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Questions about what you can (or cannot) post on this site (aka our Terms of Use) or our Privacy Policy? Post them here! But first, please review those documents located in the pink links above. You may find that we've already answered your question. From time to time, our Cookie Connection administrators will also post important site updates here.

Welcome to the NEW Cookie Connection! Q&A Forum!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, it's finally here! I hope you enjoy the new look and feel. First things first: Please remember to review your member profile and especially your avatar to make sure it reveals clearly on the site. Anyone who uploaded a stock avatar from the site will have to re-upload that avatar, as all have been replaced with larger ones. If you uploaded your own avatar, it may very well appear blurry on the site if it was any smaller than 300 x 300 pixels, so you may need to re-upload it as...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
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Comments/Likes/Views Not Appearing - Working on a Fix!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! There was a small site "upgrade" last night that gave admins some new features, but it looks like it un-did some custom coding I had done to locate the number of views, likes, and comments at the top of clips (images, videos, etc.) I'm just letting you know I am aware of the issue (as well as a few others introduced at the same time ) and am working on fixes. They may take a few days to a week, so thanks for your patience.Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Site Downtime on Wednesday, February 24

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Hoop.la, my site support team, will be performing maintenance on Cookie Connection 's server later this week in order to continue providing us with the highest level of service. The maintenance will require a server restart, which will result in up to 3 minutes of downtime sometime on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 between the hours of 10:00 am and 10:00 pm eastern. I wish I could be more specific about when the downtime will occur within this window, but this is the best information...Read More...

Next Sweet Sharing Chat with Art & Honey - March 18!

Julia M. Usher
Our fifth Sweet Sharing chat addresses a topic that is of increasing interest to many cookiers - how to transition from a production-oriented cookie business to one focused on teaching, and how to do so profitably and sustainably! Natasa Belic, of Art & Honey , started teaching just two and a half years ago after receiving a request to teach a private class in Athens, Greece. Since then, she has held 40 beginner workshops, most of which have taken place in the past year. Roughly half of...Read More...

Follow-up on The Painted Box Chat

Julia M. Usher
As many of you know, we had a rousing chat with Angela Nino of The Painted Box yesterday. (Chat transcript here .) It was so rousing, in fact, that we didn't have time to address all of the many great questions that came in live. (Angela is one popular girl!) However, all of those questions have been saved, and Angela has graciously agreed to answer them over the course of the next week. I'll be posting the answers into one of our forums, and also as a link in the original chat description,...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Heads up! In April, we continue our series of live chats with those 2015 Cookiers' Choice Awards finalists we haven't had the pleasure of live-chatting with yet. And, next up is Teri Pringle Wood , finalist in the Cookier of the Year category, for her intricately piped and masterfully painted work. If you've been on Cookie Connection for any period of time, you'll know that Teri is one of our most prolific members - I'd guess she posts several new cookie photos a week! But she isn't only...Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post

Say Hello to February's Header and Background!

Julia M. Usher
Phew, it's hard to believe we're already one month into 2016. But we are - and it's all very exciting, because I have another stupendous banner and backdrop for us to enjoy throughout the month of February. Perhaps you were expecting to see pink and red hearts in a typical Valentine's theme? Well, as you've probably figured out by now, the cookiers here on Cookie Connection are far from typical, and this month's featured artist, Marie Elgaard (aka Lille Kage Hus ) from Randers,...Read More...
Last Reply By Cookies From Home · First Unread Post
This month, we launch a series of live chats with those 2015  Cookiers' Choice Awards finalists we haven't had the pleasure of live-chatting with yet. First up is Angela Nino of The Painted Box , finalist in the Cookie Innovator category for her popularization of watercolor and wafer papering on cookies, and her pioneering use of Periscope for conveying her techniques. (Congrats, Angela!) Angela will answer your every question about cookie painting, working with edible papers,...Read More...
Last Reply By The Painted Box · First Unread Post

No Saturday Spotlight This Weekend!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, gang, as the title says, there will be no Saturday Spotlight this weekend, as I am busy preparing to announce the Cookiers' Choice Awards finalists - if not this weekend, then very shortly thereafter. Our Spotlight s will resume next weekend with the recap of Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #14, which closes tomorrow BTW. (Hurry up and get those entries in!  )Read More...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post

Clips Thumbnail Page Backtracking Issue Fixed!

Julia M. Usher
Phew! Hurrah! Yippeeeeeeeeeee!  Yes, it's true. Our site software upgrade on Wednesday  made two key changes to the clips thumbnail page(s) to allow for easier and quicker viewing of clips. First, 90 clips are now loaded to each page (as opposed to 20); this means substantially less hitting of the "Load More" button (which, BTW, has been replaced by a page scrolling function at the bottom of the page). Additionally, if you click on an image to view the details and you want to...Read More...
Hi, all! On Wednesday January 27, 2016, Hoop.la (this site's platform) will be releasing a software update to Cookie Connection . This update will require up to 15 minutes of downtime sometime between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm Eastern. They unfortunately cannot be any more specific with respect to the timing. Since this is routine maintenance, there is no need to alert me about any difficulty accessing the site on Wednesday. All site activity will be back to normal no later than...Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post

New Repurposed Cutter Set

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! In response to this post (and its very good points) about making creative use of cutters (i.e., using them in ways other than originally intended), I've opened up a new clip set where you can post cookies that do just this. It's called "Repurposed Cutter Cookies". And here's the exact definition of it: (Remember, if you click on any clip set link on the site, you will be taken to a page that looks like the one above with that clip set's definition at the very top. When in doubt...Read More...
Last Reply By Joanie · First Unread Post

