Sunday, October 25, 2020

Numerous new features improve Lincoln City Homepage’s social network

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Homepage team behind Fox 12 wildfire coverage

Where do Portland TV stations get their breaking news? Often, it turns out, from Lincoln City Homepage!
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Volunteers raise spirits, hope amid wildfire ashes

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Dick Anderson has lots of help funding his campaign

This past Wednesday, the Lincoln City News Guard ran a huge campaign ad for Dick Anderson and three other conservative candidates.

Legislators work to address double taxation, property taxes for fire victims

Oregon legislators are working to address problematic taxation statutes victims of wildfires are facing as they try to recover and rebuild.

The best thing that has happened to Lincoln County

County Commissioner Claire Hall is the best thing that has happened to Lincoln County.

Fire victims rebuilding face double taxation from school district

A tax passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2007 is the subject of controversy as fire victims rebuilding say they are being taxed twice. 

Former Ethics Commission Chair Backs Thatcher for SOS

Although I am a registered Libertarian, I am crossing party lines and will vote for Kim Thatcher enthusiastically.

COVID, Climate and 2020

2020 has been a strange year, globally, nationally and personally -- and it isn’t over yet.

Spooky Spectacular: Drive-thru trick-or-treating edition

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LCPD Officer Wehrley to lead Lincoln City K9 unit

LCPD Officer Molly Wehrley will be Lincoln City's first K9 handler and will head to California in November to bring a new canine member to the force.

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Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

MYSTERY SOLVED! D.B. Cooper was my friend

He was the soldier who became a skyjacker, the skyjacker who became a priest, and the priest who lived and died in Depoe Bay. He was D.B. Cooper, the most famous fugitive on earth, and he was my friend.

Fire strikes historic Otis Cafe on Independence Day

North Lincoln Fire Rescue units swarmed the Otis Cafe shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to combat a fully involved fire at the iconic restaurant.

Highway 101 hole prompts ODOT to call in geologists

Oregon Department of Transportation officials have called in geologists Thursday to take core samples of a hole on southbound Highway 101 in Otis.

Lincoln City wildfires update

Lincoln City government issued an update Thursday on wildfires north of the city, saying all evacuation orders are still in effect and residents are not allowed in the area.

An evacuated Lincoln City sits dark and intact

Lincoln City Police were active Wednesday night and were patrolling with spotlights in a town evacuated and once again without power.

Several new features and improvements were rolled out and introduced Tuesday on lchomepage.com, the social network created by Lincoln City Homepage for the people of Lincoln City.

Homepage created a social network in response to Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, and now that Google has announced the discontinuation of the Google+ platform, we figured this was a good time to make our product better.

New features for version 2.0:

Day/Night mode

One of the things users gave us feedback on was how bright their screens were late at night and how this was not conducive with a good night’s rest. We listened and there is now an option to “reverse” the color scheme to night mode.

This feature can be accessed from the three dots next to a user’s circle profile picture in the top bar.

The website will “remember” what mode you selected, so the next time you log in, that mode will be automatically selected.

Remember, you can always suggest new features to us at [email protected]

Night mode

Reaction system

Liking a post was never really enough, so when users asked us if there was a way we could emulate Facebook’s reaction system we knew it was an option.

Now, you can like, love, laugh, say wow, be sad and get angry.

The reaction system is close to Facebook’s we will admit, but ours is animated.

Points system

We struggled with this one. How could we reward users for engaging with each other? The point system works by giving a user points every time they like, create a post and comment.

Points can be used to buy advertising on the site or upgrade a profile to the pro-mode version that offers additional benefits like boosting posts and pages.

Quick Create

Users told us it was not easy to create new things on the site like blogs, events, groups and pages. Now you can do this by clicking the circle with a “+” at the top of the site. Hopefully, this addresses the issue and sees users creating more pages and groups.

Privacy

We added the ability to use your phone for lost passwords, which makes us all a little safer, as well as a session manager so users can see what devices have logged in to their account and gives them the control to log any devices out. This is a big step in keeping accounts secure, and we have doubled down on security on the admin side, too.

Other upgrades

This has been such a big update that an article focusing on all of them would be too large to read so we will condense the rest.

The Marketplace has been overhauled. The format changes are designed to make it easier to search for products and add them.

A new menu item called “Popular Posts” will display the most reacted to and commented on posts.

You can now poke users.

Events has also been overhauled. Should now be easier to add events and select the time.

Pro Mode Beta. This is an experiment that allows users to pay with their wallet with funds earned from interacting with the community to boost posts and pages and become a featured member. Pro members also get a verified badge. The main reason for this development is to generate revenue so the site can continue to improve and will not affect a free user’s experience by giving pro members overpowered or unfair advantages.

Advertising has been reworked to include points to be used as currency. 1,000 points = $1. With each like, comment or creation of a new post, users balances will increase until they have enough to advertise. A flat 10-cent per click cost for advertising can be set for now. Creating a new ad is easier now with the Quick Create link.

All features are in development and subject to modification based on user-input.

Thanks for visiting the site and offering feedback.

 

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Justin Werner
Justin Wernerhttps://wernerhost.com/
Justin is publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and an investigative journalist who finds facts. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press.

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