correctly (kludgily) dealing with extra article images and YouTube embeds
  • Some HTML validation corrections

PRO1 year, 6 months ago

  • A small - hopeful - fix for double-replies that we occasionally see in the forum areas.

PRO1 year, 6 months ago

  • Bugfix: some Facebook URLs were impossible to add. They now work.

PRO1 year, 6 months ago

  • Twitter stats returned to watchlist emails, job conclusion emails, and now display to job posters

PRO1 year, 6 months ago

  • CSS updated to v45: removal of 'go' button in header in favour of search icon.

PRO1 year, 6 months ago

  • Launch of auto-complete for search. This returns successful media title searches including places, and are geo-aware. Auto-complete results are rebuilt every 24 hours.

PRO1 year, 6 months ago

  • Corrected a small typo which broke the menu in the mobile version.

PRO1 year, 6 months ago

  • A few small changes to the footer for iPhone 5 users. It's the ugliest thing in the world, the footer, and I'd like to rework it when I've a minute.

PRO1 year, 6 months ago

  • I am now able to ban users from posting new comments and topics.

1 year, 6 months ago

Duplicates in the Trending media news section again.
You can't fix it, James, can you? :)

Editing: they are 'triplicates' now - https://media.info/television/news/all-macarena-stunt-launches-new-nashville-translator

PRO1 year, 5 months ago

Josh - a search for macarena returns one post. So I'm a bit confused as to why it is appearing three times! I'll keep trying to spot this happening. Without being able to spot that as it happens, I can't really fix this issue.

  • Some fiddling with discussion email alerts, in an attempt to make them correctly thread in Gmail or Inbox. I'm a little annoyed that they don't.
  • New feature - a logo-maker for VW and Skoda cars - which has had a few updates since going live last week after user feedback. This is currently UK-only, since it relies on transmission data only imported for UK services.

PRO1 year, 5 months ago

  • Turning the Twitter "hey, we've just added you!" notifications back on. Let's see if it still makes those visible to everyone.

1 year, 5 months ago

Josh - a search for macarena returns one post. So I'm a bit confused as to why it is appearing three times! I'll keep trying to spot this happening. Without being able to spot that as it happens, I can't really fix this issue.

Well, James, I could phone you. I might have one of your numbers somewhere.
When you see the +7 country code, don't answer immediately but rather open that site. I should find it and put it into my phone-book first though...

PRO1 year, 5 months ago

  • We turned the Twitter notification back off. Seems there's a small bug with Twitter. Heh - who knew?!
  • Pro users now get, as part of their service, automatic forwarding of external news stories. This was given to all registered users, but I thought I'd trial making this available just for Pro users. We'll open Pro up to all non-EU countries shortly; at present you can only become a Pro user if you're in the UK, but we'll add US and Australian prices shortly. The rest of the EU will be able to purchase a Pro account in August, when media.info is owned by an Australian, rather than UK, company.

PRO1 year, 5 months ago

  • I'm currently debugging excessive database traffic. As a consequence, the latest update includes optimisations for some queries, and removal of others. The site ought to run faster as a result, and database traffic has decreased. I suspect there are more optimisations to achieve. I also plan to upgrade to MySQL 5.7 at some stage early next week.
  • A bug with multiple, empty, iOS entries for some media titles has been squished.

PRO1 year, 5 months ago

  • Database traffic has been fixed with those optimisations above, and I've also given the database more storage space to play with.
  • Pro is now open to all non-EU countries. We support US$, A$ and £ payments, which are detected automatically. As part of that, the 'go pro' message which appears under banners will now appear for all non-pro users.
  • News forwarding for Pro users is now faster. The splash page animation is there to capture that page as a pageview and thus contribute to the news algorithm; but while that's waiting for a response from Google Analytics, it's also pre-rendering the page, so it should snap into place. Useful to learn about that.
  • News pages for non-Pro users now contain "more news" from that news category, and tidied messaging about Pro accounts.
  • If you're an EU user wishing to become pro, you're welcome to contact us (using the site feedback link, below) for some good news.

