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    Rheddy got a reaction from Marcher Technologies in IPS 4.0 backward compatibility   
    Why is this thing about backwards compatibility even an issue? When IPS upgraded from IPB 2.x.x to the 3.x.x series, the code changed drastically. Whenever IPB changes from one major upgrade to the next (1.x.x to 2.x.x, 2.x.x to 3.x.x), there's going to be major changes in the code. While I don't understand a lot of it, we had already been warned that IPB 4.x.x is going to feature new code, which means that forum skins, hooks, applications are all going to need major overhauls to conform with the new software.

    IPB has never been backwards compatible and it's wrong to think it ever would. Would it be nice? Sure. But, don't expect it to. Just deal with it and move on.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Lindy in Stop the Spam: Guide to stopping spammers   
    The one thing I recommend to anyone running a forum is not to rely on any single method for anti-spammers. Before I used the procedures I outlined in the guide I posted, I was getting hit with a lot of spammers. After I employed this method, I haven't had a single spammer get through. If the IPS anti-spam service doesn't stop them in the tracks, then the other features such as the "question and answer challenge", the "anti forum spam", recaptcha and many other different features stop them dead in their tracks.

    I haven't had a single spammer get through since IPS started their anti spam feature ...
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Soniceffect in Users Online   
    It's because you have one of the options that conserve CPU resources on your site disabled, for "topic views updated".

    For correcting the topic views issue:

    Log into your ACP, click on:

    System Settings > Advanced > CPU Saving & Optimization

    Then: Update topic views immediately (select yes)

    For the "users online", I have no idea. But, put in a support ticket for that issue.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from jojobean in Invision Power Software Can't Properly Link to Wikipedia and other sites?   
    Aiwa, I meant to say "not exclusive", I mistyped. lols :smile: :lol:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from BomAleold in Suggestion: SHOW Comment Box When Not Logged In   
    I don't know if I like this idea. While this is a good option, it's not beneficial to a lot of websites because I have seen how this invites spammers, spambots and troublemakers. It should be an option but it should NOT be enabled by default. This should be an option where the admin of a forum can turn it on through the admin control panel.

    This should be like OpenID, Facebook Login and Twitter Login where the admin has to configure it through the ACP before it's enabled.

    I'm not totally against it, and there may be a lot of communities would would like it, it just should be an option that should be enabled fi the admin of a community wants it.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from lordi in Searching on Forums is totally unreliable   
    It's because of the horrible way that the forums is setup. I've never really unuderstood why IPS felt it necessary to limit searching so that it disregards anything with 3 letters, 2 letters and so forth. While you can set up how many letters to disregard, I think it limits the search.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from JiigSaaw in Downloads limit - feature request for 4.0.x line   
    Marcher, if you're looking to prevent piracy of your products, then don't provide them for sale or download. Much as I hate to say this, neither warez nor piracy can ever be defeated. The only thing you can do is minimize the risk.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from lordi in Marketplace access to prevent piracy...   
    DRM for IPS products? I can tell you, just from personal experience with purchasing software, movies and music, that DRM does not work. It just encourages warez pirates to find ways to crack them and 99% of the time, they do. Don't take this as meaning that I support piracy or pirated content, only that DRM does nothing more than annoy those who purchase your product. Not only that, but DRM, or what's known as 'destructive restrictions on merchandise', an appropriate acronym if there ever was one, oonly serves to restrict your consumers from using your product, it does nothing to protect the IP of anyone creating that product.

    Piracy and warez will always exist. What developers should do is release beta or test version through file sharing sites and see if there are any willing to pay for such an item. That strategy has worked well for various bands and music artists, who have broken off from the major band labels. Matter of fact, I would suggest checking out such sites as Techdirt.com, Torrentfreak.com (this is a new sites, not a torrent site), Arstechnica.com and various other such sites. They routinely report on how those in the music industry have made more money taking their work directly to the fans, distributing watered down versions of their content and they have gotten great results, where the major music labels have failed to grasp these new technologies and rely too heavily on old outdated business models.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from JiigSaaw in Marketplace access to prevent piracy...   
    DRM for IPS products? I can tell you, just from personal experience with purchasing software, movies and music, that DRM does not work. It just encourages warez pirates to find ways to crack them and 99% of the time, they do. Don't take this as meaning that I support piracy or pirated content, only that DRM does nothing more than annoy those who purchase your product. Not only that, but DRM, or what's known as 'destructive restrictions on merchandise', an appropriate acronym if there ever was one, oonly serves to restrict your consumers from using your product, it does nothing to protect the IP of anyone creating that product.

