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  • 02 Dec 2010
    I'll probably be tempting fate by saying this but I feel like things are finally coming together. More new features are turning up every day (some behind the scenes) and I'm so glad that we now have our birthdays feature installed.  Unlike the birthdays feature on the old site, this one is quite polished and works well.  It will even let you know when your friends are having a birthday so you can send greetings. You can also 'Poke' other member now, a'la Facebook.  We've got a heap of other software going in over the next few days so testers, please do go and play with all the new toys and let me know if there are any problems. We are hoping to migrate our date from the old site in the next few days and actually do the switch in the middle of next week. It will be great when this is finally over as it's been a very, very stressful time for me. Let's have a party in the chat room to celebrate when the new site is live. Thanks and hugs, Katie   x
    1525 Posted by Katie Glover
  • I'll probably be tempting fate by saying this but I feel like things are finally coming together. More new features are turning up every day (some behind the scenes) and I'm so glad that we now have our birthdays feature installed.  Unlike the birthdays feature on the old site, this one is quite polished and works well.  It will even let you know when your friends are having a birthday so you can send greetings. You can also 'Poke' other member now, a'la Facebook.  We've got a heap of other software going in over the next few days so testers, please do go and play with all the new toys and let me know if there are any problems. We are hoping to migrate our date from the old site in the next few days and actually do the switch in the middle of next week. It will be great when this is finally over as it's been a very, very stressful time for me. Let's have a party in the chat room to celebrate when the new site is live. Thanks and hugs, Katie   x
    Dec 02, 2010 1525
  • 20 Nov 2010
    I am pleased to report that this site has just been transferred to its new home (its production server) which is much faster than the development server we were using.  I just did a GT Metrix test on our front page load time and was pleased to see it come in at under 5 seconds (4.52s to be precise) and that's before we have made any changes and tweaks on the server and in the software.  I would hope that we will be able to improve on this too. Ivan, the developer, is about to start work on migrating our old data across to the new site.  Tony and John, our community managers and Alex, the server administrator, are all pulling together to get this site up and running.  Finally, after months of work and waiting for the software modules to arrive, it seems like things are happening. There are still a number of features to be installed over the next week or so.  So please look out for the new stuff and when you see it, please do try it out and test it, then let me know what you think. And you know that whenever we install anything new, there are usually some bugs to be found so please do look out for those too. Thanks and huggies, Katie   x
    1160 Posted by Katie Glover
  • I am pleased to report that this site has just been transferred to its new home (its production server) which is much faster than the development server we were using.  I just did a GT Metrix test on our front page load time and was pleased to see it come in at under 5 seconds (4.52s to be precise) and that's before we have made any changes and tweaks on the server and in the software.  I would hope that we will be able to improve on this too. Ivan, the developer, is about to start work on migrating our old data across to the new site.  Tony and John, our community managers and Alex, the server administrator, are all pulling together to get this site up and running.  Finally, after months of work and waiting for the software modules to arrive, it seems like things are happening. There are still a number of features to be installed over the next week or so.  So please look out for the new stuff and when you see it, please do try it out and test it, then let me know what you think. And you know that whenever we install anything new, there are usually some bugs to be found so please do look out for those too. Thanks and huggies, Katie   x
    Nov 20, 2010 1160
  • 12 Nov 2010
    I've spent the last few months finding bugs and getting them fixed so I'm a bit unhappy about the fact that we are still finding them, after all this time. Our membership cards and 'Likes' module problems have just been fixed today but now there's a problem with uploading profile pics.  It never seems to end!  Still, this is a large and very complex site so I guess it's an inevitable consequence and goes with the territory. The Virtual Makeover thingy seems to have been a hit so far and we have also just extended what can be ‘Liked’ to the extent where Likes even have their own page. We have several more new features to install in the coming days and weeks, which I hope you'll love. The site's been a bit slow recently but we are working to speed things up.  When the site is ready to go live we will transfer it onto its new server (instead of this temporary home).  The new server is much, much faster so you should see pages loading in less than half the time they take now. We are also now starting work on actually transferring the data over from our old site so expect some disruption here from time to time. Thanks for your continued efforts girls, with testing all the toys and helping me to find the bugs. Hugs, Katie   x
    1217 Posted by Katie Glover
