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A New Look for The Energy Collective

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Dear friends of The Energy Collective,

As you can see, the Energy Collective has been given a face-lift.

The renewal was necessary, most of all for technical reasons. The previous website ran on a very old system (Drupal) that was no longer being given technical support. Therefore, we migrated TEC to WordPress.

We hope that you like the new look! The functionality of the site have not been essentially changed, and you should find everything much like it was before. We have contacted our bloggers and users to inform about the changes and the need to create a new password.

You can find information on how to post content here, with more information in the Help section here.

For us, as the new owners of The Energy Collective, the migration to the new site means we can now gradually start adding new functionality and other changes that will hopefully improve the website in multiple ways. We fully intend The Energy Collective to continue to live up to its slogan, to be a platform for “The World’s Best Thinkers on Energy and Climate”.

If you have any technical questions, please send an email to support@theenergycollective.com.

If you have suggestions or comments about the website, please send an email to editor@theenergycollective.com, or to our Content Moderator Aaron Weiner at aaron.weiner@theenergycollective.com

Thank you for support!

Karel Beckman, Editorial Director, karel.beckman@theenergycollective.com

Matthew James, Business Director, matthew.james@theenergycollective.com

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Ike Bottema's picture
Ike Bottema on Mar 29, 2016 5:20 pm GMT

Your RSS feed only allows 10 previous posts. I’d suggest you allow as many as possible since there are sometimes many articles published each day.

Engineer- Poet's picture
Engineer- Poet on Mar 29, 2016 6:31 pm GMT

I couldn’t find this post in the last 10 screens of old posts (which took a VERY long time to sort through) so I wound up posting it in the newest post also.  I only re-discovered this because it wound up listed in the new comments.

Among the problems we now have:
1. List tags aren’t allowed. Not flagged, just stripped without notice.
2. ALL hyperlinks to previous posts/comments are defunct, 404. Nobody thought to implement redirects for them.
3. ALL formatting has been stripped from the copied-over comments. Indents, italics, things distinguishing quoted material from new text… stripped, and vast amounts of intelligibility utterly destroyed in the process.
4. The link to change to “oldest first” sort doesn’t work.
5. Comment hyperlinks are now harder to use than under Drupal. Instead of simply having a link, one must (a) click the “link” icon, (b) click inside the box that appears, (c) select-all and copy (3 keystrokes minimum), (d) click in the address bar, (e) right-click and then FINALLY (f) select “paste-and-go”. Whoever came up with this should be removed from all administrative roles, effective immediately. It is beyond outrageously stupid, it is malign.
6. Worst of all, attempting to use the permalink on an only comment (first in the thread) did NOT link to the comment, but the “respond” box! I was able to get the correct comment link using Domain Inspector (the comments section is not included if you “view page source”), so it’s obviously available to whatever generates the page and SHOULD be used to make a straight hyperlink.
7. Comment edit box is way too small.
8.  Comment notification box is checked by default, doesn’t remember previous un-checks.

I strongly suggest that comments be closed, all comments made under WordPress mailed back to the commenters with the URLs of the discussions where they were posted, and the conversion re-done PROPERLY once the admins have figured out how to fix the conversion issues.

Willem Post's picture
Willem Post on Mar 29, 2016 9:41 pm GMT

Engineer Poet,

I was reading your comment.

It appears to me like a butcher job. Totally incredible.

It needs to be redone, including all the bells and whistles.

It needs to beta tested, before going live.

My posted articles are the OLD versions.

I cannot let people see these old versions, because of many significant changes and additions.

I may have to delete my articles.

I want the MOST RECENT VERSIONS of my articles posted.
I want the EDIT function restored; no edit function, no more articles from me, for sure!!
I want the LIKES count function restored.
If possible, I want the VIEWS count function restored.

I hope Karel reads this.

Willem Post's picture
Willem Post on Mar 30, 2016 3:17 am GMT

EP,

“7. Comment edit box is way too small.”

– If you post something, you can add to it, but cannot scroll it.
– There is no handle to expand the box, so you can see what your comment looks like.
– There is no EDIT feature in case of typos, etc.

I hope Karel is reading this comment.

Willem Post's picture
Willem Post on Mar 30, 2016 9:44 am GMT

Karel,

When I access one of my articles and press the EDIT button, I get taken to the home screen, instead of to the editable version of my article.

Also, the displayed article is an OLD version.

This needs to be fixed.

The LIKES count button does not show the historic count of an article.

The VIEWS count button was eliminated in the past. However, the TEC computer continued the counts, so the VIEWS count button can be restored for each article.

I think it is a positive to have a VIEWS count button.

Rick Engebretson's picture
Rick Engebretson on Mar 30, 2016 11:20 am GMT

I hope the new maintained platform works out. I have enjoyed the posts and comments, even if nobody talks about the role of biology in future environment planning.

Right now I’m forced to upgrade my 15 year old PC and 10 year old Linux. Every web site wants to blast video advertising to pay the bills for content. So you need giant multicore CPUs with huge memory just to read a few paragraphs. Similarly, an old computer book describes how the only common feature of PCs was the serial and parallel ports. Yet these features no longer exist unless you work hard to replace them.

I suspect that is where we are all heading. Lots of colorful new arguments, and not a lot of progress. I’ll try to learn the new game, but I have older ideas to work on.

Jim Baird's picture
Jim Baird on Mar 30, 2016 2:04 pm GMT

So you need giant multicore CPUs with huge memory just to read a few paragraphs

So true Rick. I have finally given up trying to make an old machine and Windows XP handle the task.

Now that the TEC switch has been made I trust they will not reverse it as suggested by some above considering I spent several hours yesterdays revisings the links to my posts, on my web site.

