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Proud to Present: An interview with Invision Community President Charles Warner


Nearly two decades ago, Invision Community President, @Charles , set out to make a leading online community platform. 

Around that time, Charles also met his now-husband of 18-years and hasn't looked back since. Until now. 

Behind the code, product updates and newsletters are a group of people who share a passion for community building. Considering how volatile and toxic the Internet can be, we want to become more visible, transparent and vulnerable.  To help you familiarize yourself with the masterminds behind Invision Community, starting with Charles, we're kicking off a new series that'll highlight our team.

I interviewed Charles for the first installment. In it, he commented on the state of the Internet: "I do think some times, for or better or for worse, people forget there are real people on the other end," he said.

Mr. Warner also touched on Invision Community's evolution over the years. 

"People don't like change. No one likes change," Charles said, adding "sometimes you say, 'we really need to change something' either in the software, or how you do things, and people push back. It might be we change a feature or maybe internally we change the way we do something. Sometimes you have to move forward. Sometimes it's irritating at first. 'Why did you change that?!' And also you have to recognize that sometimes you're wrong. Sometimes you might change something [and think], 'no, it's not better...' I really find that that's a big thing – to constantly be looking at all those other options and try stuff out. It doesn't harm [anything] to try things."

And in the spirit of Pride Month, Charles opened up about being part of the LGBTQ community and also President of a successful company. He hopes it'll inspire others.
 

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"I am lucky, and it's a privilege. [For one] that the world we're in now is different than the world was five years ago, 20 years ago... but also being an Internet company you have a unique position where people don't know your gender, your age, your race, anything about you online... Particularly 20 years ago when we started even less so... that's the thing that's always kind of been there. I think I'm lucky in that regard. I recognize some people don't have that unique approach to things that I've enjoyed. I would say on that whole it hasn't really been a big thing and I'm lucky that it hasn't."


The full interview is available to watch up top. 

After watching, please drop us a line in the comments and let us know your thoughts! 🌈 

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Great interview and fantastic to actually see a living breathing member of the Invision Community team that brings us what we have today and the memories we have of yesteryear.

In respect of the 'community' aspect I like to view a new community as a book with no pages and the community writes the chapters in their topics, article, images, posts and comments and so fills up the pages of the book to present everyone with something to be proud of.

I had no idea that Charles was part of LGBTQ+ community and props to both of you for just being who you are and just enjoying life.

Loved every moment of this and I hope we will see more interviews with other team members in the near future 🙂

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15 minutes ago, Davyc said:

Great interview and fantastic to actually see a living breathing member of the Invision Community team that brings us what we have today and the memories we have of yesteryear.

In respect of the 'community' aspect I like to view a new community as a book with no pages and the community writes the chapters in their topics, article, images, posts and comments and so fills up the pages of the book to present everyone with something to be proud of.

I had no idea that Charles was part of LGBTQ+ community and props to both of you for just being who you are and just enjoying life.

Loved every moment of this and I hope we will see more interviews with other team members in the near future 🙂

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Appreciate this comment a lot 🥲 

Exactly the vibe we were going for! And I love your perspective on community. Thanks for the kind words, @Davyc!

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I watched and found out some new things. However, I missed some curiosities, statistics or funny stories, but for the first interview it was fine.

Charles seemed a little shy at first. 🙂 One small note, fewer questions about LGBTQ and more about IPS itself 👍

So who's next? Maybe @Matt

  1. How do you deal with nulled software? what's your opinion on this?
  2. Why is everyone in IPS using a Macbook? :D
  3. How many people work at Invision Power Services?
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1 hour ago, abobader said:

No, maybe from like 25 years ago, now days linux can be used as desktop and you will not miss anything 🙂

Exactly.

It has become nearly just as easy as Windows. You can install Linux just as easily and quicker than you install Windows. It is now possible to play games on Steam without knowing how to configure anything. I watch Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, Paramount+, Starz, and YouTube with any web browser. In 2021, LibreOffice now has more options than Microsoft Office and allows me to open, edit, save, and print any document made on Windows, Apple, or Linux. I can work from home using Linux, making video calls, and attending meetings.   I also bank online, trade, invest, sell, and buy things while on Linux. Connect devices using "plug and play," WiFi, or Bluetooth. Install and update nearly any app, including the whole OS; without knowing how to use the terminal, just point and click.

