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[Resolved] Glitches with Edit Flow's filtering, sorting and content display

  • I’m trying to integrate Edit Flow into the 18-person news operation at a major public university. We like its many capabilities, and are eager for the improvements on the roadmap for v0.7 and beyond. Thanks for the great tool and the ongoing development.

    Not to sound ungrateful, but there are some vexing flaws and bugs in the current version (0.6.5). (There are also some enhancements we’d like to suggest, but I’ll put those in a separate post.) Things we hope can be fixed:

    • Story Budget doesn’t display all posts matching a filter selection; it seems to default to a max of 10 posts per category, though I don’t find this explicitly stated anywhere. Best option would be user-selectable quantity to display, with pagination for additional matches. Alternatives would be keeping the current default of 10 but add pagination in cases when there are more than 10 matches, or simply display all no matter how many.
    • Story Budget’s View All filter for categories displays only top-level categories, not all categories. And since posts may belong to a subcategory but not the top-level parent, that can result in the post not displaying at all.
    • Name displayed with listing in Calendar view (“By Whoever”) should be the post author, not the most recent reviser.
    • Date filter on Story Budget is nonintuitive – the “To:” field includes posts up to BUT NOT INCLUDING the specified date, whereas it should include all posts ON the specified date.
    • Updated column on Story Budget is inaccurate and inconsistent. Post updated 7 hours ago (per revision trail) is listed as having been updated 13 hours ago. Post updated two minutes ago shows as having been updated 8 hours ago.
    • Unpublished option in Calendar status filter is incomplete. Our custom statuses are 0-Idea, 1-Assigned, 2-Ready to edit, 3-Rewriting, 4-Editing complete, 5-Needs images, 8-Completed and 9-Hold, plus the WP defaults Draft and Pending review. On the Calendar view, filtering for Unpublished does not include any 0-Idea posts (all other statuses are included). Oddly, on the Story Budget view, filtering for Unpublished includes 0-Idea as well as all other relevant statuses.
    • It should be possible to remove yourself from the notification subscription list. (Current Catch-22 lets you uncheck yourself, but because that’s a change to the file, the system automatically puts you right back on the list.)

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/edit-flow/

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  • Plugin Author Daniel Bachhuber

    @danielbachhuber

    Awesome feedback, thank you so much. We’ve just hit alpha1 for v0.7 and I’ll definitely take your notes into consideration for the next week.

    If you’d like to help us beta testing v0.7, let me know and we can schedule a walk-through.

    Cheers,

    Daniel

    Plugin Author Scott Bressler

    @sbressler

    Thanks for the feedback. Your first frustration (number of posts per category displayed on the story budget) is addressed in this blog post. We’ll certainly consider simplifying this with pagination in the future.

    The second frustration is because we explicitly only query for top-level categories. We can make this filterable in the future.

    The date filter could certainly be made inclusive. I’m actually surprised it’s not from glancing at the code, but I’ll need to dig deeper.

    Regarding the updated column: Does the human-readable time since match up to the publication date? Does it match up with the date/timestamp displayed in the tooltip on hover?

    Thanks,
    Scott

    Daniel: Thanks, and I’d like to try to help with beta testing. Where should I send contact info?

    Scott: The number-of-posts filter sounds like it will fill the bill; I’ll try it when I’m back in the office tomorrow. As for the updated column on the Story Budget, here are two examples of unpublished posts (current time is just before 21:00 PST on 11 Nov 2011):

    Post 1, with a pub date of Nov 7, 2011 @ 9:23, is listed as updated 18 hours ago
    Tooltip hover shows “Last updated at 2011-11-07T10:29:34+00:0041”
    WP file shows last revisions were:
    7 November, 2011 @ 16:59 [Autosave]
    7 November, 2011 @ 9:23
    (In the WP Posts list, this is dated as “12 hours ago Last Modified” with a tooltip time of 2011/11/07 9:23:02 AM)

    Post 2, with a pub date of Nov 8, 2011 @ 9:56 (which I just changed and saved), is listed as updated 8 hours ago
    Tooltip hover shows “Last updated at 2011-11-07T20:57:16+00:0041”
    WP shows last revision was 7 November, 2011 @ 20:57
    (In the WP Posts list, this is dated as “2001/11/08 Last Modified” with a tooltip time of 2011/11/08 9:56:30 AM)

    So it would appear that sometimes there is some consistency, as in post 2 (though the updated column apparently is comparing the local timestamp to GMT rather than local time), but at other times there seems to be no relationship between the various times (updated column, tooltip, file revision trail).

    Plugin Author Scott Bressler

    @sbressler

    Thanks for all the details!

    Stab in the dark as to what might be going wrongly with post times: WordPress internally checks the times for post revisions, but we’re only checking the time for the actual post and ignoring all revisions. We might also be doing something wrongly with time zones.

    Also, above I assume you meant 2011 when you wrote 2001.

    Plugin Author Daniel Bachhuber

    @danielbachhuber

    @mcstevem Please send me an email at daniel@editflow.org. We can schedule something for this week.

    @scott Can you test these issues and file bugs in Pivotal if they’re the case, or would you like me to?

    Plugin Author Scott Bressler

    @sbressler

    Definitely go ahead and file the bugs that you have time to verify – I’m not sure when I’ll be able to take a deeper look.

    @scott: Yes, my bad — all references should have been to 2011 sted 2001.

    Plugin Author Daniel Bachhuber

    @danielbachhuber

    I’m going to start looking through these bugs one by one, and will update on this thread after I’ve addressed each.

    Plugin Author Daniel Bachhuber

    @danielbachhuber

    Story Budget doesn’t display all posts matching a filter selection; it seems to default to a max of 10 posts per category, though I don’t find this explicitly stated anywhere. Best option would be user-selectable quantity to display, with pagination for additional matches. Alternatives would be keeping the current default of 10 but add pagination in cases when there are more than 10 matches, or simply display all no matter how many.

    For this issue, I’m going to work on making the Story Budget based on a time range starting a given day, rather than a date range. This way, we can display more posts by default and not have to worry about open-ended queries.

    Pivotal Story #20814305

    Plugin Author Daniel Bachhuber

    @danielbachhuber

    Story Budget’s View All filter for categories displays only top-level categories, not all categories. And since posts may belong to a subcategory but not the top-level parent, that can result in the post not displaying at all.

    This seems like a bug to me. I’ve filed it as such in Pivotal #20814663

    I also think it would be nice to support taxonomies other than categories as a way of sorting and viewing your content: #20814773

    Plugin Author Daniel Bachhuber

    @danielbachhuber

    Name displayed with listing in Calendar view (“By Whoever”) should be the post author, not the most recent reviser.

    I can’t reproduce this, so I think it should be solved in v0.7

    Plugin Author Daniel Bachhuber

    @danielbachhuber

    All of these issues should be resolved now in v0.7, out soon

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