We're closing in on a successful 2009 and I could not be more pleased with the way the site and community has developed this past year. We've managed to clean up a ton of code, improve a handful of important features and give you guys a better product than we had this time last year.
So what the hell have I been working on lately? Staff Tools and Bug Fixes.
Staff Tools:We have a number of Staff Tools the editors and content managers use on each site to help them do their jobs. Since we tend to favor end user experience over almost everything else, we end up spending a majority of our time building tools and features for you guys. This typically means that we neglect staff requests and the tools that are built for staff tend to be hap-dash and a little janky. I recently went through a consolidation effort (consolidating commonly used code) and got on a kick to clean up a number of the Staff Tools for our editors - they work so freaking hard and their tools should not be a chore to use.
Bugs:Bugs suck. But there is something kinda cathartic about finding them and fixing them and pushing out clean code. We just started a more formal process of stating and monitoring our bugs using a great bug tracking product called Lighthouse. With end of the year coming up, I just got into bug fix mode and haven't really come up for air to work on new features yet. In fact, this whole post is part of a test to try to track down a bug with the email notification system - ha!
I've had a wonderful year working on the site(s) and I hope you guys have had as much fun interacting with them. Look for more features, and more fun stuff coming early next year from the team.