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Check out our new team page! 🤝

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The Open Mic is possible thanks to the hard work of our awesome authors and a group of dedicated volunteers who generously donate their time.

Checkout our new team page to learn more about the fine folks behind The Open Mic.

P.S.: You can also find this page by going to Menu > About > Our team

Check out our new page with most popular bloggers ✍️

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We've just added a dedicated page where you can check out the profiles of our most popular bloggers. Make sure to follow people you like and their articles will show up in your home page stream.

This page can now be found in Menu > Community > Our authors

You can now filter articles on our home page! 📖

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At long last! You can now be in total control of your reading journey! Choose what you want to read on The Open Mic with our new smart filters.

Select between:

  • All articles;
  • Featured articles (a hand-picked selection of our team's favorite stories);
  • Or articles from the people you follow on The Open Mic;

We also have a new directory of our most popular authors. Just follow the ones you're most interested in on this page and their articles will show up in your home page feed.

So, what are you waiting for? Go follow some of our awesome authors and start customizing your reading experience!

New onboarding flow for translators 🖱

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We have improved our onboarding flow for new members. It's a nice little addition that greatly improves accommodation of newly registered members with step by step instructions (and lots of gifs, of course!).

Check it out by signing up for an account if you're not registered yet! 😃

Database improvements 📡

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Howdy friends! We shuffled a few things around in our website's database to address some performance issues and improve site loading speed. We don't want to jinx it, but it seems like we've made some great progress over the past few weeks, significantly reducing the size of our database.

We'll keep you posted if we have any other updates. Thanks for using The Open Mic!

Hugs from Toronto!

New moderation rules for first-time bloggers 🔎

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As you know we never had a moderation system per se. Anyone who signed up for an account could publish an article on The Open Mic. We did encouraged our members to read the site rules before publishing, of course.

However it became obvious that in order to eliminate spam and low-quality content we need to stay vigilant.

So, from now on, articles from first-time bloggers will have to go through our moderation system prior to being published.

We'll be reviewing each and every submission manually to make sure it doesn't violate our site rules and meets our quality standards. We'll do our best to review your articles within 24 hours or less.

If your article is approved, we'll publish it on The Open Mic and send you a message confirming that your article was approved and published.

If, for some reason, you haven't heard back from us within 24 hours after the submission, feel free to open a support ticket

Hey, what about existing bloggers and authors?

Good question! We have white-listed our current contributors, so you should be able to publish articles without any restrictions, as long as you don't violate any rules, but you won't do it now, would you? 😃

We will also do our best to add new authors to the white list after you publish at least 2-3 articles on The Open Mic.

In other words, follow the rules, play nice and write something that resonates with translators or translation buyers and you'll get into our good kids list in no time! 😉

Stories are now Articles 📚

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Howdy friends! Stories are now called Articles. Not a super significant change, but it will help us eliminate some misunderstandings going forward. :)

You can now request features on The Open Mic 💡

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Hello friends! The Open Mic is pretty awesome, right? Well, we think so too :)

BUT! There's no limit for perfection, that's why we'd love to hear what else you'd like us to build. Send your feature request by going to Menu > Need Help? >Request a feature and send us all your ideas!

Or you can visit this link

P.S.: You can also vote on existing ideas. This will help us better understand what should we focus on next.

The search is now working! 🔎

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Well, what do you know? As it turned out our search functionality was broken and when you tried to search for an article it would bring you to a blank page. We fixed it. :) Kudos to Giovanna for pointing that out!

Post on forum instead of your personal wall

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As you know from our recent community update we're disabling the wall functionality because less than 1% of people have been using this feature and we now have a pretty awesome forum so you could easily start new threads there (or join existing discussions).

To post on forum click the new Post on forum button in the menu

Please, note that you'll need to signup for a separate account in order to use the forum. But it takes less than 30 seconds.

Check out the video below to learn more about our forum

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