JWFind.net site news

The blessing of Jehovah — that is what makes rich, and he adds no pain with it.  (Proverbs 10:22)

Plans for 2015

2014-12-24 13:10:17

It has been 5 years since we made the jwfind.net site public, would you believe that? We are going to update the validation process so new registrations could be allowed again. The site will be migrated to increase its performance and stability. New design, simplier user interface, better admin support are some among the plans..

The dowtime

2014-12-24 12:57:15

The site was down for almost a day due to an unscheduled maintenance. Sorry for inconvenience!

Updating profile picture works again

2014-03-31 19:08:46

We had a bug which caused that some users could not update profile picture. Profile picture updating works again. :)

Several bugfixes uploaded

2012-07-07 19:29:51

Recent troubles with some site functions (poke, quick message and other AJAX-based) have been solved. Thanks for your patience!

Problem with sending emails solved

2012-03-05 15:41:45

Recently we had troubles with e-mailing, which affected some functions of the website including new registrations. The problem has been solved. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Server upgrade

2012-01-01 16:14:22

Server powering JWFind.net has been upgraded. Parameters: i7-2600 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 2 TB WD Black drives. We hope you will enjoy the better performance :)

Application server upgraded

2011-10-17 19:20:05

It is our pleasure to announce upgrade of application server web2py which powers JWFind.net website. Sorry for the related downtime which lasted about 5 hours.

Trend: slightly more messaging than chatting

2011-08-10 18:42:48

1346 approved site members exchanged 48000 messages and 735000 chat lines. The new numbers indicate slight move from chatting to messaging - 41% increase in total number of messages vs 32% in total number of chat posts since last recording.

A bit longer responses from admins

2011-05-26 09:26:38

Sorry for slower responses on your requests as well as slower processing of new registrees. Core admins are currently busy with their personal matters, at least until May 30th. Thank you for your patience! :)

Pioneering efforts in April

2011-04-22 09:51:16

Among those who answered in the question poll we counted 61% auxiliary and 18% pioneers for the month of April. All the effort to inform others about the value of ransom is really worth of commendation!

Several bug fixes

2011-03-15 20:33:26

Several minor stabilty and security related bug fixes implemented.

Todays jwfind.net downtime

2011-02-04 10:44:40

Technical troubles on the side of our ISP caused more than 2 hours long downtime of the server. Sorry for inconvenience.

Poll results

2011-02-02 20:00:15

According to a poll, JWFind.net members slightly prefer new or improved functions to greater members base or increased performance or stability.

Several upgrades

2011-01-29 23:10:32

1. New search by nick function searches as you type. 2. You may look into older history of updates at "my home" - see the button at the bottom. 3. Problem with smileys and bible verse helper in comments solved plus few more bugfixes.

Comments function upgraded

2011-01-27 23:41:35

Since now, if somebody comments your content or replies on your own comments, you may be notified by e-mail. Enable or disable the notifications in your settings. Further, on "My home" page you will find recent friends' comments and comments attached to your content.

Search and match functions updated

2011-01-17 17:04:05

Search and match functions allow to sort all site members according to used search criteria. Since the update, the functions do not include the profiles which are very far from the criteria (those with negative search/match result). We believe the changed functions are more practical.

New title page, remarks function

2011-01-15 23:16:37

We updated the title page with a new text, reflecting the aim of JWFind.net better. We have a new function called members' remarks, members may publicly comment the site itself since now.

More intuitive layout of galleries

2011-01-04 10:24:28

Since the upgrade it is easier to navigate through galleries and upload new pictures.

Important bugfix

2011-01-03 10:56:17

Finally we tracked down memory leak in the application, which required to restart the application server quite often and was affecting overall performance and stability. :)

Personal ban function renamed to 'block'

2011-01-01 19:42:02

Site admins may ban users who behave badly, effectively preventing their presence on JWFind.net site. Another function, called initially "personal ban" is in hands of site members and it has been designed as a last resort for cases when other member does not respect polite requests to stop communication attempts. This function has been renamed to "block" to avoid confusion and to express better its purpose.

