We wanted to post a discussion about where we stand on updates to epilepsy.com from a technical perspective. I will aim to do so below and then keep this updated as the situation changes, new items are rolled out, and other items arise.
As of Monday, 11/26, there are two tasks at the forefront that we are working on: Find People Like Me and Look Who's Talking. These I consider our "First Tier" issues to address:
- Find People Like Me is a tool here in the Community where you can search for other epilepsy.com members based on interests, age, location, epilepsy therapies, and more. This search goes through every member of the website (over 23,000) and is currently pretty slow. As such over the holiday weekend we temporarily disabled the tool so that it would not impact performance on the rest of the website. Our team is working on an update to speed this up and bring it back ASAP.
- Look Who's Talking is a feature that you probably haven't seen yet! The idea is that as you travel throughout the site, you will be presented with content that is related to the page you are on - blogs, forum posts, people stories, articles, pages, multimedia, etc. Like Find People Like Me, this is a very process-heavy application which we have currently disabled. We are working on methods to make this as "lean and flexible" as possible to display on the webpages.
The "Second Tier" of updates are all about improving your experience on the site. Some users are experiencing a very slow epilepsy.com, while others have noticed specific problems with the way the site is structured (ie one user requested that the blogs be alphabetized by username rather than title). Also in this category are the bugs listed in the "Bug Reporting" discussion in this Group. We are actively working on these issues to make the site as user-friendly as possible! Please continue to post any bugs that you come across in the "Bug Reporting" thread so that we can keep a record and let you know when they are complete.
Finally, we are continuing to work on smaller updates and items labeled as "it would be nice if ...". Updates in this category are not bugs that impact usage of epilepsy.com but would make the overall user experience better.
I hope this update helps!