Announcing Our Newest Contributor - Dolce Sentire!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Great news! I am thrilled to announce that Aixa Zunino of Dolce Sentire has joined Cookie Connection as a regular contributor, as of her latest post, here ! Her recent painting tutorials have been so exceptional that I had no choice but to twist her arm to come on board! She'll be posting under our previous Get Inspired series, vacated not long ago by Pamoda Vanderwert, but she'll be posting in her very own uniquely Dolce Sentire-way! Anyway, I'm beyond overjoyed to be making this...Read More...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post

Linking Bug on Site and Workaround

Julia M. Usher
Hi, I unearthed a small bug on the site, of which to be aware. My site guys are going to fix it, but they can't give me an ETA. (BTW, they still have not given me an ETA on the back arrow/back-tracking issue in the Clips area despite repeated pressure on my part. Not sure what to do other than wait at this point. ) Here's the linking issue, which you may have noticed already. Very long links (meaning those that get displayed by the site with an ellipsis, aka "...") contained in parentheses...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Say Hello to January's Header and Background!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, gang, I'm back for a few days before leaving again for the New Year, and so I wanted to get a jumpstart on January by posting this month's banner and backdrop! This striking duo of snowflakes was designed as part of our recent Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #13 by the talented Rebecca Weld of The Cookie Architect , and it will be gracing our site until January 31, 2016 (lucky us!), when our February winner takes over. As a reminder, each of our monthly winners will be featured in an...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Happy Holidays from Cookie Connection!

Julia M. Usher
Okay, so they're not cookies, but they still come bearing a sweet sentiment!  Thanks to everyone who contributed to making Cookie Connection such an active and beautiful community this year. May you all have a holiday season filled with sweetness - and maybe a chocolate wreath or two along with your cookies!  P.S. I'll be on vacation and tending to some family matters until January 2, 2016, so I will be resuming site activities, including the next Saturday Spotlight, on...Read More...
Last Reply By The Tailored Cookie · First Unread Post
FYI, all: Please know that I am aware that commenting on photos on the site is currently more difficult than it was before, and that I am actively working with Hoop.la to try to get the following two issues addressed: Not able to comment on clips at the clip thumbnail level (without opening the clip) Not able to easily return to jumping-off point on the clip thumbnail page (i.e., once you open and comment on a clip, if you hit the back bar on your browser or backtrack through...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Site Maintenance and Downtime Today!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Hoop.la will be be doing some rather unplanned maintenance on the systems that power this community for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of your service. This maintenance is scheduled for today, December 14, 2015 . The maintenance window will be from 3:00 to 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. During the maintenance window, there will be occasional, brief outages of up to 30 seconds. Cookie Connection  will be functioning normally...Read More...
Last Reply By donaharrisburg · First Unread Post

Important Chat Room Formatting Changes

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, we just completed three significant changes to the chat rooms, all designed to make chatting easier for you and moderators! First, the live chat viewing window has been moved to the top of all chat pages primarily to reduce the amount of scrolling needed to moderate the chats. To do this, the  chat descriptions had to be diminished on the site - but they are still there and accessible to you!  So now, for instance, when you click on a chat room, like this one for...Read More...

Formatting Issues in Main Navigation Drop-Down Menus

Julia M. Usher
Just a heads up: My site guys "fixed" a navigation issue today, which has since caused some formatting issues in the drop-down menus in the main navigation line. Specifically, the font has changed to a very small size and has been centered. In addition, some text under the "Forums" tab is also blowing beyond the bounds of the drop-down menu boxes. All of the links work just fine, but the formatting issues make it harder to navigate the menus, I realize. Anyway, just an alert to let you know...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

New Collaborations Clip Set and Collaboration Posting Rules

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! In response to some recent requests to post collaboration cookies and the number beginning to appear on the site, I've created a new "Collaboration Cookies" clip set in which these cookies should be placed (along with any other clip sets that are relevant). As always, here on Cookie Connection , we don't allow people to post others' work due to copyright issues. But, in this clip set, we are making an exception for collaboration organizers ONLY, for certain photos ONLY. If you...Read More...

Clip Enlargement Functionality Restored!

Julia M. Usher
Good news for LeeLowe and Virago and anyone else who noticed that photos at the clip detail level were no longer enlarging when clicked on our new site! They now are! My site guys worked fast to restore this functionality. I have fully tested it, and it appears to be working properly. As far as "working properly", this is the functionality you should expect: When you click on any photo at the detail level (the original post), a pop-up will appear with the photo blown up to the original size...Read More...
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IMPORTANT: One More Day Until Our New Site - Get Ready!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, just a reminder that Cookie Connection will be transitioning to a brand new look and feel on Monday, November 30, between about 11 am and 9 pm eastern . Please expect a considerable amount of downtime during this period.  I highly recommend that you stay off the site until late in the day on December 1. I have some significant "clean-up" to do once the site goes live (stuff that can only be done at that time), and I'd prefer that your first experience with the site be after...Read More...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post

Site Downtime on November 18 and 19

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all!    The Hoop.la guys, who run the Cookie Connection platform, will be doing routine maintenance on the systems that power this community on November 18 and November 19, 2015. The maintenance window will be from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm...Read More...
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