Andrew Boon

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Since the year 2000 our team is working with social networking software, online communities, online dating, communication apps and everything around.

Personally, I am very passionate about social software and the potential for the positive impact it may bring. I love talking to idea-people and helping to launch meaningful online community projects. I am here at all the time, so feel free to start a conversation, or talk to me in the messenger. If you prefer the old-fashioned e-mail route - it's for myself and for the team.

Once again it shows that global generic social networks are not OK. Private and personal communication should be conducted via encrypted messaging. Networks, however should be niche, local, focused on specific interests/topics and whenever possible - public. 

New version update is ready. 

No bells or whistles, just bugfixes.

If you have auto-update enabled then your site should be updated within 24 hours.

If you are on manual updates, then

- Go to 'Studio > Dashboard' then click/tap 'Upgrade'

- After your system is updated (usually within a minute) go to 'Studio > Apps Market > Updates' and apply all available updates. 

- After all updates are applied, try to reload the page to see if there are more than 1 update for the same module and apply it again until there are no more updates available on this page.

Hey team! I’m currently in India, working in a yoga ashram, so the vlog will come from Mark Purser instead. The RC11 should be ready any day now — we are making sure that all reported bugs are addressed. 


Facebook is evil. We must be more determined and fight back. Supermarket-style social networks must be replaced by interest-based niche communities operated by enthusiasts, hobbyists, local businesses, community leaders, educators and dreamers. 


UNA DEMO - an overview of the frontend features and UNA Studio

Andrew Boon added a discussion

The RC11 is now planned for next Monday or Tuesday, as we're adding some last-minute fixes to further stabilise the platform. Then, the RC12 is very likely to follow shortly after. With 2-3 weeks turnaround, we should be able to take to the final really soon.


Weekly (10 and 11 together, sort of). So much happening at once!

Here's how the techs team looks right before the release. :D 

The long-awaited RC10 is here. Yes, it is a huge update with core improvements, new modules, new features and lots of fixes, but most importantly - it is the last feature-update before the v9 final. We will release RC11 in about two weeks to follow up, and there will be some minor module updates to address urgent known issues but we will now be focusing entirely on making the platform stable - both in operation and in deployment. 

Now, let's see what we got in RC10...

New modules

"Channels" is the new module which extends functionality of hashtags. Separate content page is created for each hashtag. On this separate page there are a lot of functions available, such as ability to subscribe to the hashtag, share it, post something, etc. 

Mass Mailer is our first version of the Newsletter-sending system that you can use instead of, say, Mailchimp or Intercom. You still need to connect it to a transactional email provider like Mandrill or another SMTP sender, but you no longer need to spend extra for a newsletter-manager, at least if your needs are basic. This module will be improved a lot over time. 

Once again we're stepping away from dependence on the 3rd party services and launching the first Analytics app which gathers in displays various charts for the site data like profiles count, content, growth, etc. more metrics will be added continuously now. 

System Enhancements

  • New actions block on content pages
  • Buildable menu in author block on modules' content pages in different modules 
  • Anonymous posting in comments, posts, discussions, timeline (disabled by default) 
  • Labels system based on hashtags (disabled by default)
  • Allow using phone numbers as login 
  • New design for live on-site notifications popups 
  • Age field enhancements
  • Comments: minified post form
  • Comments: buildable menu for user meta info
  • Permissions: allow to set "Number of allowed actions" and "Number of actions is reset every" for some actions 
  • New setting for a number of max hashtags per pos
  • Rate limiter to send messages from the queue
  • Menu: menu trigger for profile/group snippet menu 
  • Menu: custom visibility field for menu item 
  • Site revision number hidden setting 
  • Audio transcoder
  • Enhancements for "Automatic profile creation from account name" setting 
  • Stripe SDK updated
  • FontAwesome was updated to the latest version 
  • FFmpeg was updated to the latest version

Modules enhancements

  • Notifications: allow user to select notification preferences.

Oooh yeah! It's here! Now user can choose their own notifications preferences for all types (on-site, email and push)...

  • Timeline: new notification when something is posted directly to your timeline via timeline post form 
  • Timeline: new notification when photos are added to an album 
  • Timeline: new setting to preload some number of comments in Timeline 
  • Timeline: buildable menu for user meta info
  • Market: send email to the buyer upon the purchase 
  • Persons/Orgs: 'added' and 'updated' fields were added to profile view for admins 
  • Persons/Orgs: views counter
  • Payments: new settings to hide payment provider 
  • Payments: subscriptions page enhancements 
  • Froala: resize uploaded images 
  • Forum: manage reports functionality 
  • Albums: use the first image as album's thumbnail where it's needed 

115+ bugfixes


  • After system and all modules are updated, you need to disable and then enable Notifications module, all data will remain, however it will reset module configuration to the default state, including module menus and page blocks.