    Piracy and warez will always exist. What developers should do is release beta or test version through file sharing sites and see if there are any willing to pay for such an item. That strategy has worked well for various bands and music artists, who have broken off from the major band labels. Matter of fact, I would suggest checking out such sites as Techdirt.com, Torrentfreak.com (this is a new sites, not a torrent site), Arstechnica.com and various other such sites. They routinely report on how those in the music industry have made more money taking their work directly to the fans, distributing watered down versions of their content and they have gotten great results, where the major music labels have failed to grasp these new technologies and rely too heavily on old outdated business models.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from lordi in IP.Board required more optimization   
    IPB used to be fast loading but since the IPB 3 series was launched, it has become infected with what I would refer to as "too much bloatware". IPS thought that there are all of these cool features so let's dump all of these features into the software and it really has become too bloated. Performance lags and there's just too much crap loaded into it.

    Personally, if I were at IPS, I would dump all of that bloatware and return the IPS software back to what it was during the 1.0 and 2.0 series.

    I'm not harping on IPS as I still support and license the software but all of this additional crap that has been pumped into the IPB pplatform really isn't needed. I think the intent was to turn the platform into more of a social media platform when it doesn't need to be. IP.Board, IP.Gallery, IP.Downloads, IP.Blog, IP.Content should be all that's needed and just dump all of those other integrated options and crap that drag the software down.

    Another problem is the coding of hooks, plugins and skin templates by third parties who don't properly code their stuff. I've run into problems where installing a skin doesn't import the other plugins or hooks into that particular skin and you have to copy certain directories into that skin because soomeone didn't code their skin template correctly, and still other skins that completely ignore other plugins or a scenario where a deve simply didn't like a particular plugin so they just refused to include a certain ppiece of code into the template. The same goes for third party plugins and hooks.

    I actually ran into a problem where I have installed a forum skin and that skin didn't bother to import a plugin and I ended up having to uninstall and then reinstall that plugin. It's just that when it comes to third party devs, and I'm not saying that this is true all of them, but that there are far too many devs who aren't coding correctly or they take short-cuts.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from sunrisecc in Option for administrators to select when users change their usernames it changes their login names too.   
    This is a very bad idea. To allow users to change their username (i.e., their login username), is such a bad idea of so many levels that it defies reality. Changing your display name through your user control panel should NOT automatically change your username (login username). Why? Let's say, for instance, that you enable such a feature, if someone manages to guess your (admin account) login username, they could actually lock you out of your own account.

    I prefer the current system. If a user has a desire to change their login username, then they can simply make a request to the admin (which is myself). I can tell you that I have never received a request from any member of my community to have their login username changed. They do, however, change their display name from time to time.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from steve00 in Option for administrators to select when users change their usernames it changes their login names too.   
    This is a very bad idea. To allow users to change their username (i.e., their login username), is such a bad idea of so many levels that it defies reality. Changing your display name through your user control panel should NOT automatically change your username (login username). Why? Let's say, for instance, that you enable such a feature, if someone manages to guess your (admin account) login username, they could actually lock you out of your own account.

    I prefer the current system. If a user has a desire to change their login username, then they can simply make a request to the admin (which is myself). I can tell you that I have never received a request from any member of my community to have their login username changed. They do, however, change their display name from time to time.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from AndyF in Option for administrators to select when users change their usernames it changes their login names too.   
    This is a very bad idea. To allow users to change their username (i.e., their login username), is such a bad idea of so many levels that it defies reality. Changing your display name through your user control panel should NOT automatically change your username (login username). Why? Let's say, for instance, that you enable such a feature, if someone manages to guess your (admin account) login username, they could actually lock you out of your own account.

    I prefer the current system. If a user has a desire to change their login username, then they can simply make a request to the admin (which is myself). I can tell you that I have never received a request from any member of my community to have their login username changed. They do, however, change their display name from time to time.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from BomAleold in Custom Profile Fields: Improve this Feature   
    I've been looking at the custom profile field in ACP and I'm wondering why this has never really been upgraded, expanded or enhanced. While there are some options available for when creating this, I'm wondering why you can't create a text box and allow end-users the ability to display bbcode or html within the text boxes, if you create a custom profile field with a usable text box for your members.

    I thought about creating a custom profile field with a text box that memebrs on my site could use but it only allows you to post text, it doesn't allow for HTML posting or bbcode posting. Any plans to improve the custom profile fields?
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    Rheddy reacted to Dylan Riggs in Download: Stop Spammer Registration   
    Keiichi, uninstall the hook and reinstall and then recache & rebuild all the templats. See if that solves it.
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    Rheddy reacted to Robert Simons in [IF] IPB Shoutbox   
    then hide it via the stylesheet .. do something like adding this to your shoutbox style ..
    .shoutbox_table #shoutbox-shouts { overflow: hidden !important; /* To Hide The Global Scrollbar */ } .shoutbox_table #shoutbox-shouts-td #shoutbox-shouts { overflow: auto !important; /* To Display The Main Shoutbox Scrollbar */ }
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    Rheddy got a reaction from ShawnTD in Remove warning option   
    What you need to do is this:

