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Oct
2017
19.10.2017
Today, kerbtier.de celebrates its 10th birthday. Unbelievable how the time flies! The birthday present, however, will be presented mid of November only, as I'm still frenziedly programming on it. I wish all users of kerbtier.de lots of fun on our pages and I hope that we get a good start into the next 10 years.

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01.10.2017
The faunistic database just increased to 89,816 records, the number of contributors to 1,450. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle.

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Sep
2017
01.09.2017
The faunistic database just increased to 88,848 records, the number of contributors to 1,428. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle.

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Aug
2017
10.08.2017
Our contact and submission modules have been running on SSL encrypted connections for quite some time. Now I have migrated kerbtier.de to encrypted connection in its entirety. Just a small step in the ongoing efforts to make encrypted connections to World Wide Web servers ubiquitous. Furthermore, I just added a like functionality to news module, similar to a number of other pages on kerbtier.de.

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05.08.2017
Over the last few days I have programmed a bit here and there on kerbtier.de. Among other things, the collapsible header of kerbtier.de has become even slimmer. Furthermore, I have improved the clustering in the module Search answered requests. Now, when clustering, you can also sort by number of matches per cluster. I have to admit, I suspect that not many of our users make real use of this module, although it's quite powerful. One example: Our frequent users probably know, that I sometimes sigh when answering a request. Now it would be interesting to know, which users cause the most sighs. Voila, that' not a problem, just run this test search. I want to encourage all our users to make full use of the search module, also for more serious searches ;).

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Jul
2017
29.07.2017
I've just uploaded the gallery update with 49 new species from 15 families. The number of species available on kerbtier.de increases to 2,589. At the same time the database of the map module increases to 87,464 records, the number of contributors to 1,372. I wish all visitors a pleasant stay on kerbtier.de!

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28.07.2017
Stenoria analis
Dear colleagues, dear visitors of kerbtier.de, Johannes Lückmann asked me to publish his request for collaboration in monitoring the expansion of the blister beetle Stenoria analis (Schaum, 1859) (Coleoptera: Meloidae) in Germany and in the neighbouring countries.

Which I gladly do. I encourage all users of kerbtier.de to report any findings and occurences to Johannes (and ideally to us as well).

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Jun
2017
30.06.2017
The faunistic database just increased to 85,632 records, the number of contributors to 1,316. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle. Additionally, I have just applied a little facelift to the inline map module. Hopefully, it is now more intuitive to use, especially for new users.

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16.06.2017
I have just added an additional feature to the map module: At Fabian's suggestion, in dynamic map mode the discovery markers can now be aggregated to the ordnance map sheets of TK 50 and TK 100, thus the granularity of the discoveries can be reduced. Also here, discovery markers can be clicked, if matching inquiries/records from our inquiry module exist. In this case however, an inquiry is not shown directly (since several inquiries may lay beneath one aggregated discovery marker), instead the inquiry search module is called, where all respective inquiries can be viewed. As a side effect, the inquiry search module has been enabled to handle the ordnance map sheets of TK 50 (e.g. L1116) and TK 100 (e.g. C4726).

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15.06.2017
I have just implemented a new functionality resulting from a very good proposal of our user Tobias67: In the map module, discovery markers resulting from user inquiries/records in our forum are now clickable in dynamic map mode. Upon clicking, the corresponding inquiry is displayed as a popup.

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11.06.2017
I have just added a new functionality to the map module: You can now display the names and borders of the administrative districts of Germany. In all popup map modules (which are mainly used to gather map sheet numbers), the functionality is not available to keep them as slim and fast as possible.

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May
2017
30.05.2017
The faunistic database just increased to 83,319 records, the number of contributors to 1,235. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle.

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28.05.2017
Due to a comment I received today from our forum user Chris regarding the seasonal occurrence of our two Lagria species, I spontaneously decided to work a bit on our phenograms. While the phenograms call be called as a popoup from all species overviews as usual, the main phenogram module is now capable to display phenograms of up to six species at the same time. Just give it a try with this sample inquiry.

Addendum: This morning I just added a selectable view mode. When displaying several species in one phenogram, you can now choose between conjoined and stacked view. The new stacked view makes the structure of the phenogram clearer, especially when displaying more than two species.

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01.05.2017
The faunistic database just increased to 81,541 records, the number of contributors to 1,185. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle.

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Mar
2017
21.03.2017
The faunistic database just increased to 80,244 records, the number of contributors to 1,139. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle.

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Feb
2017
05.02.2017
The faunistic database just increased to 79,249 records, the number of contributors to 1,124. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle.

Some of you might have noticed that the GUI of kerbtier.de changed in some details during the last four weeks, e.g. design of the buttons and dropdown boxes. Under the hood kerbtier.de now works with HTML 5 instead of HTML 4.01 (strict). Also, I have started to use jQuery on more pages and this trend will continue. If you find any bugs, please send me a bug report, preferably via our contact form or by email.

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Jan
2017
18.01.2017
Minor expansion of the highlights from the requests for beetle ID: In the category "Unsolved exotics" you'll find ID requests for beetles from outside Europe, which we could not determine at all or only to family or genus level. Maybe some of the experts out there take the challenge to have a look of this gallery. In any case we would be happy to receive expert feedback and solution proposals, preferably via our contact form or by email.

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07.01.2017
The faunistic database just increased to 77,565 records, the number of contributors to 1,121. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle.

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01.01.2017
I wish all visitors of kerbtier.de a happy and prosperous New Year 2017 and lots of fun with the beetle hobby!

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