Team: Developers

Welcome to the engine room!

We develop the lib.reviews platform. That’s both server-side and client-side code and design (!), as well as any additional tools, apps, etc. If you’re technically minded but want to help more with docs, developer outreach, user needs analysis, you’re also more than welcome to join.

For now we use this team primarily to keep a diary of our work.

Number of members: 2 (view list)

Moderators:

Team rules

You agree to license all technical contributions under CC-0 (public domain); see: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

We’ve opted for these terms for our codebase to make re-use and extension minimally complex.

This team has not published any reviews yet.


Initial support for social media images added

One feature common to social media sites like Twitter and Mastodon is support for rich previews that tell you more about the link that you’re about to click on.

Rich previews typically include an image as well as an excerpt.

When you create or edit a review, you can now select the image that will be used for previews on social media and other sites that implement Open Graph.

To select a social media image:

  1. Upload the image, either on the review subject page (like this one), or in the review editor by clicking the “Cloud upload” icon.

  2. In the review editor, click “Additional settings”.

  3. Select the image from the available options.

  4. Save or publish your review.

That’s it. When you include a link to the review in social media, you should now see a preview like this one:

Example social media card (Twitter) for "Tell Me Why"

Please note that this currently only works for individual review links, not for review subject pages.

This is still a brand-new feature, so expect the unexpected! Let us know if you encounter any issues.

(As part of this update, team settings can now also be found in the “Additional settings” section to de-clutter the review editor a bit.)


RIP FreeNode, hello LiberaChat

In case you haven’t been following along, the FreeNode chat network recently imploded, and hundreds of of open source projects have migrated their chat infrastructure to Libera.Chat, a community-run alternative. That includes lib.reviews, and you can now find us on #lib.reviews on irc.libera.chat.


Another Ubuntu upgrade; minor bugfix deployed

The lib.reviews VPS is now running on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal), the latest Long Term Support release, which receives security updates until April 2025. The upgrade was fairly painless, but the do-release-upgrade wrapper script was interrupted, and I had to manually fix some broken packages.

I also fixed a small bug which has been annoying me for a while: The Wikidata search box wasn’t working when you started a new review, until you un-focused and re-focused it.


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