Release notes

Starmind is working with a Release Cycle of two weeks, resulting in a scheduled maintenance window for the European Networks Thursday 6 pm CET and for the US Networks, Friday at 9 am CET. You can find all dates for upcoming releases here:

Release Calendar

Note for all customers participating in the A/B testing, you can find an overview of upcoming tests right here

All scheduled changes for the next release can be found here one week ahead of time:  

Release 2.120.0 // 05.11.2020

  • After learning only from the job titles of new users we are now also learning from job titles from already activated users in the backend and enrich the skill profiles with them. The skills are based on a European data set on what kind of expertise is required for a certain job. All users are of course still able to also dismiss those skills out of their personal skill map. 
  • Multiple minor bug fixes
    [activated by default]

Release 2.119.0 // 22.10.2020

  • Multiple minor bug fixes
    [activated by default]

Release 2.118.0 // 08.10.2020

  • Multiple minor bug fixes
    [activated by default]

Release 2.117.0 // 24.09.2020

  • New onboarding flow with a checklist to ease the usage form day one. The checklist and the workflow will disappear one month after the activation of an account. 
    [activated by default]

  • Admin area: Our virtual success manager will be introduced in order to enable admins to gain real-time insights of their networks and to improve the network health with the help of carefully chosen metrics 
    • Over time there will be more updates coming to make even more metrics available, linked with more useful actions  [activated by default]

Release 2.116.0 // 10.09.2020

  • We enrich the skill profile details by showing which skill we learned out of the job title of a user and how a skill in- or decreased in the 30 days. 
    [activated by default]
  • New sort type: "Sorting by relevance"  will be added as the new default sorting type for the questions stream. This enables the user to work with a customized stream. 
    [activated by default]
  • New Desktop App is ready. Please speak to your CSM in charge to get further information and evaluate the benefits for your network. 
    [activated optionally]
  • Improvement of the Job to skill matching algorithm to enhance the skill learnings created through the job title.  
    [
    activated by default]

Release 2.115.0 // 27.08.2020

  • We enrich the skill profile details by showing which skill we learned from an activated connector.  
    [activated by default]
  • Send out notification to users who haven't finished the new job wizard 
    [activated by default]

Release 2.114.0 // 13.08.2020

  • minor Bug fixes

Release 2.113.0 // 30.07.2020

  • New onboarding wizard to learn from the user's job title: We will add a new wizard to ask new users for their job title to extract new skills for them. If they don't want to share this information they can skip the wizard. 
    [activated by default]

Release 2.112.0 // 16.07.2020

  • New module for the user profile: We will add a module for the user profile, it will give the user some more insight on the skills and where we extracted them from (eg. Questions, answers, connectors).
    [activated by default]

Release 2.111.0 // 02.07.2020

  • New Homepage for users: We introduce a new modular homepage for the users to deliver an even more personalized view to all users. These modules will be updated and new ones will be published in the future.
    [activated by default]
  • New profiles: We introduce a new profile for users to show them their connections to different topics even more precise. This is also build modular to enrich it later with more modules.
    [activated by default]
  • Improvement of the search algorithm: The weight of the search results are now more strict to show just the best fitting content for the search. For queries with several words, a question must match at least 60% of all words, otherwise is it no shown as a matching result.
    [activated by default]


Release 2.110.0 // 18.06.2020

  • Minor bug fixes and preparation for new homepage and profile page [activated by default]


Release 2.109.0 // 04.06.2020

  • New welcome email: We will add more information into it about the network and a checklist with links to pages inside of Starmind like complete your profile, add your skills or subscribe to content.
    [activated by default]

Release 2.107.0 // 07.05.2020

  • Adding a rating column into the question import feature: You are then able to also select a rating for answers uploaded with the upload feature in our admin area.  
    [activated Admin]
  • Improvements of the editable skill map: The structure of the edit skill map feature will be improved.
    [activated by default]

Release 2.106.0 // 23.04.2020

  • UI Language can be changed in the login flow: To make it easier for a user to change the UI language the user is now able to adjust it directly in the login flow. 
    [activated by default]
  • Tooltip for Subscription feature: A tooltip for the subscription feature will be added for new users to show them this new option.
    [activated by default]

Release 2.105.0 // 09.04.2020

  • Improvement of the ask overlay: We did some improvements in the ask overlay for example we now show the number of characters of the question titel and we show a maximum of 7 experts directly in the ask overlay.
    [activated by default]
  • Admins can make the question description field mandatory: Admins are now able to make the question description field for new questions mandatory to commit the users to give some more context.   
    [by Admin]
  • Improvements of the text editor: The text editor is going to be improved with the new version.
    [activated by default]
  • Context message feature: With this feature an admin is able to add a context message to all questions with a defined tag. This message is then shown on top of the question to inform the users that this is a question where the answer has to be really precise. You can use this function for example for legal questions or for questions in regard to the current Covid-19 crisis. 
    [by Admin]



Release 2.104.0 // 26.03.2020

  • Switch subscriptions as an admin when renaming a category: If an admin is renaming a category he now has the option to decide if the subscribed users will now be subscribed to this renamed category or if the subscription is removed. 
    [activated by default]
  • New tooltips in the ask overlay
    [ activated by default] 

Release 2.103.0 // 12.03.2020

  • Change the header menu from the top centered to a left-aligned menu: 
    The following change of UI will be released to all networks: The position of the menu items will change from a top centered to a left-aligned menu (see images). The position of the network logo will remain in the top left corner, the symbols for the menu items will be placed underneath it.
    This change will not alter or add any functionalities, it is purely a design change.This alteration is necessary due to several factors: On the one hand, the current menu causes unwanted behaviors with small or very large screens, where menu items either disappear or appear too spread out. The responsiveness for mobile use is also limited.
    On the other hand this change will mark the first step in creating a new start page for the Starmind users. The following months will be used to develop features to enhance the all questions-stream with elements that provide a faster overview of relevant content and a more intuitive access to the options the network provides. The plans for these changes are in their early stages and all elements will be tested thoroughly first. 
    Over the next months we will provide you with regular updates on the state of the development. 
    Please note that the screenshots of the UI show the current state of the design. Certain elements may be subject to changes until the release in January.  
    [ activated by default]


Release 2.102.0 // 27.02.2020

  • Editing Know How Map: Users are able to edit their know how map to hide tags of expertise they don't want in there.
    [activated by default]
  • Connect to non activated users: Users are now able to interact (mention, recommend, share, etc.) with non activated users if the non activated user was prefilled.
    [activated by default]
  • Walkthrough for new users: We are going to implement a Walkthrough for new users to show them the benefits of Starmind. It contains three steps showing GIFs with three benefits and two features. The process is completed by either asking a question or doing a search.
    [activated by default]

  • Enable users to subscribe to categories: Users are going to be enabled to subscribe themself to categories to receive notifications, whenever new content regarding this topic is added to the network.
    [activated by default]
  • Optimized ask overlay: The ask overlay was optimized to be even easier to use.
    [activated by default]
  •  Enable admins to create and invite a user with on button: Admins are now able to create and invite a user with just one button.
    [activated by default]


Release 2.101.0 // 13.02.2020

  • The involved user bar and the expert search tab can be deactivated in the admin area: With a switch tongel admins are able to deactivate the involved users (the profile pictures in the question view) as well as the expert search. There is a specific admin role (user_statistics_admin), if the expert search is needed for just a few users. 
    [activated by default]
  • Add a message when inviting a person: Users are able to add a message when inviting another person.
    [activated by default]

Release 2.100.0 // 30.01.2020

  • Remove the reset wizard button: The reset wizard button in the admin area is going to be removed, as the users are now able to edit the tags of interest by themself.
    [activated by default]
  • Use of question categories for expert identification:  If question categories are set up on the network they are going to be taken into account for the tagging to be even more precise.
    [activated by default]
  • Bug fixes: 
    • Question were shown as unanswered after question import even though it had been imported with an answer.
      [activated by default]
    • Questions were not displayed properly after clicking the validation notification.
      [activated by default]
    • Clicking on question in stream opened the question view without scrolling the ministream to the clicked question.
      [activated by default]
  • Motivation workflow to ask the first question:  Users who used Starmind for a while but didn't asked any question get now a screen as a full page overlay with the key action to ask a question.
    [activated by default]


Release 2.99.0 // 16.01.2020

  • Question Quality meter: When a user asks a question a quality meter is going to be shown to indicate the quality of the question.
    [activated by default]
  • Question up- and downvote: Users are able to up- and downvote questions to indicate the quality of the question. If the downvote a question they are going to be asked for the reason why they downvoted it. 
    [activated by default]
  • Pictures can be added into announcement again: It is now again possible to add pictures into a announcements. 
    [activated by default] 
  • The Algorithm now suggests hypernyms in the context of the user: The tagging algorithms can automatically suggest tags that are not in the input text, but are related to both the input text and the user's profile. For example, a question about the ambiguous word "apple" will be tagged with "fruit" if the question poser's profile has other fruit-related topics, however it will be linked with "IT" instead if the question poser's profile has other IT-related topics. In the past, we only used the title and description of the question to try to infer this context, without considering the known expertise of the question poser.
    [activated by default]
  • Boost the non-common words from a search query in Elasticsearch: We are going to boost the non-common words in the search query to get better expert recommendations. How does this work? For example, when searching for "is there a list of competitors", there will be more results that match with the word "competitors" and fewer results that only match with the word "list".
    [activated by default]

Release History can be found here.

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