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  1. What’s new: Bugfixes, Accessibility Improvements & Blog Categories

    In Sprint 47 we focused on fixing a couple of bugs, improved the accessibility of our platform and added categories to our blog.

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  2. What’s new: Event card variations and many small improvements

    This time we improved the look of our event overview page, fixed various small bugs, updated our software stack, added basic metrics to our monitoring dashboards, and finally managed to have automatic database migration tool with rollback functionality in place.

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  3. Feature in Detail: Call for Papers

    Event organizers can create a Call for Papers to collect talk proposals for their event and find interesting speakers. Depending on your subscription there are a variety of features you can use and in this article we’ll explain what is possible.

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  4. What’s new: A New Search, Easier Past/Future Events and Tweet Images

    It’s been some time since we published our last update. That is because we made an exception to our one week sprints and instead had a four weeks sprint over the holidays. But now we’re back on track and want to share the latest features and improvements available on Colloq.

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  5. Attending Conferences: More Than Worth The While

    Two weeks ago, a tweet by Star Simpson resonated with many, received almost a thousand retweets and motivated us to write the following post.

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  6. What‘s New: Call for Papers and More Events

    Retrospectives are supposed to show you how the team felt in the last Sprint. This time we all feel pretty good about the things we’ve archived: we worked on two huge new features, deployed one of them and added a lot of new events to our catalog.

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  7. What‘s New: Improved Event Suggestion Handling and Subscription Feature Explanations

    Every week we are working to improve the overall experience on Colloq, fix some bugs and add new features. Since some of these changes aren‘t visible right away, we like to publish what we worked on and give you some insight of what‘s happening behind the scenes.

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  8. Our Plans, Features and What’s at the Heart of Colloq

    When we started out building Colloq, we had a few premises that we want to stick to. What started with the aim to build a better platform has now turned into real, usable product with great features. In this post we want to highlight some of the features of our current plans for a better understanding of what Colloq is about and what you can do with it.

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  9. Sort Your Sponsors & Speakerdeck Coverage Support

    This week we added event sponsor sorting for our Organizer Premium and Pro accounts which allows you to add a custom order and show your most important sponsors first. We also enhanced the coverage link cards to show Open Graph images, detect Speakerdeck slidedecks automatically, and you can now see your own submitted links without a subscription.

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  10. More Coverage Services & Embedding Colloq

    This week we added two more services to our link parser to provide a better experience to our users, let you embed a Colloq link, and eased the creation of recurring events a little bit.

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  11. How Our Password Check Works

    Security and privacy are a big concern for us at Colloq and we do take it seriously. We want to make Colloq a safe and secure platform and are taking certain measures to help ensure it is and stays this way. Because of that, our platform features an advanced password validity check that we want to talk about.

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  12. Sprint 40: Improved Create Events & Nicer Error Pages

    In the second sprint after our launch we focused on fixing bugs that our users reported and enhancing their experience on our service. Here’s what changed…

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  13. Why we don’t have a Lanyrd import

    While we’re completely aware that many of you have collected and curated a lot of useful content on Lanyrd, we’re most likely not going to offer any data import. This post describes why.

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  14. Sprint 37–39: The many things before, during and after our launch

    This week we finally went live with Colloq. Here’s what happened during the weeks leading up to our launch and the few days after it.

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  15. Hey there, we’re here!

    Today we can excitedly announce that we’re now live with our new platform Colloq. If you’re as excited as we are, please sign up, spread the word, and support our platform by using it actively. — Cheers, Anselm, Tobias & Holger.

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  16. Updates for Sprint 33 – 36

    Since our last blog entry we’ve done a lot but not writing another update for you. It’s time to tell you the current status.

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  17. Our Latest Update on Sprint 32

    Last week we shifted from writing about our progress on Twitter to explaining what we do in more detail here on our blog. Today we want to share the latest updates on our current and upcoming sprint with you.

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  18. Why We Don’t Publish Our Sprint Goals On Twitter Anymore

    A few weeks ago we started to tweet our Sprint goals and after a Sprint we posted whether we achieved it or not. This week we stopped doing that and we want to tell you why. While we believe openness is key to our service, Twitter is not the right decision to share complex information such as project progress in a very short message.

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  19. Safari’s <details>/<summary> rem font-size issue

    Current Safari versions have weird issues with the rem unit that can be hard to debug. For reference, we write about weird font-sizing in Safari when using a <details> element on a website. This blog article is about WebKit Bug 173876.

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  20. Securing Platform Stability With Acceptance Testing

    Building a brand new service means a lot of changes in the beginning. Definitions change, permission models change, and modules get refactored often. At some point we got the feeling that we’re not sure if all the permissions were implemented as per definition. For some components we realised that we didn’t even have a definition at all. Writing Acceptance tests helps us building a more robust platform.

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  21. The Tools We Use To Stay Afloat

    Like many people we’re used to working with Jira and other big tools for project management. These tools work quite well for large projects and teams. But at Colloq where we are only three people, using Jira would hinder our productivity—it’s too complex for our use case. This is the story about what tools we use and how we make them work for us.

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  22. Remote Managing A Side-Project Across The Globe

    Most of us know that running a side-project can be a daunting and rather difficult task to successfully manage, even and especially on your own. For a project involving three people, all working on client projects in parallel, making progress on a side-project is a challenge. We learned this the hard way, and here’s how we turned it around…

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  23. Hello World. Hello Colloq.

    The story of Colloq began at a conference. We’ve been frequently going to conferences for a few years now and always talked about a better way to preserve the content that conferences produce. It made us realise that none of us was satisfied with the existing offers and that it was time to do something about it. On April 1st we published our first landing page.

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