    1. Log into your admin control center.
    2. Click on "Stats and Logs" tab
    3. Click on the "Logs" link in the sidebar menu
    4. Click on "Warn Logs"

    From there, you can click on the member you want to remove the warning from or you remove all warnings from that member but this is where you remove the warnings from any particular member.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Ricw in Stop the Spam: Guide to stopping spammers   
    That's why I disabled guest posting on my forums because it encouraged spammers to post porn crap and pharmaceutical advertisements.
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    Rheddy reacted to Dmacleo in [IF] IPB Shoutbox   
    i was also wondering if something messed up in skin_shoutbox or skin_shoutbox_hooks. maybe taking backups of mobile skin then removing those would help as keiichi said.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from tAPir in Emoticons: Major Suggestion, Upgrade Emoticon Management   
    Kewlness. About time something like this was added to admin customization. :thumbsup:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from tAPir in Emoticons: Major Suggestion, Upgrade Emoticon Management   
    Ever since I started using IPB back in 2004, I have noticed one important feature that has been lacking from IPB: the ability to delete emoticons through the admin control panel. Administrators can install and uninstall/delete hooks, applications, forum skins and just about everything else from the admin control panel; however, the emoticon management feature has lacked any real decent controls ever since I can remember.

    The only thing that you're allowed to do is to disable the emoticons. IPS? Please! Add a feature for Emoticon Management where we can delete/uninstall individual emoticons from the admin control panel. While I'll admit this is a minor issue, it's the only part of the IPS Communty Suite that has never seen more flexibility in managing this part of the IPB software.

    Anyone else agree?
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    Rheddy reacted to Ryan Ashbrook in Emoticons: Major Suggestion, Upgrade Emoticon Management   
    See Emoticons here: '?do=embed' frameborder='0' data-embedContent>>
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    Rheddy got a reaction from AndyF in Emoticons: Major Suggestion, Upgrade Emoticon Management   
    Ever since I started using IPB back in 2004, I have noticed one important feature that has been lacking from IPB: the ability to delete emoticons through the admin control panel. Administrators can install and uninstall/delete hooks, applications, forum skins and just about everything else from the admin control panel; however, the emoticon management feature has lacked any real decent controls ever since I can remember.

    The only thing that you're allowed to do is to disable the emoticons. IPS? Please! Add a feature for Emoticon Management where we can delete/uninstall individual emoticons from the admin control panel. While I'll admit this is a minor issue, it's the only part of the IPS Communty Suite that has never seen more flexibility in managing this part of the IPB software.

    Anyone else agree?
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    Rheddy got a reaction from DudeThatsErin in Stop the Spam: Guide to stopping spammers   
    With the proliferation of topics regarding how to combat spammers, I thought to create a guide for members on how to fight this phenomenon. The one thing everyone should be aware of is that you cannot stop spammers from registering. The only thing you can do is put roadblocks that slow down their activity. I've decided to put together this list on what you can do to prevent spammers from finishing their registration. I decided to create this guide since so many clients are asking for how to prevent spammers from breaking through registration (and because I simply got tired of answering the same question). :lol:
    enable reCaptcha use the IPS anti-spam feature enable the Question and Answer challenge and customize the challenge for your community; don't use simplified Q&As like 'what is 2+2" enable "user email validation" or user email validation and admin validation" install the plugin, Stop Spammer Registration (requires API key from the Stop Forum Spam website, free registration) install the plugin, >Miserable Users (premiuim plugin, can be configured to block spammers from accessing your forums if they manage to complete registration) Please note that I have used these methods, with the exception of Miserable Users, and I have had a 100% success rate in preventing spammers from completing their registration. While I can't guarantee you that 100%, it has been very effective to me in using these methods in halting spammers on my community. Oh, and I don't use "User and Admin Validation" because I found these other options to be most effective.

    I hope this guide helps you in fighting against spammer registrations.

    More information here: http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/articles.html/_/ipboard-3x/developer-articles/the-anti-spam-guide-to-ips-r640
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Jinkler in IPS - Jack of All Trades, Master of Two   
    The first thing that needs to happen is that third party developers, for the products that appear in the marketplace, need to continue to be updated by the developers producing them. If they don't want to continue providing support or update their marketplace items, then they should hand them over to those who will continue the development. Instead, they act like prima donnas (sorry, no offense initended here) when those of us who have pruchased their 'wares' ini the marketplace ask those developers to update their content so that they work with the current version of the IPS Community Suite software.

    If they cannot update their content, then either remove it froom the marketplace or pass that content on to other developers. I don't think it's rocket science.

    If they aren't going to continue to update their content in the marketplace, then they need to be required to add a stipulation in the description of their content that 'this item is no longer being updated for newer versions of the IPS software'.
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