Utopian Weekly - Lots of Improvements and More to Come

in utopian-io •  6 months ago

We at Utopian would like to keep you well updated of our weekly progress in improving and developing Utopian for you. In the regular Utopian Weekly posts on Fridays, we’re happy to share all the latest Utopian news and updates.

In this update:

  • New Utopian V2 Frontend sneak peaks
  • Utopian Signup Module improvements
  • New undelegation bot
  • Bug fixes
  • @utopian.tasks task resteem bot.
  • New branded versions of tip.utopian.io and review.utopian.io
  • Utopian Landing Page improvements
  • Revamped Contribution Guidelines page
  • Stay tuned for more!

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Utopian V2 Frontend Sneak Peeks

We are working hard to bring back a better, scalable and secure version of our frontend. Thanks to an amazing collaboration with @hernandev, we are building the foundation for the new frontend.

The new frontend will store no tokens from SteemConnect and on top of that, client tokens will always be encrypted for maximum security. It is built with Vue.js and the Quasar Framework.

Sneak Peeks

The feed

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Contribution details

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Comments

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Upvotes

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Utopian Signup Module Improvements

Before we began using the signup module to onboard new Utopians, we worked hard at debugging and improving it. This week, we fixed multiple bugs and added a few important features.

A completely new system to avoid abuse

To save the dedicated Steem Power we have from abuse as we create new accounts, a new flow has been implemented.

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If you are a great contributor with a well-established GitHub account, the registration will be instantaneous. The signup will only require email verification, following which your account will be created.

If your Github account isn’t immediately verifiable, you will have two options:

  • Insert an invitation code. Invitation codes can be requested via our Discord server.
  • Proceed by email and sms verification. A manual verification will be done in this case and an account will only be created after approval.

We are confident these changes will make the signup much less likely to be abused.

The new signup system is now working on the mainnet and creating accounts for awesome Open Source contributors!

Invisible Recaptcha

An invisible recaptcha has been implemented to mitigate potential bots and improve the security mechanisms of the signup. We are also working on implementing IP, email, and virtual number filters. Such security measures are essential to avoid any potential abuse of our Steem Power and to ensure that we use it only to create genuine accounts.

Un-delegation Bot

Steem accounts created through our new signup system receive Steem Power delegation from Utopian.io to begin contributing and participating in the community. To encourage users to be active on the platform and on the blockchain, and to ensure no Steem Power is wasted on unused accounts, we will automatically retract the delegation 45 days post account creation. This bot (coded in Python) is made available thanks to the efforts of @amosbastian.

Bug Fixes

The improved signup module instantly checks if the username already exists on the Steem blockchain, and throws a more understandable error to highlight this fact. Other minor issues relating to checking username format have been resolved.

Utopian.tasks Resteem Bot

In an effort to showcase task requests submitted to Utopian.io and scored by our team, @amosbastian wrote a bot to resteem all valid task requests to @utopian.tasks. Outstanding task requests will also be resteemed by the main @utopian-io account for maximum exposure.

Branding of our Team's Tools

To give tip.utopian.io and review.utopian.io a more user friendly and Utopian-themed look and feel, @ms10398 reworked the page design and added our official graphic branding elements.

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Landing Page Improvements

In order to make our curation efforts more accessible and easier to understand, we have updated our landing page at join.utopian.io.

New Login Modal

A new login modal now pops up when clicking on Login on the landing page, to give newcomers useful options for the different frontends they can use to contribute to Utopian.io.

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Contribution Guidelines

This week we have finally switched from Rules to Guidelines. You can forget the word “rules” which has been so critical in Utopian so far.

You can now contribute freely, as long as you provide quality work. You can follow our guidelines found on join.utopian.io/guidelines to learn about the best practices to follow in your posts for improving your chances of receiving a high score and getting rewarded.

The same new Guidelines Landing Page has also received significant updates, making it much more readable and accessible, as seen in the screenshot below.

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Stay tuned for more!

We are creating a lot of educational material to help teach the community how to contribute and provide the quality work we expect on the platform. Follow the new account @utopian.edu to be the first to access all of our free educational content, covering all categories.

The very first video tutorial in the series is planned for release TOMORROW! Don’t miss it!

Content Plan

Thanks to the amazing work of our PR department, which includes @techslut and @imwatsi, we were able to come up with a lot of new interesting content, as well as a final content schedule.

We have kickstarted:

  • The Utopian Weekly, with updates on our progress

  • The first People Of Utopian , with interviews of active and influential members of Utopian

  • The Top of Utopian, with highlights of staff picks and statistics on contributions

  • The Utopian Mag. A new magazine about everything Open Source. The first edition will be published next week!

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💯💯 Sneak peeks looking ace! Great to see more updates.

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And more updates will come, for sure! Thank you! :)

Wow, Im loving the new look of utopian, As always, my full support would be always there for you. Looking forward to see it come back to track. I wish the best for Utopian.io!

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Thanks for your support :)

Hi i went to the website, read Guidelines ... but couldnt find answer to this: what is best way to contribute bug reports ? I have github acct but it is used for private projects (paid work). I'm not a developer any longer ...so do i have to fork just to create issues? Or?

Evaluting projects to help with QA 🤓

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but couldnt find answer to this: what is best way to contribute bug reports ?

Hey you just need to test the Open Source projects you like the most, submit issues on Github as usual. If the reported bug is worth it, just create a contribution with tags utopian-io bug-hunting to get an incentive from us :)

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As always utopian is one step forward and aims always to the best!!! @amosbastian is doing a fantastic work in Utopian and as a CM/mod towards all contributions..... What i would suggest is to have a section where, any user that had its own post reviewed, can see if his post is in the queue for voting. That would be a great feature to add i would say!! Keep the great work up @utopian-io and all the team!!

That's so cool announcement! Thank you again for all Utopian Team! I always supporting Utopian!

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Thanks a lot!

Wow! really cool improvements.. Its nice to see utopian bouncing back this soon

A great new update and improvments @utopian-io

I love this your community how do I fit into it?

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Hi

Thank you for supporting Utopian.io!

There's more info on our landing page: https://join.utopian.io/
And you can also get in touch with us on: https://support.utopian.io/

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Plz, I will help from your community I am planning on a project on children of helping the poor I need your support either by upvote or steem I want to put a smile in someone's face out there but am not that financially stable.

good information @utopia. I will follow you for improvement information next week .. and I suggest. #utopia it has a special application. such as self-esteem for example. and installation is also easy. thanks

Cool, nice improvements so far, but I am really looking forward to seeing the announcement of the Utopian frontend being fully back and ready for use, so we can have our own platform to run our things, the way it use to be.

Me encanta la nueva apariencia de utópico, mi apoyo total estará siempre ahí para ti. Esperando verlo volver a la pista. ¡Deseo lo mejor para Utopian

what a wonderful ad and if it is accompanied by improvements and advances is better, thanks are the best

Hello,

We can't login to our account after the new modal. We are redirected to steemit or busy and... End of the story.

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Hello @lepetitbloc. Our frontend is being rebooted with improvements and will come back anytime soon. In the mean time you can still contribute using any other frontend and by applying the appropriate tags. Everything is explained here https://join.utopian.io/guidelines. Let me know if you need any help

This is great

Terima kasih atas pemberitahuanya, semoga sukses selalu kawan.