Site Status

News, updates and known issues occurring in the flote.app site. 

System Status

Sep 26, 2022 – 3:10pm

Hey all, we’ve got a big deployment today… several items we’ve been working on for the past week or so. Thank you for your patience!

• Visual cleanup of Explore Page – we removed some items from the Explore Page screen in preparation for upcoming improved functionality.

• Added NSFW switch to Comments – should be self explanatory

• Added pagination to user Following and Follower pages on user profile – now you can view all of the accounts on these lists using infinite scrolling rather than waiting for them to all load in at once.

• Fixes to Dark Mode – there were a couple of fields and buttons that weren’t ideal in dark mode that are fixed now.

• Reduced size of post title text – the text was too large and long titles were blowing out the screen space so we reduced the size of the text as well as the Heading options in the inline text editor.

• Additional URL hot linking fixes – we reviewed the process of our URL linking partern matching and added a few new edge cases.

• Removed case sensitivity in hashtag handling – now #Flote and #flote are the same thing.

Please see the Known Bugs / Issues panel below for information about other fixes and tasks awaiting developer attention. Thanks!

Known Bugs / Issues

September 29, 2022 – 8:18am

Here’s what the team is working on at the moment:

Ready for QA

• Updates to the Mobile View of the Livestream Page – this fix will reduce the size of the black area where the video is playing and restore access to chat and stream info content.

• Feed Select Visual Cleanup – this will move the personal/global feed selector to the top navigation bar on mobile and fix spacing issues between that selector and the post input field on the desktop.

• Updates to NSFW functionality – this adjustment will treat NSFW accounts as essentially blocked when a user selects the “Hide” option for NSFW profiles in their profile settings.

• Post Hard Deletion – this update will delete all back-end traces of a post when the user deletes it.

• System Maintenance Issues – there are several back-end maintenance issues pending release. 

In Progress

• Admin Panel
• User Account Self-Deletion
• User Uploaded Live Stream Thumbnails
• Correction for Displaying Avatar when Reposting

On Deck

• Re-working of the Explore Page
• Fix for rotated mobile images
• Reworking of Explore Page Layout
• Fix for NSFW switch on Mobile
• Dynamic meta tags for content pages
• Fix for unexpected user log-out issue
• Add view count to uploaded videos
• Adjustment to reply back-links to improve reply threading
• Adjustment to comment sort ordering
• Fixes for notifications relating to failed posts

Issues Remaining to be Prioritized

• Notification banner for feed page
• Correcting repost likes to credit original poster
• Error handling for login page
• Fixes to navigation on mobile
• Correcting sort ordering of replies to oldest first
• Correct application of emojis during post editing
• Add “View More” functionality to comments and replies
• Add ability to attach media to comments/replies by copy paste
• Enable “image only” comments/replies
• Enable clicking on scrim to close images
• Add posted media in notifications
• Fix “Resources” menu interaction
• Update portrait layout for landing page on tablets
• Prevent clicking of blured image to view
• Remove duplicate images for reposted content
• Refactor theming
• Recursive Quote Posting
• Hard deletion of accounts
• Addition of “Post Types” functionality
• Restore Twitter account linking
• Restore Facebook Import functionality
• Fix issue with inline post controller widening on screen
• Implement administrative user banning
• Address duplicated posts and comments
• Address wallet connect issue on Brave
• Address issue with replies to replies on post page
• Issue with attaching media to first comment
• Add admin level NSFW flag
• Refinements to NSFW functionality
• Add “Comments” section to engagement dialogue
• Shrink image container for smaller images
• Implement alt tags for accessibility
• Fix for media attachment long file names
• Adjust audio volume and post menu control
• Fix for portrait orientation photos from mobile devices
• Fixes for comment media handling
• Address multi-click Repost bug
• Add post link to large uploads success notification
• Fix private account post hiding issue
• Fix issue with disappearing profile header images
• Add “Mentioned” notification
• Delete comment/reply notifications if post is deleted
• Add timestamps to notifications
• Fix results on user “Followers” modal
• Fix reposting of audio post with cover
• Add media batch uploading
• Dynamically create meta tags for content pages
• Retain line breaks in chat and DM
• Address error with Post Reporting
• Fix “off by one” error with following count
• Fix post character count
• Remember feed filter selections after refresh
• Fix issue with reposting while adding media
• Address video playback on mobile devices
• Add “User is Live” ring to user avatar

If you have identified an issue that is not on this list, please fill out our support form below and let us know about it so that we can add it to this list. Thank you!

