[11 Jan - 18 Apr] - 'What's up?' (Update 4)


18 Apr


Mini update in the comment section below.






08 Mar


Mini update in the comment section below.






07 Feb


Mini update in the comment section below.






04 Feb


Mini update in the comment section below.






03 Feb


Hi everyone,


Since last update we've been working on replacing the gibberish and the question marks (punctuation, accents) remaining on the site. 


Hundreds of thousands of records are involved, so this is a long one.


What we managed this week :


-  All texts'  Title & Body are cleared of gibberish and question marks (2005-2020).


NB:  If you have many texts in your archive in another language than English, we would need your help in finding out which characters the gibberish currently displayed needs to be replaced with before we can correct them.  We're unfortunately unable to do it on our own 'cause we don't know your language.  Sorry about that :-/ 


What we're currently working on :


-  Comments on texts & exhibitions

-  Author name on profile page

-  Profile page presentations & fortune cookie


We'll be back with more soon...






25 Jan


Hi everyone,


Last night we think we managed to fix the character display issue which showed question marks (instead of apostrophes, quotes, and accents) in Texts and Comments, for some members of the site, and in all Private Messages. 


So, you'll notice that your new posts will display correctly now.


As for the question marks & gibberish (instead of the correct characters) on the site, we are sorting out a way to find and replace all instances of them in our database.  So, this part will take a little while longer.


We also fixed the NOT SECURE warning about connecting on PoetBay (http:// to https://).


We'll be back with more soon...






19 Jan


Hi everyone,


We’ve put up new changes on the site today.  We hope that they will enable you to organize and share your works in an easier way. 


We’ve added:


  →  a new menu link on My Page titled Tags.  From here, only when logged

        into your account, you can view lists of your texts, by tag that you’ve set

        on your texts.  You can also edit your tagged texts from that list with

        the Edit link.


*NB:  Although this view is private to the account holder, be aware that ALL tags saved to a text are always PUBLIC.  It’s the listing and editing that is private.


  →  a new menu tab on Poet Home page (clicking on a writer’s name link

        will get you there) titled Tags.  From here, visitors can view the author’s

        lists of texts that have tags set to them.


We think this will add to the sharing experience as well as enhance the possibility to organize and better manage your PoetBay archive of texts.


We’ve also added:


  →  a basic text Title search option of your own account’s archive of texts. 

        On My Page, click on Texts, and the search box is at the top.


We thought this may be useful for members who have hundreds of texts in their account.


This work can be considered as major changes on the site, so although we’ve done all of the extensive testing possible, it’s possible we may have skipped an order of action or an IF consideration to test.  Hopefully not, but should a problem pop up, please let us know and we’ll fix it.


We have a few more changes we plan to bring to the site, but for now, we think we’re ready to tackle the character display issue.  It’s one of two remaining issues from the move to the new server.  We couldn’t continue fixing those before completing more of the tidying/normalizing of the code, which is what we moved along these past couple weeks.  Finally ready to start :-)


This is a big one too, involving a lot of thinking and figuring out for the best solution.  So, thinking caps on, we’re off ;-)


That’s it for now.  But do let us know about any of the changes… we’re very much interested to know if everything is ok and that we’re not disrupting your usual experience of the site.


We’ll be back with more soon…






11 Jan


Hi everyone,


We've moved on with the fixes/changes this week (we're still keeping the issues list up-to-date here: www.poetbay.com/whatsup.php).  Here's what we've done, and a bit of an explanation on some of it :


  →  Added a new section (Featured Photos) for the home page selections by

        the Editors where exhibition pictures from members can be featured,

        above the Books selections.


  →   Finished the tweaks for the Editors' Dashboard.


  →   Fixed the access to comments in the Diary section.


  →   Included the display of former Supporters' published Books and

          Exhibitions in the Galleries.


  →   Added the display of the publishing date on books in the Books gallery.


  →   Made a final adjustment in the profile page Archive's layout (width) to

          accommodate skipping years in the calendar.


  →  Fixed the Category link (in My Bookmarks) displaying a blank page when

        there was no more than one category (default).  Now it displays correctly

        and it's possible to place your bookmarks in your own made categories.


