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  1. 4 points
    On behalf of the Invision Community staff and company, I'd like to wish our clients and community warm blessings and gratitude for the New Year. We're proud to be the community platform of choice for you and your organization over the past year (or decade!), empowering you and your users with the space to debate, discuss, investigate, solve, innovate and celebrate a shared sense of purpose. The ability to positively touch and connect with the lives of others regardless of location is one of the most transformative benefits of the modern web -- and there's never been a greater demand or need for online communities to connect members in an authentic, branded experience. Your community is the gift that keeps on giving, and we're delighted to be a part of it. Here's a round-up of the 2019's most visited, most commented, and most clicked-on articles from the Invision Community Blog: Invision Community managers use tools like Saved Actions and Auto Moderation to work smarter with 5 of the best time saving features Avoid the Engagement Trap, a never-ending race that measures all the wrong metrics in a community The crowd goes wild in the teaser announcement of the forthcoming mobile apps for iOS and Android Go back in a time machine with a Decade in Review - a celebration and testament to the enduring power of community. Once again, may the magic and wonder of the holiday season stay with you throughout the year!
  2. 3 points
    Almost every time I try to click these arrows, instead of switching to the next/previous image, a new tab opens with the current image. This is really annoying, especially on mobile.
  3. 3 points
    Mr 13

    Lightbox arrows are extremely hard to click

    Image viewing on mobile is absolute hell and must be rethought and rewritten from scratch IMO.
  4. 2 points
    Hi @Joel R yes, 1) is for me a pain point too. Our community is 18 years old and we have so so so much stuff. New users are overwhelmed by the many threads and other content. We're using "New Member Follow-up“ for short mails in the first days of membership. A better lead during sign-up is needed too. If I remember correctly I saw such lead during my registration at Reddit or Pinterest. But with a builtin better newsletter tool IPS would have a point. I am always jealous when I receive automated mails from other communities in my subject area. They have mails like: Stuff worth talking about this week 💥 (= Popular right now; weekly) Member suggestions for you (because they wrote about the same things or with the same keywords; monthly) Say hi to others who just joined near you! (monthly) In large communities we need a smart system for all those mails, I know. But I would prefer a builtin system because of privacy.
  5. 2 points
    Dylan Riggs

    Push for Mobile first

    Here is an example that I’m talking about. Right now, I’m posting this reply from my phone. this paragraph did not auto capitalize. I had to swipe up on my iPhone about 8x to reach the bottom of the page to click the reply button. even though I read the entire thread except your last post, Sonya I was taken to the very top of the page, which caused uncesessary scrolling. as I’m typing, I have to scroll down more to click the post reply button. some easy improvements: take you to last reply. It is hit or miss. Add a feature similar to how flarum has it, where you can drag a bar to scroll through posts in real time, much faster than swiping 8 plus times for every 2 posts. None of this changes the functionality of the software, just the theme being more “modern” for mobile use and just more intuitive. Didn’t gain any features, didn’t lose any features. But there is 2 to 4 ideas or fixes to make the responsiveness feel better and more intuitive to use. not the best of examples, since I don’t like to type on mobile either, but still.... there you go
  6. 2 points
    Fast Lane!

    Push for Mobile first

    We have a forum with 2-3,000 people online during the afternoons. We are 55% mobile, 43% desktop, 2% tablet. Invision is mostly desktop here IMO because we are all developers and do content creation from a desk/laptop. Content ingestion on the other hand is mostly mobile. Which is where the pageviews and monetization are from ads. I'm against mobile apps that do not monetize as good or better than a responsive design that caters to mobile and desktop. We HEAVILY leverage Google DFP w/ prebid and a large stack of media companies. Mobile app usage may be good for view-ability but if it doesn't monetize as well -- then why would people ultimately convert...
  7. 1 point

