Update Aug 13, 2012

Two dances have been added,

Ballykeale Set and Humors of Bandon.

The Ballykeale Set is a relatively new set on the scene, or more accurate a recently re-discovered set that’s growing in popularity.

The Humors of Bandon is a set piece that’s often used in performance in a shortened form by not dancing every body.  If you dance the whole thing through with all bodies and aren’t worn out at the end, you aren’t trying hard enough.

Site Status Aug 10, 2012

We’ve been doing groundwork for a major change to the way dances are edited, which will improve editing usability and make the editors happier.  This will likely result in more dances becoming available which will make the regular users happier.

Part of the groundwork involved exercising our scripting skills by adding input validation on the user side which you can see when you add or edit a collection.  Type in a too-short name and move to the Description box and you’ll be given some instructions on-screen to help you choose a better name. It also checks for duplicates and will let you know if you’ve chosen a name that isn’t already used.  Our next step is to enable drag and drop between the dance lists at the bottom of the collection edit page.  Once that’s complete, we’ll have the foundation for putting those features together on the dance editing pages.

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What’s a Collection?

A Collection on DanceMinder is simply a list of dances.  These can be used as a series of dances for a public event, dances you’d like to study, dances for a class or for any purpose you like.  A collection includes a description and a field for a location where you can put the name of a studio, hall or even town crossroads.

How do you enter a collection?

Glad you asked.

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Update Aug 2, 2012

There’s been an important update to the way your email addresses are stored.  Many sites, including DanceMinder prior to today, store your email addresses unencrypted in their databases.

If you follow tech news at all, you will have heard, seemingly weekly, about major sites being hacked and at best user email addresses becoming available to spammers and in some cases even the passwords were available or easily cracked.

DanceMinder now stores email addresses in encrypted form.  Your password has always been stored encrypted and now, even if something happens to our servers and a hacker manages to get hold of our database, your email addresses and passwords will both be safe.

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