#cohost corner

huge week with a ton of small fixes and improvements. extremely exciting stuff.

first, on activations: we’re floating around the cap again so, while we’re still doing daily activation batches, they’re smaller than they were previously. we’ve got some work in progress that will (hopefully) give us another boost in cohost Plus! subscriptions so we can start activating more users again.

more exciting news: starting in september, @jessfromonline will be joining the team part-time for the next few months! she’ll be focusing on bug fixes (she’s got a few in this week’s patch notes already!) so that colin and jae can focus entirely on Features and other big chunks of work. we’re thrilled to have the extra set of hands moving forward.

now, patch notes!

  • changed where the post composer takes you after saving a post:
    • draft? takes you to the drafts page
    • everything else? takes you where you just were
  • added a preview of where a manual “read more” will sit in the post composer
  • changed the post editor and profile editor to warn you if you’re trying to leave without saving
  • changed the behavior of the dashboard to only refresh when you ask for new posts, instead of refreshing continuously
    • also fixed a bug that would alert you of Ghost Posts
  • added a setting to hide the number of unread notifications in the sidebar
    • you’ll just get a blank egg! further freedom from the tyranny of Numbers
    • also: this is jess’s first change to the site! wow!
  • changed the order of our <head> tags to hopefully prevent the Flash of Unstyled Content common referred to as “purple cohost”
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Greetings from the posting factory! Unfortunately, jae’s general Fatigue and Brain Fog continues unabated so we remain at a lower capacity than normal. That said, we’re just hit the “on” switch on a feature we’ve been excited about: link previews!

On any post, adding a link on its own line will add a preview! This can be a player for youtube, soundcloud, etc, or just a summary card for other sites! The post preview shows how it’ll look so try it out there!

This only applies to bare URLs! Making a markdown link [like this](https://cohost.org) or including the URL in other text won’t embed it! You can also disable embedding by wrapping it in angle brackets like this: <https://cohost.org>

If you don’t ever want to see embeds, you can fully disable them in the user settings.

That’s the big one this week, but we’ve got other changes too! And we’ve got some example uses of embeds after the read more!

  • deleted comments are no longer included in the displayed comment count
  • deleted comments that no one has replied to are no longer displayed
    • finally, the “[deleted]” of shame is gone… but only if you’re fast
  • fixed a bug where we were showing the pause button on normal jpegs and such
  • added a horizontal separator before footnote definitions

that’s all for this week! keep reading for some Things We Think Are Cool :host-joy:

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an edited photo of the korean magpie wearing a party hat with a pattern of eggbugs. there is also an eggbug on the ground

i wouldnt usually ask for anything but it is my website and i do what i want so:

i would love it if you subscribed to cohost Plus! today! :host-plead:

this is genuinely the best job i've ever had and i would really like it to keep existing. working at assc has been a dream come true; i love my coworkers, i love our little website, and i love eggbug. :host-love: Subscribing to cohost Plus! literally keeps eggbug fed and the site running- our company is run like a good old fashioned small business, with a good old fashioned small business loan and some good old fashioned elbow grease.

just five human dollars a month gets you those INCREDIBLE host emoji, but more importantly, supports independent social media that's not profiting off your exploitation. even JUST since launch, we've shipped:

  • alt text
  • gif pausing
  • low animation mode
  • user and tag search

folks, it's been a month, and jae was out sick with covid for half of it! That's an incredible ship rate! We've also fixed a ton of bugs and made changes to the adult content warning system based on feedback from y'all. I get to brag about this because i'm not an engineer; i cannot express enough just how hard jae and colin have been crushing code. i just answer tickets and make website pretty. At our core, we just want to create a sustainable site made with love and healthy labor practices.

idk folks im just really proud of this little eggbug playground. i hope you like it too.

:host-love: aidan

it has, somehow, been just about 6 months since we launched in the friends and family beta! :host-joy: that rules!

jae’s mostly back now but somehow managed to get sick again (which they are very mad about) so is back to somewhat limited availability unfortunately.

also, in case you missed it, we were featured in The Verge today! thanks @alexis for reaching out to talk to us, we love that people are still excited about what’s going on here.

here’s what’s new this week:

  • you can now pause gifs in posts!
  • you can also disable animated gifs in avatars and headers!
    • this one’s new as of like five minutes ago!!!
  • fixed a bug where “read more” would be positioned incorrectly for posts with images
  • issued a temporary workaround to the “bee movie bug”
  • fixed an issue where unfollowing someone wouldn’t actually remove stuff they'd already posted from your feed
    • would you guess that this was a loop iteration bug? because it was
  • added a temporary workaround for the ongoing issue where javascript can fail to load
    • we’re still figuring out the exact cause but now, in most cases, we’ll try again instead of just failing immediately
  • made some internal changes to the post creation and update APIs to fix a bug that allowed for Invalid Posts. read more here!

that’s all for this week! no firm plans for what’s coming up next week because we all finished our current work at about the same time and are still figuring that out, but we’re thinking about various things to work on around content filtering and building self-service tools to handle frequent support requests.

thanks for using cohost! :eggbug: :host-love: