Welcome to thecannon. Reloaded

Friday, September 25, 2009

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  • Sign up today for a chance to win an 8GB ipod touch! (Apple.com)

    Sign up today for a chance to win an 8GB ipod touch! (Apple.com)

Written by Greg Beneteau

Welcome to thecannon’s brand new website!

My name is Greg Beneteau, and I’m the Editor-in-Chief of thecannon for the 2009-2010 school year.

The redesign that you see is the result of months of planning between the Central Student Association, the Guelph Campus Co-op and our hosting company, Barking Dog Studios. It is our hope the new site will improve the experience of students and community members, who have come to trust thecannon as their source for news, events and classifieds in the City of Guelph.

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing users to new features on the site through a series of articles. If you are a classifieds poster, the first thing you will need to do is sign up for an account by clicking the link on the top left-hand corner of the screen and filling in the required fields. If you ever forget your username or password, you may use the password retrieval system to have the information emailed to you.

We encourage all users to sign up for their accounts now in order to take advantage of a special promotional contest. From now until October 16, all cannon users who sign up for an account will automatically be entered in a draw to win an 8GB ipod touch!

We have also prepared answers to some frequently asked questions to help users understand the changes that have come to the site. If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please email or use the contact form provided.

Thanks, and Keep loading thecannon!

What happened to thecannon.ca website?

Thecannon website underwent renovations intended to improve the quality of the service to the community.

What are some of the new features we can expect from thecannon?

The website redesign has allowed us to implement some exciting new features, including:

  • A login system for classified users.
  • Audio and video reporting.
  • Enhanced picture sizes.
  • An Events calendar system.
  • Improved aesthetic and layout.

Is thecannon still a community website?

The website has not changed owners, nor has its primary mandate changed. We will continue to be a user-driven community website, accepting community contributions to the news and views, classifieds and events sections.

What specific changes have been made to thecannon’s classified section?

On the new site, thecannon users who wish to post classified listings (housing, textbooks, ride board, etc.) must register for an account on the site. 

Why did thecannon implement a login system for the classifieds section?

There are three main reasons why a login system will improve the experience for users on thecannon:

A login system will make it easier for users to manage their own content. Users will be able to add, edit or delete classifieds more easily on the new site, without the need for confirmation emails or intervention from site administrators.

A login system will help protect users from fraud and illegal activity. Registering for an account will make it easier for administrators to address issues of fraud and illegal activity on the site. Not only will such a system deter scammers, it will also allow administrators to delete accounts that engage in inappropriate conduct on the site.

A login system will allow thecannon to expand its level of service to users in the years to come. Want to know how much apartments in a certain neighbourhood cost, or what’s the best price for a particular textbook? A login system is the first step in providing additional user services such as customizable search functions and customer feedback.

Who is allowed to register for an account on thecannon?

Thecannon operates a free service open to all members of the community. Anyone may register for an account and post classifieds.

What will happen to classifieds that are on the site before September 28th?

Classifieds that have been posted prior to the launch of the site have been transferred over to the new site; however they do not have a user account associated with them. As a result, they cannot be renewed and will eventually disappear from the site after their posting periods have expired. Eventually, only classifieds from signed-in users will appear on the site.

Will the confirmation emails I currently use to edit/delete my classifieds still work on the new site?

The site must discontinue the use of confirmation emails, in order to avoid compromising the new system. This means links to edit/delete postings on your confirmation emails will no longer work on the new site.

How can I edit/delete classified postings that are current posted without

If you have classifieds that were been posted prior to the relaunch and you wish to edit/delete them, you have two options:

-Allow the classifieds to expire at the end of their posting period (2 weeks for textbooks, 1 month for housing and classifieds).

-Contact with the email address used in the posting, the name of the product and instructions on whether to edit or delete the classified.

Will people be able to access information about me through my account?

Users on the site will not be able to access your account information unless you give it to them (e.g. posting your phone number in a classified). Your visible account name can be an assumed name. Only site administrators will have access to users’ account information.

Do thecannon or its co-owners share account information with third parties?

Neither thecannon nor its co-owners share account information with third parties.

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