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  1. You are correct, I did not include elastic search. I'm not trying to argue with anyone, just expressing my frustration. Every now and then there is a thread with many responses and a title like "Formus are dead" or "Facebook is taking over". I run three sites. I make almost no money and spend a lot of time keeping the sites active. This is one more financial hit. It's no wonder "Forums are dying", it's really hard for them to survive.
    5 points
  2. I think it's great that the apps are available through the ACP, I don't agree with the requirement to have an active license. For me, there have not been any updates in a very long time. I was looking forward to upgrading to 4.5, now that is soured by the requirement to have an active license moving forward. I have looked at other options. Does IPS care? It would seem not as they indicate I am the in the minority in not maintaining my license, even though there have not been updates in a very long time. It is true I do not understand the business reason for you doing this, but as one of the (I suspect) many people running hobby sites that don't make money, this is really hard to take. @Lindy, you mentioned XF, as you are aware, their upgrade fees are significantly less (85 a year if you buy everything - not every 6 months, but a full year), and you do not need an active license to purchase add-ons. The license fees here are nearly triple that if you buy most products. I understand IPS won't be bothered by losing a small customer like me, 3 licenses, and that makes me sad. The culture felt more welcoming when I joined 13 years ago.
    5 points
  3. I notice that on the new version 4.5, email notifications are truncated. I understand the excellent reason for this because rather than giving the full message on the email, it will bring people into the forum. However, for busy site team members, it causes unnecessary work to have to open every email and then to visit the forum thread to see what is being discussed. It would be very handy to be able to configure email notifications so that they are truncated for ordinary users and displayed in full for site team. How about it?
    3 points
  4. One of the most commonly asked questions we get is how to ensure your new community launch is successful. You may think that if you have the right features with the correct configuration, success is guaranteed, but it requires more than that. Way back in the early 2000s when the internet was in its infancy, there was an explosion of new communities. If you had some webspace, a little technical knowledge and a forum script you were almost guaranteed to attract people into your community. These days it takes a little more work to get your new community off the ground. There’s a lot of books and resources out there to help, but focusing on your purpose, value, and emotion will give you a bright star to sail by. Purpose The purpose of your community should be very clear from the first visit. You want your new visitors to instantly understand the reason your community exists and the benefit they will get from it. This can be implicit with a short written mission statement at the top, or it can be through robust visual design and structure. When launching a new community, aim to be as specific as possible with your purpose. You can always broaden when it grows. This may go against your instinct to cast a wide net to catch as many people as possible, but resist that temptation! For example, a community focused on fitness has a vague purpose. Fitness is a broad topic, and there are many niches inside of it. This could be anything from losing weight, to running faster to increasing the weight on a barbell. Narrowing the focus to running helps a little, but there’s a lot of space in that field. You have marathon runners, ultra runners, Sunday park joggers and everything in between. A better starting point for a community may be “Run your first 5k”. This instantly makes it very clear to your audience that you intend to help new runners develop their ability enough to finish a short race. The sense of purpose is clear, and it is easy to know what to ask of this new community and the benefit you may get. Asperger Experts has a strong design and mission statement above the fold, which makes its purpose clear from the first visit. Asperger Experts Make your purpose very clear and don’t be afraid to niche down to a specific area, to begin with. Value The earliest communities allowed people from all around the world to gather and talk. Anyone who had the technical skill to host a community could be virtually guaranteed members and just being able to meet was all the value needed. We now live in more sophisticated times and crave more than facilitation. Your community needs to add value beyond companionship and knowledge. One of the simplest ways to give value to your members is through sharing your expertise. A steady flow of written articles or videos gives your members a reason to come back. IG, a fintech company use their expert articles to draw their audience back to their community to contribute. IG is a known leader in their field, so their blog is a real draw for those investing in the markets. IG.com Never post for the sake of it, always inform, educate or entertain your community. Emotion At the heart of every conversation is emotion. We pride ourselves on being logical and thoughtful creatures, yet our emotional brain responds first and makes a judgement often subconsciously. Setting