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What's new in 4.6.0?

Well, friends, what a journey we've been on since we started work on Invision Community 4.6.0.

With 11 developers accumulating 934 commits over 3,157 files changing 120,281 lines of code, we're ready to show it to the world.

Along with over 260 bug fixes, this new release contains some great new functionality. Let's take a look at what's new.

Achievements
Achievements, badges, ranks, rules, gamification, whatever you want to call it, this is the most significant feature for Invision Community 4.6.0. This brings a whole new level of earning and showing trust to other members while gently nudging more quality contributions to your community.

 

Zapier integration
Do you want new member registrations to magically appear in a Google spreadsheet? Perhaps you want members who opt-in for newsletters to be added to Mailchimp or ActiveCampaign. Cloud and Enterprise customers can do all this and more without writing a single line of code, thanks to Zapier.

 

Web app and push notifications
We took the time to round out our PWA (progressive web application) framework for 4.6.0 to include service workers, push notifications and more. I barely understand it, but Rikki takes you through the changes in our blog entry.

 

Anonymous posting
For some types of community, where discussion topics are particularly sensitive, community owners want to make sure that members register with their real details but are given the option to post anonymously where appropriate. For example, organisations dealing with abuse or sensitive topics might want the member to feel safe and disinhibited to post info without fear of being identified by the rest of the community.

 

Solved content
In Invision Community 4.6.0, we have rounded out our "solved" feature by allowing the feature to be enabled on a regular forum, along with notifications, statistics and more.

 

Show when a team member has replied
When you're scanning a list of topics, it's helpful to know when a community team member has replied, as these replies tend to have more authority and are more likely to resolve an issue. 4.6.0 adds a feature to show when a member of the team has replied.

 

Health dashboard
As Invision Community is a top of the line community platform with excellent developers and an amazing QA team, it's unlikely ever to go wrong. On the infrequent occasions that you need to identify potential issues within your community, the new health dashboard makes it easier to diagnose problems and request support.

 

Spam improvements
Our Enterprise customers run very visible and very busy communities. One of the pain points they had was identifying and limiting the annoyance of spam within the community. We created a new round of improvements based on that feedback to mitigate spam, and these changes are available to all Invision Community owners with 4.6.0.

Cloud and Enterprise customers will also benefit from multiple under-the-hood optimisations for our cloud platform, including better caching of resources for faster response times.

Let me know in the comments which feature you're looking forward to the most!

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Anonymous posting
For some types of community, where discussion topics are particularly sensitive, community owners want to make sure that members register with their real details but are given the option to post anonymously where appropriate. For example, organisations dealing with abuse or sensitive topics might want the member to feel safe and disinhibited to post info without fear of being identified by the rest of the community.

A very welcome feature. Blogs use this to attract members when they wish to post information on topics they don't want to be recognized with, medical issues for example.

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9 hours ago, Unienc said:

@Jordan Invision BTW, when will 4.7.0 be released?!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😂 (JFF)

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4.7 will be extra special though cause I was born on 4/7 just saying. 😏 

I know you're jk, but we do have some other great things for you all on the way. The website refresh being the most pressing one! 

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15 hours ago, Jordan Invision said:

4.7 will be extra special though cause I was born on 4/7 just saying. 😏 

I know you're jk, but we do have some other great things for you all on the way. The website refresh being the most pressing one! 

We will see it anyway, so we are waiting for the release of IPS 4.7 on 04/07/2022 😉 (on Jordan's Birthday🎉)

It will be very nice and romantic! 😍

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