Completely rewritten poke function

2010-12-31 15:37:29

The new function allows you to poke members who are online without leaving a page. Poke and popup boxes are more functional and better explained now.

You may set poke permissions since now

2010-12-29 23:21:25

You may decide whether you wish to receive pokes from any member or from friends only. We apologize for 60 min lasting downtime caused by troubles during upgrade.

Wall function upgraded

2010-12-27 21:32:47

Items published on both personal and shared walls are being shown in expanded form, with 10 items per page.

Better performance and stability

2010-12-24 20:00:30

Major upgrade of backend application server and several bugfixes and other rewrites in the website itself. Please report any unwanted behaviour of site functions!

More than 1000 approved members :)

2010-11-25 19:28:49

Today we reached 1000 approved members. Since the begining brothers and sisters exchanged more than 28000 messages and about 500000 chat posts within the site. Thank you for your support!

New site motto verse

2010-11-22 22:10:04

After more than year of (Proverbs 17:17) site members selected (Proverbs 10:22) as a new JWFind.net site motto verse.

Facebook like button

2010-11-11 00:01:38

Users with Facebook account may share publicly visible JWFind.net pages to their FB profile. Please bear on mind that we do not encourage you to register there. Facebook is a wild space and has to be used very cautiously.

Tighter registration requirements

2010-10-28 22:47:02

Picture of to-be-user holding current Kingdom Ministry is required in registration form.

First anniversary!

2010-10-17 22:35:10

We are celebrating first year since official launch of JWFind.net website! You may read more on the anniversary page.

Legal entity to run JWFind.net

2010-10-11 12:33:13

JWFind.net and JWPress.org domains and rights to operate the websites have been transferred to "Association of Brothers", non-profit non-governmental legal entity with headquarters in Czech republic.

JWPress.org site launched!

2010-10-10 11:21:05

The new site syndicates news and affairs related to freedom of religion with special focus on Jehovah's Witnesses from selected reliable sources. JWFind.net users may comment the news both from JWPress.org and also directly from JWFind.net interface.

Application server upgrade

2010-09-26 09:35:19

Upgraded to the latest version of web2py application server. New web2py is faster, more stable and reliable and also provides better basis for further functionality extensions.

Whisper function functional

2010-09-19 17:30:53

Whisper function in chat has been repaired.

The site was down

2010-07-07 16:26:46

Thunderbolt destroyed various devices in server room of our ISP, which caused several hours lasting downtime of the site. Sorry for the inconvenience...

Jehovah's Witnesses News

2010-06-20 06:25:33

News related to Witnesses and to freedom of religion are displayed on the title jwfind.net page. The news are being aggregated from jw-media.org and from forum18.org, further relevant sources will be included soon. The news may be commented and also added to personal wall similarly to other content.

External Articles

2010-06-12 21:49:52

We enriched the site with headings of articles from watchtower.org. Members may add article headings which they like to their wall and comment them. For each day there are two randomly selected "featured articles" displayed on site title page.

Gallery function upgraded

2010-05-31 08:44:32

Now it is possible to browse conveniently through images within each gallery folder.

Internet Explorer issues solved

2010-05-30 07:43:59

Compatibility issues which appeared after last "profile color" upgrade have been solved. We wish to keep the site compatible with all major browsers.

Profile color function

2010-05-29 08:02:36

You may pick your favourite color for your profile. The color will be used in various contexts within the site - in border decorating your profile sections, as a color of your nick in user listings and also in chat.

Search forms more convenient

2010-05-21 21:39:21

Both simple and advanced search and matching forms have been slightly upgraded. Now it is not necessary to select importance of search criteria manually.

New content and country listings

2010-05-18 20:36:03

All media, galleries and blogs shared to public are available directly from title page. Title page also newly offers quick listings of users according to their country of residence.

Antiscam policy update

2010-05-16 06:48:48

Users are being prompted to be careful before sharing their e-mail, YM and other direct contacts. Anyone WHO ASKS FOR DIRECT CONTACT or OFFERS DIRECT CONTACT without significant previous communication within the site is acting against the recommendation and his account MAY BE TERMINATED.

