Jul
22
2015

Site Update: Write For TM page working again and improvements

Greetings to all of our readers!

As you may already be aware, Technically Motivated is a technology blog with a heavy focus on YOU, our dear visitors and readers. We encourage you to get involved with our website as much as you want – whether that be through leaving comments on our various articles; communicating with other regular visitors via our Forum or IRC; or submitting your own ideas for articles via our Write for TM page, where you can potentially get your own writings onto our blog and receive credit for your work.

Unfortunately, Technically Motivated was recently made aware that the "Write for TM" page has in recent weeks not been working as intended. After some investigation, we discovered that a recent website update caused a glitch in our User Submission form regarding the ability to upload images as part of the article. Somehow, the setting for "maximum images per submission" got set to a negative number. As a result, the form was rejecting all submissions for having too many images even when none had been uploaded. This unfortunate glitch resulted in the form being broken and all submissions being rejected by our site.

I am pleased to announce that this glitch has now been resolved; and it is once again possible to submit articles to our site. In addition to the fixes, I have decided to make a few tweaks to the page to make the experience much more friendlier to use:

  • You can now use Rich Text editing to allow you to write new posts with the formatting and look you like – What You See Is What You Get. To enable this, select the "Visual" option on the Post Content box. The older HTML method is still available for expert users.
  • The "Your Article has been submitted" and "There was an error" messages on submitting an article have been made more noticeable by using bigger, bolder text and a check mark or cross symbol to indicate success or failure, respectively, allowing you to more easily see if your submission was received.
  • The look of the page has been generally tidied up; and unnecessary buttons have been removed.

I hope these changes lead to a more satisfactory experience; and we hope to see more of your contributions here on Technically Motivated – the Technology Blog made for everyone!

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