the pitch and tone of your community is critical from its earliest days. As the community manager, you get to define the tone by modelling the behaviour you want to see in your own content. Some communities do well with dark humour and snark; while others require positivity and fun. “Humans are herd animals. We want to fit in, to bond with others, and to earn respect and approval of our peers. Such inclinations are essential to our survival. For most of our evolutionary history, our ancestors lived in tribes. Becoming separated from the tribe—or worse, being cast out—was a death sentence.” - James Clear Hang out where your audience hangs out and develop your tone so that it resonates with your community. Starting a community is a rewarding experience, but you need to do more than just open your doors to ensure a successful launch. Checking to make sure your site has a strong purpose, that you offer value to your members and the emotional pitch is right will set you on the right course.
    3 points
  5. Sorry to say this is what I think as well. With that and marketplace time approval I am thinking of changing to something else.
    3 points
  6. I know IPB has taken the action needed however, when a illegal sites in another country there's only so much anyone can do. I myself have turned in the site you're referring to Google several times and so has some others. Nothing has been, ever. So then what's the purpose to upgrade other than features which are only added during major upgrades? How's IPB supposed to turn a profit, pay devs, pay for support and other bills, taxes etc... etc... Renewals are a major asset to IPB or they wouldn't have them. here's a great example, I make themes and also charge recurring fees every 6 months, so do most other devs. Why do you think we do that? It's not because we are greedy. It's because a 35.00 theme doesn't cover future support, development of new features and more. After IPB gets its cut, I get $27.50 USD I will wrap up 35.00 USD and more sometimes with a lot of customers in a half hour of free support alone plus I've lost the cost of the sale of my theme. Am I supposed to double the cost of my theme for answering support on what's most of the time custom situations outside of the realm of my theme? There's a laundry list as to why a person may need additional support including giving out free support for those other devs who refuse to follow the IPB css framework again just as an example. "Well I downloaded this plugin and your colors don't match" It's not my fault someones plugin uses it's own css but yet what do I do? Charge them? No, I take care of my customers the best I can. I'm not in this to break even or make no profit, considering I make a little profit as it is. This thread has seriously become left field.
    3 points
  7. I m quiting IPB. They are acting like beggars now.
    3 points
  8. If you're going to go underlining things at least have a basic understanding of what it is that you actually own before going all out aggressive on others 🙂 A lack of updates does not indicate a good security record. In fact it can quite often indicate the exact opposite as it's a direct result of a lack of testing. This is you pushing your arbitrary view forward on what is the 'right way' and what isn't. There's many successful phpBB forums out there, and in fact that free platform has outlasted many commercial variants over the years due to the very nature of its ecosystem and how it's supported. Portraying that using a platform like phpBB is not the 'right way' is not only disingenuous, it's insulting the the thousands of people in that community and the developers that have maintained the software for two decades. You may not like what IPS is doing, that's fine and you're entitled to that opinion but making stuff up doesn't really encourage anyone outside your echo chamber to agree with you.
    3 points
  9. This is a frustration that has irked us since 4.0. The gallery uploader for images needs to have a confirmation dialogue before it can be closed. Along the lines of 'Are you sure you want to close the uploader? All progress will be lost." It is annoying to accidentally hit escape or click outside of the box and have it close.
    2 points
  10. This argument makes no sense to me, because in my short time on IPB, I've been burned and scammed by purchasing numerous plugins and apps from devs that have disappeared or would submit something to get as many sales with the promise of future updates and support, only to remove their item once people start requesting the services promised. Literally spent nearly $100 for a single app for it to be removed less than a week later and denied a refund by the dev. So, basically nothing is changing except that I can choose to pay a now extra $190 each year to deal with this and keep my 3rd party apps updated, or I can just.. not. You can pretend that they're making the marketplace better for everyone, but in the end they're just punishing the ones who weren't doing anything wrong in the first place. They think they can somehow keep people from finding ways to get the content on this site without having a license when they can't. There are currently 3 websites at the top of google that always have the latest marketplace items and update their content almost as quickly as it gets uploaded here.
    2 points
  11. This weekend:) All the template hooks had to be modified to work with the new 4.5 version 😕
    2 points