    (BIM) Chatbox+

    Version 2.0.7


    SALE OFF 15% FROM $40.00 TO $34.00 ==================================================== Coded with ♥ Chatbox+ is an application that uses Ajax calls to the server to get new messages. Supports room chat, club chat and the private one-2-one chat. The chat boxes can display in widget, new page, or floating on the bottom right to allow member easy to chat with each other. Demo 1: Clean Text input: https://demo.ipsviet.com/chatbox/room/2-demo-1/ Demo 2: Full Editor: https://demo.ipsviet.com/chatbox/room/3-demo-2/ Demo 3: Chat bot sends message every 10 seconds: https://demo.ipsviet.com/chatbox/room/7-demo-3/ Global popup on bottom right: https://demo.ipsviet.com/forums/ ⭐Features: *NEW* Private one-2-one chat (like Facebook): Chat boxes display on bottom right allow member to chat with each other. Multi chat at same time. Permission for who can use the private chat. Ability to select skin for each box. Load more messages on scroll up (or down). Easy to find member name to start the chat. Sound notification for new message. Report messages. User online status. Minimize and close chat boxes. Ban settings. Supports Clean Text Input with emoji, Youtube, URL, image URL, Giphy plugins, Supports Lazyload images. Interval in milliseconds. Flood control. Message length limit. Permission to edit/delete messages. Fully responsive - will adapt to mobile, tablet, desktop. Rooms & Clubs Chat Admin can create multiple rooms, display rooms in widgets, or a new page. Club owner can create a room. Announcement & Rules for each room. Online Users list. Allow guest to join and chat with their custom nickname and random avatar. Show online users in the panel or popup. Global Chat: Show room in a a floating popup on the bottom of the pages so users can chat anywhere. Toggle show/hide the popup. Option to hide popup chat on mobile. User controls: On/Off sound notification. Open chat in a popup. Select skins. Moderator controls: Edit Announcement. User blocking system: Display moderator who blocked the user. Ability to add the reason. Auto unblock user after X minutes. Clean room (delete all messages). Quick edit/delete a message. System messages to notify when: New content posted from 3rd-party apps, supports: Forums (new topic, new reply) Downloads (new file, new comment, new review) Pages (new article, new comment, new review) Gallery (new image, new comment) Blogs (new entry, new comment) Calendar (new event, new comment) Status updates, status replies New registration. Videobox (new video, new comment, new review) Musicbox (new song, new comment) New announcement. New donation. User joined/left room. Auto Messages (Chat Bot) Create multiple messages with cycle time in seconds. Select a member as a Bot to post the messages automatically every X seconds. The auto messages run on client-side, will not be saved to database for the best performance and saving database. Archive messages: Permission for who can view archive messages. Search messages by member name, guest name, content, time. Sorting messages by time, content, chatter name. Edit/Delete/Report message. Other features: Input message: Clean text: only supports URL, image URL, Youtube URL, GIF from GIPHY Editor: You can use full formatting from Editor: color, bold, size, emoticons... and all Editor's plugins. Many stylish designs available: 5 skins: 3 styles for messages: Standard Bubbles Condensed Donation & SuperChat (requires IPS Commerce) *NEW* Allow users to donate directly in the room. After making a payment, the message will be highlighted in a different color. Ability to select permission for who can donate. Select a donation goal from Commerce. Easy to setup the color for SuperChat based on the donation amount. Sending system notification when someone donates to the room. Tools for admin: Delete all system messages Delete all room's messages Delete all conversation Import messages from the Chatbox FREE Extra features: Supports playing a song from Musicbox Report center integration allows users to report bad massages. Auto loads old messages when scrolling down (or up). Highlight the message row if someone mentions you. Flood control, max messages, limit characters, sorting messages... Display number of online users in Chat menu. Display counter of characters when typing message. *NEW* Support IPS Link Filter for disallowed/allowed links. *NEW* Lazy load images. Fully responsive.