  →   Fixed challenge Themes created by creators who have deleted their



           •  In order to keep the challenge going and not affect the challenge text

               submissions, those themes are reverted to the Editorial Team to



  →   Challenge themes make more user-friendly (first stage complete, we're

         still in the tweaking process):


           •  We think we've so far managed to simplify this feature a little bit

               more for you.  It is no longer necessary to submit a text before

               publishing a challenge theme for others to participate.

           •  The creator of the challenge theme can submit a text or not, it is

               optional.  The first text submitted to the challenge will be displayed

               as the example of the challenge theme, under the Description. 

           •  We think doing it like that will open up the way to ideas without

               obliging the one who comes up with an idea to have to write an

               example text before others can participate.  Let us know what you

               think about it.


  →   Display on Today's Texts page the latest challenge Theme posted.  If

         the latest challenge theme posted is older than 5 days, then no NEW

         CHALLENGE will show on Today's Texts.



We're working on finishing up the challenge Themes, as well as the My Tags tab/section on profile page that we'd started.  Things are moving along very well.


We'll be back with more soon...







For more information on challenge Themes (How to create a challenge theme and How to participate in them), we've prepared this basic How-To:  PoetBay Challenge Themes Guide.



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Editorial Team The PoetBay support member heart!
Hi everyone,

Things are strange for all at the moment... we hope everyone is doing as best as possible in the circumstances. We're ok, just preoccupied with other matters our life needs sorted and the further complications brought on by this global health crisis. That's why all proceeding with the end of our fixes as well as updates have been suspended for the time being until things clear up again. We look forward to picking it back up as soon as it's possible.

We thank you for your ever precious understanding. Stay safe and healthy, all. We'll be back...


Editorial Team The PoetBay support member heart!
Hi everyone,

We've had to take another break to carry on with the bureaucratic mess we've been in for the last 11 months, and also to take care of our health. We're not quite free yet to finish up the work here, but as soon as we are, we'll be back!

Today we fixed an issue with the applauds log that wasn't updating as and when a new 'applaud' was received on texts.

We'll be back with more as soon as possible...


Editorial Team The PoetBay support member heart!
Hi everyone,

We completed the last of the gibberish cleanup in the texts for members who are using the HTML editor in their account. So it's all done now.

However, as mentioned earlier, for members who have texts in other languages than English, we can't correct those without your help on account that we don't know your language and guess which characters the gibberish should be replaced with.

If you have many texts in another language in your archive, and you would like to avoid correcting them one by one yourself, contact us so we can correct them for you.

We're now on to the last item on our issues list from the move to the new server (bloated counts for visits on your texts and page). We're not sure how much control we can implement on that issue, but we're going to try our best to limit the activity of webcrawlers (Google page indexers), etc. which are the culprits of this bloat.

We'll be back with more soon...


Editorial Team The PoetBay support member heart!
Hi everyone,

We finished the following:

- Comments on texts & exhibitions
- Author name on profile page
- Profile page presentations & fortune cookie

We just noticed that some of the texts' gibberish was converted into HTML code for members who use the HTML editor in their account. So we're working on those texts today...


ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
You are carrying out a grand work for us all. For this we are very appreciative for all that you are doing for us. And good luck with understanding my dyslexic wordariting. ;)
Ken D

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
I we all thank you greatly appresaite all that you are accomplishing on our behalf you are all doing so well. :)
Ken D

Thank you to all poetbay staff..

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Thank you both, Isabelle, hugs.
Ken D

liz munro The PoetBay support member heart!
Thanks Isabelle
Love the bay

Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Woo-hoo, woo-hoo, / thousand thank-coos to you! / from everyone at Coo & Co! :>)

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Editorial Team The PoetBay support member heart!
Hi everyone,

We've finished the challenge Themes tweaks we had left to do to say this item is completed. These last points were resolved today:

- Choosing and setting a theme to a new text or an existing text (moved to draft first) now fully works.

- The problem with new lines (breaks) getting stripped out in the Description part of a theme is fixed.

- The website cache for the counter on how many texts are in a challenge theme (displayed on Today's Texts) wasn't updating when a new text was submitted to the challenge. Now fixed.

Unless you report any issues with it, this one is done. We'll be back with more soon...


liz munro The PoetBay support member heart!
THANK YOU for the hard work you do to
maintain such a wonderful site