Thursday, September 29, 2016

Feature of the Week: BibSonomy Scholar for Bookmarking

You may remember our Chrome browser extension "BibSonomy Scholar" we posted about some time ago. We are excited to announce a new feature for this extensions: the Quick Bookmark Button!



The Quick Bookmark Button allows to directly manage your bookmarks without disrupting your browsing experience: it indicates whether you have already bookmarked a page on BibSonomy and allows to post, delete and update your bookmark of the current page without leaving the page. For the description it even supports Markdown!

We hope that you find our new feature as exciting as we do. Please do not hesitate to share your experience!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Servers / SSL support

Hello community,

BibSonomy is now live on a new set of servers. The old servers are still running fine, one with an uptime of over three years. Still, it is only a matter of time before they fail. To protect your data and to keep the service running, we replace our hardware at regular intervals. To exchange the hardware, we had to put the system in read-only mode for a short time.

We also finally support SSL and replaced from Apache httpd to HAProxy, which gives us the opportunity to further scale our services. HAProxy is used for example by stackexchange.com or twitter.com. Although we have tested our new configuration on our test systems, we ran into some problems (e.g. the Chrome browser plugin and the Wordpress plugin stopped working). We have already fixed the issues in the BibSonomy backend. The corresponding plugins will also be updated in near time.

Currently we are not forcing SSL. This means you have to add the 's' to http by yourself. While testing the https-only solution we have encountered that many of our extensions can not handle the SSL-only configuration. However, we are currently working to update all our extensions. As soon as we are finished with the updates, we will announce when we discontinue our support for plain HTTP requests and start to redirect all traffic to SSL.

If you notice that things are broken which have worked fine before, don't hesitate to drop us a email at webmaster@bibsonomy.org or contact us on twitter so we can fix it.

Happy tagging!
Thomas

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