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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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8 hours ago, Umar205523 said:

Thank you for the update.

How can I transfer my current Rank points to new system. I used to have an old system but now after I have updated, everyone is Newbie.

Thanks.

That is what I am afraid of to upgrade. I have no ideia what are the effects of accepting the new ranking model or not accepting it. Some documentation about it is needed.

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6 hours ago, sobrenome said:

That is what I am afraid of to upgrade. I have no ideia what are the effects of accepting the new ranking model or not accepting it. Some documentation about it is needed.

You'll need to rebuild achievements like IPS did here. For larger communities it will take a while and be done in the background.

But this is why you should be testing this first, before upgrading a live site. People are told and told again. Test, test, test...

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3 hours ago, MEVi said:

When I activate PHP 8.0 I get a blank page with version 4.6.1 is a special setting required ?

No, and I’m not aware of any issues. Are any 3rd party apps installed? Could you please submit a ticket so that we can take a look at this? 

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On 6/19/2021 at 7:17 AM, Daniel F said:

No, and I’m not aware of any issues. Are any 3rd party apps installed? Could you please submit a ticket so that we can take a look at this? 

The fact that you have confirmed that it works on PHP 8 we have checked settings of server and we found that it is related to the functionality of PHP associated with the database that was not activated.

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On 6/19/2021 at 3:10 AM, MEVi said:

When I activate PHP 8.0 I get a blank page with version 4.6.1 is a special setting required ?

To help others out on this one - if you get this specific situation, then run the ips requirements checker:

https://invisioncommunity.com/files/file/7046-invision-community-requirements-checker/

You will likely receive an indication that the mySQLi extension isn't enabled.

To resolve, enable the 'nd_mysqli' extension in your php 8.x configuration.

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On 6/18/2021 at 11:30 AM, Stuart Silvester said:

Yes, MySQL 8 was supported in 4.5 (it may have been 4.4 actually, I don't recall). PHP 8 support was added in 4.6.0.

Can you change this information in client area like :

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12 hours ago, Randy Calvert said:

Delete all of the available ranks.  To keep new points from being accumulated, edit the rules to remove things that add rank points so it stays at zero.  

Thanks. A related question - are Rank points different from Reputation points?

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Think of rank as of "quantity" recognization.  It's the number of content items you post, the amount of replies, the number of likes you give, etc.  Reputation is recognization for "quality".  It's the number of positive reactions to a member's content from other members.  

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On 6/29/2021 at 8:49 PM, Christine35 said:

Unfortunately, there is a problem with the feature. If someone quotes anonymously, the other gets a notification with the real name.

Yeah. Sadly the biggest feature of this update is not working.. It was not tested enough. Also if someone follows a user who posts as anonymous. They get notifications that the user has posted.

It's broken and I hope invision fixes it.

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I understand people who have a positive experience upgrading may not post their experience, but it sounds like many releases have come out to fix issues and people still post more issues each new release brings.

I have three sites I have been waiting on upgrading hoping these concerning posts will go away.

Is the current release stable?

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