  12. Forums may be dying, but I don't think the need for community is. FB is expanding its groups offering to cater for this, but apart from scrolling group nav, which is superb, especially on mobile, the rest of the FB long form communication experience is, in my opinion, pretty dire. So, I think the opportunity going forward is to create a slick community experience, that is safe, looks great and covers most of the functional requirements with a high degree of UI consistency. IPS is part of the way there, but it's those little usability touches that FB does so well (generally) and the likes of Discourse do superbly, that makes all the difference. In saying that, IPS continues to improve and I was very pleased to see that IPS 4.5 reworked the nav bar, although I still don't like the mobile experience. But, when all is said and done, IPS is, imo, far and away the most complete community platform commercially available and heads and shoulders above anything else in the space. One caveat to that. Discourse does discourse better, and a few other things not pertinent to this thread, but it's a one trick, mobile centric pony. As others have said, you make your choices and can stick or twist at any stage. But what I would say to counter those that argue 'you should leave if you don't like it', is that folks shouldn't be put in that position. Certainly not those that have been loyal clients in the past. We should all remember that pre internet, it was accepted by professional marketeers that the cost of acquiring new clients was 30/40 times greater than the cost of retaining them. I don't know what the stats are these days, but I can't imagine it's so different. Food for thought perhaps.
    2 points
  13. Not really but... IPB is not XF or anything else. You choose IPB and now you expect them to change their business model for you. You know what to do if you don't like it or can't afford it! That's called a suggestion, no ones forcing you to do anything. Calling IPB greedy however especially when you choose their business model or expecting them to cater to you over covid is very unreasonable. Using covid to deplete a business of funds is out there. My mortgage company didn't let me off the hook for covid nor did my vehicle finance company. I guess you should of better planned out your finances and future. Well, if you would of comprehended what I said, I ran it for 13 years, in other words I don't have it anymore. My little drummers forum when I did have it was visited by the biggest names in the music business from Alice Cooper's current drummer to many more big names you couldn't even imagine. Many of these drummers are still friends of mine. Successful site it was I could afford and maintain with proper planning. So I guess maybe you should stick to your small joystick Garry's kiddie community with better planning or use a application that fits your budget better. If you're crying over $15.00 USD or renewals you obviously have financial issues and planned poorly.
    2 points
  14. So, is the 20% commission that you are earning off the Marketplace purchases just an exaggerated number from some of the developers? It’s currently 10% and has not yet increased to 20% - we’ve left it alone in light of Covid and ironing out the new marketplace. That said, even at 20% it’s expected to almost break even. The marketplace operates at a net loss to IPS just because of the price point of most resources. So on. $5 resource, we get a $.50 commission - now, say that $5 resource has a chargeback that’s $20. So our net loss on a $5 resource is $20.50. That also means we need up to 40 more of those transactions in commission just to break even on the original transaction. There is also payout fees to pay the authors. The marketplace operates in the red even before considering the staffing. When you slice it up, you could see why apple takes 30% and never refunds their fees. Thats neither her nor there, my comment was reinforce we don’t make money in the marketplace - the opposite, so it’s ok if you use the authors site too. It’s just not ideal (for you.)
    2 points
  15. so if my license expires in a week, and i just paid renewal of marketplace items for another half / full year that means I only have access to them for a week? this on top of 20% commission you're charging developer while also require active license just to have access to marketplace for real?
    2 points
  16. We have an internal suggestion for this.
    2 points
  17. I know how you feel. It is ridiculous to have to pay so much money just to access the marketplace files you have already paid for. You now have to renew all of your suite's app licenses just to access one marketplace update. And, if you try to get around paying for all of your suite's apps renewals by cancelling some, you then have to pay full price if you ever want them back. I've been holding off on renewing for this reason. Furthermore, as a developer, who wants to have to pay over $100 on renewals (if you own almost all of the official apps) to release one app that maybe has integration with one official app at best?
    2 points
  18. I know how you feel. It is ridiculous to have to pay so much money just to access the marketplace files you have already paid for. You now have to renew all of your suite's app licenses just to access one marketplace update. And, if you try to get around paying for all of your suite's apps renewals by cancelling some, you then have to pay full price if you ever want them back. I've been holding off on renewing for this reason.
    2 points
  19. Rikki