PRO1 year, 4 months ago

  • Update to enable 'page level ads' from Google AdSense, and also to switch away from Doubleclick back to what I call 'classic AdSense' ads. Non-pro users will see ads that fit the page a little better, since AdSense ads can be properly responsive. You may also see "vignettes" and "anchor" ads - a vignette is an interstitial, where an "anchor" ad will display unobtrusively at the bottom of a page. It's also worthwhile knowing that becoming a pro user removes all advertising, including these new formats.

PRO1 year, 4 months ago

  • Enabled Facebook Instant Articles for any article page (this is an article page, as is any news page).

PRO1 year, 4 months ago

  • Small amendments to Facebook Instant Articles (including analytics), as well as a change to the email you get when you enter a new job.

PRO1 year, 4 months ago

  • A significant update to "listen" pages for UK radio stations, with updated DAB transmission data. You'll note - for example - Virgin Radio's page now tells you that the station's on DAB. We'll do a similar update to FM transmitters shortly. This data is sourced directly from Ofcom, but using a new, better, ingest system.

PRO1 year, 4 months ago

  • Some significant speed-related work. Media title logos, article images and page furniture are now cached correctly ('forever') (which meant a few hundred thousand re-writes into the Amazon S3 bucket that powers those, which was fun and possibly costly). Also, fixed a bug to set this metadata in the first place.
  • Article images, from now on, will be progressively encoded (speeding up initial display), and will be also sharper on retina screens, being the only images that weren't. File-sizes for those article images have decreased.
  • Logo images, from now on, will also be smaller in filesize.
  • A change in the Facebook loading script has removed a render blocker.
  • A change in the Google fonts loading script has also removed a blocker there.
  • Directory pages, if you're not logged-in, are now held at the edge cache for 24 hours (seven days in the case of the logo archives). If you are logged-in, they're now only cached for 10 seconds instead of the previous 20.
  • Other pages are now cached for 10 minutes instead of the previous five, if you're not signed-in.
  • Moved the cookie warning back to the header bar rather than its own header, which was too wide for some mobile devices.

PRO1 year, 4 months ago

  • Tweaking the news algorithm this afternoon, to catch more news of interest from over a hundred different news sources.

PRO1 year, 4 months ago

  • Bugfix to the jQuery library loading script.
  • Added Oman as a valid country (hello, Hi FM, including telephone formatting).
  • Bugfix for Radiofeeds on Irish radio stations.
  • Social media sharer on relevant emails.
  • Added LinkedIn to social media sharers.
  • Size hints for article images and brandbanners to aid render time; and made brandbanners and people images progressive.
  • Updated Twitter follow button graphics throughout.
  • Removed Twitter JavaScript in footer, and replaces button with static image.
  • Removed Instagram button, since it does nothing that the accompanying link doesn't. Removed bold text for this link.
  • Re-worked the "add an address", to remove questions it doesn't need ("country"), give a map to aid clarity, and prefill the Australian state while we're at it.

1 year, 4 months ago

It's your updates, James. Reported an issue via Facebook's PM. Tech: Firefox 46 (up-to-date), Windows XP Home Edition SP3.

PRO1 year, 4 months ago

  • Fixed a bug which affected UK readers (thanks to Josh for reporting it).
  • Noted the font flicker (again, thanks to Josh). Evaluating what to do there.
  • Also, added "How do we get our media title listed" and a few search tips to the site feedback page.

PRO1 year, 4 months ago

  • Removal of a SELECT query in the header, and removal of an array-walk
  • Reverting the font code. Users will see no more font flicker. This code (Google's own) was also causing only one graph to show up: pretty important on RAJAR day to get them all showing!

1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks (image) Seems working.
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1 year, 3 months ago

Switch to Worldwide and log-in issues happening again...