  8. 1 point
    Joel R

    The Challenges of Online Communities

    Hi everyone I wanted to open a wide-ranging discussion on pain points of forums and online communities (and yes, I know there are a lot) and solicit a broader range of thinking. There's no "right" or "wrong" here, only discussion on what's a challenge and how it can be improved. There are some areas where I think forums and online communities fall short. These aren't modern challenges, they've been around forever but social media has raised the bar for all of us. 1. Interest Discoverability All of our forums contain multiple sections, forums, and interests that can be quite diverse. However, when a user registers, he starts with 0. This is a huge problem. It requires the user to actively and manually go out of his way to follow, participate, or engage (which he may not do for a variety of reasons ... Overwhelmed, cautious, hesitant, doesn't feel like he can contribute, etc). Our forums are totally passive. This is one of the biggest challenges that we haven't addressed. When new visitors or members don't follow any topic (and this could be for a variety of reasons ... He feels overwhelmed, hesitant, cautious, not an expert, etc), this means there won't be any follow-up notifications on relevant content and our ability to re-engage with the member will be forever 0. If you could design a new app, how would you guide or lead users to interests during sign-ups? What other platforms have you seen that do a good job of suggesting relevant content and new content? How often do you think we should suggest topics, users, or content to follow? 2. Notifications On busy boards and for active members, they may be receiving dozens or hundreds of notifications. For myself as admin of my own community, I've manually un-followed almost all parts of my community except for some limited feedback and content sections and I still get 30+ notifications every day. This poses some problems: 1. Notification Overload - the delivery of notifications is "dumb." If there's a new content, a new reaction, or a new reply, you get a notification in chronological order regardless of how relevant or engaging the post is to you. This means you get flooded with notifications and you have to dig through notifications. I was shocked when my superusers told me they actually go to the notification page so they could glance through the 100+ notifications they receive every day. I was inspired by a recent article on Facebook and Instagram where they talk about how the average user can receive 1500 items if they see everything posted by everyone else, so they algorithmically condense the number to show. 2. Notification Options - I highly doubt any users have adjusted their notification preferences (and certainly not the individual notification options for every topic). Most users follow the default. If you could design a "smart" notification system, how would you prioritize the most engaging notifications? What's the most that you would show?
  9. 1 point

    Dev mode upgrade reminder

    After upgrading my local test / dev installation (I hadn't touched it in over a year), I ran into some errors that were solved only by updating the dev files. During the upgrade process, there is a screen that asks to disable IN_DEV mode. It may be worthwhile to add a note in the footer to remind users to upgrade the dev files as well once the upgrade is complete! (Or any other notification elsewhere, for that matter)
  10. 1 point

    The Challenges of Online Communities

    A lot of communities I visit do not have any welcome (landing) page, some words, what is the community about or what is the benefit to join it. There were literally some that I could not sort out what they about A modern landing page describing in short terms what it the community about - is important. It should not be a start page, at least something like "About Us". And I do not talk about this but something like this. We do not want the user to register but talk. So adding something like "Ask your question and get answers from the communities experts now!" is better than offering "Post before register" below each topic. Adding a form with just a title field and pre-defined forum is the best way to get them to ask something. Very simple form, there should not be dozens of forums they should select from prior to ask. We can create a newbie forum and move those questions in the appropriate forum afterwards. But do not make it difficult for newbie forcing him to select where to post. Questions are what rules the web right now. Not the discussions unfortunately. Making content field in start topic optional would help a lot when using forum type "Questions". Redesign of the questions forum can be done to approach something like quora. Do not copy it, but make it light weighted like comments to the articles. The profile page is a pane. Not only in IPS, in forums overall. In social media we have "me, me, me" and only me. In forum we have a technically looking profile pages with lot of technical internal info. Additional fields are displayed somewhere beyond the visibility. "About me" - should be found first to be filled and then it is even not displayed on the profile page first. The profile page is not personal, it is like a database record and nobody would like to be a database record Tags on profiles that user can select could help to match the content, clubs (tags on clubs) and other users. We could use them for content suggestions or newsletter personalization. Writing quality content (articles) with Pages helps to be found in search engines as forum content is only served for long tail keywords nowadays. But the content should not be separated from community. Call to action: "Do you have questions? Ask us now!" and form for the Start new topic (not a comment form on article!) should be added. But again, without forum selection, and even without content field (or have it optional). Make it light, remove all buttons like "Follow" for guests, sorting for guests and tons of other unimportant things making a lot of noise. Make it simple for users and allow them to start to talk fast, very fast
  11. 1 point