History

Sep 25, 2022 – 8:00pm

Notifications have been restored and no data was lost. We’ll investigate the cause and make sure it doesn’t happen again. 

Sep 25, 2022 – 7:32pm

We have become aware that notifications are not currently functioning. Please bear with us as our dev team analyzes and resolves the issue.

Thank you.

Sep 20, 2022 – 1:32pm

Here’s what the dev team is currently working on:

Awaiting QA:

• Addition of NSFW switch on comments
• Visual Cleanup of Explore Page
• Adjustments to trending hashtags
• Additional enhancements to NSFW handling
• Hard deletion of posts

In Development:

• Additional URL Auto-Link Fixes
• User Account Self-Deletion
• Adding pagenation to user Follower/Following page
• Adding live thumbnails to Livestreams list

Please see the Known Bugs / Issues panel below for information about other fixes and tasks awaiting developer attention. Thanks!

Sep 15, 2022 – 9:14pm

Image posting has been restored and our dev team will be investigating the cause (likely a recent update that had unforseen consequences) to make sure it’s unlikely to happen again.

We apologize for the downtime… content you posted during that period has been captured and is now visible so you shouldn’t have to re-post.

Sep 15, 2022 – 9:01pm

Posting with images is currently not working. Our dev team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. Please check back here for more info soon.

Sep 2, 2022 – 3:45pm

I’m happy to report that the dev team made the following releases today:

• Notifications Badge – This used to show a max of 10, now it goes all the way up to 99+

• Fixed Logo on Password Reset & 2FA Page – These pages were showing our old logo but have now been updated. Caching may cause the old logo to persist for a bit but the fix is confirmed using a private browser login.

• Change Nomenclature from “Reply” to “Comment” – One of the things that’s caused some confusion in our new post threading model is the distinction between comments to posts and replies to comments and other replies. Even our own team used the words interchangeably so we decided to do away with the distinction. Now all comments are now called comments.

• Addressed Back End Issues with Reposts & Quote Posts – some refactoring of the repost process has been done that will improve the user experience.

Stay tuned for more and thank you for your patience as we continue to make updates and improvements to the site. If there’s something you’d like to see prioritized, please visit the support page by clicking the “Support Request” button below.

Aug 30, 2022 – 6:48pm

Our dev team released the following two updates today:

• Added dynamic updates to Notifications
• Added dynamic updates to Direct Messages

Now when you’re on the DM or Notifications pages and new items arrive for you, you’ll see those new DMs and notifications appear in real time. Navigate to the Notifications page and watch the interaction happening in real time! Note, you may need to refresh your currently active browser windows for the new updates to take effect.

Aug 30, 2022 – 12:48pm

Here’s what we’ve got in QA being prepared for deployment:

• Improving DMs to support real-time updates
• Improving Notifications to support real-time updates
• Removal of case sensitivity for hashtags
• Adding live streamers to their own list of current streamers
• Hard deletion of posts

 

Aug 22, 2022 – 4;12pm

Two deployments were released last week and we’re expecting more important stuff this week as well. Here’s what’s new in the system:

• Live Chat Restored – The real-time chat feature is now fully functional. You can use chat during live streams or open it as a separate window under your account using the URL https://flote.app/user/flote/chat but just replace the flote/chat with your own username/chat

• Timestamps on Notifications – Now all notifications have appropriate timestamps

• Clicking on Scrim Closes Images – The scrim is the dark area around the outside of a full screened image. Click anywhere on the scrim now to close the image and return to the feed.

• Reply Notification Adjustment – Clicking a reply to a reply will now take you to the original post.

• Blocking while Following – Blocking (or being blocked by) someone will now cause you to unfollow them or be unfollowed by them if necessary.

 

Aug 9, 2022 – 5;25pm

Our development team released a deployment today that included the following enhancements:

• Dynamic Feed Refresh – Now when you leave your home feed open, it periodically updates to show you when there is new content.