PRO1 year, 3 months ago

  • Added a function to delete broadcastURIs from the directory
  • Additional edit icons in directory pages
  • Added correct number format for Australian 1800 numbers

PRO1 year, 3 months ago

  • Removal of graphical header in media.info/daily email; replaced with text.
  • Added text header in all other emails for consistency.
  • Added an email alerting about new edits to a title you've previously edited.
  • Added an additional unsubscribe flag in your settings to turn this off.

PRO1 year, 3 months ago

  • Added 'Australia' in the top navigation, replacing 'Gibraltar' (sorry to those on the Rock, though Gibraltar lives on in the footer). We have a beta directory service in Australia, with media news and radio station information; very few entries yet in the television and print media areas. You can help us!
  • Switched Google AdSense to an Australian account for legal reasons. No ads will appear for the next twelve hours or so, while approval is sought.
  • Turned off Google AdSense Search results in our search feature. We may bring those back at some stage, though revenue was low.
  • Significant work behind the scenes for our transition to being operated by an Australian company - so we should be able to just flip a switch on July 1.
  • Quite a lot of reworking of the news aggregation service. This is now, mostly, instantaneous instead of having to wait for sometimes an hour to check RSS feeds. We should decommission the old polling service early next week.

PRO1 year, 3 months ago

  • Tweaked new title entry page (for directory editors only). Now uses Google Knowledge Graph rather than the deprecated Freebase.
  • Fixed layout issues in adding a postal address for media titles. Also it now adds the postal code as well as state/territory for Australian addresses.
  • Adding telephone numbers: the form now autofocuses on the telephone number field for speed.
  • In directory pages, where 'people' only contained people listings from owners, the 'People' header wasn't displaying. It does now.
  • Fixed a silent error on adding a Facebook page.
  • Space to breathe - the right-hand column (on desktop) is now 300px wide and never stretches to 336px. The infoBlock (the main blocks of a directory page) now has a minimum height of 52px to cut down on the slightly uneven look.

PRO1 year, 3 months ago

  • edit media
    • refreshed 'add an email address', 'add a URL', 'add a Facebook account', 'add a Twitter account' UX, including autofocus for speed.
    • Twitter now accepts Twitter URLs as well as Twitter names.
    • Adding people now accepts partial dates once more
  • add a title - refreshed UX, including autofocus for speed
  • refreshed footer style to look less rubbish, and to add space to breathe at the bottom

PRO1 year, 3 months ago

  • Use of srcset and a new image resizer script to produce better, faster images and use less data. In use on the front page, on 'trending' data in the right-hand column, and in article pages, for article images and article image thumbnails. Retina images should still be displayed for retina-capable devices. To come for other thumbnails.

PRO1 year, 2 months ago

  • Made new image resizer output progressive JPGs and PNGs
  • Twitter profile banners, used within the directory, are now resized appropriately and updated up to a week faster
  • Station logos are now resized in directory pages, job pages and in thumbnails throughout the website
  • Added Last-Modifieds to logos and twitter banners
  • PNGs now using maximum compression
  • Removal of Facebook like plugin at bottom of page
  • Corrected bug in wideimage to add Content-Type for jpgs

1 year, 2 months ago

James,
1) station logos on station pages look too narrow - either not so resize, or align, or embed within another, title line then;
2) improvement needed: Wiki new, but abstart is from an old wiki edit (outdated) - either manual shake-up or something automatic, please.

PRO1 year, 2 months ago

  1. Any chance of a screenshot? We don't have all station logos as wide as we'd like. Capital FM London is about right (I've just sourced a larger one).
  2. Wikipedia abstracts aren't automatically updated currently. I'll look into that.

PRO1 year, 2 months ago

  • New footer, with statistics and clearer navigation links. Statistics script runs every ten minutes. The icons aren't actually adding any extra bloat, and you'll see more of them in future.

