LEB/LET Improvements & Feedback
The work continues to improve our community and the websites behind it. I wanted to provide a review of what we've done the last two weeks along with what is coming the next couple of weeks:
Completed in the past two weeks:
New hosting platform setup entirely on virtualized resources at numerous hosting providers.
CloudFlare setup and migrated for both LEB and LET
Low End Box WP and plugins all updated.
Low End Box moved to new hosting platform
Low End Talk environment prepared on new hosting platform, migration scheduled for 2/16/2020 -- Updated, this was completed as scheduled tonight!
Low End Talk plugins updated
Low End Talk email fixed and SSL fixed
Low End Talk registration fixed
New writer hired (and discussed rules with her so mistakes happen less often)
Hired community member Northern (on discord) to write 4 tutorials per month
Discussed future of LEB and LET and my commitment to making our community better with @trewq at length and discussed specific ideas we could implement. Started the same conversation with the balance of the moderation team.
Fixed the LET help desk (which we'll officially start using shortly, pending convo with the mods)
Got on Discord so I am readily available to anyone who needs me
Updated and cleaned up the LEB help desk
Removed all references to Deluxe and ColoCrossing
Removed all static banner ads
Reduced the amount of ad positions available through BSA to increase the value to our advertisers
Shuffled some content positioning to make LEB and LET a little cleaner
Updated some of the old LEB content pages to make things more consistent and uniform.
Answered a whole lot of questions on LET and Discord
Posted this thread on LET and a thread on LEB asking for feedback
Gained access to all social platforms and posted on Facebook for the first time
Additional Items Completed as of 2/21/2020
Low End Box email subscriber form on the main page is fixed. It will now send you a confirmation email upon joining and then send you notices each time a new offer is submitted.
A second Low End Box tutorial writer from our community has been hired to provide paid content.
A social integration has been completed for Low End Box so that posts are automatically pushed to Facebook
A voting system to allow users to rate offers has been added to Low End Box
Prep and testing is underway to update Low End Talk's vanilla installation, which is scheduled for next weekend.
Work continues to troubleshoot why nested comments are not working on Low End Box... working theory is it's CloudFlare related
Low End Box and Low End Talk email are now sending via Amazon SES
The Low End Talk helpdesk has been cleared down of all old tickets and all new tickets have been replied to, or nearly all. Thanks to our mod team for their great work there.
The Low End Talk helpdesk now properly sends email confirmations upon ticket submissions to the end user
The Low End Box helpdesk has been cleared down and all old tickets replied to and closed. We've received a lot of new offers recently so we're going to be working to get those written up the next few weeks
More work has been done to clean up the back ends and remove old static ads from HVH, ChicagoVPS and ColoCrossing
We've been making changes to Low End Box offers that do not conform to our rules or have other issues (thank you community for pointing these things out).
We are investigating a bug with the mobile LET theme
We are monitoring the loads on the new hosting platform and making changes as needed to make sure the websites stay super fast and stable.
In addition to all of that we are still working to make a bunch of other changes as previously described. More is on the way.
For the next couple weeks we have the following planned:
Removing the email mailing list block from Low End Talk
Simplifying the Low End Talk header
Allowing comments on the threads generated on Low End Talk from Low End Box as suggested by our community members
Cleaning up some of the announcement threads so that the main view of LET is cleaner
Posting content written by our community members on LEB
Hiring more community members to write paid content for LEB
Improving the SEO of LEB and LET
Monitor and tweak the new hosting platform as needed
Ease up on some of the Cloud Flare rules to make sure no one is getting hit with 503's, etc.
Work to make the mobile version of LET better (I need suggestions here)
Research how we can improve the LET search function
Update Vanilla and fix a few back end issues
Setup the social integration between LEB, LET and Facebook and Twitter
Consider posting LET offers on LEB as suggested by our community members.
And of course I am eager to hear more feedback on all fronts.
Thanks for the efforts so far folks!