A number of you had reported difficulties using the language editor to edit the message that's sent to new members when they join. Today we're releasing a new option to better manage and edit these messages.
You can find this new control at Member Management > Message Templates
By default, messages are sent out in plaintext. That means that they don't have any html formatting, they can be read by all mail clients, and they are less likely to get caught in spam filters. Once you've chosen to customize a message, you have a new option of sending messages out in HTML + plaintext; in this mode, an email is sent out with two parts, one in HTML and the other in plaintext. If an email client can render HTML, then your members will see the HTML version. If their email client doesn't understand HTML, then they'll see the plaintext version.
We've also provided some text substitutions, so that you can include things like in your email and have it auto-populate in the email with each member's name.
Right now there are two message templates available; the Welcome message that's sent to new members when they join, and the Accepted message that's sent to members who have had their pending membership approved. Over time we'll be making more of your network's outgoing messages directly editable. Let us know which ones are important to you.
A couple of other goodies in this release:
Photos: we've made category assignment when uploading photos more flexible. Previously when a group of photos were uploaded, a member could only select categories to apply to the entire batch. With this release, categories can be set per photo.
Bugs: we fixed a problem that was causing network-generated RSS feeds to validate. We also fixed an issue with profiles not saving correctly when a network didn't ask members for their birthdate.