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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Josiah Wallingford in robots.txt 404 - are search engines down ranking my site?   
    I got tired of Webmaster Tools complaining about index issues due to my robots.txt, so these days it is blank.
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    Hexsplosions reacted to bfarber in robots.txt 404 - are search engines down ranking my site?   
    We don't include a default robots.txt because doing so would overwrite any custom robots.txt you may set up.
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from tonyv in Who's Online Isn't Showing myself   
    Have you checked whether your user group shows as being online or in the member list? This is configurable per group.
    ACP > Members > Groups
    Click on the edit icon for your user group.
    Scroll down to Privacy Settings and check the below:

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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Yan21 in What is wrong?   
    I'd raise a support ticket for that, let IPS take a look so that any subsequent upgrade attempt doesn't result in disaster.
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from SJ77 in Outdated IPS CSS Framework   
    No sense of adventure. ? 
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Joel R in Why can't a WYSIWYG block look like a system block?   
    If I understand correctly, you can do this. I do it on mine.
    <h3 class="ipsType_reset ipsWidget_title">TITLE</h3> <ul class="ipsDataList"> <li class="ipsDataItem"> <div class="ipsDataItem_main ipsPos_middle ipsType_normal"> TEXT </div> </li> </ul> I used the above code to make a 'welcome' block, to encourage first posts:

    Notice that the title bar and text are formatted the same as the lower two blocks in that image, which are both existing blocks provided with the platform.
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    Hexsplosions reacted to LiquidFractal in THANK YOU INVISION   
    Just wanted to say thanks....(no, not even sarcastic!)
    I've never had to troubleshoot a major time-sensitive issue on my site until just recently, while trying to run the final stretch in preparing my site for business promotion.  I have a fair bit of 3rd-party apps and plugins on my site (more than some, fewer than others!).  And yes, I did have the "too many cooks" warning running through my head last Black Friday when I went on a shopping spree, but chose not to listen and bought lots of the stuff I've wanted for a while.
    So eventually the time comes when something ends up conflicting with something else to break your site and you gnash your teeth for a while wondering what it could be.  Long story short, this was really my introduction to what for me was a lifesaver - the Support troubleshooter and its ability to disable everything and re-enable bit by bit, app by app, plugin by plugin until you corner the culprit.  Not big news for devs and jaded administrators, but for people like me who spend more time reading Schelling and Hegel than Stack Overflow and are finally forced to use it, it was a real eye-opener (and a new first-response as opposed to ranting on tech forums and waiting for people to not reply to you).
    Anyhoo...it's times like this that remind you that, whatever tech mistakes I've made in the past (I've made several with lemon host providers), Invision is a quality product I'm proud to have on my site.  Perhaps the messages from people who want to migrate over show that more and more people are recognising this...?
    For those of you who didn't bother reading and just skipped to the bottom....Invision ftw.
    I'll even throw in a random Emoji: ?
     
