ActiveRain has been admittedly a little extra 'wonky' lately. Everyone has probably experienced the 'Proxy' (and a few other) errors, including HTML, widget and other outside application disfunctionalities.
While it may seem like things are breaking down, in reality we're really beefing things up. The programming architecture that AR primarily runs on recently underwent a pretty substantial upgrade. In a nutshell, the version upgrade allows our programmers to work, implement and fix features and utilities much faster and easier than before. It also places an emphasis on simplicity, security and stability, all vital for a bustling community such as AR to function properly.
Alas, little bugs, glitches and other side-effects are inevitable (1 step back to take 4 steps forward)...also, we've locked out certain widgets, HTML tags and other scripts that can be malicious in nature (which can/have caused other issues on the network), such as:
- Certain HTML tags will not work, specifically the <font> tag. H (header) and tags should be used instead.
- Only 'approved' widgets will work in the network. Brad Andersohn will be releasing a post with the specific approved widget providers.
- Some 3rd party applications (i.e. realestateshows.com) were temporarily down. Jeff Turnerites, please put down your pitchforks ;)
We've had other issues around commenting and inter-network email outages as well as links not opening in a new window, but they've been fixed.
I've noticed various posts popping up around the network identifying some or all of the above. While open communication is great, as it helps the entire community understand these issues are not theirs alone, if anyone notices 'bugs' in the future please also drop a line to Brad (email@example.com), Rich (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bob (email@example.com) and/or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org). Chances are the powers that be are already aware of and working on the issues but some items may slip through the cracks and we want to make sure we've addressed everything. In any case, these bugs and issues are very temporary and will fade to black in the near future.
As always, we appreciate your patience and participation as we continue to build on the worlds best real estate social network.