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  1. How about a swipe-like feature for the posts and a setting for the number of posts to display on a page? Think of the Kindle reader. It isn't as far off from what you have now but I prefer to read a smaller number of posts and (perhaps), reply right there, and flick and reply.
  2. @Makoto Just resurfacing after a long time away from the community. I have let things go for so long that now, to upgrade my board, 3.3 to 4.x, I will need to upgrade my db (MariaDB 5.5) to MariaDB 10.2. Any idea if that db upgrade will affect my current ipb 3.3 installation? Thanks for considering my request. - Brian
  3. London Heathrow connecting at Terminal 5 test post



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      If I made this post in a blog, how would it look on the activity stream?

  4. Can you adjust the size of the post border?
  5. This happened to me as well. On these issues, it appears that Lindy handles them and it took over a week to hear from him.
  6. @Lindy Actually what I was asking for and what I see on the websites I mentioned, and in the link to the video screen capture in my original post is a link that appears after you scroll down a bit. Some of the sites have it appear from the side, but all of them have one thing in common - the link stays in the same location once you have scrolled down some distance. That means it essentially hovers to the lower right of the screen as you scroll down or up. Click on it and zoom, up you go. Check it out on Kenneth Cole's website, on eBay ...
  7. We run up against this issue in our community. We have a special custom-made translate button for our users to read an article in their language, based on their country of registration. But your assumption that browsers can always serve you well in handling translations depends on the language. As an admin, I curate a lot of media articles, many of which are in a foreign language. The english browser translation works well for Polish, for Dutch, for Hungarian, for Slovak, as examples. The english translation of German, Italian, and some other languages is horrible. The reader really only comprehends half of the article. The browser translator? Google.
  8. Kenneth Cole's website has this feature. National Institute of Health website has this feature. eBay has this feature. Some just show an up carrot symbol. I'm not surprised by the comments; they all point to an 'admin-esque' point of view of how the end user "should" use a website in a browser. My suggestion is based on what your average end user expects and finds convenient.
  9. Attached is a video screen capture from the website Wayfair.com - Okay, can't add the file - max file size is 30 mb and the capture is 34.7 mb. I'll try to add it as a link via Drop Box. https://www.dropbox.com/s/dbxztww4r743nsz/ScreenCaptureProject1.mp4?dl=0 As I scroll down, a return to top button appears to the right. This is so intuitive and makes browsing the website so easy. Jump to the recent, very active topic in this community about IPS 4 Stability. Lots of people are making comments. I am following the topic. I keep the forum active in one of my browser tabs. I jump around my browser, doing other things. If I click on the tab for the IPS forum, there is a notification at the base of the screen indicating that a new reply has been made to a topic I am following. I click on it. I am taken to Matt's latest comment. Now I want to move up and check my activity stream or do something else. Since there is no return to top button right there, I have to use my scroll wheel on my mouse, something not everyone has, and I have to scroll and scroll and scroll. That or I have to click and drag the vertical scroll bar to take me to the top. Suggestion: add a return to top feature as a default with the IPB board, and maybe for pages and calendar, and wherever else that involves lots of scrolling to return to the top. Justification: as a forum, a topic can have many replies and the user may be moving down and down and there is no quick way to return to the top. Before you say it: yes, I know there is a plugin for this but given this is an expected feature, it is my contention that it should be a part of the IPB default system. Okay, if you want to turn it off in the ACP, fine.
  10. perhaps but what I proposed in my earlier post was relinquishing admin control of communities that so volunteer to have the upgrades done by a QA team instead of by the forum owners themselves. this gives a level of verifiable problem identifcation that avoids the current bug system reporting
  11. This just in - an announcement about Firefox 48. http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-versions-of-firefox-prepare-for-its-biggest-change-ever/ Why mention it here? Because of the way they are introducing the new version, knowing that it will cause problems. Further to my suggestion, these volunteers would have their sites upgraded by the QA folks on the volunteer's hosts' platforms, where the QA folks could watch first hand what is happening in a non-cloud environment.
  12. I definitely think you need to do this and marry it with a few live communities that volunteer to have the QA testers have full admin access and perform the external upgrades on those sites. Those communities would be given some kind of separate ticket system that has immediate priority to fix problems on their sites. I'm not talking about cloud stuff - I'm talking about the QA testers given ftp access to third party hosted platforms. The QA testers would be sending messages to the community admins advising them of upgrades they have done. At the same time, the third party plugin developers could also volunteer (meaning that it would not be mandatory for all third party developers) to have their plugins participate in the program, meaning they would have to give immediate, full support to the QA testers if a problem arises, meaning they would send a fix to the QA testers would would install/patch to see if that is the problem or it is the IPS code is the problem.
  13. For those of us still in the dark ages, before the Republic, and the Empire, will our Mandrill Bouncer continue to function with Mandrill now "attached" to Mail Chimp? Using 3.3.4. Thanks.
  14. My philosophy mirrors that of the consulting guru from the 80's, Tom Peters: stick to your knitting. In other words, focus on what you do well. IPB does forums well but I feel that there are ecommerce solutions out there that are more robust simply because those companies focus on ... ecommerce. Similarly, same with chat and with gallery. I feel the same with blogs but the security issues surrounding Wordpress made me move our blogs to IPB. So you're wondering what this first paragraph has to do with the Spring Fashions in Milan? I tend to expound. What I am trying to explain is my philosophy for how we run our community. If you follow that philosophy, I also feel membership software is a security specialty and it is focused on working with other third party software in what the industry calls Single Sign On, or SSO. In the past, there were problems with getting IPB to bridge with other third party software. Single Sign On allows a person to login on one platform and all of the database information is passed to all the other third party software, including updates. So when a member updates their country, their address, their email, whatever it is that you choose, those fields are passed to the third party software. So we use aMember as our membership platform and login gateway. It in turn allows our members to login in to the following platforms and instantly update all of the databases and field values of our members as they change their settings. We use IPB for calendars, forums, blogs, and social groups, and some other customized applications. We use Prestashop as our ecommerce platform. We use 4images as our gallery platform. We will be using a third party chat platform. Why? Because that platform is focused on Chat. IPB has delayed and delayed and delayed chat improvements. Yet when you look around at the world of online users, they are using some form of chat be it messaging or snapchat or kik or who knows, on every device. Clearly this is an extremely important feature and it needs to have continuous focus for improvement. Only software companies that focus primarily on that area will give it the attention it needs. Once again, aMember will be the connecting source via SSO. So our members' database is maintained in aMember and it connects to Prestashop. Yes, the latter has a database devoted to ecommerce and has fields that capture sales and shopping carts but the security and access to Prestashop is still funneled through aMember. Look them up and hopefully you'll get what they do.
  15. Thanks for posting this topic and suggestion. For a new application we are developing, I asked for this feature and it took some doing but as always, the Wizard of Brooklyn made it happen (@headstand). Apparently the IPB code is not meant to do this and the efforts put forth to create this choice of notification per content item was akin to using a machete to hack a path through dense jungle undergrowth while vines were pulling at your legs and venemous snakes were snooping down from the trees.
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