    The Challenges of Online Communities

    I did not touch the notification settings of IPS because email level and on the site I do not find them disturbing. Notifications are not disturbing I think when it comes to quality content that interests us. This is rather good news. On fiverr, following the words typed in their search bar, we are sent an email with links likely to interest us, it's not bad because it is an email following a search on our part ... it would be nice to be able to send a nice presentation of article suggestions by email A community functions around users, so to function at best, it is necessary to make sure to know them as much as possible but also to master the domain of its community. Why not ask registrants directly to choose after their registrations which are the 4 keywords (tags) that best respond to what they like? and all that could allow an automation to recover the content likely to interest its members. The most important thing is that the administrators know the problems of their members in order to propose the best solutions. It is up to the administrator to prepare quality content, prioritize it, and then send it to its members. Today our concentration is limited because we are inundated with what's app information, smartphone notification, ... and we no longer want to write or read discussions. We just want to write a comment with a few words. (Twitter) It's over I think the scientific exchanges on the forums ... But it can come back with good tools ... I see the evolution of forums no longer being based solely on a few large active members offering quality content, which other members would come to read, but on a team that knows each of its members well (placed in groups), and putting in place tools allowing each of its members to have specific content for him and of quality. I also add prefer a scientific exchange on opinions of a product found in a forum than an article of 3000 words 2019 or 2020 with a lot of amazon link below. It still happens to me today to type on gogole product + opinion + forum because it is a safe bet.
  12. 1 point
    It should only throw a E_DEPRECATED error now, which can be suppressed in php.ini. Based on the path in your error stack I'm going to assume you have access to that. error_reporting = E_COMPILE_ERROR|E_RECOVERABLE_ERROR|E_ERROR|E_CORE_ERROR PHP will only die on errors after you change error_reporting to this. The other option is to go back to PHP 7.3.
  13. 1 point

    Push for Mobile first

    I think you make very, very good points and can't help feeling that app development will add to, not solve current issues.
  14. 1 point

    Version 3.1.8


    Linked Accounts allows your members to link one or more accounts then quickly switch between them. You have a full range of options about which usergroups can use the Linked Accounts system and which usergroups cannot be linked to. The POST AS feature allows the user with linked accounts to create/reply to a topic using a Linked Account. Each action is logged so you can keep a track of what linked account users do. The Linked Accounts system could be useful for fan fiction forums, roleplaying forums, or just those of you with multiple accounts (e.g, John Doe, Administrator, Forum News). Notes: Linked Accounts is integrated to Login system of IPS4, so to control the number of failed logins, Reset failed login count (minutes) on ACP -> Login Handlers -> Login Settings. This version contains an upgrader, so you can keep on using accounts created on this app for IP.Board 3.4.


