1. Release 0.20

    We’ve just released Alaveteli 0.20!

    The highlights

    This release includes several additions and improvements to the admin interface for Alaveteli.

    Here’s a summary of the highlights:

    • We’ve added an admin user interface for managing the categories and headings that are used to distinguish different types of authority. Updates are now a lot easier.
    • An admin can now close an authority change request without sending an email to the person who requested it. Good for handling spammy requests!
    • CSV Import fields for authorities are now configurable. This is useful for themes that add additional attributes to authorities.

    As for general improvements, there are plenty of those, too. For example:

    • We added a fix to ensure attachments are rendered for emails sent with Apple Mail
    • We removed a confusing authority preview from the process of choosing who to write to. Clicking an authority now goes straight to the authority page.
    • We added filtering by request status to the requests displayed on the user profile page.
    • There’s now a Health Check page, so you can tell if everything seems to be running smoothly.
    • Sensible default values have been added to some configuration parameters.

    You can see the full list of highlights and upgrade notes in the changelog.

    Thanks again to everyone who’s contributed!

  2. Release 0.19

    We’ve just released Alaveteli 0.19!

    The highlights

    This release we’ve been working on making Alaveteli easier to install.

    We’ve also made some great improvements to the framework.

    • Added responsive stylesheets! We’ve made this the default, but you can configure whether they’re used or not in config/general.yml.
    • Support for the Portuguese locale.
    • Improved search term highlighting.
    • The Public Body Stats page can now be made available to your users.
    • Added a Rake task for cleaning up holding pen events (rake cleanup:holding_pen).
    • Added searching of bodies by their short name.

    You can see the full list of highlights and upgrade notes in the changelog.

    Thanks to everyone who’s contributed!

  3. Fixing public transport one email address at a time

    Ever got a problem fixed by reporting it on FixMyStreet? Written to your representative via WriteToThem? Here’s an opportunity to pay the favour forward to someone stranded on a wet Wednesday by the non-arrival of the number seven bus.

    We’ve reached the point in FixMyTransport development where we can start asking for your help. We need to fill in the information we’ll use to report people’s transport problems to the companies that run bus and train routes. If you have five minutes to spare, please spend them adding a contact email address or two for your local bus companies to this spreadsheet:

    http://bit.ly/aVZzlb

    …then you can bask in the glory of a karmic balance restored*.

    * Will also work if you accidentally ran over a kitten on your way to work this morning.

  4. WriteToThem all at once

    I’m happy to say that with a lot of help from Francis and Matthew I’ve just rolled out a long-requested addition to WriteToThem. You can now use the site to write one message and send it to all your representatives in a multi-member constituency – so, for example, you can send a message to all your MEPs at once. A nice side project along the way has been getting the test suite for WriteToThem running happily on a mySociety server, and adding a few more tests. Run, tests, run! Good tests.