• Removal of Superfluous Elements
• Notifications / Follow Requests selector now only appears if needed
• Reply Notification no longer has engagement tools… click it to go to the thread and engage there
• Descriptive text removed from post overflow (ellipsis) menu
• Post Published Successfully notification removed for text/image posts
• Post Received toast notification removed for text/image posts
• Wallet features removed pending future development

Aug 8, 2022 – 12:27pm

We’ve got several important updates on the way so here’s what you can look forward to this week:

Simplification of comment notifications to provide full post context when interacting
Removal of inactive and superfluous items including
• Engagement tools on post notifications
• Descriptions from overflow menu
• Post Published notification for image and text posts
• Toast notifications for successful posts
• Wallet Connect
• 
Repairing trending hashtags functionality
• Removing case sensitivity in hashtags

July 29, 2022 – 11:45pm

Our second deployment this week, just before midnight on Friday. Here’s what’s new and updated:

• Correction for size and spacing issues in the mobile home feed view on Android devices
• Fixed the “Repost” button so that it only shows as highlighted for posts you’ve reposted yourself
• Restored functionality to the stand-alone chat window

July 25, 2022 – 7:30pm

Our dev team dropped a few fixes and updates Monday evening… here’s what we’ve got!

• Proper URL generation in post body
• Widened chat window
• Removal of nav elements on pop-out chat
• Visual cleanup of the chat input field
• Preservation of line breaks in chat
• Fixes to viewing images included in post replies and comments
• Fix to adding emojis to posts

July 21, 2022 – 4:34pm

The following updates have been made to the site as of this afternoon:

• Addition of “User is Live” banner on live streamer profiles
• Live streams automatically play when opened
• Cosmetic fixes to display of live streams on home page
• Made images clickable for viewing in replies
• Fix to display of clicked images so that they appear larger
• Fix to profile link on avatar bio pop-up
• Addition of Username / Display Name on sign-up form
• Styling Changes to the Audio Player

July 19, 2022 – 2:36pm

The following items are in QA or pending release for this week:

• Add “User is Live” banner to streamer’s profile page
• 
Adding Username / Display Name to login process
• Changes to the style of the audio player
• Fix to profile link on avatar pop-up
• Fix to viewing images in replies
• Add autoplay option for live streams
• Fix sizing of full image view when thumbnail is clicked

These items are awaiting QA and will be deployed soon:

• Auto-Refresh the home feed
• 
Fix the mobile view homepage width
• Fix for inserting emojis in posts
• Visual improvements to the live chat

 

July 16, 2022 – 12:05pm

The cause of the current outage has been identified and service has been restored. We apologize for the downtime.

9:00am

Flote is currently experiencing a temporary system outage… as soon as we figure out what the issue is, we’ll be back online.

Please check here for updates as we work on the problem.

 

July 13, 2022 – 3:00pm

Today we released the following two updates:

• Livestreams are visible to people who are not logged in
• Automatically generating thumbnails for uploaded videos

The video thumbnailing feature looks into your uploaded video file and selects a frame to use as the thumbnail automatically. This prevents your browser from pre-caching the video and will speed up page loads where one or more videos are present. In a future update we’ll add the ability for you to select your own thumbnail to be added to the video.

July 9, 2022 – 12:40pm

This is our list of items currently in QA and in progress. Our deployment process is currently blocked by a piece of work that turned out to be more complex than expected. Once that issue is resolved, all of the items in the “Ready for QA” section should be deployed in short order.

READY FOR QA

• Public visibility of Live Streams
• Ability to add thumbnail to uploaded videos
• Make all URLs clickable links
• Username/Display Name Form on Login
• Do not allow periods in username fields
• Additional updates to livestream chat
• View full images from replies
• Audio Player Styling Changes
• Addition of “User is Live” banner on profile page
• Proper sized display of clicked images
• Fix to “Profile” button in avatar pop-up
• Visual Updates to Livestream List on home feed
• Auto-play option for live streams

IN PROGRESS

• Several back-end fixes
• Fix broken insertion of emojis in post
• Hard deletion of posts

June 30, 2022 – 3:45pm

This week’s updates include the following:

• Site-wide review of blocking functionality
• Removal of “post type” buttons from the profile page
• Posts older than 48 hours now have a normal timestamp
• Comments are automatically expanded when viewing a post in its own page
• Restoration of missing buttons in Safari
• Randomization of “featured” accounts on logged-out page
• Fixes to Dark Mode colors

June 25, 2022 – 1:31pm

The following items are ready for QA and will be deployed soon:

• Updates to the blocking tools
• Removal of “post type” buttons from the profile page
• Fixes to the livestream list on the home page
• Auto-Play option for live streams
• Restoration of missing buttons in Safari
• Fixes to make all URLs clickable in post text
• Randomization of “featured” accounts on logged-out page

June 19, 2022 – 11:45am

Here are some of the fixes you can expect in the coming week:

• Automatic refresh of the home feed to show new posts
• Active live streams visible on home feed
• Fixes to blocking functionality
• Fix to dark mode text color in search box
• Adjustment to positioning of site content relative to top nav bar
• Cleanups to warnings and pop-up notifications
• Removal of <p> tags from edited comments
• Removal of non-functional post type buttons from profile page

 

June 15, 2022 – 3:08pm

Our dev team has released the following updates to the system today. Check them out and also be thinking about what you want next… we want to know what’s bothering you the most.

The top two are issues we introduced accidentally in a recent update, the rest are the first of a raft of fixes to the UI that are forthcoming.

• Restoration of the ability to insert text during post creation / editing

• Restoration of the ability to add line breaks to post creation / editing

• Fixed the Follower/Following count in the pop-up bio (when you roll over an avatar image in a post)

• Updating the link on the login panel logo (so it doesn’t point to “localhost” any more!

June 10, 2022 – 3:08pm

Hello All, we’ve got a few great updates geared towards improving your livestream experiences for both streamers and viewers. The following updates have been released to the system and are now live:

• Livestream chats will now display in the correct time-sorted ordering.
• Multiple visual refinements for livestream chat to make it easier to see who is saying what.
• Corrected text-wrapping in the livestream chat and Direct Message text input boxes.
• Corrected livestream URLs copy function allowing users to copy the working livestream URL to share their current streams (in Livestream Settings)

June 7, 2022 – 6:50pm

The dev team has been working on a large package of updates which we expect to deploy this week.

These fixes address a collection of issues with the livestream chat, restoring functionality and improving on look and feel, enable users with “lost” accounts to recover them, restore content push to the main timeline and fix a few visual issues across the site.

• Link previews in posts
• Support for .MOV files
• Real-time updates to Livestream Chat
• Word wrapping in Chat and DM fields
• Proper sorting of Chat messages
• Additional visual enhancements to Chat
• Fix for stream URL copy/paste
• Auto-Refreshing of the home feed
• Clean-up of warning messages site-wide
• Account validator tool for accounts with lost/malformed email addresses

May 27, 2022 – 2:32pm

Today the development team released some changes to the chat feature but as we broke the work into two pieces, we’ll be announcing the completion of work on the chat functionality next week when the second part is released.

 

May 20, 2022 – 6:59pm

I am very happy to tell you that the dev team has just released three important updates.

1) Display Content for Logged Out Users – Now when you share a link to a flote post or profile on other sites, individuals who are not Flote users or who are but are currently logged out will be able to see that content properly.

2) Link Comments in Notifications to Original Posts – Now when someone comments on your posts, the notification will link back to the original post when clicked.

3) Corrected URL Handling – Now when you paste a URL into a post from Odysee or some other site that has unusual link formatting, it will properly appear as a link.

 

May 12, 2022 – 3:16pm

These are the items currently in QA awaiting approval to go live to production.

• Adding support for .MOV video files from Mac desktop and mobile devices
• Post Editing of Media (addition and deletion of media to already published posts)
• Correction of Dark Mode colors on home feed view
• Multiple corrections to URL handling including proper handling of Odysee URLs
• Fix for “Reposting breaks the page” issue
• Addition of thumbnails to video files

May 10, 2022 – 4:18pm

We’ve just pushed the following changes to the production site. Please refresh your device to see the changes and thank you for your ongoing patience as we revise and improve Flote.