    Can't login to app

    Apologies for the problems. I was finally able to diagnose the cause of the login issues, but unfortunately they cannot be fixed until 4.5.2 (and new app builds). That should be available in the next few days. That will solve both the failed logins and the 'invalid redirection uri' error.
    2 points
  20. This is very disappointing. I suspect it will affect developers too. That was one of the best parts of IPS for me, the active developer community. It's not likely I will switch as I am pretty invested in IPS, but as others have pointed out, forums are dying a slow death, this is not helping.
    2 points
  21. Version 1.2.0

    1,104 downloads

    This is a modern Dark-/Night-Mode Design based on the new Invision Community 4.5 (and above) Theme. Lightweight, pure CSS, no additional graphics were used. You can see a LIVE DEMO on our site at InvisionFocus.de (select Bravo 6 in the footer). Tested with Forums, Pages and Downloads. It's well maintained, because we use it on our own website. If you find any possible bugs, we'll fix them immediately. It's free and comes without any brandings or visible copyrights.
    Free
    1 point
  22. Version 2.4

    17 downloads

    Pages Legend Profiles Is a Page-App-Templates accompanied with a powerful plugin and a special Pages Database. These tools help you to create profiles for all kind of topics and stuff. Note: Usage of this product requires IPS Pages App 4.6 or IPS Pages App 4.5 Features: FrontPage Style Grid View for FrontPage body section that support custom fields in Database (Hover on images) List View for Category Page body section that support custom fields in Database (Hover on images) Special design for Record view (Tabbed Contents, Built-in Image Gallery, Built-in stylish similar content and ...) Template/Plugin Can be used Multiple time in one domain installation. Different Pages Legends Templates: Pages Legend News for News articles Pages Legend Reviews for creating feature Reviews
    $15.00
    1 point
  23. Oh, my mistake. Yes, not looking for that.
    1 point
  24. revoking access to marketplace when license expire even if user has active subscriptions and removing existing item from marketplace listing if dev's license expire (not sure about this, please confirm) sounds overkill to me
    1 point
  25. They have nothing to do with each other. Weird. Probably a cache issue.
    1 point
  26. I've no idea why, but it's now working 🙂
    1 point
  27. I'd really like to see IPS take action against a prolific site offering nulled versions of IPS, that seems to have existed for a decade or more despite being discussed here in the forums. Not doing so is almost like turning a blind eye, essentially a slap in the face for all of us who are loyal clients but also struggle to keep the lights on at IPS and our communities. Get them shut down, blacklisted from Google, whatever you can. Regarding security patches for fixing vulnerabilities, I believe they should be removed from point releases and instead made available separately for free through the Support Tool, especially with auto updates coming closer. You should NEVER, EVER have to renew a licence to ensure your member's data is safe and your site is secure, especially after you have paid a lot of money for professionally developed quality software with increased security in the first place. Thats an instant PR win for IPS, right there. 🙂
    1 point
  28. bfarber

    Issue 4.5.1

    There is no specific schedule. We release updates when they're ready and as needed.
    1 point
  29. @Fosters, any updates? Thanks
    1 point
  30. That's not entirely true. Yes, I chose IPS. They changed their business model after I chose them and am now heavily invested in them in that my sites rely on the software in its current state, including the many add-ons I have.
    1 point
  31. Simply move the Google code, you maybe take a look at the quickSearch template. If you show me the code, I can take a look later.
    1 point
  32. Join our other topic: https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/topic/458218-removal-of-15-domain-change/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-2828512
    1 point
  33. Sure, if you want members to see total points for the profile they're viewing you can do this... go to the template editor click html/css editor for the theme you're using find the template profile header and add this part where you want it to show
    1 point
  34. Dean_