  • I've spent the last few months finding bugs and getting them fixed so I'm a bit unhappy about the fact that we are still finding them, after all this time. Our membership cards and 'Likes' module problems have just been fixed today but now there's a problem with uploading profile pics.  It never seems to end!  Still, this is a large and very complex site so I guess it's an inevitable consequence and goes with the territory. The Virtual Makeover thingy seems to have been a hit so far and we have also just extended what can be ‘Liked’ to the extent where Likes even have their own page. We have several more new features to install in the coming days and weeks, which I hope you'll love. The site's been a bit slow recently but we are working to speed things up.  When the site is ready to go live we will transfer it onto its new server (instead of this temporary home).  The new server is much, much faster so you should see pages loading in less than half the time they take now. We are also now starting work on actually transferring the data over from our old site so expect some disruption here from time to time. Thanks for your continued efforts girls, with testing all the toys and helping me to find the bugs. Hugs, Katie   x
    Nov 12, 2010 1217
  • 28 Oct 2010
    It's been quite a volatile time since my last blog entry but things are settling down again now.   Quite a bit of work has been carried out on the site behind the scenes and you will find that you can now log in using your user name as well as your email address.  That's in readiness for transferring all of our member's profiles across from the other site.  Of course, they are all used to logging in with their user names which is why we had to make this fundamental change.   While the work was going on there was a period of a few days when nobody could log in at all.  My apologies for that.   I think I mentioned it before, but you can also now log in using a number of other online communities like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn and heaps more.  You can also connect your account here, to any number of online communities.  I’m connected to four as I write this.  That means that you can make a status update and it will appear in all the communities you are connected to (if they have status updates) or you can bring across your albums and photos streams from Flickr and PhotoBucket.  You can now really make the Gender Society the centre of your social world.  It’s really cool.   We have a heap of new software going in over the next few days.  Please do play with it and let me know what you think.   Hugs, Katie   x
    1336 Posted by Katie Glover
  • It's been quite a volatile time since my last blog entry but things are settling down again now.   Quite a bit of work has been carried out on the site behind the scenes and you will find that you can now log in using your user name as well as your email address.  That's in readiness for transferring all of our member's profiles across from the other site.  Of course, they are all used to logging in with their user names which is why we had to make this fundamental change.   While the work was going on there was a period of a few days when nobody could log in at all.  My apologies for that.   I think I mentioned it before, but you can also now log in using a number of other online communities like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn and heaps more.  You can also connect your account here, to any number of online communities.  I’m connected to four as I write this.  That means that you can make a status update and it will appear in all the communities you are connected to (if they have status updates) or you can bring across your albums and photos streams from Flickr and PhotoBucket.  You can now really make the Gender Society the centre of your social world.  It’s really cool.   We have a heap of new software going in over the next few days.  Please do play with it and let me know what you think.   Hugs, Katie   x
    Oct 28, 2010 1336
  • 16 Oct 2010
    Since my last blog post we've seen quite a bit of headway, with a number of bug fixes, a new login system which allows users to log in with their Facebook, Twitter or other IDs, a neat new way of linking your Gender Society Account with your Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket, MySpace or a heap of other accounts, and yet another upgrade of our core software. I've just noticed that we are now able to assign members as moderators to individual forums - something we could not do before, so that's a definite step in the right direction.  However, it doesn't seem to work yet so I'll be opening a new support ticket with the developers in a few minutes, when I've finished writing this.  Ivan the developer who we've hired to do some work on the site, if finally working on his first job for us.  My colleague Tony tells me that Ivan is tweaking the login system so that our members will be able in future, to log in using their old user names from the other site, instead of their email addresses, which could be confusing for many. We will shortly be installing more new software which I hope will give you heaps of stuff to do here.  We’ve got some Question & Answer software coming soon, quizzes and a virtual currency so you can buy stuff without having to give your identity away.  We’ll also have a points system which you’ll be able to use to buy books, virtual gifts and even upgrade memberships.  I’m also looking at replacing our old T-Log software with a sparkly new online version. As usual, you have my thanks for your continued efforts at finding bugs and putting more content on the site.  If you have time, please do insert some more YouTube videos on transgender subjects, write some blog entries, post in the forums and post some classifieds. Thanks and hugs, Katie   x  
