Edhat is Back!

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Edhat is Back!
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Dear Friends and Subscribers,

We’re back! Welcome to the all-new edhat site!

First of all, thank you for your patience, kind messages and unwavering support.  We couldn’t (and wouldn’t) do any of this if it weren’t for you all.

As you might have heard, our old site got ransomed!  It was like something from an episode of NCIS. Right after it happened to us, we started hearing about it in the news.  Big and small companies in more than seventy countries were reporting occurrences of the malware. Some of the companies were paying the ransom, some weren’t. Experts were warning that paying didn’t necessarily guarantee the safe release of data. Nothing we were hearing made us feel any better.

We want to assure you that we saw no evidence of secure data being compromised – that’s not how ransomware works.  They basically put a padlock on our data and asked for money to give us the key.  But since Ed and Lauren and I do not take kindly to dirty rotten web terrorists, we thumbed our collective noses and decided to move on. We have put some precautions in place on the new site, and will be requiring everyone to update their username and password. We're currently migrating all our user accounts today, you will receive an email with login instructions for your former edhat account.

You may have been wondering where we’ve been for the last couple of weeks. Well, as you probably know (if you’ve ever spoken to any of the three of us, or even spoken to anybody who has spoken to any of us), we have been working on a new and improved edhat for a long time. And the good news is, the new site is almost ready!  So, Ed made the decision to take life’s lemons and make lemonade. He can do that, because, well, he’s Ed.

Rather than messing around with the old site, we’re starting fresh! We would have liked a little more time, but we’ve been hearing from a lot of folks that they miss coming to edhat to find out what’s going around town, and frankly, we miss bringing you that information. So what you see before you is a work in progress.  We are still migrating all of the content and archives. Unfortunately, we did lose some content in the transfer. But the bulk of edhat is still the same.  All of the news, articles, and commenting functions are working, and we’ll be rolling out new features with user tips week by week, until the transition is complete. It’s going to be awesome! So stay tuned for all the great stuff that’s coming!

Again, thank you all so much for hanging in there with us. We love you, Santa Barbara!

Sincerely,

Sue Foley, publisher

Lauren Bray, managing editor

Ed, the boss

 

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bubbleboy Jul 26, 2017 05:13 PM
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All of the hundreds of previous referrals are missing... Can they be retrieved?

Edhat Staff Jul 10, 2017 12:45 PM
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Thanks for all your feedback! We're still in the process of developing the website and will be making some slight changes to the web design. Right now our focus is some of the core functionality, but very soon we'll be implementing a few suggestions to the overall design of the new website. We understand this is a change for most of you, but we needed to upgrade our technology to keep providing our commitment to community news in Santa Barbara. Our goal is to retain the fun quirky nature of edhat with a slightly different look that can adapt to today's technological changes. We greatly appreciate all the feedback that's been submitted, feel free to send your comments to ed@edhat.com for us to review. Thanks to everyone for your support and patience as we transition to make edhat a better place to visit! -ed staff

therealbebe Jul 10, 2017 11:55 AM
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Agree with previous comments. I thought it would just take some getting used to, but I just don't come here much anymore. Maybe once a day, whereas I used to visit several times per day and was a longtime subscriber. The news is cluttered and hard to find. The scrolling pictures at the top are, sadly, useless. I'll wait for edhat to heed the numerous and repeating feedback... until then, it's Noozhawk, the Independent and KEYT for me.

Puppychow Jul 10, 2017 08:33 AM
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Thank you for deleting that annoying little scrolling thing in the header. Site is so much more usable. Overall the site is a little cluttered compared to what people are used to but I don't hate it. One more suggestion, change the order of comment from newest-oldest to oldest-newest. That either on page or post optIons. Thanks ed team

jqb Jul 09, 2017 11:25 PM
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There is no "Ed". The boss was Peter Sklar, and sadly it looks like all his excellent programming that made EdHat what it was has been blown away.

Slick Jul 10, 2017 12:48 PM
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As much as it may pain you, please refrain from running your mouth about topics you have no knowledge of. Peter was not Ed. As a personal friend, it makes me sad to see his name invoked by strangers every time some troll wants to badmouth edhat.