    Removal of $15 Domain Change

    Understand this, and I was thinking yesterday how hard it would be now for some to run a nulled community with addons, however I’m sure they will find a way. So I hope they get dealt with. 😈 We’ve seen a few replies from staff saying this was a recent change, especially over the years regarding the marketplace. However, was it officially announced? Unless I missed something (which does happen), can you show us where it was announced? And if it hasn’t, could you please think about changing that making it very clear somewhere on the site. Maybe within the marketplace with a message? Is there not a way that good standing customers could be in a tier system? This would allow us to download from the market place still. As someone pointed out earlier, there have been times that no updates have been done for 4/6 months, and if a licence runs out just before or during, why would I renew? Obviously I would wait until an update is released to renew. I don’t want to have to go outside of the marketplace if I can help it. So the way forward is to play it smart and only renew when apps/plugs need renewing when software updates are released and time it all together, instead of waiting for one or the other.
    1 point
  35. Since it’s only been implemented for a few months already, I’ll give it a couple more months to settle in. When people start to realize the issue this causes, Invision Power Board will remove this requirement. You can mark my words :). This type of business won’t last long.
    1 point
  36. "Popular drummers forum". While I'm here running a forum for a small Garry's Mod gaming community. I spend $2500.00 on Garry's Mod Server Add-ons and $1000+ on XenForo add-ons and themes. Want to know what the cool thing about that is? I own every single bit of it and I can download it at any time I please. So don't come 'Barneys Girlfriend'ing at me about what forums software I should and shouldn't use; I've ran my community model with the mindset of being able to survive without donations, but with Invision Power Board's team being greedy, and being laid off from work due to COVID, that possiblity has just now become alot slimmer. Unless you have the money to give me to spend on $200 a month for both the Garry's Mod Server, web server, and license divided up into the six month period on a month-per-month basis, I suggest you stick to your little drummers forum.
    1 point
  37. We've been down this road before a few times. The majority want IPB to take the reigns on applications for several reasons ranging from bad development Devs going awol Devs taking to much time to release and the list goes on and on and on. I'm sure @Lindy could mention the ones I didn't plus some. Devs can list off their site but you need to ready for what could happen if things go wrong. As a dev I can tell you the process for us to get our applications and themes in the marketplace is a bonus for the purchaser. You get a working product right out of the box that's been tested and poured over by IPB to make sure you are getting a quality properly developed product. It's not easy for devs to get accepted due to the stringent requirements, but that benefits the buyer in the end imo greatly. losing 10% profit? try 20% in the real near future. Do I agree with that? I think it should be less like around 12-15% but that's not my choice. it is my choice however to go through the painstaking process to make sure IPB customers get a great product. I ran a popular drummers forum for 13 years. I went into it not expecting people to pay me anything, I left it that way too till the end. If you're developing something with dollar signs in mind I wonder how much of a passion that really is to you. If you can't afford a forum and what it takes to keep it and your members safe imo you should stick with free software. At least with free software you can keep security patches up with current releases on time. It's like buying a new car, Should I get a Cadillac and pay tons in maintenance costs or should I get something when something goes wrong I can fix affordably. You certainly want to keep maintenance up and your budget is obviously saying if you buy the Caddy it could be struggle which may end up leaving you without transportation. To each their own, that's for sure, but if you want to get into the big league with paid software you should expect there's recurring costs involved. getting something better means developers are being paid and there's a business to run. business's can't run on every Tom Dick or Harry wanting to skip renewals either. People have to eat. As you know with free software, those developers are making money in other ways to put food on their table, pay bills and whatever else it takes to feed themselves and their families possibly. Realistically looking at this, the entire suite to renew is around 110.00 USD every 6 months. You have 6 months to save a hundred bucks. If you can't save a 100.0 USD in 6 months, you may want to consider a free option. Bottom line, IPB is a business and must work as such to survive.
    1 point
  38. 1 point
  39. I appreciate the reply and look forward to what you guys come up with.
    1 point
  40. BoktaiGaming

    Limitless Support Topic

    Hey Doc, I have a quick question, on the slider for some reason my uploaded images are having the bottom 10% cut off of them on Slider 1. I've attached pictures. Edit: I solved it for some reason the slider was sizing based on the amount of text in the container for the text on the slider
    1 point
    This is a great addition to my community and software factory has been extremely helpful when it comes to support he replies quickly and has really been there to help with any issues that arise
    1 point
  41. Dean_

    Removal of $15 Domain Change

    Thanks, that what I was trying to find... I was going to make a separate topic, but since we're all talking about it here. This isn't a good move if it's true? I thought it was a glitch on my side and I left it as was renewing anyway. Not to be 'that person' but if you force us to have an active licence in order to keep 3rd party apps/plugins up to date OR purchase then, I won't be using the marketplace and will source the files outside like I do already with a couple that I own. This has its own inherent problems, but I only buy from long standing developers.
    1 point
  42. That right there is the deal breaker. I was going to renew my IPS license to switch things up a bit from XenForo, but after I saw that I'm not able to purchase and download new add-ons for my forums after the license expires in six months, I decided to stick with my XenForo installation. The greed from the IPS team is real and I can't believe it's come to this.
    1 point
  43. Hidden status is also represented in the search index, and in the tags index at least. You'll need to review those tables (core_search_index, core_tags_perms).
    1 point
  44. Merezhko

    Classifieds System

    Can i suggest to add (in the future) Packages which will include not «days» but the "amount of ads"? It’s ok when user want to sell a few items from his stash - it’s free for them. But we see that shops owners start to place their product – it can be tens of adverts. So - they gain their profit, and site owner - don’t. So it will be great if we can set Packages in this way (or smh like this): 1-5 adverts per month - free 6-20 adverts per month - 10$ ... Unlimited – 50$
    1 point
  45. When update release? please add show exif data feature
    1 point
  46. This article is great for IPS' SEO. It's also super insightful. It's possible to write great content and also focus on dev simultaneously. As they say, come for the content, stay for the community. Keep up the great articles, @Matt
    1 point
  47. Collapse only for quotes? It would be nice to have the same feature for code blocks.
    1 point
  48. Thank you for your reply. Just an advice. Use "Quote" when replying so the poster will be informed. Didn't got any notification, and all by luck, when I came here to buy something else, I found that you've replied almost immediately. Not all users are following all topics where they post.
    1 point
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