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Announcing new updates to Clubs and Activity Streams (plus a sneak peek at our website refresh)!

It’s been a minute since our last blog post, but we have cooked up several epic projects in the interim.

To refresh your memory, we recently launched a new platform update, 4.6. It includes *takes a deep breath* Achievements, Zapier integration, web app and push notifications, anonymous posting, solved content, the ability to show when a team member has replied, a new health dashboard, spam improvements and more.

In the time since, we prepared a few special treats for you. Before we dive into the feature feast, sample our forthcoming website refresh. In the very near future, our entire website will slip into something a little more comfortable. Not only will the look and feel change, but we’re implementing new sections to explain how and why Invision Community is any business’ go-to- solution for community building. More on that to come, but for now take a bite out of this:


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Onto the feature updates; hope you’re hungry!

Extended closed Club functionality

Clubs with ‘closed’ permissions have more flexibility than ever. 

Now, the owner of a closed club can opt to have the club’s forums, calendar, pages, gallery and downloads be visible for all to see (despite the club being set to closed). Previously, members could not access any part of a closed club unless they joined.

For example, a closed club leader could create a special landing page that’s viewable by members who have not yet joined the club, but the rest of the club is closed. This might be useful as a means to encourage someone to join, share information that’s pertinent to those in and out of the club or as a sales tool. 

Another example could be keeping the club-associated forums visible for all, but keep the club’s calendar and image gallery exclusive to the club’s members as an incentive to join. 

Gobble up this screengrab below:
 

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Subscribe to Activity Streams

Never skip a beat! Members of a community can now subscribe to any default or custom activity stream (minus the All Activity Stream) and receive either daily or weekly email notifications with a roundup of content they may have missed. 

This is especially useful for die-hard community members and moderators who frequently consume content. By subscribing to an activity stream, members have important, need-to-know items they’re interested in delivered straight to their inbox. 
 

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Community administrators have the option to limit how many activity streams a member can subscribe to. 

Because email notifications are inherently intimate, we have also implemented something called stream decay. If the user hasn't visited the site for a predefined amount of time, the activity stream email notifications they previously subscribed to will automatically stop until the member re-engages with the community by visiting. Pretty nifty, right?
 

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Health Club

Since you’ve made it to the bottom of this blog post, sink your teeth into dessert. Sugar free, of course! 

We recently launched a new Health Club. It’s free to join and available for all Invision Community clients. This is a great opportunity for you to connect with other community leaders in the industry, as well as our own team, through the important modality of physical and mental health. The world is in a weird spot right now; please utilize this club to lean on one another for support, give advice, ask questions and share your health wins and missteps. As cheesy as it sounds, upping your general well-being will make you a better community leader and ultimately elevate your community as a whole. Just some food for thought!
 


The new Club and Activity Stream features will be made available in September.

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Drop us a crumb in the comments - we’d love to hear from you!

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Very great and cool 😉

1 hour ago, Jordan Invision said:

Very near future 🤫 🙃

Hi Jordan, For example, how close?! 😁

You don't mean the next 6 months?! 😂

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1 hour ago, Ocean West said:

Curious if the there is a warm up or hart beat after the stream decay has happened.

Say if the member is in a 'decayed' state and they aren't getting regular emails send them a reminder encourage them to reengage with the site?

Nice idea! 👍 

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You need to merge stream options and show filters into one dropdown on mobile or move it, its too in the way having both before any topics are shown. (I have to disable stream options showing on mobile due to this)

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On 9/3/2021 at 2:38 PM, marklcfc said:

You need to merge stream options and show filters into one dropdown on mobile or move it, its too in the way having both before any topics are shown. (I have to disable stream options showing on mobile due to this)

Appreciate the feedback! 🙏 

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20 hours ago, Nakamura0114 said:

You're probably not taking on suggestions at this point, but Clubs need to have optional categories and per category join limits. They're incredibly inflexible.

We are always open to suggestions :] Also nice suggestions. I believe there's a plugin in the Market Place that can help you out with the categorizing if you're looking for a solution stat! 

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23 hours ago, Jordan Invision said:

We are always open to suggestions :] Also nice suggestions. I believe there's a plugin in the Market Place that can help you out with the categorizing if you're looking for a solution stat! 

I am using the category tool (it isn't perfect by a long shot, eg the forum structure of invision is far superior), it's more the exclusivity I'm personally interested in. Kind of got a red club vs blue club situation that I want to foster.

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It would be really cool if you could save a search as a stream, aka I could search for "hump day" 😉 then create a stream which I could subscribe to keeping up to date with the results either on the site, rss or email digest.

I understand this might possibly be a little heavy for mysql searching but it could be a feature that required elastic or at least disabled by default.

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On 9/15/2021 at 8:03 PM, sudo said:

It would be really cool if you could save a search as a stream, aka I could search for "hump day" 😉 then create a stream which I could subscribe to keeping up to date with the results either on the site, rss or email digest.

I understand this might possibly be a little heavy for mysql searching but it could be a feature that required elastic or at least disabled by default.

Or more easily achieved - Jordan uses the tag system to tag the topics as "Hump day" and you use existing stream functionality.

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4 hours ago, Nathan Explosion said:

Or more easily achieved - Jordan uses the tag system to tag the topics as "Hump day" and you use existing stream functionality.

Yeah I just think full text search would be very useful for my community.

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