Private Beta Release and First Few Days
The private beta for GovHub has gotten off to a great start! We’ve received a lot of great feeback from you, our amazing beta users and we’ve already used some of the ideas you’ve given us to improve our site. GovHub firmly believes in constant iteration of our services based on input from our users so you can expect frequent updates and upgrades around the site. This time around we’re introducing some features we think you’ll really enjoy.
-First of all you can now browse governments that aren’t yours! Just search for a government (whether it’s a state, county, city, or the entire federal government) and you can browse all of the officials of that government. Governments are also now included as supported tags so now if you feel everyone in Colorado or the USA is affected by your post, you don’t have to settle for just tagging Governor Hickenlooper or President Obama.
-We’ve also added district IDs to members of Congress (so you can actually see which district each one represents) as well as contact information. We’ve also just added tooltips to supported tags! You can mouse over a supported tag to find out more information about that tag. By mousing over officials you can find out where they represent and by mousing over governments you can quickly see the leading officials of that government as well as the total number of officials (let us know if there’s any other information you’d like to see in those tooltips!)
-We got a lot of complaints about our grueling CAPTCHA so I’m pleased to announce we’ve rolled out a CAPTCHA that only requires some basic math skills. Not that you really mind since you already have an account but we know it was an issue that irked a lot of people and we apologize.
-Posting was another area of concern for some people. A bug was fixed where people accidentally double posted so that will now no longer be possible. You can now also delete posts you have written, but only before there are any responses to your post.
-Finally, the search bar has had it’s functionality vastly improved, and now you can browse officials, governments, posts, and users without even leaving the page you’re on.
Thanks again for using GovHub, we really appreciate it and will continue to keep you updated as we improve and grow our site!