    1042 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Since my last blog post we've seen quite a bit of headway, with a number of bug fixes, a new login system which allows users to log in with their Facebook, Twitter or other IDs, a neat new way of linking your Gender Society Account with your Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket, MySpace or a heap of other accounts, and yet another upgrade of our core software. I've just noticed that we are now able to assign members as moderators to individual forums - something we could not do before, so that's a definite step in the right direction.  However, it doesn't seem to work yet so I'll be opening a new support ticket with the developers in a few minutes, when I've finished writing this.  Ivan the developer who we've hired to do some work on the site, if finally working on his first job for us.  My colleague Tony tells me that Ivan is tweaking the login system so that our members will be able in future, to log in using their old user names from the other site, instead of their email addresses, which could be confusing for many. We will shortly be installing more new software which I hope will give you heaps of stuff to do here.  We’ve got some Question & Answer software coming soon, quizzes and a virtual currency so you can buy stuff without having to give your identity away.  We’ll also have a points system which you’ll be able to use to buy books, virtual gifts and even upgrade memberships.  I’m also looking at replacing our old T-Log software with a sparkly new online version. As usual, you have my thanks for your continued efforts at finding bugs and putting more content on the site.  If you have time, please do insert some more YouTube videos on transgender subjects, write some blog entries, post in the forums and post some classifieds. Thanks and hugs, Katie   x  
    Oct 16, 2010 1042
  • 07 Oct 2010
    Hi everyone, in the last week you may have noticed a few changes around the site.  More bugs have been fixed and we have just installed a feature which lets you log in using your Facebook or Twitter login credentials (or those of a large number of other networks).   You can also link your account at any of those services to your Gender Society account, making the GS the hub of your social world.  Well that's the theory anyway.   The benefits are many and include being able to bring across your profile info from your Facebook or other accounts (saves typing), being able to bring across your photo albums and your friends and also the ability to set your status here at the GS, but have it update in your other networks automatically.  Clever eh!   I'd really appreciate it if you could try linking your account here to your Facebook or similar account.  We need to test this well.  Your data will be safe and I won’t be selling it to any spammers - promise!   Please click on the new menu item that says, "Get Social" to link your accounts.  Thanks.   I still don't think we'll have this new site finished before Christmas.  There's a lot of other stuff to come and it will all need to be tested before we can unveil it to our members.   I'm going as fast as I can though.   Hugs, Katie   x  
    999 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Hi everyone, in the last week you may have noticed a few changes around the site.  More bugs have been fixed and we have just installed a feature which lets you log in using your Facebook or Twitter login credentials (or those of a large number of other networks).   You can also link your account at any of those services to your Gender Society account, making the GS the hub of your social world.  Well that's the theory anyway.   The benefits are many and include being able to bring across your profile info from your Facebook or other accounts (saves typing), being able to bring across your photo albums and your friends and also the ability to set your status here at the GS, but have it update in your other networks automatically.  Clever eh!   I'd really appreciate it if you could try linking your account here to your Facebook or similar account.  We need to test this well.  Your data will be safe and I won’t be selling it to any spammers - promise!   Please click on the new menu item that says, "Get Social" to link your accounts.  Thanks.   I still don't think we'll have this new site finished before Christmas.  There's a lot of other stuff to come and it will all need to be tested before we can unveil it to our members.   I'm going as fast as I can though.   Hugs, Katie   x  
    Oct 07, 2010 999
  • 22 Sep 2010
    Our site is one sick puppy right now.  I've got no fewer than five support tickets open with the developers and several other tickets awaiting replies from third part developers.  Thanks for letting me know about problems as you encounter them. It's all got to be working properly before it's unveiled to the members.  We're the quality control department. I'm just a bit saddened that there are still soooo many problems, after all this time though. Even some stuff that used to work okay has now stopped working. It's very frustrating! Katie :(
    973 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Our site is one sick puppy right now.  I've got no fewer than five support tickets open with the developers and several other tickets awaiting replies from third part developers.  Thanks for letting me know about problems as you encounter them. It's all got to be working properly before it's unveiled to the members.  We're the quality control department. I'm just a bit saddened that there are still soooo many problems, after all this time though. Even some stuff that used to work okay has now stopped working. It's very frustrating! Katie :(
