Archive for October, 2014

Flag it!

Friday, October 31st, 2014

We’ve implemented yet another new feature in the Doghouse to make your life even easier and your mornings happier. Yes, I know, we keep adding new features just to make you happy, it’s what we do.

The moderators out there may already know about the Flagged Status for an entry, it works like this:

Any entry that you find suspicious or you would like another moderator to check, just set its Status to Flagged. If you’re a Moderator and see the Flagged status, check the entry out for potential problems then fix it, Approve it or delete it as you see fit.

The New Stuff

The more avid moderators among you will have noticed that none of this is really new, it’s been around for a while, so where’s this new feature that’s going to make my coffee for me in the morning?

Automatic Language Detection!

That’s the new feature. We’re attempting to detect the language an entry is in when a new one is inserted or when a Mirror is done.

This is more of an issue than you might think. Often people will have collections in different languages but their Mac’s locale is set to one language in particular and this will create a discrepancy.

So we’ve implemented a system where we try to match the language by looking at the title and the summary of an entry, if the language we detect does not match the incoming Locale Language we flag the entry automatically so a moderator can take a look at it.

I’ve been experimenting with this feature for about 2 weeks and have caught a lot of issues with Books so far.

Note: this feature is not turned on for Albums, just Movies, Books and Games.

How to use it

Just visit the Flagged entries when you get a chance and see what’s there, fix the language or any other discrepancies you find.

More Info

Check out the new Flag It page in our Moderator’s Guide for more info on this, complete with nice pictures.

Doghouse Moderator Guide

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The Doghouse keeps growing thanks to all our great users but we also need to make sure that the data we have in there is as accurate as possible. If you’ve signed up to be a Doghouse Moderator you’ll want to visit the Doghouse Moderator’s Guide page often.

We’ve recently updated it with information on handling duplicates with its own section for clarity. We also updated the styles for better readability.

Instead of creating a lengthy entry here in the blog repeating the instructions on the Moderator’s Guide, please refer to the pages directly.

We’ll keep updating this guide and adding new info as regularly as we can so make sure to check it often.