More details on all updates and files for direct download are available in UNA GitHub repo - 9-RC10 Release.

Tomorrow or on Friday I will upload a video overview of some of those new features and changes. It's been a long day. :)

Thank you, team - you are awesome!

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The RC10 is a huge update, which we could only test to a limited extent considering the diverse set of new functionality and different scenarios that can be affected. So, there are some issues we already know of, and we will update this discussion with any other that may be reported.

We plan a service update (RC11) release in about 2 weeks, which won't have any new features, only fixes and optimisations. 

I am also holding off the vlog and newsletter until the end of the week to let things settle and to let the team handle most pressing issues. 

We are currently updating some of the production sites and customised sites, learning more about this version. 

Known Issues

  • Notifications alert counter may show a larger number than it should. (investigating)
  • Mass Mailer is not sending properly and throws an error. (investigating)
  • Notifications module settings aren't updating automatically, so you need to disable and then enable the module in the Studio > Notifications after all modules have been updated to the latest versions. (Resolved -
  • Notifications may be loading slowly (2-3 seconds) in the toolbar drop-down for users following large number of profiles (1-2K+). (Resolved)

When your morning starts like this...

We are upgrading servers and updating UNA.IO to RC10 right now. The site may go offline for about an hour.

... or jump to: 2017, 2016
My Discussions
Due to a lot of fixes it was delayed, but hopefully we'll release this update during this week.
by Alex T⚜️
Leonid got me fixed very quickly this time. Thank you very much. All works fine again. 
by BenPhilips
On this subject, the Glossary module does the job perfectly, just rename the term by FAQ, it is then…
by Baloo
Chris - I'd say that your 2 cents is worth a lot more than 2 cents! 
by Mark Purser
I sent to @gmail
by Igor Lebedev
It would also be a good thing to have a more global view of the situation, I find that the view in t…
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My Posts
My Albums

Keep it real!

Videos discussing common questions and challenges that we face, and how we make decisions based on a simple principle - keeping it real.  What looks good "on-paper" may not be the same as what works best in real-life situations. Through our experience of building social networking software for over 17 years, we've learned a lot about "the big questions". In this series, I talk about these in details, in a causal manner, while driving around and doing daily chores. Keeping it real.  #keepitreal
Native App vs Responsive Web AppMIT vs GPL, BSD and Custom licensesScale Anxiety. Worrying about scale before launching your community.Hidden costs of custom modifications.

Quick tests, examples and greetings.

This album is for short videos or fill-in images used as examples elsewhere. 
Example for video inserting


Various #tutorials, mostly #video, all for UNA. 
Changing UNA texts in PolyglotEditing data items in Forms (i.e. changing categories)Site deployment and initial setup on UNA Cloud

Random Musings

Sharing everything we do, plan and think. In a not-too-formal way. 
Saying Hi and showing our faces.
My Polls

What is your favourite template? Please share your reasons in comments. 

Which one do you think is better - comments with cards...Or comments without cards, but with a highlight on-hover...Please comment with reasons for your choice. Thank you!

We are adopting the "THEME-BASED PRODUCT ROAD MAPS" method for UNA development. Vote for your #1 choice of THEME to help us define priority. We plan to focus on each theme for a month over the next...

What kind of text #editor (if any) do you think should be used in a #Messenger?

No editor, just plain text.
20 votes (48.78%)
Pure contentEditable standard browser tools.
7 votes (17.07%)
Pure Markdown or BBcode
3 votes (7.32%)
Editor based on contentEditable with WYSIWYG-style interface.
7 votes (17.07%)
WYSIWYG editor.
4 votes (9.76%)

What is your preferred shape of #profile #pictures?  Please, elaborate on your choice in comments.

33 votes (56.9%)
10 votes (17.24%)
Rounded Square
15 votes (25.86%)

What general #direction do you think UNA #development should be focused on in the next 2-3 months?

User experience improvement
16 votes (45.71%)
Performance and loading speed
4 votes (11.43%)
More features and apps
13 votes (37.14%)
Studio settings improvements
1 votes (2.86%)
Easier on-boarding & configuration workflow
1 votes (2.86%)
Other (leave comment)
0 votes (0%)

Which method of #communication is most popular on your site?

Discussions (asynchronous; public or group; committed subject).
7 votes (17.95%)
Conversations (asynchronous; private or group; variable subject).
5 votes (12.82%)
Messenger (synchronous or delayed; private, group or public; spontaneous or no subject).
23 votes (58.97%)
Comments (asynchronous; public; committed subject).
4 votes (10.26%)