Karel Beckman's picture
Karel Beckman on Mar 30, 2016 2:11 pm GMT

Dear commenters and readers

First of all, please note that the Comment section is not the right place for individual queries. You can send all your technical questions to support@theenergycollective.com. We will reply to the comments made thus far.

Perhaps we did not explain this properly, but I think many of you may not quite appreciate what we had to do to keep The Energy Collective in the air. Technical support for Drupal-6, the system on which it ran, had stopped and we had to act quickly and thoroughly to prevent the site from falling over.

To mention just a few issues, the database was in a very bad state, which caused endless problems with the conversion, there were major security breaches and hacks, half a million (!) spam users registered on the system, etc.

The database conversion was given to a top-notch company in this field with a specialist coding team who could make use of very fast servers – but they could not do the job. Our team managed anyway. Still, there were major issues with the way comments had been coded in Drupal-6. With some luck our team managed to solve this sheer insurmountable problem – but certain old-style formatting of links stopped functioning. All of it of course on old posts, not new ones.

Not to put too fine a point on it: we managed to save The Energy Collective just in time and got out the main core of users, articles and comments intact. But it was impossible to replicate the entire database and all its functionalities.

I am very proud of the small team that prepared The Energy Collective for the future. They did a great job. I apologize for any inconvenience caused – this is the best we could do!

Jim Baird's picture
Jim Baird on Mar 30, 2016 2:59 pm GMT

Thanks Karel. TEC is well worth saving.

TEC Support's picture
TEC Support on Mar 30, 2016 3:10 pm GMT

Hi

The RSS feed has been raised to 50 posts.

If you have any further technical questions or requests please email: support@theenergycollective.com

Many Thanks

TEC Support Team

TEC Support's picture
TEC Support on Mar 30, 2016 3:19 pm GMT

1.Formatting is allowed on all new comments. Legacy formatting was not possible without checking and hand coding 50,000 comments.

2. External URLs remain where they we’re coded in full.

3. Formatting, See 1.

4. Sort function works for all new posts, there may be issues with legacy articles for reasons discussed above

5. Linking is possible, it may take 2 more clicks.

6. Comment Box – the box is designed to be typed in to and expands as you type. If you copy an paste and essay in to it you can use the Cursor Keys to navigate through the text. On first press of the cursor key the box will enlarge to show the full text.

7. Comment notification is now un-ticked as default. Legacy data of’ un-ticking of box’ was unable to be retained. There is however a new Subscribe feature.

There are also new features that let you search the comment box by Authors or text. You can now embed Video and there is a new feature that lets you attach files to your articles e.g. a pdf on the benefits of Nuclear Power.

If you have any further technical questions or requests please email: support@theenergycollective.com

Many Thanks

TEC Support Team

TEC Support's picture
TEC Support on Mar 30, 2016 3:20 pm GMT

Hi

Comment Box – the box is designed to be typed in to and expands as you type. If you copy and paste an essay in to it you can use the Cursor keys to navigate through the text. On first press of the cursor key the box will enlarge to show the full text.

Editing of Comments had been restricted to 30 mins after initial posting to allow time to correct errors – The edit button has now been changed to appear all the time.

If you have any further technical questions or requests please email: support@theenergycollective.com

Many Thanks

TEC Support Team

TEC Support's picture
TEC Support on Mar 30, 2016 3:23 pm GMT

Hi

Re: Old Articles- Please could you provide links to the articles in question. So we can investigate.

Editing and Deletion of articles – This is done on the Manage My Posts page. To access: Hover over ‘Post Here’ on the top navigation and click ‘Manage My Posts’

There is a Like Button on the page which will record information from today forward.

Views Counter – We will add your request to a list of possible additions to the site.

If you have any further technical questions or requests please email: support@theenergycollective.com

Many Thanks

TEC Support Team

Willem Post's picture
Willem Post on Mar 30, 2016 3:50 pm GMT

Tec Support,

Editing and Deletion of articles – This is done on the Manage My Posts page. To access: Hover over ‘Post Here’ on the top navigation and click ‘Manage My Posts’

I did so, then pressed EDIT, and ended up on the HOME page.

I did not get an editable version of my article.

Is the EDIT function active?

Regarding posting old articles, I have up to date WORD versions, but not the URLs, which I assume you have.

I sent by email a list of new URLs to Tec Support, and I attached it.

TEC Support's picture
TEC Support on Mar 30, 2016 4:57 pm GMT

Thanks Willem

We will take a look in to that and respond via email

TEC Support Team

TEC Support's picture
TEC Support on Mar 30, 2016 5:11 pm GMT

Hi EP

Please direct all your questions and queries to support@theenergycollective.com

Many Thanks

TEC Support Team

Jonathan Sutanto's picture
Jonathan Sutanto on Mar 30, 2016 10:59 pm GMT

You don’t need to tell me you inherited a web server, with ‘a few issues’. F̶i̶r̶s̶t̶ second? post (don’t print my first one, it would be better) since rejoining, so let me take the opportunity to say it is worth saving. Thank you. Also I’ve emailed your team (as requested) the details about the security breaches I found, which you probably already knew about, along with others I haven’t found. Take your time, get it done properly. If you can find a way to repair the old comments it would be good… they are often better than the actual articles. And thank you again.

Willem Post's picture
Willem Post on May 28, 2016 9:01 am GMT

TEC Support,

About 7 weeks have gone by and I have received not one LIKE on my old articles, some of which were quite popular before the changeover.

I used to have at least 10 LIKES per week on my most recent articles, i. e., I should have had about 70 LIKES.

Visitors to TEC have no easy buttons to press on the HOME page to search for old articles, view them, and LIKE them, or search for authors.

This likely would negatively affect the view rate of TEC.

Please discuss this matter with Karel.

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