    Sep 22, 2010 973
  • 17 Sep 2010
    The reason I am worried is because although this site is generally a huge improvement on our existing site, there are a few bits which might not be quite as good as what we had on our old site.  I'm principally thinking of the chat room but there might be a one or two other things too. Apart from chat the major problem will be that it is 'Different' and I already know very well how humans hate change. Knowing how easily people can just walk away, I'm expecting that there will be a lot of members leaving us.  Humans just hate change, even it is obviously mostly for the better. We will be replacing the chat room at the first opportunity but those who go will be lost.  There is nothing I can do about that however, so I'll just have to lump it. Hugs, Katie   x
    1164 Posted by Katie Glover
  • The reason I am worried is because although this site is generally a huge improvement on our existing site, there are a few bits which might not be quite as good as what we had on our old site.  I'm principally thinking of the chat room but there might be a one or two other things too. Apart from chat the major problem will be that it is 'Different' and I already know very well how humans hate change. Knowing how easily people can just walk away, I'm expecting that there will be a lot of members leaving us.  Humans just hate change, even it is obviously mostly for the better. We will be replacing the chat room at the first opportunity but those who go will be lost.  There is nothing I can do about that however, so I'll just have to lump it. Hugs, Katie   x
    Sep 17, 2010 1164
  • 12 Sep 2010
    I seem to lurch from one big problem to another.  My life is just one big series of problems and eventually, solutions.  But it's hard work.  Why can't things just go right from the start? Yesterday I was in the midde of tryig to find a tame programmer/developer to work with us on getting this site launched, when my internet connection suddenly died. The GS Tribune was also nearly ready to be sent out when this happened.  Since then I have not had a 'broadband' internet connection at all so not Trib for now. Luckily I do have a 3G mobile dongle for times like this and I'm using that now.  However, it's desperately slow, web pages take two minutes to load and the connection keeps dropping every five minutes.  It's really frustrating but it does at least allow me to check my email in case of any other disasters. If I sound a bit depressed, it because I am, but with good reason. Hugs, Katie   x
    882 Posted by Katie Glover
  • I seem to lurch from one big problem to another.  My life is just one big series of problems and eventually, solutions.  But it's hard work.  Why can't things just go right from the start? Yesterday I was in the midde of tryig to find a tame programmer/developer to work with us on getting this site launched, when my internet connection suddenly died. The GS Tribune was also nearly ready to be sent out when this happened.  Since then I have not had a 'broadband' internet connection at all so not Trib for now. Luckily I do have a 3G mobile dongle for times like this and I'm using that now.  However, it's desperately slow, web pages take two minutes to load and the connection keeps dropping every five minutes.  It's really frustrating but it does at least allow me to check my email in case of any other disasters. If I sound a bit depressed, it because I am, but with good reason. Hugs, Katie   x
    Sep 12, 2010 882
  • 09 Sep 2010
    The latest blow is that the subscription software we've been waiting on for months, may not now ever be available.  The people who are supposed to be developing it appear to have lost interest. This is not a piece of bespoke software but rather, something which was going to be a plugin for our community software and available to all who use it. After months of waiting for it, they've just said they may not ever release it, which is a real setback for us.  It was a fantastic system and would have meant that our existing Full Members could have been brought across to the new site without any disruption whatsoever. Now I don't know what we'll do. We could have the software written just for us but that would cost a small fortune (which we don't have). We could wait and see if another developer comes up with something similar but we could be waiting for months. We could change our business model, offer everything for free and hope that we can make enough to pay our bills from advertising alone.  Sadly, I don't think that would work. Where is Elton John when we need him? Hugs, Katie   x
    826 Posted by Katie Glover
  • The latest blow is that the subscription software we've been waiting on for months, may not now ever be available.  The people who are supposed to be developing it appear to have lost interest. This is not a piece of bespoke software but rather, something which was going to be a plugin for our community software and available to all who use it. After months of waiting for it, they've just said they may not ever release it, which is a real setback for us.  It was a fantastic system and would have meant that our existing Full Members could have been brought across to the new site without any disruption whatsoever. Now I don't know what we'll do. We could have the software written just for us but that would cost a small fortune (which we don't have). We could wait and see if another developer comes up with something similar but we could be waiting for months. We could change our business model, offer everything for free and hope that we can make enough to pay our bills from advertising alone.  Sadly, I don't think that would work. Where is Elton John when we need him? Hugs, Katie   x
    Sep 09, 2010 826