Letting Readers Know What's Updated in Your World and in Articles -- Updated

When a reader is notified that you updated an article, how do they know what to look for? When I read notifications that articles are updated, I often have no way of knowing what's new. Writers leave no hints. I'd love to say 'yes this is an improvement' or the like. Until we have an automated way to do this, let's play with another option to helping your readers. I've put in a request for an automated option, but I'll also share what I'm currently doing to help my readers.
  This is an update to my article Letting Readers Know What's Updated in an Article, with a more elegant solution and it's in one article instead of a statblock. The advantage of an article is you can notify your readers and update your rss feed with articles.


 
What you'll need:
An article where you post your updates
 
A blurb of updates

 

Our example:

My home page now has this article block on it - with the latest update or two in the excerpt field, so it shows in the article block.
Hacks and Help Updates
Generic article | Jun 29, 2020

06/23/2020:: New tutorial - Using Github as a Repository for your CSS Code and Statblocks


  You can also put the information in a block on your article to help out readers. 
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Updates Article

  Create and article and post your updates in that. When you have new updates, you can notify your followers so they know what to look for.   Paste it as an article block on your world. This kind of update can go in any article block - so it can show up in your recent articles too!  
Hacks and Help Updates
Generic article | Jun 29, 2020

06/23/2020:: New tutorial - Using Github as a Repository for your CSS Code and Statblocks

 

 

Putting the Updates in the Excerpt Field of an Article

  To get the updates to show up in the articleblock add the excerpt with the updates listed in it in one of the following ways:
     Add it in the article authoring page - under the design tab.  
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     Or add it in the article and category manager, after clicking on the article.  
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UPDATE: I found that if I can manage to get more than 1 line (aka with a carriage return) it messes up the @ mention system for the article. So just keep it to 1 line. Also @ mention and WA code tags don't work in the excerpts.
 

      

Putting the Updates in the Article Itself

  Add it in one of the sections under the Sections tab.  
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     Placing it at the top makes it easy to find, but in any of the sections would be good.  
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Go forth and help your readers know what's changed. I'd bet it will help you get more comments!

Update: 6/18/2020 - a few notes on the text of the excerpts.
 

CSS Reference


If you'd like to learn more about CSS, check out FreeCodeCamp and w3schools' CSS Reference.
 
The WA Codex is a good place to start learning about how to play in WA.
 
WA's discord #guild-css-help channel is also great. I hang out there just to learn from what people ask about.


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