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    Maxxius reacted to Matt in So much empty space...   
    I understand that.

    We've tried to keep everyone informed as much as possible with blogs like this.

    We also push this to our social media channels and do a monthly newsletter.

    I'm not sure how else to get this information out.
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    Maxxius reacted to Matt in So much empty space...   
    We were in beta for months, alpha for about a month before that. We've been talking about 4.5 since last year, and announced the new front end theme in April. We've been running a beta version on our own community here for months.

    I understand your point that you can't be expected to obsessively follow every bit of news we release, but with a major upgrade you should take a short time to investigate the changes before pressing the button.

    I appreciate the feedback but I think it's a little unfair to state that you didn't know what was coming and now regret it.
    We also have to design for a wide variety of screen sizes, so the layout has to be consistent and modular.

    It's easy to see a lot of whitespace on a single screen with a short topic title and few logged in actions at full screen on a 24" monitor, but when you consider this:

    I don't feel that there's much space to save here without cramming it into two lines and accepting some buttons will overflow.
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    Maxxius reacted to DawPi in (DP33) Guest View Limits   
    @Sascha Prinz: I have done mod for that already:
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    Maxxius reacted to HighlanderICT in Do you earn money with your forum?   
    We were the first site for our team in the early days where the upstart world wide web was taking over from Fidonet and Usenet so that helped. We were also part of the rivals.net network of sports sites which got us publicity (and funding) during the so-called (first) dot-com bubble, and we also have longevity compared to other sites which came and went. For a while we were also the official site for our club and have a long history of working with them so we get traffic by association too.
    It was a slow process though and we worked hard on it. Our first influx of members came from out of town and we set ourselves up as a bit of a club who met up in the bar on matchdays. We established a home bar where the owner was delighted to get all the extra trade and our members felt at home in a face to face environment. We are by no means the only site anymore, and our traffic is lower than it was as there are more options for people who prefer social media, facebook, podcasts etc. but we still retain a core of those members, many of whom have been around since the start and who have formed lifelong friendships on the sites (I think we are also responsible for a few marriages and babies too).  We used to worry about being the biggest or the best but the biggest lesson I think we learned over the years is that we cannot be everything to everyone so just do what we do and change or adapt where we have to or where it makes sense.     
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    Maxxius reacted to bchan009 in Show us your IPB 4 sites!   
    Small up-and-coming fighting game forum.  Really proud of my custom 'stage select' theme switcher with animated backgrounds.  Only requires a single theme to be created, swapping out CSS on the fly.

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    Maxxius reacted to McAtze in Books   
    Of course, the https://www.theaudiodb.com/ 😉
    Hey @Adriano Faria, is it possible to force HTTPS when serving the books from Google?
    In the Tabs the shown book covers all served per HTTP and that will break my site in the browser.

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    Maxxius reacted to ahc in Do you earn money with your forum?   
    Disclaimer: My community doesn't use the forums exclusively or even majorly, we're just a website built on Invision's software that has forums. 
    We earn I would say a modest profit that is about 3x the cost of running the site, but I wish we could get Google Ads to actually work the way it should so we could earn even more.  The bigger our community grows, the more money we invest into it to make sure we can keep up with everything, but we've tried twice to get Google set up and both times were absolutely horrible. 
    Even though we had all video/sound/pop-up/full-screen ads disabled, we always got them and it made the website unusable, especially when someone would attempt to browse via mobile.  Reported several times to Google with no progress.  We only ever put 1 ad block per page, sometimes 2 maximum on heavier traffic'd pages, and it was just a terrible user experience overall.  We could be making a decent chunk of change just from one block on our homepage and yet Google can't guarantee that a loud, obnoxious pop-up ad that blocks access to the website won't get through.

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    Maxxius reacted to Michael R in Do you earn money with your forum?   
    I used to be able to cover my costs with a little bit extra to run fun events like contests with prizes and giveaway items. 
    These days however, I am lucky if I can get a few donations. I am fully funding the site out of my own pocket. At this point it is a labor of love. My site used to be the number one destination. But Facebook groups have pulled most of our members away. I have a few dedicated and loyal members still but it is not like it was in its hay day 15 years ago. 😞
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    Maxxius got a reaction from SammyS in Do you earn money with your forum?   
    same like you, it's my passion project. I had mine for 14.5 years now. In its heyday it was the most popular thing in its niche in my country. Back in the day I earned a lot of money with it but not much since 2015 when FB took over and I got lazy and did not update the forum and stayed on 3.4.
    last year I made the big upgrade, slowly regaining traffic and member activity and I earn nothing. I spent 4 months almost every day upgrading it, planning it, working on it and so on and I have not earned anything substantial back. and its not a problem. I just love having a place where people meet and I get to play with IPS software and mods. 😄
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    Maxxius reacted to Matt in Dynamic Promotions/Our Picks   
    Nice idea, I like it. I'm all for automation.

    Although I do wonder if promotion it is the best way - or another widget that takes high rep content and shows it.

    I'll ponder it.

