Last week, we fixed a bug that meant that new admins of MuckRock Organizational Accounts were not getting all the permissions they were entitled to, particularly around purchasing of bulk requests.
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Fixed Org administrator bug
Last week, we discovered and fixed a bug that did not update some users’ administrative powers in a few specific areas when they were added as the administrator for their organization. That bug is now fixed.
The bug occurred sometimes when a user was added to an existing organization and then given upgraded permissions later. Sometimes the admin permissions did not properly update from our Accounts management service to the main MuckRock site.
As a result, those admins were not given the option to bulk purchase requests for their organization. This is now fixed, though some users may need to log out and log back in for the changes to take effect.
Come hack transparency with us
Every Tuesday night, we gather in Cambridge with a group of coders, designers, and others who want to see more open government. The past few months, we’ve been mixing MuckRock’s agency database with a set of scanners and scrapers to help gauge the accessibility, mobile-friendliness, and security of America’s digital infrastructure.
You can find out more and join us by checking out Code for Boston’s website.
Reporting bugs and submitting fixes
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If you spot a bug or have a feature request, you can also help by opening an issue on GitHub.
If you do, please search open issues first to make sure it hasn’t already been reported. If it has been reported previously, please leave an additional comment letting us know it’s an issue for you, particularly if you can provide more details about when it crops up or what you think is causing the problem.
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