Edhat Staff Jul 10, 2017 12:46 PM
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There is an Ed, he's the boss.

a-1503476035 Jul 09, 2017 10:16 PM
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Agree with many. The new format is cumbersome and difficult to find things on. Much of the fancy new graphics take too long to load. I find that I am going to the site less than I used to. I will still subscribe, but I much preferred the old format. Quick accurate news and comments are worth much more than fancy slide shows and graphics.

a-1503476035 Jul 09, 2017 09:46 PM
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I have to agree with the others who find the new web site too messy and cumbersome. I don't like the slide show (it slows things down) and feel like we're getting less news and more scrolling. I feel like I'm going to Edhat less and less, when it used to be my go-to web site when anything was going on.

a-1503476035 Jul 09, 2017 06:55 PM
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So much clutter. This new site is NOT clean at all. It's redundant, you have to scroll for days just to get to something similar to the old format, and it's so annoying on a mobile devise. That little scrolling widget in the header causes the every single page to jump up and down like a jumping monkey on meth. Can nobody fix that? Seriously, hit me up, Puppychow, if you need help with that. Super easy fix. Just go to widgets and in the scrolling header widget just delete it. That cute little scrolling thing is ruining the whole site. Will not be paying for this site until fixed.

Artemisia Jul 09, 2017 09:23 PM
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Agree with Sundance. Edhat used to be the go-to site for current information, but now it is extremely inefficient and complicated to find anything. What used to be easily and quickly visible now takes too much time to bother with. Disorganized, too much white space, trendy rolling photos copying Noozhawk and Independent, getting in the way of any real information. This is particularly important now that we need quick updates on fire situation but can no longer rely on Edhat for that. I was a paid subscriber for a long time but will not renew unless accessibility improves. Sign me: Disappointed and Frustrated.

Sundance Jul 09, 2017 09:58 AM
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This new format is just terrible. Please just go back to the old

holazola Jul 05, 2017 03:33 PM
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OldMan Jun 07, 2017 05:44 PM
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Where are all the old photos?

Spring Jun 07, 2017 01:58 PM
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Can't find where you can forward the news article to a friend. Need a forward button. Thanks. Really glad you are back. You were missed !!

seaninsb Jun 06, 2017 03:09 AM
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1. Good start, Since you're using Wordpress now, can you make a unique page that list the news articles only with no other fluff, no pictures, no ads, no break my finger off from scrolling too much. 2. Is it possible to see news more then 5 days old? 3. I do like that people can comment now at any hour.

Ahchooo Jun 05, 2017 06:56 PM
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Can you make it so all of today's stories show up on one page, without having to click for more? I like the day-by-day organization.

Jazzee Jun 05, 2017 10:23 AM
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So glad you're back. Hope that at some point you'll do an entire post on what folks like/dislike about the new format and their suggestions.

a-1503476035 Jun 04, 2017 07:32 PM
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Very glad you're back. Please change the skinny orange capitals to non-all-caps type. And I don't care for the featured stories with the picture at the top, like they have on Noozhawk. I want all the stories listed equally, and I will click on what interests me. Don't waste my computer's energy with the moving pictures of a few selected stories. Despite the criticisms, I still am a big fan of Edhat.

a-1503476035 Jun 03, 2017 06:20 PM
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Yay, thrilled to have Edhat back! But, I'm not lovin' the new layout...waaay too much scrolling involved, especially on a phone or iPad. The scrolling photos near the top are a waste of time. They have old stories and slow down the site. What worked so well on your old site was the simplicity and speed, and I knew the most up-to-date news would be here, right at the top. Maybe it's just the newness and I'll get used to it, but as I graphic designer myself, I can point to specific reasons the new site is less user friendly. I hope you'll take these comments into consideration as you finish up the new site.