    Facebook prohibits automatic publishing, so we couldn't do that.
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    Maxxius reacted to Adriano Faria in Application blocking admins from reading member PMs   
    You just need to not browse a couple of tables in your database and if you login as the member, it’s enough to not go to the messenger. 
    As I imagine other admins won’t have access to your database, you can probably restrict them in ACP profiles, so they won’t be able to login as any member.
    Note: certainly there’s a admin restriction to login as a member but I don’t remember. So I would try that first. 
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    Maxxius got a reaction from SC36DC in Lack of automation: Plans to add it to Invision Community?   
    I'm revisiting old news but I'd like to reiterate that perhaps self-integration tasks (I mean within the IPS itself and not including zapier) should be a thing. Pretty much something like the rules app which comes up quite often when zapier integration is discussed.
    Please consider trying to add something similar in future version of IPS software which would allow such things like user described one post above me. Now that could bring things to a whole new level. 🙂
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    Maxxius got a reaction from MMXII in Lack of automation: Plans to add it to Invision Community?   
    I'm revisiting old news but I'd like to reiterate that perhaps self-integration tasks (I mean within the IPS itself and not including zapier) should be a thing. Pretty much something like the rules app which comes up quite often when zapier integration is discussed.
    Please consider trying to add something similar in future version of IPS software which would allow such things like user described one post above me. Now that could bring things to a whole new level. 🙂
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    Maxxius reacted to MMXII in Lack of automation: Plans to add it to Invision Community?   
    Partially. It might send an email, if user X creates a topic in forum Y... (Can it though?), but what I am looking for is more Invision Community specific/working with data and values of Invision Community:
    "If custom profile field X of user Y has value Z, then do..."
    "If file X has been downloaded by user Y then do..."
    "If user X is member of club Y and posts a topic in forum Z then do..."
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    Maxxius reacted to Mr 13 in Shortlinks   
    Some time ago, I described how I solved this problem for one of my communities.
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    Maxxius reacted to breatheheavy in Shortlinks   
    Awesome! How did you do this? Does it track clicks? 
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    Maxxius reacted to Mr 13 in Clean url from symbols and accented letters   
    @Askancy, for my forums i've created additional structure with short urls which are good for sharing.

    For example, instead of this url:
    https://koreanrandom.com/forum/topic/1644-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%87%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5-%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4-%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B7%D0%B4%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B5%D0%BC-%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BC-%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%BA-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D0%BE-%D0%B7%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%82%D1%8C-%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%81-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%B7%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%B5-%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%8B-%D0%B4%D0%BB%D1%8F-%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B2/ We can simply use this:
    https://kr.cm/f/t/1644/ And it will redirect user to the same topic.

    You can easily make something like this and don't transliterate UTF-8 words, as their presence in URL is better for SEO than transliterated text.
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    Maxxius reacted to G17 Media in SendGrid pathetic service and ratings!   
    SendGrid's shared IP pool is being blacklisted at an increasing amount of places. It's no longer a great place for deliverability.
    See here for more information: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14202068
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    Maxxius reacted to Matt in So much empty space...   
    I appreciate the feedback here. We're listening as always.

    My only request is that we keep it polite. We don't need to scream in each other's faces to be heard. If we don't reply or action the feedback immediately, it isn't because we disagree, or are ignoring what you're saying; it's more likely that we need to consider every change as a team and this takes time.
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    Maxxius reacted to Charles in IPS discontinuing custom CKEditor options?   
    I’m not sure where you heard this but we do not have plans to discontinue custom buttons. 
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    Maxxius reacted to Meddysong in Is this it, is this the end? Has it finally been taken down?   
    I recall that they introduced a custom theme a few years back, and then informed their members that they weren't going to make it downloadable because so much work had gone into making it. The nerve!
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    Maxxius reacted to opentype in Rate My Thingy   
    Seven months later, but here it is:
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    Maxxius reacted to opentype in Rate My Thingy   
    I am now testing it on a 4.5 live install: https://typography.guru/font-of-the-month/current/
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    Maxxius reacted to Davyc in How much money do you make with your forum/community?   
    Nothing - I make my sites because I am passionate about something I want to share with others.  I try something, it if works it sticks, if not it goes, and I try something else.  I don't want other people to fund my endeavours, so I make nothing but ultimately, I lose too.  But that doesn't matter because it's what I do.  I know other people monetize their sites and if they can make something from them, that's great.  Everyone makes their own choices as to what to do, what to dip into and what they're prepared to do to see their vision become a reality.
    In this day, it's virtually impossible to get traction on a new site starting up - that's just the reality of the world we live in; people want instant gratification and forums don't give them that.  People have to be prepared to invest some time in a site to make it into something that the author intended.  We have to try, because if we don't then sites and businesses like this would vanish.  So, my pennies go toward what I envision and Invision get something back from my vision and I get the enjoyment from being creative.
    Good luck to all who wish to make a living from forums, and good on those who have done for a while, I hope your wheels keep turning 🙂
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    Maxxius reacted to Quotes in So much empty space...   
    I don't have a problem with calling this aspect of the design "terrible" because it is.
    The previous version had the follow button on the same level as the Forum title.
    Somebody made the "terrible" decision to move this button into acres of precious vertical space, all on its own. What was wrong with leaving it where it was? Why is this necessary? If it had to be moved below the title as an essential button then why not place it beside the start topic button?
    Or if a follow button is of such paramount importance to be a leading feature for the landing page, why not go full width?
    You've probably all heard of the "hero image" ... welcome to its successor, the "hero button"

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