  15. 1 point

    Linked Accounts - Post As

    This is by far the most important plugin on the marketplace for me, and its existence is the reason why I purchased an Invision Community license. I was searching for a new forum software for my community, and due to the specific nature of that community we really -- really -- needed to utilize a Linked Accounts / Post As plugin. For me, it was basically make or break. Finding this, along with the support that the creator has provided with keeping it working after upgrades and fixing bugs drove it home. Honestly? If the author asked for it, I would even pay a renewal every 6 months to support the plugin creator. Thank you for this!
  16. 1 point
    Hohoho Happy New Year! ©️
  17. 1 point

    Announcement suggestions

  18. 1 point

    Landing Page ( Support Topic )

    That's sorted it thank you, your applications for IPS are really great and I hope to be able to use more of them in the future 🙂
  19. 1 point
    Dylan Riggs

    Push for Mobile first

    Again, vanilla is not the forum solution I am talking about. I'm talking about IPS out of the box, with no modifications/themes etc. You have to understand that Discourse/Flarum are mobile first approaches, but Flarum is not even a released software and IPS has been around for how long? At least 15 years, right? All I'm trying to tell you is, IPS needs to put more emphasis at making Mobile more of a game player when most of the entire WEB is mobile instead of focusing specifically for desktop use and supporting mobile, but not making an emphasis. The end goal is to provide the feature set IPS provides, but also making it much more intuitive to use on mobile. You're in the minority if you think IPS works "perfectly fine" on mobile. There MANY improvements to be had, I can tell you that. If you can't agree with that, then that's fine. I have nothing more to add.
  20. 1 point

    Push for Mobile first

    I should think that the existing experience will influence the desktop/mobile split. For example I prefer to use Discourse on mobile because the desktop experience is so bland. So perhaps, immaterial of the current metrics, if the IPS mobile experience improves, so will mobile usage.
  21. 1 point
    Paul E.

    Push for Mobile first

    Absolutely. This site, notably visited by individuals developing communities, will be disproportionately skewed toward the desktop side. The subject matter and audience will be large factors into that split. Our community is at 85-90% mobile.
  22. 1 point
    Adriano Faria

    Tabbed Forums Index

    ACP -> Community-> Forums -> Settings.
  23. 1 point
    We could have even more privacy if we would have categories for clubs. E. g. by setting permission to category of who can view it and clubs inside the category.
  24. 1 point
    Plus it's kind of none productive releasing a tapatalk like app when there is already tapatalk, which many don't implement to their board.
  25. 1 point

    Version 3.0.1


    Youtube Importer is an application allows you to import Youtube videos to Forums, Pages, and Videobox manually or automatically. Features: - Import videos from Youtube feed: User, Channel, Playlist, Search Term - Import videos to Forums. - Import videos to Pages. - Import videos to Videobox. - Creating tasks to import videos automatically. - Running task manually to import latest 10 videos or all videos in channel, user feed, playlist. Download version 3.x.x if you're using IPS 4.4.x


  26. 1 point

    Version 5.3


    Show a legend of your groups in the Who's Online and Recently Browsing widgets, sorted in the order you specify and linked to the search system. Handy so that people know what those group prefixes and suffixes mean. FYI: Be sure you are running the latest version on the newer versions (4.3.x) of Invision Community. Also, if you end up with errors in the logs that seem to implicate GNI make sure you have EXIF installed - that's the root cause of the problem and the plugin is just getting caught in the crossfire. Version 5 is for IPS 4.4.5 and above. Untested on earlier versions. Version 5 addresses changes within the IPS search subsystem that now REQUIRES a query parameter to be passed through. GNI urls now append a "&q= " - and yes, the space after equals sign is intentional and necessary. If you edit the plugin template files, do keep this in mind.


  27. 1 point
    Very good but needs to be compatible with ads
  28. 1 point

    (BIM) Youtube Importer

    Excellent addition to Videobox. Developer is one of the best IPS developers. He responds to requests quickly and is always a joy to have discussions with. I'd rate both the developer and the app 10 stars if I could.
  29. 0 points
    Mike John


    Version 1.7.1


    Adds a Portal application to IP.Board. Based upon IP.Board Portal by IPS. Please be sure to direct all support questions or suggestions in the discussion topic rather then at IPS. The Portal is currently exclusive to the IPS Marketplace, I do not support this application elsewhere. Keep up to date with DevFuse mod development and releases.


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