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February 17, 2006

Minnesota Daily article on UThink

• The Minnesota Daily has a great article about UThink in today's paper:

Not just personal use anymore: U courses tap into blogging

The article mentions the increases we've been seeing in the realm of class blogging through the UThink system. In December 2005 about 33% of the active blogs on the system were course related, and I only see this trend increasing this semester. Of course, you can use UThink blogs for any purpose you want, but class based blogging is definitely gaining steam.

Anyway, thanks to the Daily for the great article, and as always if anyone has any questions about the UThink system in general, please let me know at

• Secondly, I wanted to also mention that we put in a new feature to Movable Type that will allow you to see the authors you have attached to a particular blog. If you are the owner of a blog that has multiple authors, this new function will let you see all the authors you have attached to your blog, modify their permissions, or even delete them from the blog. Just log in to UThink, click on your blog, and look for this function in the lower right hand corner:


Posted by snackeru at February 17, 2006 09:10 AM

Hey Shane,
I clicked the button on my blog, and got this message:

You don't have permission to view all the authors of this blog. You are not the blog owner. However, you do have permission to remove yourself from this blog if you desire.

I know that I am the person who created this blog, so I should be the owner. Any help? I don't need this functionality right now, but perhaps others are having the same problem...

Posted by: Pat at February 20, 2006 02:22 AM

Thanks, Pat! Yes, there was a problem. I have made an adjustment for all pre-upgrade blogs. All should be good now concerning this new function.

Posted by: Shane at February 20, 2006 08:59 AM

Great Daily article!

I'm sure the "authors" feature is nice, but what I am really needing is spell check!!! Do we have to institute a module for this individually or is this still something that might be available UThink-wide? (Or maybe, already is, but I am unaware of how to do it?)

Slightly related, is there a way to either (a) increase the main entry box as I'm writing, or (b) increase the text size? (Or both?)

Thanks for all of your hard work!

Posted by: Yvette at February 20, 2006 01:33 PM


I think both of your suggestions can be achieved by using an XML-RPC client. Most of these clients have a spell check, and you could also use them to increase your font size. Check out this entry for more information:

Posted by: Shane at February 21, 2006 09:35 AM

I am the administrator for my blog but the system won't allow me to save my changes to my authors. What's the prob?


Posted by: Holly at March 2, 2006 03:11 PM

I'm now using w.Bloggar when I post from my laptop--Works wonderfully! Thanks for your help, Shane.

Posted by: Yvette at March 4, 2006 01:45 PM
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