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    Hexsplosions reacted to Joel R in Promote feature and image use   
    You should post this into Feedback.  
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Joel R in Promote feature and image use   
    I solved this. You have to choose the image to add. I don't think it's very clear though, it's not obvious a selection has to be made.
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    Hexsplosions reacted to bfarber in 4.2.9 slow refresh / reload   
    The changes between 4.2.8 and 4.2.9 are very minimal and should not cause any perceived speed differences.
    Many users have reported speed improvements with 4.3.0, but if you experience any problems feel free to open a ticket.
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from SJ77 in Why you don't collect data on configurations used on our ins   
    @Charles - Perhaps make it an opt in?
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Warzone in Complete profile - make first contribution   
    I've seen a huge increase in completed profiles since the launch of that feature, however not so much an increase of actual new user participation. Whilst it's great to see more new users taking the time to complete their profiles, this yields little long-term benefit if they don't actually contribute.
    I'd like to see the ability to prompt contributions included as part of the 'complete your profile' feature. It could include such options as:
    Make a post Perhaps allow admins to configure a forum for this to go in, such as an introductions area Start a blog Upload an image Comment on something Purchase something Upload a file etc. Thanks  
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Xenboy in Complete profile - make first contribution   
    I've seen a huge increase in completed profiles since the launch of that feature, however not so much an increase of actual new user participation. Whilst it's great to see more new users taking the time to complete their profiles, this yields little long-term benefit if they don't actually contribute.
    I'd like to see the ability to prompt contributions included as part of the 'complete your profile' feature. It could include such options as:
    Make a post Perhaps allow admins to configure a forum for this to go in, such as an introductions area Start a blog Upload an image Comment on something Purchase something Upload a file etc. Thanks  
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    Hexsplosions reacted to Michael.J in Auto Welcome Support   
    Thank you, PM sent.
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from jair101 in Complete profile - make first contribution   
    I've seen a huge increase in completed profiles since the launch of that feature, however not so much an increase of actual new user participation. Whilst it's great to see more new users taking the time to complete their profiles, this yields little long-term benefit if they don't actually contribute.
    I'd like to see the ability to prompt contributions included as part of the 'complete your profile' feature. It could include such options as:
    Make a post Perhaps allow admins to configure a forum for this to go in, such as an introductions area Start a blog Upload an image Comment on something Purchase something Upload a file etc. Thanks  
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from AlexWebsites in Complete profile - make first contribution   
    I've seen a huge increase in completed profiles since the launch of that feature, however not so much an increase of actual new user participation. Whilst it's great to see more new users taking the time to complete their profiles, this yields little long-term benefit if they don't actually contribute.
    I'd like to see the ability to prompt contributions included as part of the 'complete your profile' feature. It could include such options as:
    Make a post Perhaps allow admins to configure a forum for this to go in, such as an introductions area Start a blog Upload an image Comment on something Purchase something Upload a file etc. Thanks  
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from PPlanet in Complete profile - make first contribution   
    I've seen a huge increase in completed profiles since the launch of that feature, however not so much an increase of actual new user participation. Whilst it's great to see more new users taking the time to complete their profiles, this yields little long-term benefit if they don't actually contribute.
    I'd like to see the ability to prompt contributions included as part of the 'complete your profile' feature. It could include such options as:
    Make a post Perhaps allow admins to configure a forum for this to go in, such as an introductions area Start a blog Upload an image Comment on something Purchase something Upload a file etc. Thanks  
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Bluto in Daily/24 Hour Active Members Block?   
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    Hexsplosions reacted to Mack_au in Daily/24 Hour Active Members Block?   
    Thank you, I had a look through the marketplace and didn't see it.
    Edit - Thank you. Works great.
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Mack_au in Daily/24 Hour Active Members Block?   
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from opentype in Preventing banned users from subscribing with another accoun   
    I've had this problem many times in the past, but it can be solved.
    Rule number one... Do not feed the troll.
    In my experience these types of people feed on your reactions. That's why they keep coming back. I've seen previous moderators put public notes on accounts, change account names, reply to posts, edit the posts of returning banned users, reply to messages, reply to emails, etc., which are all a reaction to the individual. If you don't react to the person who is returning, they will soon get bored since they're getting nothing out of it. It'll take time but how long can they really keep it up if they're getting absolutely nothing out of it? It's much easier if you have a team of moderators so you can share the burden of placing the bans, but they must all know not to react in any personal way. Just ban the account and move on.
    Rule number two... Report it to their ISP, with your server logs and screenshots of the abuse as evidence.
    Nothing might come of this, ISPs vary in their responsiveness to issues, but I have reported users in the past and had some success with UK based ISPs. You have to show evidence of abuse originating from their customer before they will act. (server logs, screen shots, police reports, etc.)
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Jim M in Version 4.2   
    Too late. 
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from Vesemir in Banned Members... Are They Really Members Just Like Me?   
    I'm not a lawyer, I'm not about to take advice on a forum, nor agree or disagree with you, but simply state that the hassle that was caused by the ban message being in place led my forum to remove the label entirely. It caused a considerable amount of grief and the former member had no intention of letting up.
    I'd come back to my first point though, there really is no need to label a person banned. If members ask, tell them it's none of their business. It's quite simple when moderation decisions are elevated above membership scrutiny.
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from MADMAN32395 in Security patches for older versions.   
    I'm pretty sure IPS have indicated they don't want to see instructions on the forum for removing those notices.
    Removing them is also, IMO, quite irresponsible. If you are going to host a community and store people's data then you should find a way to renew the licence so you can apply security patches. (e.g. donations from members) Not doing so is just unacceptable in today's world of data breaches and thefts.
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    Hexsplosions got a reaction from CheersnGears in Long term future of the self-hosted option   
    I think a big problem is the learning that people must do before they are proficient at self hosting. Too many people, as Lindy says, think they can get away with substandard hosting, because they don't know it's substandard hosting. Cheap hosts, offering cheap value hosting, don't tend to care about their clients needs. They're catering for the ignorant in most cases.
    There are some good shared hosts though, I've been through a few and several supported IPS quite well. I can't link to them, but they do exist. If interested, PM me for details.
    There are also some good VPS hosts out there. I found a cracking deal for a managed VPS @ £24 per month for a VPS with 1GB RAM. They maintain the server, perform the security and software updates, provide the admin panel, etc., for a bargain price IMO. Backups are costed extra, but that's not a surprise. They have, again, hosted my forums without issue. My astronomy forum is currently hosted with them and, whilst it's not the fastest I've ever seen, I've been very happy with it for the cost.
    I now self host one forum on an unmanaged VPS. I decided to learn to do this, firstly to see if I could do so, so a personal challenge, and, secondly, to see if I could save money, and I've thoroughly enjoyed doing so. I started with shared hosting though, so I have a good idea about the differences between a software issue and a hosting issue. I tend not to raise support tickets now unless I've exhausted every other option. The last few issues I've had, that I can remember, were all hosting related. The software has just worked.
    I currently host using NGINX and MariaDB and use Memcached for caching. It's a lot faster than my astronomy forum, but also a lot more work. Hopefully, and I think this is the case, it hasn't translated into more work for IPS.
    Long live self-hosted licences! 
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