• Fixes to the mobile post function
> The post button is now larger
> Option switches are moved out of the way of the thumb
> Elements are properly spaced and contained in the card
> Like / Comment / Repost buttons now fit in the screen

• Logged-out page more mobile friendly
> Navigation now uses mobile styling
> Content properly aligned and spaced

• Post Completed Notification fixed
> A spelling error in the notification has been corrected

 

May 10, 2022 – 12:40am

Image posting has been restored and all of the posts you made with images during the downtime have been published. No content was lost.

9:54am

We are currently tracking an issue that is preventing posts with included files from completing.

This issue will be fixed shortly and we apologize for the difficulty.

 

May 5, 2022 – 12:27pm

Our team is back from FloteFest and hard at work. Here’s where things stand at the moment:

Currently in QA

• Display of content for logged out users
• Fixes for URL handling
• Fixes to Mobile View posting
• Mobile View fixes for home page
• Dark Mode home feed color adjustments
• Support for .mov files on desktop and mobile devices
• Post Editing for media

Currently In Progress

• Previews for externally linked content in posts
• Feed Auto-Refresh

 

Apr 24, 2022 – 1:35pm

We have just released an update to resolve the issue where your account is being logged out whenever you close the browser tab. This issue has been particularly effecting mobile users but may have been happening on other browsers and platforms as well.

The change adds a “Remember Me” checkbox to the login screen. That’s it. Click the checkbox next time you log in and you should be good to go!

Currently in QA

• Mobile View fixes for home page
• Fixes to text formatting for comments and replies
• Post Editing for titles and text
• Fixes to Mobile View posting

Currently In Progress

• Dark Mode home feed color adjustments
• Display of content for logged out users
• Previews for externally linked content in posts
• Post Editing for Media

 

Apr 19, 2022 – 6:05pm

The folllowing fixes and updates have been released to the production server… meaning they’re live now! If you’re not seeing them, please refresh your cache and check it again!

• Proper use of thumbnail-sized images in the timeline
• Fix for multi-image view in timeline
• Two back-end fixes that won’t be visible to end users

Apr 15, 2022 – 2:19pm

The following fixes and updates have just been released to production… which means they’re live now!

• Color enhancements to Dark Mode in in the User Profile View
• Color enhancements to Dark Mode in the Direct Messages View
• Reposting content no longer causes the feed to scroll to the top
• The vertical scroll bar should now appear properly

If you are seeing these issues still, please just reload the page. If the issues persist, especially on mobile devices, please clear your browser cache and try again. If that doesn’t address the issues, please file a bug report on the form below.

 

Apr 14, 2022 – 3:32pm

These items are currently in QA and, if passed, will be pushed to production either this evening or tomorrow.

• Prevent reposts from causing feed scroll
• Implement hard deletion of posts
• Dark mode color fixes
• Vertical scroll bar fix
• Post editing of text and headers

 

Apr 11, 2022 – 7:51pm

The following updates were just pushed to production:

• New grey background for single image/video posts
• Fix for long URLs in the post card
• Dark Mode preference saved across sessions
• User Spotlight photos on home page restored

 

Flote is up and running with no known infrastruction or stability issues.

 

Apr 8, 2022 – 1:18pm

These are the items our team is working on for release today or tomorrow:

  • Updates to the Comment box to add a “send” button
  • Small refinements to the DM page
  • Adjustments to the appearance of single image posts
  • Reduce size of images in timeline to use lower resolution thumbnails
  • Implementing hard deletion of posts
  • Post editing
  • Fixes to the mobile view home page
  • Refinements to Dark Mode colors
  • A quick fix for making Dark Mode stick across log-outs

 

Apr 8, 2022 – 2:47am

Here’s what’s on deck for the day’s fixes and updates. We will let you know when items are ready to push to production.

Waiting for QA:
• Fixes to the User Spotlight Photos
• Saving of Dark Mode setting across logins
• Mobile view updates to home page
• Background field color for Single Image posts

Items In Progress:
• Loading proper image thumbnails on timeline
• Hard deletion of posts
• Loading of Metadata on URL posts
• Fix long URLs overflowing out of the post
• Updates to Dark Mode colors for DMs, • Profile and Home Feed
• Post editing for text and title
• Fixes to mobile view post interface

 

Apr 7, 2022 – 3:38PM

Hello all… quick message about Followers / Following numbers. You have NOT LOST FOLLOWERS.