PRO1 year, 2 months ago

  • Top chevrons also turned into icons from the same material icon set, reducing page byte size. CSS also slimmed.

PRO1 year, 2 months ago

  • Some small changes to the stylesheet, to assist with highlighting some elements and modernise.
  • A few cosmetic changes to the admin area and queue.

PRO1 year, 2 months ago

  • Improved images for Facebook sharing, including a guaranteed size for media titles and articles.

PRO1 year, 2 months ago

  • Fixing some W3C validation regressions in the footer and in directory pages

PRO1 year, 2 months ago

  • A small fix for job logos not displaying on mobile (and, indeed, causing some server stress while the system gamely searched for a non-existent image)

PRO1 year, 2 months ago

  • Some small changes to the square logo image sizer, to ensure less stress on a server which is a little sad at the moment

PRO1 year, 1 month ago

Faster images for 'people' pages, which are now resized and srcsetted (though Twitter only now returns 500x500 images at maximum, which is a shame).

PRO1 year, 1 month ago

  • Removed non-original articles from Google index.
  • Changed sitemap to reference all original articles, not third-party news stories.
  • Added AMP articles where releveant to sitemap.
  • Error-checking in image resizer for articles in case of retrieval errors.
  • Breadcrumbs are now in JSON-LD format.
  • "Edit a job" entirely rewritten and made much nicer.

PRO1 year ago

Some signficant back-end changes today. We're now using CloudFlare as a CDN instead of Amazon CloudFront. This should result in a (yet) faster website; but will also result in a secure website that works on older computers and networks. CloudFlare uses a 'proper' SSL certificate, not a SNI one. We'll see.

As with any fundemental change like this, things may go wrong. I suspect they won't, but if pages appear stale, or don't load, please do shout.

PRO12 months ago

Some small changes to move more static content over to Cloudflare (including Twitter and Facebook share buttons, and country flags). These have also been agressively optimised, and are, on average, 25% smaller in size.

A short amount of downtime in the last five minutes to update the webserver to the latest Amazon Linux build, which required a reboot. Users would still have been able to access the website during the downtime, but just with a Cloudflare notice at the top of the page.

PRO11 months, 2 weeks ago

Slow performance yesterday, caused by a database issue. This is now fixed.

PRO11 months, 2 weeks ago

Article pages (this is an article page) and jobs pages are now AMP-enabled, resulting in a faster display on most modern computers and significantly-less bandwidth being used.

You'll see some small regressions in layout, since AMP no longer allows some JavaScript and other elements in the page. The 'trending' box on the right-hand side of this page is displaying a little strangely, too - again, due to the limitations placed on pages by AMP. I'll tidy those up shortly.

And an announcement of (yay!) reduced functionality: images are now no longer acceptable in comments. Fans of amusing smilies may now try them in text; but this feature was not otherwise being used to enhance these discussion forums. ;^0

PRO10 months, 4 weeks ago

Some regressions with AMP implementation - notably errors on form submits. Probably fixed now.

PRO10 months, 4 weeks ago

Some regressions with AMP implementation - notably errors on form submits. Probably fixed now.

PRO10 months, 4 weeks ago

Some regressions with AMP implementation - notably errors on form submits. Probably fixed now?

PRO10 months, 4 weeks ago

This pretty well works now.

PRO10 months, 4 weeks ago

...and here's one last test.

PRO10 months, 2 weeks ago

Updated the Facebook code throughout. It no longer parses the page for FBML, and is now using the latest SDK build. Verified that sign-in works as expected.

Also updated the Google login code, including fixing a bug if you visit the login page directly.

PRO10 months ago

We're now correctly listing UK radio station FM frequencies again. Here's a full list of FM radio stations.

PRO10 months ago

We now show 'other people on media.info' at the bottom of people pages, like Victoria Fritz's page.

Technically, the people featured a) have an image, and b) are popular recent landing pages - i.e. people searching things like Google and other places to find these peoples' listings. Following the links won't, therefore, mean they become more popular. The only way to 'game' the system is to search for people on Google and then click on the media.info page, and you can only do that once every fifteen minutes.