Search and chat updated

2010-05-01 21:18:09

Search, matching and all approved members listings have been paginated. Further, it is more convenient to go back to the results from detail views now. You may conveniently invite online members to join chat directly from chat room with a new 'quick poke' function.

Stats: 5000th message delivered

2010-04-30 11:10:55

JWFind.net web reached 20851 visits today with average 15 minutes spent per visit. 607 users applied for registration and 396 were approved. We delivered 5019th message today and 83456th chat post in one of 26 chat rooms. 741 pictures were shared in galleries and users 571-times commented each other's profile. Thanks for your interest!

New chat function: kick

2010-04-04 22:27:28

The function allows room members to kick a user, who tries to spoil the conversation. We hope the function will help to keep the chat as a clean and nice place ;)

Chat improved

2010-04-03 10:59:30

I hope you'll like the upgraded chat.

Performance improvements

2010-03-22 14:51:05

Performance of the site has been improved. In particular, chat should be able to handle more concurrent users.

Message limit raised: 14/week

2010-03-12 21:42:12

According to the results of recent question poll, we decided to raise the weekly limit on messages which may be sent to non-yet-friends.

Profile page layout redesigned

2010-03-09 21:29:40

1. The whole profile content is being loaded at once, so the sections may be browsed quickly. 2. Number of sections has been reduced. Please, review your section-related permission settings.

Function to hide users

2010-03-08 11:15:19

Do you wish to remove certain user from search or match listings? Now you may do this using new 'hide' function. In users section there is an overview of the hidden users.

Better stationery support

2010-03-01 18:56:54

Layout of both profiles and messages has been optimized to support stationery images better.

Attach photos to your messages

2010-02-26 22:42:35

Message function has been improved. You may enrich your messages with attached photos since now.

1000th message delivered

2010-02-23 19:54:13

Users exchanged 1000 messages within the site already.

Just some statistics

2010-02-21 14:28:04

About 3500 visitors reached our site so far. The visitors viewed more than 50000 pages here in total. 269 users attempted to join and 164 passed the approval.

Little security update

2010-02-07 15:35:28

Users who are not approved yet are no more allowed to comment others' contents.

Quick blog

2010-01-31 21:47:04

You may post quick blog entry directly from 'My home' page.

Content permissions

2010-01-31 10:42:49

Now you may set who is allowed to read certain blog post or watch certain shared media.

Comments - default permissions change

2010-01-30 09:04:49

All members may post comments to other members' profile contents as default since now. Follow the 'settings'/'permissions' section if you wish to change the behaviour.

My home

2010-01-24 15:25:14

New 'My home' with recent friends' updates. Content news on the title page.

Quicker chat function

2010-01-18 21:05:19

Chat posts are being displayed more quickly.

Message function improved

2010-01-09 22:00:07

Message limiter implemented finally. Neater look and feel of messages.

Registration-related changes

2010-01-08 23:15:15

Better registration forms, 'how to join' page, password may be changed - see 'settings' in your profile.

Antispam policy tightened

2010-01-06 23:08:22

We really do not wish to have scammers on our site so we improved the antiscam. Many thanks to jwfriends.net admin who agreed to share blacklists.

Fulltext search, search navigator

2010-01-02 23:13:43

New fulltext search powered by Google. Convenience user listings browser.

Wall function - major rewrite

2010-01-01 18:38:10

Wall looks better and is more handy.

Better chat function

2009-12-20 23:52:31

Chat function has been rewritten to be more lively, with a better look and quicker responses.

Gallery mass upload

2009-12-18 00:13:33

Now you may upload pictures packed in a ZIP archive to your gallery. Uploaded archives are being extracted on the server-side and filed into the database.

First stage of improvements finished

2009-12-16 15:35:27

Many bugs tracked and fixed, many functions improved. New features including trust function, personal and shared wall, button to share content, neat profile pictograms.

Site released

2009-10-18 20:36:27

JWFind.net site has been released for public. Still under development, but ready to use..

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