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The Heff

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  1. Based on that logic, IPS may as well shut up shop right now. Companies like IPS are not here to 'kill' social media, but these small enhancements improve the quality of the user experience for administrators and users alike, so for some of us they are indeed noteworthy. I've been somewhat vocal elsewhere about the things that social media gets right, and where I see IPS could make improvements, but credit is due to the team for their ongoing efforts to improve the suite.
  2. I feel like about GIFs, because my users are
  3. I made registry changes in Windows 7 to tweak the behaviour, but I never instruct others how to do it. I don't want to be responsible for sending another person's Windows installation to it's doom! ?
  4. With Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions, you can change this behaviour using the group policy editor. My PC notifies me of an available update but will never install said update without my approval, let alone restart the machine. I'm in control. Start > Run > gpedit.msc Once loaded, go to Administrative Templates > Microsoft > Windows Updates Find the entry called 'Configure Automatic Updates', double click it and configure like so:
  5. Now that's clean! Loving it. Well done!
  6. Facebook revoked many abilities in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which has rendered the social promotion capability useless for pages and groups.
  7. Did you ever get Facebook promote working again?
  8. I know it's not an error, but it is a flaw. That's why I provided feedback, it's a flaw in the workflow which means critical information is omitted. I saw the file linked but what I don't want is onerous tick boxes that rely on cookies. My member base aren't particularly tech savvy and I can see this becoming an annoyance.
  9. We have begun using the rules feature for the forum display, setting out the rules of individual rules for each forum just below the header. It's a great feature because it's very visible and it's hard to miss, particularly if you use bold colours to draw the attention of users to it. There's a flaw though, resulting from the introduction of the 'Create' button. The button is in the header and is available site-wide. Because of this, users can create a thread in a forum having never navigated to the forum and, therefore, having never read the specific rules of that forum. Example The rules: Creating a topic Selecting the forum (the one from screenshot #1, which clearly has rules specified) Create post content and submit (no rules are visible) Submitted (no rules have been read) I'd like to see this addressed and see three ways of doing this: The rules are displayed to the user upon selecting the forum, which they must acknowledge to continue posting (a hassle to users. but guaranteed to have been read) The rules are pulled from the forum and displayed on the topic creation form (less of a hassle, could cause scrolling if the rules are lengthy, but that's within the admin's control) Admins are able to place a block on that form, to display the rules (achieves the same as #2, but is then down to the admin to decide to do it) Thanks ?
  10. Ask yourself some questions: What's your niche? What is special about your forum that people will want to register? What's your competition? (General chat, for example, is pretty much monopolised by social media these days.) What benefit would members get from using your site instead of using others? Having a good idea about what makes your site unique/special is a really good starting point. Then populate it with good quality content. It's got to interest people enough that they'd want to register and contribute to the content themselves.
  11. You'll be able to game with no problems on a GTX 1060, it's a decent card and will run most titles at decent settings on 1920*1080@60fps. I have a friend who has this card and he hasn't yet hit any problems. Sure, it'll need replacing sooner than a 1070+, but then it cost less to begin with so the upgrade won't be as painful. ? The only limitation, I imagine, would be VR. VR does need a beefy card to really get the most out of it.
  12. I've bumped this today via the gamification blog post. IMO, this feature falls just short of greatness based on the lack of encouragement of new members to contribute. I'd love to see the functionality extended.
  13. I really like this, but there is a gaping hole at the moment. I fed back about it ages ago, here: I see no evidence that those completing their profiles are more likely to engage. I have loads of new members who've updated their profile and haven't posted, and some that are as blank as my autobiography but yet have posted. I do think the 'progress bar' works though, as I do see more completed profiles these days, and so gamification could be seen to work. What I'd really like to see, as I fed back in that thread I linked, is a continuation of the approach to encourage the new member to 'break the ice'. Completing the profile is fruitless unless they take the next step and actually contribute in some way.
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