Those numbers may be reversed in your case… note the number following and if you did not follow that many people, it’s because the numbers are reversed.

Sorry this is confusing to everyone but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The dev team is still working on correcting the following/follower counts. I just unfollowed and followed a user which updated their followers number. If you unfollow someone and follow them back, it will reset your following count. That’s the work-around.

Our team will do a data pass to recalculate those numbers soon so everyone won’t have to do this manually.

Apr 7, 2022 – 12:53am

Here are the items our development team is working on at the moment:

  • Updating Dark Mode colors in home feed
  • Cleanup mobile view of site splash page
  • Display of content for public users (hotlinking content)
  • Adding a “submit” button to the comments field
  • Cleanup of the DMs page
  • Cleanup of mobile sign-in page
  • Fix posting on mobile
  • Post Editing

We will let you know when these changes are completed and the next production push occurs.

 

Apr 6, 2022 – 5:40pm

Flote.app is currently up and functioning with ongoing cleanup and refinement from the transition. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this time.

The following items were released today:

  • Updates to the modal post dialogue
  • Updates to the profile settings page
  • Additional fixes to the followers/following counters
  • Adjustments to the way images fit in the timeline
  • Some important changes to how NSFW content is tagged and handled
  • Corrections to outside social media site linking on profiles
  • The addition of a user selectable “NSFW” setting for marking their own profile NSFW
  • Addition of “Comments” to the post engagement popup

Meanwhile, please open the “Known Bugs / Issues” panel below to see an active list of items in progress in order of their priority.

Apr 2, 2022 – 4:25pm

The dev team is currently prioritizing our open issues. There are quite a few, to be sure, but we are collecting, de-duplicating, organizing and prioritizing them for fixing and refinement.

The next big push is going to be getting the mobile view into working order. We are aware this is woefully inadequte at the moment and are prioritizing it for work.

1:39pm

Hey everyone, I hope your day is going well. The dev team is still hard at work this weekend making adjustments to the front and back end and from where I sit, things are looking better and we continue to work. Thank you again for your patience and understanding. We will update here later today with a detailed, itemized list of issues and a link to a new “Known Bugs and Reporting” page where you can review the list of issues we’re aware of and working on.

12:55am

Video and audio uploads have resumed. We’ve still got work to do but things are beginning to shape up. We will see you in the morning with more fixes.

 

Apr 1, 2022 – 9:14pm

Video and audio uploading will be down for a little while as we do some back-end tweaks. Those capabilities should be restored in short order. Meanwhile, fixes are progressing and the team is focused on feed display speed improvements at the moment.

More information as it’s available.

 

7:55pm

If you are using a password manager such as Brave, Dashlane, Nord or Apple, etc… it may attempt to automatically auto-fill your Flote login “email address” field with your Flote username.

If this happens, please click the “Recover Password” (turn off auto-fill temporarily if you must) and enter your email addres there to complete the password recovery process.

The new login requires your email address… your username will not work for password recovery.

6:00pm

As we get into evening of Day 1, notifications are working now and the main feed is operating smoothly and our development team continues to grind away on bugs and issues.

I realize this may not mean much to regular folks who are accustomed to sites “just working” but the rate at which bugs are being identified, prioritized, fixed and deployed to production is getting close to 20 or 30 per hour. This rate of revision would have been impossible in our previous version and our team is not only getting it done, but doing so with excitement.

Please stay with us as we continue to work toward a point where Flote works the way you expect it to.



2:49pm

Hey all, things are looking a lot more spiffy now… we found some gremlins that weren’t visible until we were working with live data. Feeds are loading quicker, images are posting… it’s coming together. Thank you for your patience!

12:30pm

As people start to sign in and we get deeper into it today, we see there are a lot of issues that need attention, first of which is the password reset email thing. We’ve upgraded the email service for faster delivery and extended the timeout on the reset link so you should be able to do that more easily now.

Many other items are being worked on including feed issues, image attachment uploading, display of text and controls… a lot of things got broken in the move from our QA environment to the live environment… the dev team is working hard to resolve these issues today and through the weekend and we appreciate your patience while we work through them this morning.

