Last weekend, we joined our friends at Code for Boston to hack on a new project analyzing agency websites. We also pushed a number of features and fixes for our newly launched account service.
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What’s new on MuckRock
Improved Organizational invitations
Last week, we pushed out a huge update to MuckRock account management. For the most part, it was a smooth upgrade process but there were a number of issues that needed some more tweaking. We’ve made the following changes:
- Invitations to join a new organization should now work more consistently.
- Some receipts were not being properly generated. This should now be fixed, but if you’re missing a receipt email us and we’ll get it sent over to you.
- Custom contact information override was not working.
- Some occasional payment bugs that would fail the payment are now fixed.
- Better error messages in a variety of cases.
- Creating new agencies was temporarily broken.
- Agencies were appearing out of order in some list views.
- Some users had the same request show up multiple times in various list views.
We have a number of other improvements and fixes coming down the line as well, but let us know if you run into bugs and we’ll work to fix up the problem. Check out last week’s release notes for an overview of all the new features we launched with our new Accounts service.
Code for Boston Spring Hackday 2019 + how you can come back on transparency
At this year’s Code for Boston Hack, we were joined by an amazing group of volunteers to help build a prototype automated scanner and scorecard maker that graded government agency websites on a variety of important factors, such as how well they protect user privacy and whether they’re easily accessible for a variety of constituents.
The project is very, very beta, but we made some amazing progress. For a sneak peek, sign up for the Release Notes newsletter at the top of this page.
Some big time #cfabrigade demos here: tracking water safety, analyzing police militarization data, examining gov website security, building a Slackbot to query city services, exploring criminal expungement advocacy, and way more. pic.twitter.com/t9HLWJjAwN— Code for Boston (@CodeForBoston) April 7, 2019
If you’re the kind of person who gets excited about building cool, impactful open source software, you might also be interested in our Tuesday meetups in Cambridge, Massachusetts, or our other open source efforts.
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