No blue screen of death. No sudden system freezes. No viruses (although you can install an anti-virus if it gives you peace of mind, I still do). No hanging system resources. No sudden reboots. No long waiting load times. It does not matter if you are using the newest computer or a computer 10+ years old; it will run Linux.

And if, by some random chance, you do install a lousy program, it does not take your whole system with it (unlike Windows). That is the big problem with Microsoft Windows. The countless computers I fixed for family and friends often resulted from something small, trivial, and seemingly unimportant, unintentionally interacting with everything else, causing a world of problems in Microsoft Windows. But not in Linux.

Linux is so helpful, powerful, flexible, and adaptable most of The Internet, nearly every website you visit and use today is hosted on Linux, including here, Invision. And if you are reading this on an Android phone, Congratulations, you are already using Linux (Android is a modified Linux distribution).

Lastly, the cost to use and install Linux? $0.00. It is free. No subscription fees. No renewal cost. No activation. It is open-source. Anyone, even YOU (reader, whoever you are), can download and install Linux.

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23 hours ago, SeNioR- said:

 

  1. How do you deal with nulled software? what's your opinion on this?
  2. Why is everyone in IPS using a Macbook? :D
  3. How many people work at Invision Power Services?

1. It's an endless cat and mouse game between companies and thieves who try to self-rationalize their entitled behavior. 

2. Because they're superior! 

3. Most of them. 

 

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3 hours ago, Linux-Is-Best said:

Exactly.

It has become nearly just as easy as Windows. You can install Linux just as easily and quicker than you install Windows. It is now possible to play games on Steam without knowing how to configure anything. I watch Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, Paramount+, Starz, and YouTube with any web browser. In 2021, LibreOffice now has more options than Microsoft Office and allows me to open, edit, save, and print any document made on Windows, Apple, or Linux. I can work from home using Linux, making video calls, and attending meetings.   I also bank online, trade, invest, sell, and buy things while on Linux. Connect devices using "plug and play," WiFi, or Bluetooth. Install and update nearly any app, including the whole OS; without knowing how to use the terminal, just point and click.

No blue screen of death. No sudden system freezes. No viruses (although you can install an anti-virus if it gives you peace of mind, I still do). No hanging system resources. No sudden reboots. No long waiting load times. It does not matter if you are using the newest computer or a computer 10+ years old; it will run Linux.

And if, by some random chance, you do install a lousy program, it does not take your whole system with it (unlike Windows). That is the big problem with Microsoft Windows. The countless computers I fixed for family and friends often resulted from something small, trivial, and seemingly unimportant, unintentionally interacting with everything else, causing a world of problems in Microsoft Windows. But not in Linux.

Linux is so helpful, powerful, flexible, and adaptable most of The Internet, nearly every website you visit and use today is hosted on Linux, including here, Invision. And if you are reading this on an Android phone, Congratulations, you are already using Linux (Android is a modified Linux distribution).

Lastly, the cost to use and install Linux? $0.00. It is free. No subscription fees. No renewal cost. No activation. It is open-source. Anyone, even YOU (reader, whoever you are), can download and install Linux.

Loving the Linux passion 👏 

Though I'm still a Mac stan 😎 

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On 6/12/2021 at 2:13 PM, Linux-Is-Best said:

Anyone, even YOU (reader, whoever you are), can download and install Linux.

The biggest drawback of Linux is the lack of compatibility with software that many people use - and that can cover quite a bit of ground. Macs and PCs are well catered for and most of the big name softwares are made for these two giants. The vast majority of the software I use will not work on a Linux system, and I find that a little disappointing but understandable.  I'd love to give it a try on my PC but not being able to use the software I use daily is blockade.  Perhaps this will change over time and Linux will be seen as a viable alternative for regular Mac and PC users, but for now the forte for Linux is driving the Internet and it does that superbly well 🙂

 

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