3:48am

The short list of fixes to be worked on immediately has been identified. We are aware of a number of issues and refinements that need to be addressed but these are the top few for the moment:

  1. Timeline Post/Display
  2. Image Attachments
  3. Notifications Display
  4. Set View Default from Global to Friends
  5. Dark Mode Color and Sticky Fixes
  6. Post Body Text Fixes (hashtags, links, text wrapping, etc)
  7. Span / Bot Banning Admin Tool

We appreciate your bug reports and comments… we want to deliver a product to you that we can all be proud of and though we’re not quite there yet, we are very confident that we will get there together soon.

 

Apr 1, 2022 – 2:31am

The new version of Flote is live and going through its shakedown. You’re going to see some issues, some minor, some significant, while the dev team irons out the kinks.

Caching, uploading, timeline… these things will be resolved in short order and we appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to get them resolved.

 

Mar 31, 2022 – 7:52pm

There is one remaining issue to resolve relating to our live streaming setup before the team is ready to pull the trigger. This issue may be resolved in a half an hour or it may take until tomorrow.

This is the nature of launching a complex system… and while our entire team is eager to push the system live, we want to make sure this critical element is in place before doing so.

We’ll update you once again later tonight when the decision is made to either launch or push until the morning.

For what it’s worth, I personally sat on the shore at Canaveral Bay, waiting to see a SpaceX launch for three straight days… and when it finally went up, it was worth every moment. We appreciate your patience and we promise you it will be worth the wait.

 

4:33pm

We’re getting close to the finish line here… just a couple of blocking issues remaining and the team is moving strong toward the finish line.

Stay with us just a little bit longer and we’ll have some news about the final launch shortly. Also if you would, check out “The Drop”, COO Alex Martin’s weekly live show which will be visible on our Facebook and YouTube channels today at 5pm Eastern where we’ll be joined by Spike Cohen and then our CTO Patrick Smith to give us an update on the Flote V1.0 Delivery.

https://www.facebook.com/floteofficial

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSllGiulMkLGXkUUSgHA_rw


1:42pm

While we all wait anxiously for the Flote reboot, how about joining us in our official Telegram channel for a quick visit with some of our other community members?

https://t.me/flotepublic

11:19am

The team is still at work this morning. Our objective is to release a site that is stable, scalable and secure… but there’s always that last 5% of finishing work that needs to be done before we can call this ready to go.

The checklist is getting shorter and the remaining issues are mostly look-and-feel related… and we are not even at the 24hr mark yet.

Please hang in there and we appreciate your patience while we complete this process.

 

Mar 30, 2022 – 9:27pm

The changeover is still in progress and the number of blockers on the checklist is getting smaller. Again, we appreciate your patience while we work through this complex process.

We think you’ll be impressed by how quick the new site is… the reset password functionality is super easy and hey… Dark Mode!

 

4:44pm

The Bote system has been retired and our dev team is working to bring the new V1.0 production environment online.

For those of you who may be professionals in your own field but not deeply familiar with the process of software development, maybe a bit of explanation would be helpful.

The “catamaran” development, testing and production environments that we’ve been working on have been running in parallel with the “bote” environments (the flote.app you’ve been using) throughout the development process. The transition from one to the other is more involved than simply throwing a switch on a streetcar track, though.

There’s a checklist of items that need to be done before we go live, including domain name changes that need to be made several times, each of which can take from 1 to 24 hours to propagate. Then there’s the process of scaling up the new production environment from a low “dev” capacity to a higher “production” capacity, there’s the disabling of the current platform, final testing of the authentication process, final data migrations (copying and translating your posts, images and videos from the old database to the new, different one), updating deployment pathways so that changes going forward are directed to the proper location, testing the migration, testing the functionality, making whatever repairs and adjustments are needed as a result of the move, and then… finally… re-routing the DNS so that it points to the new production server.

So yeah, it’s not as easy as it seems but our team is hard at work to get it done. At this point they’re about a third through that checklist already and while we’re asking for two days, we expect it to go a bit faster than that. Meanwhile, grab a coffee, pick up a nice book, pet a dog or talk to some plants and we’ll be back really soon!

 

 1:00pm

Flote will be offline starting at 2:30pm Eastern for up to two days while we make the transition to our V1.0 release. We are hoping to keep the downtime as short as possible.

Please watch here for updates and information related to this downtime and expected resumption of service.

 

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