Hikeon Jun 04, 2017 04:49 PM
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Good to see you back... not digging the new format tends to drag out viewing. I sure you had your reasons, but there is no comparison to the old site viewing from PC versus your new web site. It literally takes the enjoyment out of viewing whats on the site. May seem harsh but that's what the new site does or doesn't do for me :(

Edhat Staff Jun 03, 2017 11:20 PM
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Thanks for your feedback! Our edhat.com/news section is meant to be similar to our older version, while the homepage is like our cover page showcasing featured stories. It's still a work in progress and we'll continue developing as we go, but feel free to send specific feedback to ed@edhat.com

therealbebe Jun 02, 2017 06:31 PM
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Welcome back! May I humbly suggest looking at changing the font and color of the news headlines... I'm not sure if it's the orange, or the squished font, that makes it a struggle to read.

Middle Ground Jun 01, 2017 11:13 AM
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Thanks for getting me all set up again EdHat. I'm sure it was a lot of work to get this site back up. I recently went through a much smaller scale redo of a business website and it was maddening, so I can only imagine your ordeal. Couple comments: I agree with the earlier comment about the order of the comments section. I think scrolling to the bottom, reading from the bottom up, then scrolling back down to make a comment is strange. Things are a lot more spread out, especially the individual articles. Lots of scrolling going on, especially on mobile. Both of these issues may be inherent in the theme and perhaps there aren't options to change them. It's probably time to renew my subscription. I didn't see that available online when I went into the account settings.

SoCalMommy Jun 01, 2017 10:32 AM
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I'm a dunce and cannot seem to find latest news? For example, it's 10:31am on June 1, but the latest articles I see are from yesterday still when I click on news. Someone please help a girl out :)

a-1503476035 Jun 01, 2017 09:47 AM
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I have a subscription, but I don't get the daily emails anymore. How do I get the emails back? I have logged in and gotten my password.

Edhat Staff Jun 03, 2017 11:24 PM
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Our daily newsletter will be ready in the next few days. Once it's finished, all edhat readers will receive an email. Feel free to contact us at ed@edhat.com with any questions. Thanks!

Darryl Widman Jun 01, 2017 12:52 AM
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I remember reading once where someone asked if anyone in our area repaired television sets or audio gear anymore. Please let it be known that yours truly, Darryl Widman at Television City, is now officially the last one to do so and has been doing so for 60 years! All the rest from Ventura to Santa Maria are all gone. I have stuck it out all those years and intend on doing so for a long time. Thank you to all the Edhatters for your business and loyalty. You deserve the best service!

bs61 Jun 01, 2017 12:28 PM
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@ Darryl. or anybody I have a rather new vizio lcd tv that went black , I believe it might need a new capacitor soldered into the board. any recommendations , cost ?

Odds Bodkin May 31, 2017 02:32 PM
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Great to see you back and great new look! How can I get my old screen name back?

Edhat Staff Jun 03, 2017 11:24 PM
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Contact us at ed@edhat.com

slave May 31, 2017 01:04 PM
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where will the deleted comments go, As far as i know no deleations so far.

Edhat Staff Jun 03, 2017 11:25 PM
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This will be added soon :)

soooze May 31, 2017 12:03 PM
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Will the Urban Hikers be back as per past editions ?

a-1503476035 May 31, 2017 11:44 AM
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We missed you! Love the new website!!

343532 May 31, 2017 09:39 AM
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Welcome back but can you flip the comment section. New comments at the bottom! This is like reading a book Backwards!

tenoreleven May 31, 2017 09:17 AM
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Welcome back, you're looking good!

grandpa May 31, 2017 07:05 AM
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Welcome Back!! You were missed!!

JAD May 31, 2017 06:48 AM
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Ditto what they all said!

4everinsb May 30, 2017 10:20 PM
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Happy to have you back!!!

a-1503476036 May 30, 2017 09:24 PM
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Good to have you back!!

mumsword May 30, 2017 06:57 PM
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Oh happy day!

seeker May 30, 2017 05:51 PM
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Congratulations on not paying the ransom and standing up to the thieves . Welcome back.

uponthehill May 30, 2017 05:50 PM
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I don't remember my old password. please tell me what to do.

Edhat Staff Jun 03, 2017 11:26 PM
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Contact us at ed@edhat.com

a-1503476036 May 30, 2017 03:42 PM
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This is a test to hide my handle to see what identifier comes up. —RexOfSB

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