They are also edition-dependent, so users using the Australian edition should see more Aussies in that list, as well as global media professionals.

The lists of people are updated every day.

Quite pleased with the algorithm here!

10 months ago

James, what is this now?

Message: Thank you for posting! Refresh the page to see your message.

And after the refresh, there remained the input text in the comment writing box that I typed.
Is this an Aussie style now?:)

PRO10 months ago

That little message is a bit of a kludge, caused by the fact that these pages are now served in AMP, Google's super-fast but not-very-extensible method of serving web pages. What ought to happen is that it should post the comment and then display it inline in the web browser page, but that would mean I have to write lots of code to do that. I've not yet prioritised that work, so the rather messy solution that you highlight is now in place for now.

10 months ago

Now the "Post" button didn't seem to be working - just being highlighted and nothing loads or reloads. That's why 7 same posts in there.
And when I clicked Site feedback, I appeared thrown out from log, clicked that thread and didn't find any fresh comments of mine though the thread preview did show one. In thread I logged in again, only then I saw those 7 replies.
Would you mind? The site seemed to work all right some time ago, why are you trying to improve? Hot south winter? (image)

10 months ago

Now the "Post" button didn't seem to be working - just being highlighted and nothing loads or reloads. That's why 7 same posts in there.
And when I clicked Site feedback, I appeared thrown out from log, clicked that thread and didn't find any fresh comments of mine though the thread preview did show one. In thread I logged in again, only then I saw those 7 replies.
Would you mind? The site seemed to work all right some time ago, why are you trying to improve? Hot south winter? (image)

10 months ago

Now I can't seem to see my posted image (a smilie), only some (image) as a placeholder.
What's up? Did you disallow images?
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PRO10 months ago

Yes. From above in this list...

And an announcement of (yay!) reduced functionality: images are now no longer acceptable in comments. Fans of amusing smilies may now try them in text; but this feature was not otherwise being used to enhance these discussion forums. ;^0

PRO10 months ago

Just reading your earlier comments... which "post" button are you referring to (there are two on this page)?

If ever you are "logged-out", try simply refreshing the page - hold down the shift key makes it fully reload - and you should be logged-in again. I've just had a thought about what might cause that to happen: I might go and take a look.

Do you use Opera with the VPN switched on? I can't remember.

I agree that the little message isn't brilliant, and I'd like to make it nicer. As ever, it's a choice between other things on the site and this one.

PRO9 months, 4 weeks ago

I agree that the little message isn't brilliant, and I'd like to make it nicer.

And, as of right now, it is nicer. When you post a reply, it gets posted automatically within the page. That's nice.

9 months, 4 weeks ago

Just reading your earlier comments... which "post" button are you referring to (there are two on this page)?

The "submit" one.


Do you use Opera with the VPN switched on? I can't remember.

It wasn't Opera yet.
Yes, I restrain now from using Opera Presto, having a couple of alternatives.

9 months, 4 weeks ago

And, as of right now, it is nicer. When you post a reply, it gets posted automatically within the page. That's nice.

However having it "reload to see full" though.
It's better now, yes. The text input stays in box though.

Smilies -- pity. Drowning in tears right now.

PRO9 months, 2 weeks ago

  • Corrected an out-dated RSS feed reference in the media jobs indexes, and tweaked some words on those.
  • On "how to listen" pages for radio stations, have clarified for UK stations when a station is not available on FM, to better reflect search activity.

PRO9 months, 2 weeks ago

  • Jobs index pages are now in AMP, and use tables rather than the "thumblock" structure.

PRO9 months ago

A short spot of unexpected maintenance, to roll back a foolish database change.

Also, a short, personal welcome email from me, which will be kicked off if you've not had it already, and if your account has been updated in the last 24 hours (normally done when you log in).

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