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  1. Right, but I like it! And so do many members who have commented. So I don't want to get rid of it entirely, I just want a way of better accomodating those coming to our site from smaller (but still desktop) screens. ETA: This was a response to @Daniel F Unfortunately the vast majority of topics where people will be interested in those status are many, many pages long: I personally really like the sidebar format, I'm just trying to work with my members who don't. I can sympathize with their position, so am seeking a way to help them.
  2. My community has expressed some surprise that the images in the topic popularity sidebar don't have any apparent link back to the post they came from. Clicking an image makes it larger, but there's no indication of who posted it, when, or where. I think a link under the image, maybe with a "Posted Yesterday by Joe Bob" would be a welcome addition.
  3. I've had several members (I'd guess on laptops) complain about the wasted space from the new popularity sidebar in the topics. It would be nice to either have an ACP-configurable (e.g. without wading into the CSS) option to disable it under a certain width independent of device type, or even better, simply allow individual users to close or collapse it.
  4. In the mobile version of the interface? How are you getting to it?
  5. The recent upgrade to 4.3 has aggravated a few of my power users because in the mobile version of the site there is no way to search within a particular topic. Since roughly 65% of my users are coming in on some type of mobile device, it would be great if there were a way to provide that feature.
  6. Hi Stuart - Two things: first, when I try to sort the statistics lists it always sorts by Member Name, regardless of which column I click on. Sorting by Disabled date would be very handy in diagnosing issues. Second, and the reason this comes up, is that from time to time one of SendGrid's IP addresses ends up on some sort of spam blacklist. It typically gets resolved within a couple of days, but any member whose email provider uses those blacklists and gets enough mail from us cannot log in anymore without changing their email address. I wonder if there is a way of catching that particul
  7. Right now it seems like the advanced tool to mass-add tags is ignoring the setting to turn off searching the first post, if I'm understanding it correctly. What I want is to only do the search on the topic titles, but it seems to be returning results based on the title and the first post, even when I've toggled the "first post" switch to off.
  8. When you promote images, on FB those images appear to be getting added to albums with random (MD5?) names, which causes awkward Likes there, e.g. a notification that It would be nice if we could set our own album names (even if you had to add a timestamp at the end to make them unique, if internally you need that).
  9. A suggestion -- right now in 4.2 reaction notifications just state that "so and so reacted" -- it would be great if the notification was "so and so reacted with 'Thanks'" or something like that. Probably too small to be its own plugin, but it might be a good fit here.
  10. When we upgraded to 4.2, suddenly this plugin became incredibly slow. Any idea what's going on?
  11. Our solution was to remove the delete option entirely and tell mods to move the topics to the trash (for the few things that we didn't want to use "hide" for instead).
  12. What I really miss is stemming. When we ran a Sphinx server in 3.x we had stemming turned on, which greatly improved search result quality. We experimented with both a standard English morphology as well as Soundex and Metaphone. I'd really have preferred even better Sphinx integration because I would also like to weight results so that a title hit was better than a post content hit, etc. People are used to Google-quality results, and a fulltext search just doesn't give that.
  13. I also said I thought you should outsource it If you can do it properly for a few thousand, PM me...
  14. Rumor has it they had a few other things the were working on during that upgrade What would "right" look like? Sphinx, for example, is actually a very large, complex piece of software on its own. We can't really expect Invision to develop something like that. Search is hard! Invision isn't going to be able to just snap their fingers and get it done right: ideally, they need to outsource it, the same way they outsourced the editor. The trouble is, who do you outsource to? Invision believes, probably correctly, that the majority of their user base doesn't need anything more advanced than fu
  15. The reality is that searching is very hard to do well. MySQL fulltext searching is very poor, but Sphinx requires a server and maintenance of code linking to it. Plus, if you want to take advantage of all of the features Sphinx offers you have to actually code them into your interface. Although Invision nominally supported Sphinx in previous versions, they never exposed the real strengths of Sphinx, and only used it as a faster, more efficient alternative to Fulltext, but with the same feature set. This has to do a lot with their clientele, most of whom don't need a particularly powerful searc
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